Frequently Asked Questions

To All Oxford Township Residents:

The following information is some commonly asked questions from township residents.

FIRE ORDINANCE – Kindling of outdoor fire must be in a noncombustible container with screen of one half- (1/2) inch mesh over the top. Containers must be 50′ from any structure, 10′ from side property line and 25′ from front and rear property lines. Any outside fire not in an approved container must be reported by the person responsible, to Adams County Control prior to any burning. There will be NO burning of any motor vehicles or parts without the Townships permission.

BUILDING PERMITS, MUNICIPAL PERMITS – All projects related to construction, renovation, or replacement require at the minimum a Municipal Permit. This includes sheds, fences, pools, decks, driveways, etc. The scope of the project will determine if additional permits, plan reviews and inspections are necessary. Projects with a value of less that $2500.00 will be reviewed and a permit issued at no cost to the applicant. All required permits must be reviewed and issued prior to the start of any construction. An Adams County Property Improvement Permit is also required if the value of the project is $2500.00 or higher.

DOG LAW – The Township does not have an ordinance on dogs. Any dog complaints should be taken to the State Dog Law Enforcement Officer, Brandon Mitchem at 717-756-4350 or for an emergency 911 and non-emergency 717-624-2101.

HOUSE NUMBERING – All owners/residents are responsible to have house numbers displayed on their home and mailbox, to be visible from the roadway, minimum of 3′ in height & reflective.

FENCE RESTRICTIONS – Any fence or wall may be located up to but not on a property line, easement or right-of-way. A fence or wall in the front yard shall not exceed 4′ in height. A fence in other locations shall not exceed 6′ for residential properties. On a commercial or industrial lot a fence or wall in the front yard shall not exceed 6′ in height., in other locations shall not be higher than 8′. Agricultural lots a fence or wall to contain animals shall not exceed 10 feet in any location.

WEED RESTRICTION – All grass, weeds, etc. must be kept mowed to a level of 6″ inches or less.

SNOW REMOVAL – Snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks within twenty-four (24) hours after cessation of any snow, sleet or freezing rain.

YARD SALE – Permits may be picked up at the Township building. There is a limit of two in any consecutive 12-month period. The complete regulations are available at the office. There is a fee of $5.00 for each permit.

RECYCLING – Recycling services are provided by Neiderer Sanitation and may be dropped off at their transfer station. Click here for more details.

There are penalties connected with all violations.

Please contact the Township Office if you have any questions on these or other Ordinances.

NEW OXFORD MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY – Please contact NOMA for all public water and sewer questions. 717-624-9399 Please find additional information at

GARBAGE – Residents of Oxford Township can choose their own hauler. Neiderer’s Sanitation is located in Oxford Township.