General Township Questions
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- What are the Township's hours of operation?
The Township administrative offices are open from 8 am to
4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, the Police department office
is open from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
- When does Township Council meet? Council
meets the first two Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm in the
Municipal Building. The first meeting is a workship and
the second meeting is the business meeting. Time is set
aside at both meetings for communications with residents.
- Does the Township have a Facebook page or Twitter
account? The Township has both a Facebook page and
a Twitter account. Look for us under the Township of O'Hara.
- Does the Township provide my water service?
No, there are two main water authorities that provide service
to most areas of the Township. Fox Chapel Authority provides
service to almost all of the east side and portions of the
west side of the Township. Hampton Township Municipal Authority
provides service to most of the remaining areas on the west
side of the Township.
- Is the Waterworks Mall in O'Hara Township?
No, the Waterworks Mall is actually located in the City
of Pittsburgh on property that was once part of the City's
water retention system.
- Is the Veterans' Hospital located in O'Hara?
Yes, the majority of the H. John Heinz III VA Progressive
Care Center is located in O'Hara.
- Police and Fire
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- If I am out of town will the Police check on my
home? Yes, if you fill out a Vacation Home Check
Request and submit it to the Police department prior to
leaving, the Police will check you home while you are away.
The form is available by clicking the following link: http://www.ohara.pa.us/doc/vacationcheck.pdf.
- Who are the Township's Volunteer Fire Departments/Companies?
The Township is home to Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Company
and Parkview Volunteer Fire Department and EMS.
- Parks, Roads, Sewers, Trash/Recycling
- What are the park hours? From May 1 to October
31 hours are Sunrise to 10 pm; from November 1 through April
30 – Sunrise to Dark
- When can O'Hara Township residents rent park shelters
or the gazebo? The Township will accept permit applications
from Township residents no more than one year in advance
of the desired date. This means if you are planning an event
for August 4, 2020 you can apply for the shelter permit
on August 5, 2019.
- Where do I go to rent a park shelter or the gazebo?
You must come to the Township office to check the calendars
for available dates. If the date you want is available,
you may then complete the application and pay any fees/deposits.
- How long is my shelter rental? When you
rent the gazebo or a shelter, you have access to it for
the hours that the park is open the day of rental.
- Is the shelter at George J. Sacco Park available
for rent? No, the shelter at Sacco Park is available
on a first come, first serve basis. The gazebo and shelters
at Squaw Valley, Meadow and Woodland Parks are available
on a rental basis.
- How long is the trail at Squaw Valley Park?
The loop trail around the park is 7/10 of a mile. If you
want to go a full mile, continue to the trail entrance at
the Mews and back.
- May my dog be off-leash in Township parks?
No, the Township has a leash law and it is unlawful for
any owner of dogs (or cats) to permit the animal to run
at large anywhere in the Township, including the parks.
Dog owners are also required to cleanup after their pets.
Clean up stations with pick-up bags are provided in the
- What activities are permitted on the tennis court
at Squaw Valley Park? The tennis court is for racquet
sports only with appropriate athletic footwear as per Township
Ordinance. No dogs, rollerblades, bikes, scooters or other
non-racquet activities are permitted.
- Who is responsible for maintenance (paving, potholes,
snow removal) on my street/road? Many of the residential
streets/roads are maintained by the Township but both Allegheny
County and PennDOT (the State of Pennsylvania) maintain
roads located within the Township borders. Following are
- Allegheny County maintains: Fox Chapel Road, Old Freeport
Road and Dorseyville Road (Kittanning Pike East to Saxonburg
- PennDOT (State of PA) maintains Dorseyville Road (Kittanning
Pike West to Route 8), Freeport Road, Kirkwood Drive (Kittanning
Pike to Seifried Lane), Kittanning Pike, Powers Run Road,
Saxonburg Boulevard, Seifried Lane and Sharps Hill Road
- When do I have to do a Sanitary Sewer Inspection?
Township Ordinance No. 1299 reqiures a sanitary
sewer certificate be obtained from the Township prior to
the sale or transfer of property to other than a spouse.
- If my property fails the sewer inspection, how long
do I have to correct any problems? Per Township
Ordinance No. 1299 the owner has up to one hundred eighty
(180) days from the date of inspection to correct any deficiencies
whether or not the property has been sold or transferred.
- How long is the Sanitary Sewer Certification valid?
Once issued, the certification is valid for one
year from the date of the initial inspection.
- How do I find out when trash/recycling collection
is delayed because of a Holiday? The Township puts
this information in the Township newsletter, on the Township
calendar on our website and on our Facebook page. We also
Tweet it on our Twitter account, broadcast it on Nixel and
send out a CallFire message. Visit our website to find out
how to sign up for these information services. You can also
call the Township office at 412-782-1400.
- How can I get rid of Household Hazardous Waste or
Hard to Recycle items? As part of the Township's
residential solid waste and recycling contract with Waste
Management you have a convenient opportunity to dispose
of your Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Hard to Recycle
items safely, easily and responsibly. This includes paint,
houshold and garden chemicals, automotive fluids and batteries,
fluorescent lights, televisions, computers and other electronic
equipment. The At Your Door Special Collection Service is
a residential service offered by WM to provide year-round
HHW collection for you. Waste Management has a flyer
that highlights the features of the At Your Door Special
Collection Service; a video
is also available. Please view the flyer
or the video
which goes in to detail about material that is accepted
for collection and provides information on how to utilize
the service. You can then schedule a collection appointment
on-line at www.wmatyourdoor.com,
by e-mail at email@example.com
or by calling 1-800-449-7587,
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- When do I need to get a Building Permit?
Most people realize that building permits are required for
new home construction or additions but do not realize that
building permits are also required for many smaller projects.
These projects include, but are not limited to, interior
or exterior alteration projects, fences, decks, sheds, retaining
walls, swimming pools and hot tubs. If you are planning
any type of construction, make sure you or your contractor
contact the Township early in the planning stages to determine
exactly what will be required for your project. Construction
may be halted if the proper permits are not obtained prior
to beginning a project.
- How long does it take to get a building permit?
State law allows 30 days for the issuance of a building
permit. Township staff tries to turn them around as quickly
as possible but it is best to apply as far in advance of
the project start as possible.
- Do I need a permit to have a recreational fire in
my backyard? Yes, Annual Recreational FIre Permit
Applications can be found by clicking: http://www.ohara.pa.us/doc/recfire.pdf.
There is no fee associated with this permit.
- Are permits required to cut down a tree?
As long as the tree is on your property and you are not
timbering (logging or harvesting trees for their timber
value) the Township does not require you to have a permit
to cut down a tree.
Please contact the Township Building/Code
Enforcement Department at 412-782-1400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
with any concerns or questions you may have regarding construction
projects or building permits.
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