Building Permits

Building permits are required to construct, enlarge or demolish a building, change the use/occupancy of a building or structure, or to install or alter any plumbing, electrical or mechanical systems or equipment. The following require permits:

  • Accessory Structures
  • Addition/Alterations of Electrical/Plumbing Systems
  • Chimneys
  • Decks/Porches
  • Garages
  • Mobile Homes
  • Repair of Sewage Lateral
  • Repairs and Remodeling Structural Alterations
  • Sheds
  • Sidewalks/Driveways in Public Right-of-Way
  • Swimming Pools
  • Wood/Coal Stoves Enclosed Patio New Construction

Building Permit Application

A building permit application must be completed that includes:

  • A plot plan (survey) showing the location of the proposed work to ensure zoning compliance
  • A set of construction drawings with a Pennsylvania architectural or engineering seal (when required) showing the floor plans, structural components, floor and roof spans and materials list
  • Deed, worker's compensation, and a sewage or on-lot septic permit (when required)


Once a completed application is submitted, review and permit issuance for residential construction take seven to ten days. Commercial construction reviews will take more time due to the content of materials and a required disability and accessibility review. All required inspections will be listed on the building permit placard when issued. Inspections must be scheduled 24 hours in advance on a first come, first served basis. No work shall commence until a permit has been issued.

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to the Building/Code Enforcement Department at 724-745-8880. Applications can be obtained at the office or printed from Permit / Applications.