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Pennsylvania Open Records Act Information

The New Hope Borough Open Records Officer is the Borough Manager, John Burke, who may be contacted at 215 862 3347 or

The Open Records Officer performs specific functions under state law:

• receives requests for public records,
• directs requests to other appropriate persons within the Borough or to the appropriate persons in another agency,
• tracks the Borough's progress in responding to requests, and
• issues interim and final responses.

When the Open Records Officer receives a request for a public record, he or she will:

• stamp the date of receipt on the written request,
• compute the day on which the five-day response expires and make a notation of that date on the written request,
• maintain an electronic or paper copy of a written request, including all documents submitted with the request until the request has been fulfilled, and
• create a file and keep all of the following:
• the original request,
• a copy of the response, and
• a record of written communications with the requester.

If the request is denied, the written request will be maintained for 30 days.

If an appeal is filed, the records will be maintained until a final determination is issued or the appeal is deemed denied.

All requests for public records of New Hope Borough must be specific in identifying and describing with sufficient detail each public record requested.

The Open Records Officer, or his or her designee, shall be present when all public records are inspected and examined.

In no case shall New Hope Borough be required to create a public record which does not exist or to compile, maintain, format or organize a public record in a manner in which New Hope Borough does not compile, maintain, format or organize the public record.

The Open Records Officer is responsible for charging reasonable fees for the duplication of public records.

Open Records Act Request Form

Additional information is available at the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records website.

Applications, Forms & Guidelines

The following permit applications, forms and guidelines are available in PDF format and viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader or a similar program. If you need a current version of Acrobat, click here. Other forms are available at 123 New Street or by calling 215 862 3347.


Community Room Guidelines, Policies, and Forms

Alcohol and Catering Now Prohibited at Comunity Room

Application for Positions on Advisory Boards and Selection Policy

Business Privilege License and Tax Application

Open Records Act Request Form

Request for Service/Complaint

TV, Film and Video Production Application

Procedures for Liquor License Transfers

Liquor License Transfer Application

Life Partnership Registry

Joint Life Partnership Declaration

Joint Life Partnership Change of Address

Individual Life Partnership Termination Statement

Joint Life Partnership Termination Statement


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Advisory Boards and Commissions

Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) Application for Certificate of Appropriateness

Application for Permit to Use Borough Parks

Shade Tree Commission Application

Shade Tree Commission Approved Plant and Shade Tree List

Zoning Hearing Board Application

Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals Application

Code Enforcement


General Information on Land Use and Construction Projects

PaDEP Asbestos NESHAP Regulations

Zoning Code

New Business Information and Forms Packet

Use and Occupancy & Use Registration Information & Application

Landlord Registration Statement and Application

Zoning Permit  Application

Sign Permit Application

Construction Codes

Construction Permit Procedures

Building Code Permit Application

Plumbing Code Permit Application

Mechanical Code Permit Application

Electrical Code Permit Application

Temporary Structure/Tent Application


Land Use

Professional Services Agreement for Sketch Plan Review

Sketch Plan Application

Professional Services Agreement for Subdivision and Land Development Applications

Subdivision and Land Development Application

Conditional Use Application

Change of Zoning Application

Stormwater Management Plan Application

Streets, Sidewalks, & Driveways

Road Opening, Sidewalk and Driveway Application

Police Department

Police Services Reimbursement  Agreement

NOTE: The applications and permit forms will open in a new window. Once you print the form, close the window and you will still be on the main Borough web site.



Council Minutes

The minutes of Borough Council meetings are available by clicking here.

Borough Newsletters

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Spring 2014


Other Documents

Comprehensive Plan, July 2011

Open Space Plan, May 2010

Parking Management Study, Executive Summary, May 2010

Landmark Towns of Bucks County Strategic Wayfinding Plan, September 2009

Landmark Towns of Bucks County Catalytic Projects Report, September 2009

Riverfront Revitalization Strategic Plan, 2008

Sidewalk Repair Guide, May 2010

Snow & Ice Control Plan, November 2010

Delaware River Flood Task Force Report, April 2010

Pa Act 44 Annual Disclosure Statements for Municipal Pension Plans


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