Building Permit FAQ's

Q. When do I need a building permit?

Borough Ordinance requires that the Property Owner or his Authorized Agent (Contractor) shall file a building permit application for any proposed construction or electrical, plumbing, or structural repairs.  

An example of construction, repairs, or alterations would be:

  • New Construction

  • Wooden Decks / Patios

  • Public Sidewalks

  • Fences over six (6) feet in height

  • Accessory Structures

  • Sheds

  • Wood or Coal Stoves

  • Additions  

  • All Electrical / Plumbing Work

  • Lateral Sewer work requires a Building Permit.  (It may also require a Street                  Cut Permit, if applicable)

                 Please see Building/Zoning Permit FAQs for detailed information.

Q. Where can I get a building permit application?

You may obtain a permit application either through the Borough Secretary or  by printing the appropriate form to the right of the screen and submitting it to the borough office with payment for processing.   Forms of Payment accepted: Cash, check or money order. 

Q. May I park my vehicle or trailer on the lawn?  

          No, parking is not permitted in the yard.  You may obtain a zoning permit application to                create a parking area on your property using the appropriate materials.  See the                        Zoning Ordinance (Ecode found at the bottom of the page, and search parking and                    driveways)

Q. What information will I need to supply with the building permit application?
  • A proof of worker’s compensation insurance for any Contractors and Sub-contractors.

  • Site Plan Drawing showing the dimensions and location of any sidewalk, driveway, fence, shed/garage or additions.


Q. When can I start work on the project?

No work may begin until the Codes Officer has issued the Building Permit Card. Most permit applications will be processed within 5-10 business days of submission to the Codes Officer.


Q. What are the fees for the Building Permit Application?

See "Fee Schedule" to the right of the screen, for calculation of fees depending on the type of work you are planning. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the Paxtang Borough Office at (717) 564-4770 between the hours of 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Last updated:5-2018