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Code Enforcement / Zoning / Building Inspector

Tim Russell
814-827-5300 Extension 313

The Code Enforcement / Zoning Department is responsible for the Enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance as well as the codes that deal with Building Construction, Renovations, and Property Maintenance. All permits are issued in accordance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code by Construction Code Inspectors, Inc. Submissions to the Zoning Hearing Board are processed through this Department.

See the links and sections below for more information.

Workers in Building Site

Building & Zoning Information

Fees are based on construction costs. Use this link to access the building permit form.

Required for the removal of all residential, industrial, and commercial structures. Fees are based upon the type of structure to be demolished. Use this link to access the permit form.

Property Maintenance

Property maintenance inspections are made through this department and are done so in accordance with the 2015 IPMC International Property Maintenance Code. Inspections are made to the interior and exterior of structures as well as the exterior property areas which includes refuse, weeds, and abandoned vehicles. The City also follows the Uniform Construction Code.

Use this link to access the rental inspection checklist, rental license application form, and rental license program informational letter.

Inspections are required to assure that rainwater downspouts are separated from sanitary sewers. These inspections are required when a property is being sold and a certificate of compliance is issued upon completion. Use this link to access the sewer inspection/dye test application.

Sidewalk and Curb Cuts

The repair, replacement, and maintenance of sidewalks in front of a property are the property owners responsibility. To assure that curb cuts are made properly when creating off-street parking, it is the responsibility of the property owner to have the curb cut in accordance with city specifications.

Sign Permits

Necessary for all new signs, changes to signs, and relocation of signs. No sign may be erected, changed, or moved prior to the issuance of a sign permit. Use this link to access the Sign Permit application.

Stormwater Management

This ordinance was established to assure that when land is developed, measures are taken to reduce flood flows and velocities, erosion, sedimentation, and overloading of public facilities.

All subdivisions are governed by the City’s Ordinances/Zoning Ordinances. Plans must make their way through a departmental review, a review by the City’s Planning Commission, and a review by the Crawford County Planning Commission prior to the final approval of City Council. See the subdivision section of the city ordinance at this link and the subdivision application at this link.

Temporary Structure Permits

Necessary for structures such as dumpsters and construction trailers which are temporarily placed for use within the public right of way.

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