Repairs and Work Not Requiring Permits
Permits are not required for ordinary repairs on the following:
- Roof shingle replacement
- Siding installation or replacement
- Residential play ground equipment
- Window replacement (as long as there are no opening size changes to the bedroom or basement windows)
- Door replacements
- Finished basements (as long as there is no structural work)
- On grade patios
- Sidewalks and Driveways
- Deck floor board replacement only (deck floor boards do not include the supporting structure such as posts, beams, or floor joists).
Work That Requires Zoning Permit Only
Decks (less than 30 inches above grade), detached accessory structures such as sheds, garages, and greenhouses (less than 1,000 square feet), agricultural buildings regardless of size, fences (less than six feet in height), and retaining walls (less than 4 feet in height).
Any Swimming Pool capable of containing greater than 24 inches of water (whether permanent, portable, or inflatable) must obtain a building permit and meet safety barrier requirements.
Residential Permit Forms
Permit Turn Around Time
Informational Guides for Residential Projects
- Residential Building Permit Quick Guide and Application - For building, mechanical, fire, demolition and communications equipment permits.
- Zoning or Sign Permit Quick Guide and Application - For zoning only permits including decks less than 30 inches above grade, detached residential accessory structures less than 1,000 square feet, agricultural buildings, business occupancy permits, fences less than 6 feet in height, retaining walls less than 4 feet in height, and sign permits.
- Residential Deck GuideOpens a New Window.: Detailed requirements and procedures for obtaining residential deck permits. You should also download the Residential Building and Zoning Permit Quick Guide.
- Residential Roof Guide: Detailed requirements and procedures for residential roof permits. You should also download the Residential Building and Zoning Permit Quick Guide.
- Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Packet GuideOpens a New Window.: Detailed requirements and procedures for swimming pool, spa, and hot tub permits. You should also download the Residential Building and Zoning Permit Quick Guide.
- Residential Construction Drawing Detail Guide: Guide for construction drawing details that need to be shown on construction documents.
- Fence Information: Requirements regarding the installation of residential fences.
- Residential Addition Guide: Guidelines for adding an addition to a home.
- Parks and Recreation Fee Application Form
- Residential Finished Basement Guide: Guide of code requirements that may apply to your project.
- New and Used Manufactured Home Permit Guide: Information and requirements for new and used manufactured homes.
- New Industrialized Home Permit Guide: Information and requirements for industrialized homes.
- New Home Business Guide: Information and permit requirements for Home Occupation or No-Impact Home Based-Businesses.
- New Home on Individual Lot Guide: Requirements and procedures for constructing a single family home on an individual lot (not within a planned development).
- Sample Residential SurveyOpens a New Window.: Sample survey for reference purposes.
- Residential Final Inspection Guide: Guide for what is needed at a final residential home inspection.
- Residential Finished Basement Guide: Information and requirements for finished basements.
- Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Credit Program: Used for residential energy compliance in lieu of REScheck or the International Energy Conservation Code.
- Easement Encroachment Agreement Application: Application and Procedures for the installation of fences, pools, or detached structures on easements.
- Small Project Stormwater Management Site Plan
- Demolition Permit Owner Authorization Form
Opens a New Window.Requirements and Procedures for constructing a single-family home on an individual lot (not within a planned development).