Permits (Building/Zoning) – FAQs

Who can I contact if I have questions about applying or about my application?

Applications may be found online, or picked up at the Planning/Zoning office – 1353 Meadowcreek Lane. All approved permits need to be paid for and picked up at the Planning/Zoning Office. Checks, money orders, and credit cards are accepted for payment. Cash will not be accepted.

1. When do I need a Building Permit?
Because there are so many variables, please email or call the township Planning and Zoning Department for information.

2. When do I need a Zoning Permit?
Whenever any work is planned including new structures, additions to existing structures, signs, fences, driveways, and accessory structures. In general, zoning approval is required for all work except interior renovation/alteration to an existing building which does not result in an expansion or change of use.

3. How do I apply for a permit?
Start by filling out a Building/Zoning Permit Application. Download the application by clicking here, or pick one up at the Planning/Zoning Office located at 1353 Meadowcreek Lane, Lancaster, PA. 

The following will need to be included with your application in order for it to be considered complete and ready for processing:

  • Three (3) sets of construction plans/drawings of proposed work,
  • Site plan showing property lines, existing structures, proposed construction, and distances to lot,
  • Total construction cost of the project,
  • Insurance certificates(s).

Please note, the 3 sets of construction plans/drawings are required to be stamped by an engineer for commercial projects.

4. What happens after I submit my application for a permit?

  • The zoning officer will review applications for zoning compliance and submit comments if changes are necessary for approval.
  • The building inspector will review applications for building code compliance and submit comments if changes are necessary for approval.
  • A building permit will be issued upon payment of the designated fee. The building permit will be accompanied by written comments and the approved plan/drawing. The plans must be kept on the job site and available for inspection at all times. The building permit must be posted in a location that is visible from the main road.

5. Who do I call for inspections?
All inspections are arranged through the building inspector by calling (717) 464-8019. All inspections require a minimum of 48-72 hours notice depending on the inspector’s schedule.

6. How long will it take to process my application?
The average time to process a residential building permit application is ten (10) to fifteen (15) business days. The average time to process a commercial building permit application is twenty (20) to thirty (30) business days.

7. What should I do if I need a Dumpster or POD for my project?
A permit is required for all dumpsters and PODs located in the public right-of-way, even if the work you are doing does not require a permit. Please click here to download an application for Dumpsters/PODS in the right-of-way.