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Revised:  August 2021
 
WALLENPAUPACK LAKE ESTATES – PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION
BUILDING REGULATIONS
 
 
 
WLE BUILDING RULES AND REGULATIONS INDEX
 
AMENDMENTS SUMMARY
November 13, 1999 -Article VII, Section 17 Satellite Dish – Non-fee permit required
 
July 24, 1999- Split-rail fences rules added with specifications
July 2001- Article VII, Section 6 – Split-rail fence rules rescinded, and split-rail fences no longer permitted.
August 2003- Revisions as follows:
Article V, Section 6 – Surveys need to include actual planned driveway and parking
Article V, Section 11 – WLE Letter of Compliance is required prior to occupancy or use of new construction.
Article VI, Section 4 – Tree clearing for placement of a modular foundation or modular home now both require replacement of trees in the area cleared for a crane.
Article VI, Section 7 – All siding and trim colors, except white trim, must conform to WLE color chart.
Article VI, Section 9 – Outside air conditioners cannot be placed in the setbacks, easements, or right-of-way areas of WLE.    Section 10 – Approval is required to place anything in these areas.
Article VII, Section 7 – Landscaping pools greater than 32 sf. require a permit
Article VII, Section 9 – Detached fabric and screened structures are only allowed for temporary, seasonal use, and not allowed for storage buildings.
Article VII, Section 16 – Sheds may be 10’x12′, gazebos 10’x10′ (100 sq. ft.)
December 2003 Revisions:
Article lV, Section 2A – Felled trees must be cut up into 18″ or shorter lengths and
stacked within the property lines or removed from the property.
Article lX, Section A5- The total impervious area (buildings, paved and concrete surfaces) on a lot cannot exceed 33% of the lot area for a single lot or 25% of the lot area for two or more combined lots.
 
April 2005 Revision:
Article VI, Section 4 – Replacement tree size increased to 8′-10′ (conifers) or 14′
(deciduous) and a fine imposed if trees not planted before LOC issued.
December 2005 Revision: Article lll, Section 2:    New sewer and water taps will only be allowed from April 15 to November 15. January 2006 Revision: Article VI, Section 16 – Lot numbers changed to 911 Address on a post by driveway.
March 2006 Revision:
Article V, Section 11 – Builder must submit evidence of purchase of an approved 2 hp Myers pump when a grinder pump has been installed before the WLE L.O.C. will be issued.
January 2007 Revision:
Article VII, Sec. 17 – Changes to Satellite Dish Rules.    More than one dish is allowed.
No permit is required but office must be notified of installation.    Size limit is 39″.
Location is outside of easements and rights-of-ways.
Article VI, Sec. 2 – Change to contractor hours; no outside Saturday work (revoked 10/07)
Fine increased to $1000 per tree for unapproved cutting of trees. April 2008 Revision:
Article VI, Sec. 9 – Portable toilets will be required at all new home construction sites.
October 2008 Revision:
Article VII, Sec. 16 G- Playhouses will now require a fee permit if they exceed 50 sf in size and/or if they have electrical service.    They will also count as a detached structure when limiting detached structures to two per lot if they are over 50 sf.
December 2008 Revision:
Article VII, Sec. 16, para. H – Gazebos defined July 2009 Revision:
Article V Section 7a Final as built Survey: Final survey will contain actual placement of: house, driveways, decks, chimney and all outer structures along with setbacks and elevations.
Article VI Section 8: Fuel tanks now have to be concealed by lattice work or shrubbery.
 
Article VI Section 18: Temporary storage units used only for household item, when moving or home remodeling, for a period of 30 days on a Non-Fee permit, renewable once, for a total of 60 days.
Article lX Section D 3-Culverts: Ends of culverts must be properly finished with a head wall.
November 2009 Revision:
Article Vl, Section6 Parging: Masonry block foundation exposed above final grade shall be parged. Concrete foundations exposed above the final grade shall be finished, removing tabs, and painted.
September 2010 Revision:
Article Vll Section 7 Pools: Children’s wading pools, with a maximum height of 15-inch sidwalls, and NO pool filters are permitted. All wading pools are to be removed at the end of the summer season.
 
October 2010 Revision:
Article IV, Section 3 Building Permit Renewal: Building permits may be renewed once, EITHER
(1)    a 3-month extension for an enclosed structure for a $50.00 renewal fee, OR
(2)    a 6 months extension for a structure that is NOT enclosed for a $500.00 renewal fee.
If the house is not complete, with a Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Paupack Township Inspector, within the time frame of the 3 months OR 6-month extension, then a fine of $500.00 per month will accrue until the house is completed and a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.
Article Vl Section 19 Waste Receptacles: Waste receptacles, including dumpsters, used for other than construction purposes, require a non-fee permit for 30 days. Permit may be renewed once, if the waste receptacle has been emptied.
Article Vll Prohibition, Section 14.1: Any outdoor solid fuel burning appliance, or furnace, used to heat a home, a garage, or water is prohibited.
 
July 2011 Revision
Article VII Prohibition, Section 8 Spas: Spas and hot tubs must be part of the main structure with a lockable 4’0″ enclosure, or lockable cover meeting ASTM standards # F1344 or #1346-91.
January 2012 Revision
Article III Permit Fees Section 1
Sewer & Water Hook-Up Fee is: $1150.00
Article lV Building Permit Application, Section 1 Requirements: Storm water drainage plan is required with the W.L.E. building application.
May 2014 Revision
Article Vl, Section 20 Temporary/Emergency Repairs: shall consist of the repair of the damages to a dwelling or other structure, i.e. roof, siding, deck, garage, window, shed etc.
Emergency repairs are repairs which must be done immediately to address unforeseen events. Tarps, plywood panels, and other construction are allowed.
A non-fee permit is required before a temporary repair is made, and for an emergency repair it must be obtained within two weeks after the unforeseen events has passed.
Temporary, emergency and permanent repairs must be completed within six months after the
permit is issued, with the proper permits. The office must be notified when the permanent repair is complete.
 
April 2015 Revision
ARTICLE VII Section 18 Renewable energy devices Section 1: General
Paragraph 1 Permits:    A permit is required by W.L.E.    All applicable Township and State permits must be obtained.    A drawing showing the general arrangement of the system on the property and dwelling must be submitted with the permit application.
 
Paragraph 2 Setbacks: All components of the system must conform to W.L.E. setbacks per Article V, Section 5.
Paragraph 3 Trees:    Trees shall not be removed to install systems per Article VI, Section
4.    Trees may not be topped.    Any other alteration such as cutting of limbs must be reviewed with the BCO.
Paragraph 4 Color: System components must conform to the approved W.L.E. color chart per Aricle Vl, Section 7.    Panels and frames should match the roof color as closely as possible.
Paragraph 5 Section 7 Regulations: The installation must meet all other applicable parts of the W.L.E. BUILDING RULES & REGULATIONS and Paupack Township Zoning Ordinance.
Section 2: Solar Panels
Paragraph 1 Location:    Solar panels should be placed on the roof of existing structures and conform to the slope of the roof as much as possible.    Panels must not break the roof ridge line or extend beyond the roof envelope.    Every effort should be made not to have components installed on the ground.
Paragraph 2 Height:    Solar panels must meet the height requirements of Article VII, Sections 16c and 16d.            Panels should not be raised above the roof more than what is required to function.        If panels must be raised such that they are not parallel to the roof, the highest point
above the roof should not be more than 24″ above the roof.
Section 3: Wind Turbines
Paragraph 1 Location:    Every effort should be made not to have components other than a tower mounted on the ground.
Paragraph 2 Height:    Wind turbines shall meet the height requirements of Article VII, Sections 16c and 16d as measured to the highest point of the blades.    The location and height of the turbines must be such that if the turbine falls, no part of the turbine will fall on adjacent property.    If a wind turbine is mounted on a structure, the height as measured to the highest point of a blade shall be no higher than
 
12′ above the highest point of the structure.    Wind turbines mounted on a
free-standing pole or tower must not be higher than 41′ as measured to the highest point of the blades.
April 2017 Article Vl Section 7 Exterior Color BOD reviewed and approved color chart
July 2018 Revision
Article V11 Section 19 Underground tanks
No underground tanks allowed including but not limited to propane, oil, gas, and diesel. Existing tanks will be grandfathered and are not to be replaced or moved.
July 2019 Revision
Detached garages shall be no higher than 18 feet (was 15 feet) from mean grade.
August 2020 Revision Seasonal Gazebo/Canopy Article Vll Section 9
Temporary Seasonal Gazebo/ Canopy, allowed from April 15th through October 15th, no larger than 200sf.
September 2020 Revision Building Setback Article V Section 5
Corner Lot setback are now, 40’/60′
August 21, 2021 Revision WLE adheres to the Paupack Township Ordinance, in that, WLE prohibits the use of retired school buses, shipping containers/pods, trailers, vans, railroad cars, recreation vehicles and similar vehicles or equipment under any circumstances, as principal or accessory structures for any use.
 
 
A courtesy advisory regarding contractor’s insurance has been added to WLE permits for WLEPOA members as WLE lot owners planning or undertaking construction or other work by contractors or other laborers/workers at their property in WLE.    You cannot rely upon this advisory, since it may not pertain to your situation or relationship with your contractor, and is not intended as a substitute for sound, thorough and quality advice personally obtained by you from skilled, competent professionals.        In your interest or for your protection, you should consult with appropriate, qualified professionals and experts for advice and guidance for your personal and private transactions with others; otherwise you proceed at your own risk.    The Association does not warrant, assure or vouch for the accuracy, thoroughness and legal significance of such advisories, and does not check for, investigate, verify or continue to verify, or monitor any information about contractors, and any of their characteristics and attributes, such as their business, skills, quality of workmanship, performance, reliability, and financial
standing, and any document or information required of or submitted or affirmed by them.    The Association is not required to procure, verify or maintain any information about contractors or any of their characteristics and attributes, and disclaims all warranties, liability and responsibility for the effects and consequences of heeding or
you’re not heeding such an advisory, and the contractors’ compliance or noncompliance with their information and affirmations.    The documents and other information submitted to the Association by or on behalf of contractors are for WLEPOA’s use and benefit but are available to its members as many of its other records are.
 
WALLENPAUPACK LAKE ESTATES – PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION BUILDING REGULATIONS
ARTICLE I
Building Permit Requirements
 
A Building Permit is required for all construction and includes, but is not limited to, dwellings, alterations, decks, (attached and unattached), additions, garages, gazebos, sheds, playhouses over 50 sf, stairs, porches, dormers, and demolishing with the intent to rebuild.
 
ARTICLE ll
Section 1
All Dues, Sewer and Water fees, Special Assessments and Fines must be paid, before the issuance of a Building Permit.
 
Section 2
When required, the Paupack Township Building Permit must be issued prior to the
W.L.E. Building Permit.
 
Section 3
Schedule “A” Deed Covenants shall be part of these Building Regulations whether or not specifically cited within these regulations.
ARTICLE III
Permit Fees
Upon acceptance of application for a building permit the following fees will be collected:
 
Section 1
Construction of Home (as per original submitted plans) ……… $500.00
Sewer & Water Hook-Up (See S & W Regulations)        $1150.00 Permit Renewal after six months    $50.00
 
Section 2
Miscellaneous Construction:
A.    New: To include but not limited to decks, porches screened or enclosed, garages,
additions, dormers…    $0.25/ sf
B.    Shed, gazebo, playhouse over 50 sf and/or with electrical service, and deck replacement to same dimensions…    $25.00
C.    Permit renewal for six months…………    $50.00 or new permit fee, whichever is less
D.    Maintenance/Landscaping/Stairs (Must be within setbacks)    N/C
Section 2 Procedures: Upon approval of the building application, one set of accepted plans will be returned to the party submitting the application. A Lot Clearing Permit will then be issued which allows for necessary tree removal, excavation and installation of the footings and/or slab. A resurvey must then be submitted Prior to any further construction. Upon approval of the resurvey, the Building Compliance Officer or member of the Building Committee will post the W.L.E. Building Permit at the construction site and construction work may then continue. No excavation will be permitted except as required to accommodate building foundations, sewage and water lines, driveways and underground utilities.    New sewer and water taps will only be allowed from April 15 to November 15.
When submitting the resurvey for approval, the following conditions must be met before a BUILDING PERMIT will be issued:
A.    Trees felled must be removed from the property or cut into eighteen-inch (18″)
lengths or less    and stacked within the property lines.
B.    Tree stumps must be removed from the property.
C.    Tree branches and cut brush must be chipped or removed from the property.
 
ARTICLE lV
Building Permit Application
 
Section 1 Requirements: W.L.E. Building Permits are obtained by submitting a completed application to the Building Office containing the following:
Two (2) sets of construction plans.
Copy of Recorded Deed with Schedule “A” attached (if deed is    not on file at WLE) Insurance certificate (for contractor if not on file at WLE)
Survey Permit Fee
Sewer & Water Hook-Up Fee
Copy of the Paupack Township Building Permit Copy of the Storm Water Drainage Plan
Insurance Certificate: A Certificate submitted by the general contractor or the property owner +showing insurance coverage for liability and property damage and naming W.L.E.P.O.A. as certificate holder on the policy. The insurance certificates must show a minimum amount of insurance coverage of $1,000,000 when the estimated cost of construction exceeds $10,000 and a minimum amount of $300,000 when the estimated cost of construction is $10,000 or less.
 
Section 2 Procedures: Upon approval of the building application, one set of accepted plans will be returned to the party submitting the application. A Lot Clearing Permit will then be issued which allows for necessary tree removal, excavation and installation of the footings and/or slab. A resurvey must then be submitted Prior to any further construction. Upon approval of the resurvey, the Building Compliance Officer or member of the Building Committee will post the W.L.E. Building Permit at the construction site and construction work may then continue. No excavation will be permitted except as required to accommodate building foundations, sewage and water lines, driveways and underground utilities.    New sewer and water taps will only be allowed from April 15 to November 15.
 
When submitting the resurvey for approval, the following conditions must be met before a BUILDING PERMIT will be issued:
A.    Trees felled must be removed from the property or cut into eighteen-inch (18″)
lengths or    less and stacked within the property lines.
B.    Tree stumps must be removed from the property.
D. Tree branches and cut brush must be chipped or removed from the property.
 
Section 3 Building Permit Renewal: Building Permits may be renewed once, EITHER
(1)    A 3-month extension for an enclosed structure for a $50.00 renewal fee, OR
(2)    A 6-month extension for a structure that is NOT enclosed for $500.00 renewal fee.
 
If the house is not complete, with a Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Paupack Township Inspector, within the time frame of the 3 month OR 6-month extension, then a fine of $500.00 per month will accrue until the house is completed and a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.
 
Section 4 Contractor Responsibility: General contractors are responsible for notifying their sub-contractors of the W.L.E.P.O.A. Building Regulations, Sewer and Water Regulations and the penalties for failing to comply.    General Contractors will be fined for repeated subcontractor violations.
 
Section 5 Miscellaneous Construction: A copy of the resurvey, showing all existing and proposed additions is acceptable for miscellaneous construction. A signed statement is required indicating accuracy of information provided.
 
ARTICLE V
Definitions
 
Section 1 Building Permit – Wallenpaupack Lake Estates: Issued by the Building Compliance Officer or the Building Committee that permits construction on property within Wallenpaupack Lake Estates. A new house or addition Building Permit is valid for one (1) year from the date of approval of the building package. Contractor/Owner must completely enclose the entire
exterior of the building within six (6) months from the date of excavation. This also pertains to the construction of, but is not limited to, additions, garages, and
screened-in-porches when constructed under a separate Miscellaneous Permit issued after the occupancy of a dwelling. Shed, deck, gazebo, and detached garage permits shall be valid for a period of 6 months.
 
Section 2 Building Permit – Paupack Township: Issued by the Paupack Township Building Inspector when required and must be submitted with the W.L.E. Building Application.
 
Section 3 Non-Fee Permits: Issued by the Building Compliance Officer or the Building Office. Required for certain exterior maintenance and landscaping. There is no fee and the permit are valid for thirty (30) days from the date of issue.
Non-Fee Permits may be renewed once for an additional thirty (30) days. All work must be completed within sixty (60) days.
 
Section 4 Building Plans: Comprehensive plans of the proposed construction showing the following information at 1/8″ or ¼” per foot scale: Floor Plans –
Elevations – Height of building from mean grade.
 
Section 5 Setbacks: Distance on the front, rear, and both sides of the property lines to the construction.
Minimum required Setbacks:
60′ Building to center of road.
10′ Building to side and rear lot line.
40’/ 60′ Corner lots – 40′ on one and 60′ on the other, Building to centerline of side road.
 
30′ Deer Lake – Building to water edge.
10′ Beaver Lake – Building to rear property line.
75′ Building to the center of a cul-de-sac.
 
Section 6 Survey: The survey must be signed and sealed by a Pennsylvania licensed surveyor showing the following information: Size of the lots; property lines; required setback lines; location of building on site; existing road; proposed road and right-of-way widths as shown on recorded maps of W.L.E. to point nearest the front setback line; the perpendicular dimensions from one side of the property line to each corner of the dwelling on that side; the proposed driveway location; elevations including road elevation; building corner elevations on the existing grade prior to construction; elevation on fixed boundary pins. This survey shall also include all building appurtenances (decks, stairs, chimneys, decks, etc.).
 
Section 7 Resurvey: Survey signed and sealed by a Pennsylvania licensed surveyor, containing all the provisions of the survey (including actual parking, driveway, and culvert locations) after the footings and/or slab have been completed. The Resurvey must be approved prior to continuing construction operations.
 
Section 7a Final as Built Survey:    Survey signed and sealed by a Pennsylvania licensed surveyor showing the following actual information: Size of the lot, property lines, required setback lines, location of building on site, existing road, actual road and right of way widths as shown on recorded map of W.L.E. to the nearest point of the front setback line, the perpendicular dimensions from one side of the property line to each corner of the dwelling on that side, the actual driveway and parking pad location, elevation including road elevation, building corner elevation on existing grade after completion of construction and elevation on fixed pins. The survey shall also include all actual building appurtenances such as decks, stairs, and chimneys and outer structures. Changes that are made after the proposed survey need to be approved and shown on final survey.
 
Section 8 Lot Clearing Permit: Permit issued as part of the building package to allow the removal of trees and brush in order to construct the building or addition in accordance with the
submitted plans. Only trees necessary for construction may be removed. Trees for removal must be marked and approved for removal by the Building Compliance Officer or the Building Committee. A Lot Clearing Permit allows only tree removal, excavation, and the installation of footings and/or slab. The permit is valid for six (6) months from the date of approval.
Section 9 Certificate of Occupancy: Issued by the Paupack Township Building Inspector when construction is completed, and the final inspection is approved. New homes may not be occupied until the Certificate of Occupancy is issued.
Section 10 Certificate of Use: Issued by the Paupack Township Building Inspector for construction where occupancy is not an issue after the construction is complete and the final inspection has been approved.
Section 11 Letter of Compliance: Issued by the Building Compliance Officer or the Building Committee after the Certificate of Occupancy and/or the Certificate of Use has been issued by the Paupack Township Building Inspector, and the W.L.E. final inspection has been approved.    If the L.O.C. is for a new home and a grinder pump was installed, the builder must submit evidence (copy of receipt) that an approved 2 hp Myers pump was used before an L.O.C. will be issued.    If you fail to pass the W.L.E. final inspection, there will be a fee of $25.00 per each additional inspection thereafter.    Both the Paupack Township Certificate and the WLE Letter of Compliance must be obtained prior to occupancy or use.
 
Section 1 Contractors Vehicle Pass
 
ARTICLE VI
Regulations
 
All contractors, sub-contractors and their employees must secure a contractor’s vehicle pass for each vehicle, which must be displayed on the vehicle for identification purposes.    Contractor passes are valid for the period shown on the pass.    The cost per year is $20.00. These passes are non-transferable and good only for working hours.
 
Section 2 Hours of Work   
Contractors are allowed to enter WLE property for work Mon.- Fri. 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Saturday 9 A. M. To 5 P.M.    No contractor work is allowed on Sundays or on weekends starting the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day, or on the following holidays: New Year’s Day – Memorial Day – July 4th – Labor Day – Thanksgiving – Christmas.
 
Section 3 Building Plans Canceled
If excavation is undertaken and building plans are canceled, the site must be restored to its original grade within thirty (30) days from date of cancellation or the P.O.A. will contract to restore the property at the property owner’s expense.
 
Section 4 Tree Removal
Any trees removed without written approval or removed for the purpose of placing either a modular foundation system or a modular home on the foundation, must be
replaced with trees of at least 8′-10′(conifers) or 14′ (deciduous) in height. The number and location of the replaced trees shall be determined by the Association. The replacement trees must be planted to receive a Letter of Compliance prior to occupancy.    Occupancy prior to receipt of a LOC will result in a $100.00 fine per month and suspension of member privileges until the trees are planted and an LOC issued.
Requirements of Article lV, Sections 2A and 2C apply to cut trees, including trees cut under a WLE tree removal permit.
 
Section 5 Unsightly Building Site   
No building site shall be kept in an unsightly manner as determined by the Building Compliance Officer or the Building Committee. If a site is not cleaned up and trash and waste materials removed by the end of business each Friday, a dumpster will be required to be put on site for waste.
 
Section 6 Parging
Masonry and/or concrete foundations exposed above the final grade shall be parged. Concrete foundations exposed above the final grade shall be finished, removing any tabs, and painted.
 
Section 7 Exterior Color
All exterior building walls, roofs, structures and/or alterations must conform with the approved W.L.E. color chart of earth tones with consideration for standard modular home colors.    Trim colors, except white, must conform to the WLE color chart.
i.    Decks and railing – Wood based, and gray colors are approved. Generally, blues, greens and yellows are not acceptable. The same colors are approved for railings and also include white and black.
ii.    Roofs- Shingle Roofs – Variations of brown, gray, green and blue are favorable. Predominately white shingle is not approved.
Metal Roofs – Any variation of Red, blue, or white are not approved for metal roofs. Black is approved.
iii.    Trim and embellishments – White and black are approved colors along with the base house colors.
iv.    Base house color- color chart is in the office. (attach color sample to application)
 
Section 8 Fuel Tank Concealment and Location
Fuel tanks shall be concealed by lattice work or shrubbery on only 3 sides, the top must remain open. All exterior fuel tanks are to be located at the side or rear of the structure, where possible, and must be in compliance with the existing State Codes.
 
Section 9 Portable Toilets
A portable toilet will be required to be placed on site for any new home construction until at least one toilet is functional inside the house.
 
Section 9a Air Conditioners
Air conditioners located outside the structure must be located outside of the surveyed WLE setbacks, easements, and right-of-way areas.
Section 10 Easements
A permanent easement for drainage and utilities is established 5 feet alongside lot lines, 10 feet on rear lot lines and 10 feet along street right-of-way lines.    Approval is required to place anything in these areas
 
Section 11 Erosion Control
Upon final re-grading, erosion control is required as per Penn. Title 25, Chapter 102, Erosion Control, before a Letter of Compliance will be issued.
 
Section 12 Re-grading
All sites are to be cleared of debris and re-graded as soon as possible and must be completed prior to the final inspection by the W.L.E.P.O.A. Building Compliance Officer.
 
Section 13 Modular Homes
A.    The Manufacturer of a Modular Home must submit an AFFIDAVIT stating that the building is of Modular construction and not a mobile building. No permit will be issued until the affidavit is submitted.
B.    All modular sections are to be set on foundations within 48 hours of delivery, including removal of trailer from Wallenpaupack Lake Estates.
 
Section 14 Blasting
A.    All blasting contractors will be required to register with the W.L.E.P.O.A. office prior to blasting.
B.    The contractor shall be liable for all damages to persons or property caused by the blast(s) or explosion(s) and submit insurance certificate in the amount of $1,000,000.00 for liability and property damage to the W.L.E. office.
C.    The contractor shall notify W.L.E. Security to close off the road to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic during blasting.
D.    No drilling or blasting is permitted on Holidays or weekends.
 
Section 15 Notice of Violation – Stop Work Order
All construction must comply with the approved plans. Deviation from these plans will result in a Notice of Violation and/or a Stop Work Order. All Notices of Violation will be conveyed by telephone and followed up in writing. The contractor/owner will have Fifteen (15) days or less to bring all work into compliance with approved plans. The
W.L.E. Building Compliance Officer or member of the Building Committee will inspect the corrected work and, if approved, will issue a written order of Continuance. If the violation is not corrected within the required fifteen calendar days, a “STOP WORK ORDER” will be issued. Thereafter, no work of any kind may continue at the site until the Building Compliance Officer or the Building Committee and the contractor/owner resolve the construction problems and a written “ORDER OF CONTINUANCE” is issued.
 
Section 16 Address Numbers
The 911 Address numbers are to be a minimum 3″ high, reflective numbers placed on a 4′ post on the house side of the driveway about 10′ from the edge of paving.    The numbers should be on both sides of the sign and visible from both directions.
 
Section 17 Letter of Compliance
A.    Upon receipt of the Certificate of Occupancy, and /or the Certificate of Use, issued by Paupack Township, the contractor shall then present copies of the appropriate certificate(s) to the Building Office, and request a final inspection.
B.    If the Building Compliance Officer finds the site to be in compliance, a “Letter of Compliance” will be issued. If you fail to pass the final inspection, there will be an additional fee of $25.00 per inspection thereafter.
C.    THE ASSOCIATION CONSIDERS ALL CONSTRUCTION TO BE INCOMPLETE AND OCCUPANCY NOT PERMITTED UNTIL A “LETTER OF COMPLIANCE” IS ISSUED.
D.    Association representatives, in order to enforce the rules of the Association, have the right to enter onto the land of any property owner for the purposes of determining compliance with the Building Rules and Regulations.
 
Section 18 TEMPORARY STORAGE UNITS: Are for household item used temporarily for moving or remodeling, it requires a non-fee permit for a 30-day period, renewable for a second 30-day non-fee permit, with a maximum of 60 days of use.
Section 19 Waste Receptacles: Waste receptacles, including dumpsters, used for other than construction purposes, require a non-fee permit for 30 days. Permit may be renewed once, if the waste receptacle has been emptied.
Section 20 Temporary/Emergency Repairs: shall consist of the repair of the damages to a dwelling or other structure, i.e. roof, siding, deck, garage, window, shed etc.
Emergency repairs are repairs which must be done immediately to address unforeseen events. Tarps, plywood panels, and other construction are allowed.
A non-fee permit is required before a temporary repair is made, and for an emergency repair it must be obtained within two weeks after the unforeseen events has passed.
Temporary, emergency and permanent repairs must be completed within six months after the permit is issued, with the proper permits. The office must be notified when the permanent repair is complete.
 
Section 1 Advertising Signs
 
ARTICLE VII
Prohibition
 
NO ADVERTISING SIGNS ALLOWED. No signs for advertising purposes shall be erected or maintained on the premises or on or in any buildings on the premises. Builders will be allowed to post their NAME ONLY on a board erected for the purpose of posting required permits when building a new house.
 
Section 2 Temporary Residence
No temporary structures of any kind are permitted as a residence including but not limited to, trailers, basement, tents, shacks, garage or barn.
 
Section 3 Driveway Requirements
Maximum width of driveway entrance to property shall be 20′ wide, including circular
driveways. A culvert pipe, if necessary, must be installed under the driveway, along with
drainage ditches where required. Size of culvert shall be determined by on site conditions.
 
Section 4 Water & Sewer
No individual water supply or sewage system will be permitted (as dictated by Schedule “A”).
 
Section 5 Exterior Lighting
All exterior lighting shall be directed away from adjoining property. Pole lights installed by PP&L are prohibited.
 
Section 6 Fences
Perimeter fences are not permitted. Fences for landscaping and vegetable gardens, not to exceed 4’0″ in height and 100 sf of enclosed area, are allowed.        6′ metal mesh deer fences around new trees are allowed.    Split-rail fences are no longer permitted except for delineation of POA amenity property and private property.    Existing split-rail fences, per ruling of July 30, 2003, must be removed if: (a) they deteriorate to the point of needing repair, or (b) the property is sold.
 
Section 7 Pools
Above or in-ground pools are not permitted. Children’s wading pools with a maximum height of 15-inch sidewall, and NO pool filters. All wading pools are to be removed at the end of the summer season. Landscaping pools or water fountains (over 32 sf. in area) require prior WLE approval and a landscaping permit before installation.
 
Section 8 Spas:
Spas and hot tubs must be part of the main structure with a lockable 4’0″ enclosure, or
lockable cover meeting ASTM standards # F1344 or #1346-91.
 
Section 9 Screened Structures
Detached permanent screened or fabric structures are NOT permitted except for permitted screened gazebos.    Portable removable screened-in facilities/ canopies are permitted for seasonal use between April 15th to October 15th. No larger than 200 sf.
 
Section 10 Color of Products
Aluminum and canvas patio products, including awnings, shall conform to all Building Regulations and WLE approved colors.
 
Section 11 Construction Equipment Movement
No construction equipment shall be placed or used on any WLE road unless it is equipped with rubber tires and a steering wheel.    All equipment moved from site to site must be moved on flatbed trucks.    Should any equipment (tracked and skid-steer vehicles) prohibited from use on WLE roads need to be operated on the roads by a contractor, provisions to protect the road (ie plywood or other material) must be used. Prohibited equipment should be on and off loaded on the shoulder or on the lot where it is being used.    The contractor will be liable for all damages for failure to comply.
 
Section 12 Commercial Vehicle Parking
No commercial vehicles over 10,000 lbs. gross weight may be parked on W.L.E. property except when active construction is in progress.
 
Section 13 Vehicle Parking
Vehicles are not allowed to park on the roadway.
 
Section 14 Burning
Open fires or the open burning of any construction materials are prohibited.
 
Section 14.1: Any outdoor solid fuel burning appliance, or furnace, used to heat a home, a garage, or water is prohibited.
 
Section 15 Compactor
No dumping of construction debris in the WLE compactor is permitted. Contractors or sub-contractors are not permitted to use the W.L.E. compactor.
 
Section 16 Dwelling Requirements
A.    Multi-family homes are not permitted. Only single-family dwellings are permitted. No more than two detached structures (garage, shed, gazebo, playhouse over 50 sf) are permitted on one lot (including combined lots).
B.    A single-family dwelling shall be no more than two levels, with a minimum of 800 sf. of floor space, with a minimum of 550 sf of floor space on the first level.
C.    Building shall not exceed two levels in height above the foundation. The maximum height from the mean finished grade to the high point of roof cannot exceed 29′-0″.
D.    WLE adheres to the Paupack Township Ordinance, in that, WLE prohibits the use of retired school buses, shipping containers/pods, trailers, vans, railroad cars, recreation vehicles and similar vehicles or equipment under any circumstances, as principal or accessory structures for any use. (8/21/21)
E.    CARPORT/GARAGE: The minimum size of a carport or garage (with garage door), is 12 feet by 20 feet (240 sf). The maximum size shall not exceed 24 feet x 28 feet (672 sf.). Carports must be part of the main structure and shall be no higher than 15 feet from mean grade. Detached garages shall be no higher than 18 feet from mean grade.
F.    NO LEAN-TO’S are permitted to be attached to any structure.
G.    Sheds, gazebos, and playhouses can be no larger than 10’x 12′, or 120 square feet
and no higher than 15′ from the mean grade.
H.    PLAYHOUSES:    Playhouses less than 50 sf cannot be installed more than 3′ above mean grade but do not require a permit.    Playhouses over 50 sf must be located within the building setback lines.    Playhouses over 50 sf will require a fee permit and a playhouse of any size with electrical service will require a fee permit and must be within the setback lines.
I.    GAZEBO:    A gazebo in WLE is defined as a 6 or 8-sided structure (or other plan as approved on an individual case basis) either prefab or site built, not exceeding 120 sf. WLEPOA specifically reserves the right to deny a gazebo permit based on its architectural design.
 
 
Section 17 Satellite Dish
1.    No permit is required, but the building office must be notified of the installation.
2.    Maximum size dish is 39″.
3.    More than one dish is permitted if needed to receive signals from different sources.
4.    Installation:
(a)    Mounted to dwelling no higher than 12′ above highest point, or on a 12′ pole on the
ground.
(b)    Ground installation must not be within WLE easements or road rights-of-way.    That means 5′ from sidelines, 10′ from rear line, and 30′ from center of the road (35′ on 50′ R.O.W).    No tree installations are allowed.
 
Section 18 Renewable energy devices Section 1: General
Paragraph 1 Permits:    A permit is required by W.L.E.    All applicable Township and State
permits must be obtained.    A drawing showing the general arrangement of the system on the property and dwelling must be submitted with the permit application.
Paragraph 2 Setbacks: All components of the system must conform to W.L.E. setbacks per Article V, Section 5.
Paragraph 3 Trees:    Trees shall not be removed to install systems per Article VI, Section 4.    Trees may not be topped.    Any other alteration such as cutting of limbs must be reviewed with the BCO.
Paragraph 4 Color: System components must conform to the approved W.L.E. color chart per Article Vl, Section 7.    Panels and frames should match the roof color as closely as possible.
Paragraph 5 Section 7 Regulations:    The installation must meet all other applicable parts of the W.L.E. BUILDING RULES & REGULATIONS and Paupack Township Zoning ordinance.
 
Section 2: Solar Panels
Paragraph 1 Location:    Solar panels should be placed on the roof of existing structures and conform to the slope of the roof as much as possible.    Panels must not break the roof ridge line or extend beyond the roof envelope.    Every effort should be made not to have components installed on the ground.
Paragraph 2 Height:    Solar panels must meet the height requirements of Article VII, Sections 16c and 16d.            Panels should not be raised above the roof more than what is required to function.        If panels must be raised such that they are not parallel to the roof, the highest point above the roof should not be more than 24″ above the roof.
Section 3: Wind Turbines
Paragraph 1 Location:    Every effort should be made not to have components other than a tower mounted on the ground.
Paragraph 2 Height:    Wind turbines shall meet the height requirements of Article VII, Sections 16c and 16d as measured to the highest point of the blades.    The location and height of the turbines must be such that if the turbine falls, no part of the turbine will fall on adjacent property.    If a wind turbine is mounted on a structure, the height as measured to the highest
point of a blade shall be no higher than 12′ above the highest point of the structure. Wind turbines mounted on a free-standing pole or tower must not be higher than 41′ as measured to the highest point of the blades.
 
Section 19 Underground tanks
No underground tanks allowed including but not limited to propane, oil, gas, and diesel. Existing tanks will be grandfathered and are not to be replaced or moved.
 
Section 1 Procedure
 
ARTICLE VIII
Variances Hearings – Appeals
 
If due to unusual conditions, the owner finds that compliance with the Building Regulations results in unnecessary hardship, owner may apply for a variance.
A.    The request for a variance shall be made in writing to the W.L.E.P.O.A. stating the reasons for such variance and the type of hardship claimed. The owner shall submit copies of the same letter to adjacent property owners and request them to submit their comments to the Association within thirty (30) calendar days. If no comments are received, it will be assumed that adjacent owners do not oppose the request for the variance.
B.    The owner seeking a variance must submit the site plan showing names and addresses of adjoining property owners and proof that adjoining owners were notified. Such proof shall be submitted by certified mail, return receipt requested, with a copy of letter.
C.    A hearing will be scheduled before the Building Committee within thirty (30) calendar days after receiving proof of service. Notification of the hearing date will be made to the Property Owner and anyone opposing the variance will be made by phone or by Certified Mail, return receipt requested.
D.    The property owner and/or their agent may appear at the hearing on the date indicated and present any facts substantiating the hardship and the reasons why the variance should be granted.
E.    The maximum number of continuances shall be two (2).
F.    The Building Committee shall consider all pertinent facts and submit in writing to the Board of Directors their recommendations together with the reasons for their decision.
G.    The Board of Directors, after reviewing all the facts and the recommendations of the Building Committee, shall be responsible to render the final decision regarding the variance application.
 
ARTICLE l X
 
WALLENPAUPACK LAKE ESTATES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION REGULATIONS FOR LANDSCAPING – TO INCLUDE
DRIVEWAY-PARKING AREAS-RETAINING WALLS-SITE DRAINAGE-CULVERTS-STRUCTURAL PLANTERS-GRADE CHANGES.
A.    GENERAL
1.    All landscaping performed within the bounds of the Association, shall require a non-fee permit, with the following exceptions:
a.    Property Owners performing any landscaping operation requiring manual equipment only.
b.    When W.L.E.P.O.A. Building Permit issued for construction of a home is in effect. Upon submittal of a landscaping proposal and its approval by the Wallenpaupack Lake Estates Building Compliance Officer, a Non-Fee Permit will be issued.
2.    Landscape construction of retaining walls or involving elevation changes require a drawing reproduced from the resurvey showing    the retaining wall boundaries and/or the elevation change.
3.    No creosote wood may be used within the bounds of Wallenpaupack Lake Estates. No creosote may be applied to existing wood.
4.    All landscape contractors are required to comply with the requirements in the Building Regulations pertaining to Contractors Vehicle Passes and Insurance Certificate.
5.    The total area of impervious surface improvements on a lot, including all buildings and paved and concrete surfaces, shall not exceed 33% of the lot area.    On two combined lots the impervious area shall not exceed 20% of the lot area.
B.    DRIVEWAYS
1.    Driveways shall be constructed exactly as shown on resurvey.
2.    The driveway entrance can be a maximum width of 20 feet.
 
3.    No permanent construction shall be constructed upon an Association drainage easement.
4.    Existing right-of-way grades shall NOT be changed.
5.    All driveway fills shall be of suitable material subject to the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
 
C.    PARKING AREAS
1.    Parking areas shall be constructed exactly as shown on the resurvey.
2.    All parking areas within W.L.E. utilities easement, which must be removed and/or
replaced, will be done at the owner’s expense. No permanent construction is permitted.
3.    No parking area may be constructed within a WLE Right-of-Way without written approval of the Building Compliance Officer.
4.    Parking area fills shall be of suitable material subject to the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
5.    After the Letter of Compliance is issued for the dwelling, no parking area may be constructed without obtaining a landscaping permit.
 
D.    SITE DRAINAGE & CULVERTS
1.    Unless specifically authorized by the Association, NO drainage pattern or storm water flow may be altered.
2.    No property owner (other than WLEPOA or the Association) may direct additional drainage of surface water onto or into the road right-of-way or adjoining property without a landscaping permit.
3.    Where a drainage ditch or swale exists, and a culvert pipe is required, a pipe of materials conforming to Penn Dot form 408, Section 600 and of a size determined by the Association, shall be installed along the center line of the drainage ditch or swale in accordance with Penn Dot standard details. Ends of culverts must be properly finished with a head wall.
4.    The final determination of the need for and location of drainage ditches and swales rests
with the Association.
5.    A culvert requirement determination shall be made by the Association on the date of issuance of the “Lot Clearing Permit” or later if conditions warrant.
6.    The culvert, if required as part of a new house building permit, must be in place and installed to the above specifications prior to the issuance of a “Letter of Compliance”.
E.    RETAINING WALLS
1.    A retaining wall shall be considered to be any non-dwelling wall built to keep a bank of earth or other materials from sliding.
2.    No retaining wall may be constructed upon any Wallenpaupack Lake Estates drainage easement or right-of-way without obtaining a landscaping permit allowing such work.
 
PENALTIES
1.    The Association shall impose a fine, as stated in the fine index, on any contractor or owner who violates any of the provisions of the driveway, parking areas, retaining walls, site drainage and culvert regulations.
2.    If the contractor or owner fails to comply with the driveway, parking area, retaining walls, site drainage and culvert regulations within thirty (30) days after the imposition of the fine, W.L.E.P.O.A. will correct the violation and bill the contractor or owner for the corrective action
3.    No “Letter of Compliance” will be issued by the Association until all driveways, parking area, retaining walls, site drainage, and culvert construction is in full compliance.
 
ARTICLE X
Fine Assessment
 
Failure to comply with the W.L.E.P.O.A. Rules and Regulations will result in the assessment of fines on the Contractor/Owner, as noted in the “Fines Index” included in these regulations. All fines must be paid within Thirty (30) days of notification that a fine has been assessed. A recurring offence will continue to double in fine fee.
 
ARTICLE XI FINE INDEX
ARTICLE 1: (BUILDING PERMIT REQUIREMENTS) FINE $500.00
(Building Permit Requirements) Clearing or construction without first obtaining a Lot Clearing or Building Permit or deviation from the submitted plans without approval.
ARTICLE lV: SECTION 2: (PROCEDURES) FINE $500.00
Continuing construction before obtaining approval of the resurvey.
ARTICLE V: SECTION 1: (BUILDING PERMIT – W.L.E.) FINE $500.00
Failing to enclose the exterior of the building including roof, siding, doors, and windows within six months. The fine will be assessed each six-month period the building exterior is not completed.
ARTICLE VII: SECTION 14 (BURNING) FINE $1000.00
Open burning of debris or construction materials.
ARTICLE VII: SECTION 11 FINE $500.00 plus Damages
Moving construction equipment not equipped with rubber tires without a flatbed trailer.
 
ARTICLE VII: SECTION 1 (ADVERTISING SIGNS) FINE $25.00
Advertising signs are not permitted.
ARTICLE lV: SECTION 2: (TREE REMOVAL) FINE up to$1000.00 PER TREE PLUS
REPLACEMENT for removal of trees unnecessary for construction or without approval.
ARTICLE VI: SECTION 4: (TREE REMOVAL) FINE up to $1000.00 PER TREE PLUS
REPLACEMENT for cutting or topping of trees without a permit.
ARTICLE VI: SECTION 5: (UNSIGHTLY BUILDING SITE) FINE up to $1000.00
Unsightly building site as determined by the Building Compliance Officer or Building Committee.
ARTICLE VI: SECTION 15: (STOP WORK ORDER) FINE $250.00 PER DAY
Continued construction after Stop Work Order is issued.
ARTICLE VI: SECTION 13B: (MODULAR HOMES) FINES $250.00 PER DAY
Failing to set modular on foundation or remove trailers within forty-eight (48) hours.
ARTICLE VII: SECTION 2: (TEMPORARY RESIDENCE) FINE $1000.00
Temporary structure or outbuildings utilized as a residence.
ARTICLE VII: SECTION 12: (COMMERCIAL VEHICLE PARKING) FINE $100.00
Overnight parking of commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross weight.
ARTICLE VII: SECTION 13: (VEHICLE PARKING) FINE $10.00
Vehicles parked on W.L.E. roadways.
ARTICLE VII: SECTION 15: (COMPACTOR) FINE $1000.00
Contractors or Sub-contractors using W.L.E. compactor.
 
VIOLATIONS OF THESE BUILDING REGULATIONS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE VIOLATIONS FOR WHICH SPECIFIC FINES HAVE BEEN LISTED, WILL RESULT IN A FINE OF
$100.00 PER VIOLATION.
ANY VIOLATION OF THESE BUILDING REGULATIONS, IN ADDITION TO ANY FINES, MUST BE CORRECTED AND BROUGHT INTO COMPLIANCE WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS.    FAILURE TO COMPLY WITHIN THIS TIME FRAME MAY RESULT IN THE P.O.A. OBTAINING A CONTRACT TO BRING THE PROPERTY INTO COMPLIANCE AT THE PROPERTY OWNERS EXPENSE.