- Go to the Borough Office and visit the Borough
Secretary to fill out a basic questionnaire ask, “What are you planning to do?” and “Where are you
planning to do it?” Then, the Code Official will explain the
requirements (codes/ordinances) regarding your project. An application
for a building permit will be given to you at this time. This initial
contact will provide the resources and information you will need to
make your project a success and avoid potential problems, which could
cost you time and money.
- REVIEW the BUILDING PERMITS PAGE - 95% of all residential improvments require NO BUILDING PERMIT
- ALL COMMERCIAL PROPERTY requires a permit - at minimum a review PRIOR to any construction or work begins.
IF A PERMIT IS REQUIRED - the following outlines the steps that typically happen:
- Submit Application The permit application requires
information about the construction project. You’ll be asked to
document “who” will perform the work, “what” work will be done, “where”
the work will be done, “when” the work will be done and “how” the
work will be done. Sketches, drawings, plans or other documentation of
the proposed work will have to be submitted for review. A fee will be
collected at this time. The permit fee helps defray the cost of the
Code Official’s time spent in the application process, the review
process, and the on-site inspection process. The fee also gives you
access to the Code Official’s knowledge and experience when and if you
have any questions about your construction project.
- Wait During Review Process. The majority of
permit applications are processed with little delay. The Code Official
will determine if your project is in compliance with the construction
codes, with the zoning ordinance, and with other municipal or state
ordinances and statutes.
- Receive Results of Review Process. If compliance
with the code, zoning ordinance and other applicable regulations is
determined, the application is approved and a permit issued. If
compliance is not determined, your application as submitted will be
denied. If you are refused a building permit, you can correct the code
violations or appeal the decision.
- Receive Permit. The building permit is the
document granting legal permission to start construction. You must
proceed as approved in the review process. Inspections required for
your project will be indicated on the permit. Most building departments
require you to post the building permit in a window or other prominent
place at the construction site, keep a copy of the building plans at
the site, and bring any proposed changes to the attention of the Code
Official immediately. Changes will require a review and approval in the
same manner as the original application.
- Arrange Inspection Visits. Each major phase of
construction must be inspected by the Code Official to make certain the
work conforms to the code, the building permit and the approved plan.
The person responsible for the construction project must request each
inspection. Normally, 24 to 48 hours advance notice is required. If an
inspector finds that some work does not conform to approved plans, the
inspector will advise (and possibly provide written notice) that the
situation is to be remedied. If the violation is serious, a stop work
order may be posted until the problem is resolved. Another inspection
may be necessary before work is resumed
- Receive Certificate of Occupancy. When code
compliance is determined, the inspector issues a certificate of
occupancy. This certificate is the formal document, which marks the
completion of your construction project and gives you permission to
occupy your new or renovated building with the knowledge that it has
met the safety standards in your community.