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Starting a Business in Cheltenham

If you are considering opening or starting a new business in Cheltenham Township, we are available and ready to help. 

The first step is to contact the Cheltenham Township Planning & Zoning Department prior to making an offer on any property. Since each business and property is different, this is a vital first step that will help save you money and heartache.
Township staff will help you identify the steps involved in opening your business so you can better plan for the time and costs involved in establishing your business. It may be as simple as filing a business privilege license with the Township or as complicated as requiring zoning relief, a land development application, building permits, and more.  The timeline for this process will vary depending on the complexity of the project.

The Planning & Zoning Department is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to discuss your plans for opening a business.

Henry Sekawungu
Director of Planning & Zoning
215-887-6200, ext. 219

  • Use & Occupancy Permits and Inspection
  • Zoning Hearing Board Determinations & Information
  • Subdivision & Land Development
  • Sign Permits
  • La Mott and Wyncote Historic District Boards of Historical and Architectural Review (BHARs)
  • Fee Schedules for all required permits and inspections

Robert Habgood
Assistant Director of Planning & Zoning
267-809-1811 or 215-887-6200, ext. 216

Scott Lynch
Fire Marshal
215-887-6200, ext. 235

  • Fire Inspection (including potential sprinkler requirements)

Nathan Crittendon
Director of Fiscal Affairs
215-887-6200, ext. 149

  • Mercantile and Business Privilege Licenses

Tom Cignalia
Building Inspector
215-887-6200, ext. 222

  • Building Permits & Inspections
  • Plumbing Permits & Inspections
  • Electrical Permits & Inspections
  • Contractor License & Registration

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To open a restaurant in Cheltenham Township:

Contact the Montgomery County Health Department Willow Grove office at 215-784-5415 to request a Plan Review Packet. Once that packet is completed, call again to request a Plan Review Coordinator.  Once the Plan is approved, a Health Department License should be issued. 

Cheltenham Township   ~   8230 Old York Road   ~   Elkins Park, PA 19027
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM
Phone: 215-887-1000   ~   Fax: 215-887-1561
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