No, the Township does not require an inspection of a property before it goes to settlement. However, a copy of a valid Manheim Twp. Certificate of Use and Occupancy may be required by the parties involved with the real estate transaction. If there is not a valid certificate of use and occupancy on file for the property, then an Application for Certificate of Use and Occupancy (PDF) is to be filed with a follow-up inspection. Review the Certificate of Use and Occupancy Inspection Checklist (PDF) for specific inspection requirements.
You may request a copy of a valid certificate of use and occupancy by leaving a message on the real estate agent’s voice mailbox at 717-569-6406 ext. 6 or by emailing Code Compliance. Provide the following information: property address, whether the property is a single family residence, townhouse, or duplex; and if the property has a basement and if any portion of that basement has been converted into a finished area (ie. family room, bedroom, etc.) We will check our records for a valid certificate of use and occupancy and provide a copy of the certificate to via fax, mail or email as requested. If the property does not have a certificate of use and occupancy on file, either the property owner or the owner’s agent will need to make application for a certificate of use and occupancy. Applications must be completed at our office during our regular business hours which are 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The filing fee for a residential certificate of use and occupancy is $50.00. At the time of application, we will schedule an appointment for an inspection of the property.