City Services & Closures

City Hall

City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. If you need assistance, please call (717) 291-4711 or email



Public Meetings

All City of Lancaster board and commission meetings (including but not limited to the Historical Commission, Shade Tree Commission, and Planning Commission) scheduled through the end of March are now cancelled.


City Council committee and regular meetings through the end of March are cancelled.


The Lancaster City Land Bank Authority and City of Lancaster Redevelopment Authority March meetings are cancelled. If you have questions about another upcoming authority meeting, please contact the authority directly.



Street Sweeping

Street sweeping has resumed, following the regular posted schedule.



Street sweeping, metered parking and residential permit parking enforcement has resumed.



Parks & Playgrounds

Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park and the petting zoo at Long’s Park are closed to the public until we reach the green phase.


While our other parks remain open, please note that playground equipment and structures are not being sanitized. We strongly discourage the use of playground equipment, any contact sports and gatherings of people who do not reside together until further notice.


Reservations for park pavilions and activity permits will only be accepted by phone and/or email at this time. Payment will not be accepted in person. Checks can be mailed now, or payment provided when normal operations resume. Reservations will be confirmed and permits processed at that time. Visit the Parks page for applications. For Long’s Park events and park pavilion reservations, please call (717) 291-4835 or email For facility and activity permits for larger events in other public spaces, please email



Solid Waste, Recycling and Yard Waste

At this time, regular trash and recycling collection is operating on a normal schedule. Effective Monday, March 30, Penn Waste will be enforcing the following collection mandates in an effort to protect their front-line team members and as a result of having a limited workforce during this COVID-19 pandemic:


All trash must be bagged and tied. Loose items will not be collected.


All recyclable materials must be placed inside your recycling container(s), including your flattened cardboard. Recyclable items left outside of your recycling container will not be collected.


Penn Waste will enforce existing bag limits. For Lancaster City, that is a limit of six (6) 32 gallon/30 pound bags of trash.


All of the above actions are being put in place to help protect the health and safety of Penn Waste’s team members. After the COVID-19 crisis is over, they will resume normal collection practices and reinstate bulk item collection services.


The Recycling Drop-Off Center is once again open for business. Hours are limited to 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. It will remain closed on Saturdays at this time. Only one person will be allowed in the bay at a time, and all visitors must wear a mask. Please have your materials pre-sorted when you arrive to keep the line moving.


Yard waste collection will resume on May 4. Because collection for May was supposed to begin on May 1, the collection scheduled for Friday, May 1 will now be done on Friday, May 8.


Bulk item (couches, tables, chairs, mattresses, box springs etc.) collection will resume on May 4 as well. City residents are permitted to place one bulk item at the curbside in lieu of two bags or cans of trash weekly.


If you have questions, please call the Solid Waste Hotline at (717) 291-4744.


City of Lancaster Office of Promotion and Visitor Center

The Lancaster City Visitor Center is closed to the public until further notice. If you need to contact the City of Lancaster Office of Promotion, please email or call (717) 291-4758 to leave a message with a callback number.