In accordance with the state Vehicle Code, Penndot has the sole authority to regulate vehicle equipment. The use and/or prohibition of the use of engine brake retarders falls under this authority. Any municipality in the commonwealth prohibiting the use of engine brake retarders must first obtain permission from Penndot.
In order to prohibit brake retarders, all of the following must be satisfied:
Franconia is divided into four voting districts that determine where your polling place is located.
To find out which polling place you should report to check your voter's registration card, call Voter Services at 610-278-3280, or visit voterservices.montcopa.org.
The five member board is made up of Mr. Grey R. Godshall, Mr. David B. Fazio, Mr. Robert H. Nice, Mr. Curtis N. Kratz, and Dr. Charles Amuso.
Yes Township meetings are open to the public. Check out the community calendar on the left-hand side of the homepage to view the scheduled meetings.
Call as soon as you know about it. If you hear the loud bang at 2 o'clock in the morning, call us immediately! Our officers are on patrol twenty-four hours a day. It is possible that your quick notification will help us to identify the persons who caused the damage within a few minutes of it happening. If you wait until morning, the persons who are responsible may be long gone.
Door-to-door solicitation is regulated in Franconia Township. Ask the person if they have a permit from the township to do this. All solicitors are required to procure a permit from the police department with the police chief's signature on the card. If they cannot provide a card upon your request, please contact the police department. The ordinance does allow non-profit organizations, such as Girl Scout cookie sales, to be conducted without a permit.
The State Dog Law prohibits any dog from being allowed to run at large. All dogs must be on a leash and in control of their owner when off their property. Dogs are not required to be on a leash when on their owner's property. A Franconia Township Police Officer will take stray dogs into custody when you notify us about a problem.
At this time, no permit is needed for a yard sale. State law and township ordinances prohibit the posting of any sign from a utility pole or highway signpost (i.e. stop sign). The nails left in the poles are dangerous to the utility workers and the people who posted the signs are sometimes lax in removing the signs. It is suggested that you put the sign on a wooden stick and place it on the property of someone who has given you permission to place it there.
Accident reports are usually available four days after the accident. Contact the police secretary at 215-723-6777. The office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code requires that we provide the Accident Report upon the payment of fifteen dollars.
The discharge of any firearm is prohibited in Franconia Township, except if you are engaged in hunting during the designated seasons and abiding by the regulations of the Pennsylvania Game and Wildlife Code. Any person over the age of 18 may also discharge a firearm to control wildlife that is destroying cultivated crops, vegetables, poultry or livestock. Again, this must be within the regulations of the Game and Wildlife Code.
Franconia Township recycles newsprint and other paper, number 1 and 2 plastics, aluminum and bi-metallic cans, and glass. The township does not contract with one specific hauler, so residents must make their own arrangements. Residents may also drop off cardboard at Franconia Township’s highway maintenance building, 480 Indian Creek Road. For more information on recycling in Montgomery County, visit www.northmontcorecycle.org, or call 610-278-3618. For information on the collection of household hazardous waste, please visit www.wsaemc.org.
Franconia Township has a number of committees, commissions, and task forces that are staffed by volunteers. At various times there is a need to find new members for these positions. In order to facilitate the finding of new members, the township maintains a human resource file of people that would be willing to serve the township. If you would be interested, please print and fill out this form and bring it to the Township office.
Prior to any construction or improvements, building permits must be obtained for any addition, alteration, demolition, enlargement, or new construction. This includes:
You can download applications and fee schedules in the Building and Zoning section of the website, or pick them up at the township administrative office Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Uncultivated growth, i.e. weeds, grass, or other vegetation, should not exceed 1 foot in height. Failure to cut high growth may result in fines. For full details see Chapter 45 of the township code.
Guidelines against unnecessary noise are covered under the Peace and Good Order Ordinance, Chapter 99 of the township code.
The ordinance applies to the use of radios, musical instruments, and other noise producing machines in such a way to disturb the peace. Between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., such noise should not be plainly audible 50 feet away.