Building Permits

The Bureau of Code Compliance and Inspections works to ensure public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by building construction, through accessibility, adequate exit facilities, fire safety, light and ventilation requirements and sanitary equipment and facilities.

For any project, commercial or residential, such as additions, alterations or new structures, you must FIRST visit the City of Lancaster Code Compliance and Inspections Office.  Depending on the type of project you are undertaking, you may need to get approvals from various city departments that include but are not limited to Zoning & Planning, Public Works, Engineering, Water Bureau and Waste Water operations.

The Office of Code Compliance and Inspections issues construction permits and Certificates of Occupancy for all projects and conducts all plan reviews and inspections for one and two family dwelling projects, including sewer lateral repairs.

Beginning in 2009, the City embarked on a Public/Private Partnership utilizing approved Third Party Code Agencies for most commercial projects.  If your project is directed to go out to a Third Party Code Agency, we recommend that you research City Council approved firms listed on our website (below) for plan review and inspection service fees.

Associated Building Inspections, Inc. (Ephrata, PA) performs all commercial sewer lateral inspections on behalf of the City (regardless of any other agency selected for the project).  ABI invoices the applicant directly for those services.

Commercial projects may have the following code related fees applied:
- City building permit fee.
- Third Party Code Agency plan review and inspection fee.
- Fire Bureau fee for Fire Permits for all fire system work.
- City building permit fees for all signage.     

Interior demolition permits can be applied for and issued by the City, which allows an applicant to begin clearing work (not new construction) on the interior of a building while building plans are under review.  Floor plans are required.

All fire systems, including alterations to existing systems, must be submitted to and reviewed by the Third Party Code Agency is the City does not have primary plan review responsibilites for the project. All applicants for fire systems should use the City Commercial Building Permit application form. Upon return of the plans to the city code compliance office, the plans will receive a cursory review by the city code staff for placement of control panels, annunciator panels, fire department connections, lock box locations, etc. A separate building permit will then by issued for the project fire system(s).

All fire system work must be performed by a contractor who has a Certificate of Fitness issued by the Fire Bureau, Fire Marshal's Office. 

No work involving the removal, disconnecting or taking out of service any installed fire system or componenet is permitted without notification to and the approval of the fire marshal.

Buildings and structures are not to be used or occupied until a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued by the code official.
Certificates of Occupancy

Questions regarding plan submittals, reviews, permits, permit fees or code requirements should be directed to the appropriate staff member:

Permit Clerks
Lori Parson
Samantha Rutter

Commercial Code Official
Tom Paul

Residential Code Official
Bob Snyder

Commercial Code Official
John Lefever

Bureau Chief, Building Code Official
Gary Horning