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Office: 570-788-3547
Police (non-emergency): 570-788-4111

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Welcome to Butler Township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Learn more about our township: Area Overview, Economic Development, Education, History, Hours and Directions, Map, and Recreation. Need assistance? Call us at 570-788-3547... we're eager to help!

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Butler Township Government

Explore Municipal Government in Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA.

Browse through many areas, including: Budget and Taxes, Meeting Information, Other Boards and Commissions, Staff, Supervisors, and Voting.

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Butler Township Municipal Building

Residents benefit from many Services here in Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA.

Services in Butler Township include: Ambulance, Emergency Management, Fire, Planning Commission, Police, Taxes, and Zoning.

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Central location for Document Downloads here in Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA.

The officials of Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA, want to make access to government documents easy. Download new Government Documents right here.

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Butler Township News

The Latest News from Butler Township, Pennsylvania.

If you are looking for the latest news and information about Butler Township, we will post it right here in the Butler Township news section.

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Butler Township Contact Us

It's easy to Get in Contact with Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA.

We've made it easy to contact Butler Township government through this web site, either by email, telephone or traditional mail. Click here to contact us.

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Welcome to Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA


Butler Township is a mostly rural township in southern Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, that is nestled in the Sugarloaf Valley with mountains to the north and south. The township is a unique community that offers an attractive rural setting within a convenient commute to larger areas for business, shopping and cultural experiences. 

Visitors to this website can read about township history, learn about the township’s government, view details of the many services for residents and businesses in Butler Township, and more. Site visitors can also download the township’s budget and copies of various permit applications.


Butler-Township-wastewater-facility1Butler Township’s wastewater treatment center, located in St. Johns, serves approximately 2,000 customers in the township.

The facility was completed in December 2009 at a cost of about $18 million. It is rated for 2.2 million gallons of water a day.



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Customers can also mail their bill payments to Diversified Technology, P.O. Box 509, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. Payment is also accepted at the Butler Township municipal office.

To reach Diversified Technology’s customer service department with questions about your bill, call 877-330-1699. 


Welcome to the Services Overview section of the Butler Township website.

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Butler Township Zoning Hearing Board

Meeting Dates & Times: 6:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month

Board members:

  • David Kostanesky, Chairman
  • Robert Rossi, Secretary
  • Alex Grossi
  • Robert Palermo
  • Brian Kisenwether


Zoning Permit Information

pdfButler Township Zoning Zoning Permit Information105KB


Zoning Map

pdfButler Zoning Map (aerial) 0214173.95MB


Download Forms, Applications; Ordinance



Stephen A. Seach, Esq.
The Seach Law Offices
466 State Route 93
Sugarloaf PA, 18249


Zoning/Code Enforcement

Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer
Thomas Percosky, Sr.
83 Corporate Drive,
Drums, PA 18222

Phone: 570-788-3547, option 6
Fax: 570-788-5938
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Office Hours:

  • Monday, 7 a.m. to noon
  • Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 7 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, 7 a.m. to noon.


Building Code Official

Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer Assistant
Ralph “Sonny” Kelchner
83 Corporate Drive
Drums, PA 18222

Phone: 570-788-3547, option 5
Cell Phone: 570-854-2625
Fax: 570-788-5938
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Please Note:
Butler Township Tax Collector Nancy Frederick announced that cash will not be accepted for payment of taxes beginning May 1, 2018.
Payments can be made with check or money order only after that date.

Butler Township Tax Collector: 

Nancy Frederick
383 W. Butler Drive
Drums, PA 18222
Office: 570-708-8924
Fax: 570-708-8930
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

pdf2020 Tax Information322.35 KB05/12/2020, 4:08 PM

Butler Township Road MaintenanceButler Township’s Roads Department maintains 52 miles of township-owned roadways, which includes more than 125 streets throughout the township.

The road crew, which includes Roadmaster Charles Altmiller, a working road foreman and others, handles duties such as road paving, line painting, street sweeping, berm work, pipe repair, park maintenance and road plowing. The department’s fleet of vehicles includes a backhoe, loader, paver, street sweeper, roller, bucket truck and dump trucks that are capable of tasks such as paving, plowing, street sweeping and excavating.

Each township road has a right of way, which means the township has a legal right of passage over someone else’s land and the strip of land over which a public road has been built. The right of way, which begins at the center line of the road, varies from 33 feet on smaller streets to 50 feet on larger streets.

The property owner is responsible for the maintenance of the township right of way and should not build anything in that area. Property owners must contact the township office when installing, repairing or altering a driveway that sits on or crosses a township right of way.

During winter weather, Butler Township road crews will work their hardest to keep township roads open and passable. However, that may be difficult during times of heavy snowfall or high winds. In cases such as those, plowing may be temporarily suspended until snowfall rates or wind speeds decrease.

To help ensure that snow removal is as efficient as possible, residents and visitors should park their vehicles in garages, driveways or parking lots and not on township roads.

If grass is damaged by a plow, township crews will try to repair the damaged areas in the spring.

report-problemNeed to report a pothole or missing sign? Click here to fill out the online form.

Contact the Butler Township Police Department at 570-788-4111

from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., or call 911 after hours or in case of emergency.

Butler Township Municipal BuildingThe Butler Township Police Department provides services to residents and businesses in the township seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The department, which includes Chief of Police William Feissner and other officers, patrols an area over 36 square miles that includes about 85 miles of state and local roads. The department also provides assistance to local, state, and federal agencies at their request.

The mission of the Butler Township Police Department is to provide the community with the highest quality of law enforcement services. The department strives to continually improve the public’s perception of community safety through eradication of criminal activity and any conditions that have a detrimental impact on public safety.

The police department builds upon its tradition of excellence in service to all. The department continues to seek support and cooperation from the community it serves and from those who serve the community. The organizational culture is responsive to new ideas and is one in which all employees are given the opportunity to develop to their highest potential and see themselves as agents of change. Members of the department base all their relationships on the premise that the public and police are one.

Butler Township PoliceThe police department participates with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR). Crimes are divided into Part I offenses, which are serious crimes, and Part II offenses, which are less serious crimes.   The department is also part of the Mid-Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN). MAGLOCLEN, administered by the US Department of Justice, provides intelligence databases, equipment, analytical products and training in a combined effort with other member agencies nationwide and internationally. 

Each officer specializes in various aspects of policing. Officers have received in-depth training in criminal, accident and fire/arson investigations.

Since 2007, an officer has received specialized training concerning school violence. The training encompasses not only the tactical response, but also the psychological factors that precipitate an event. This information has been shared with teaching staff and community groups though presentations. The department has also taken the concepts and adapted them to combating workplace violence.

Department members are required to receive 12 hours of continuing education provided by the municipal Police Officers Training and Education Commission. In addition, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid skills and firearms training must be kept current. Department members are certified twice per year by an in-house instructor with their on-duty weapon, off-duty weapon and department shotgun. Officers are also required to be certified in less-lethal weapons such as oleoresium capsicum, batons and tasers.  Specialized training and certification relating to the department rifle is provided during the year.

Each department member is allowed to attend non-mandatory training whenever it is possible. Due to the size of the department, information obtained during these courses is shared with other members to provide the department with the most current tactics and methods of policing.

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