The Chester County Planning Commission is responsible for completing plan reviews under the Municipalities Planning Code (Act 247) and the Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537). The reviews evaluate proposed municipal comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision ordinances, and sewage facilities plans as well as proposed subdivision and land development site plans to assess their consistency with county planning policies and goals. Other reviews handled by the Planning Commission include NPDES (Act 67/68) reviews, Agricultural Security Area reviews, and pipeline related reviews.
Act 247 County Review
Act 247 Referral Application
Under the Municipalities Planning Code (Act 247) any proposed subdivision, land development proposal or ordinance revision, is to be submitted to the County Planning Commission for advisory review. Reviews may be submitted in-person, through the mail, or via the Chesco Self Service online portal.
In-Person or Mail Submittals
Requests for reviews submitted in-person or through the mail must be accompanied by CCPC's Act 247 Referral Application. View application and fee schedule.
The Planning Commission office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm for mandatory services. We are requiring appointments for all plans to be dropped off or endorsed. Please call 610-344-6285 or email the office at email@example.com before you come in. Please note, temperature screening and security procedures will be in place for anyone entering the Government Services Building. Staff is primarily working from home and will continue to provide services and answer questions. To expedite the plan review submission process, visit the online portal.
The Chester County Self Service portal, or CSS, allows for the electronic submittal of proposed subdivisions, land developments, ordinance amendments, and comprehensive plan updates. After creating an online account, municipalities can submit digital copies of development plans and ordinances to be reviewed under Act 247.
- View the Chesco Self Service webpage.
- View How to Guides (including how to register, create an account, and submit plans and ordinances).
- Download Act 247 Municipal Signature Form (for electronic, CSS, submittals)
For reviews requiring a fee, online credit card payments are now accepted. CSS account holders can access the online payment system 24/7 to enter payment information directly. Most major credit card brands are accepted with a 2.25 percent processing fee. Payment by check (mail or in-person) or via credit card at the Planning Commission office also remains available.
This interactive map provides information about subdivisions and land developments reviewed by CCPC since 2012. When you click on the map symbol, you can see the Plan Review Number, numbers of lots or units proposed in a subdivision, the square footage for proposed land developments, and the final CCPC review letter as available. The map allows you to search for a development by municipality or address. View Map
Subdivision and Land Development Activity Reports
These reports list proposed subdivision and land development application submissions referred to CCPC for review under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), Act 247. View Reports
Proposed Ordinances and Amendment Reports
These reports list municipal ordinance amendments and comprehensive plan updates submitted to CCPC for review under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), Act 247. View Reports
Sketch Plan Assistance
One of the most effective ways to make proposed developments fit into your community is to use our optional sketch plan review service. This service is offered free of charge and it brings the municipality and developer together to create a better community. Planning Commission staff is available to meet to discuss sketch plans and will provide an informal review of the plan. Plans can also be submitted to our office using the standard plan submittal process and Act 247 Referral application and choose "Unofficial Sketch Plan" under Type of Review Requested. View Application
Act 537 Sewage Facility Reviews
PA Act 537 requires that Chester County review any proposed changes to a municipality's sewage facilities plan. CCPC conducts these reviews as part of its environmental planning. Learn More
PA Act 67 and 68 Reviews
PA Acts 67 and 68 direct state agencies to consider local land-use plans and ordinances when reviewing applications for the funding of, or the permitting of, infrastructure or facilities. The goals of these two acts are to avoid conflicts with local land use decisions, and to facilitate consistent planning at the local, county, and regional levels. Learn More
Agricultural Security Area Reviews
The Agricultural Security Area Law (PA Act 43) allows the owners of farmland to enroll their property into to an Agricultural Security Area (ASA), which is administered by their municipality. PA Act 43 also mandates that the County Planning Commission review submissions for inclusion into an ASA prior to the ASA submission being approved by the municipality. Learn More