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Oakland Township in compliance with the Uniform Construction Code, Act 45 of 2004, requires Building Permits. 


**  Certain agricultural buildings (barns) are specifically excluded from the permit requirements of the PA Uniform Construction Code. 

Under the Code, an agricultural building is defined as:

"a structure used to store farm equipment, hay, seed, grain, or other agricultural or horticultural products. Or, any building used to house poultry, livestock, horses, or other farm animals."

Persons proposing to construct a permit-exempt agricultural building (or barn) must complete an "Exemption Form” and file the completed form with Oakland Township. There is no fee for filing this form; however the form must be notarized.


The Agricultural Exemption Form must be completed prior to construction and returned to:

Oakland Township
Building Code Official
565 Chicora Road
Butler, PA 16001

There is no fee to submit this form. 


It is important to note that buildings containing areas that agricultural products are processed, packaged, or treated are NOT exempt from the Code. 

! Also any space that is used to conduct business, such as an office, or places of occupancy that could be open to the general public must be permitted and meet all Code requirements.

Even though these agricultural buildings, recreational cabins, small sheds and garages are exempt from the UCC, they may still require an assessment permit.

**  Please visit our Assessment Permit page for more information.

  • Assessment permits typically regulate where a certain type of building may be built, in relations to set back requirements.

  • A building permit on the other hand regulates how the building is actually constructed or built.

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