Building Permits

The Hempfield Township Code Enforcement Department enforces the local ordinances adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

Permit Processing Times

  • Residential Permits - 30 BUSINESS DAYS TO PROCESS 
    Requiring Building Codes/UCC Review
  • Commercial Permits 30 BUSINESS DAYS TO PROCESS
    Requiring Building Codes/UCC Review
  • Residential Permits 15 BUSINESS DAYS TO PROCESS 
    EXEMPT from Building Codes/UCC Review

    i.e. Fence or Accessory Structure Under 1,000 Sq. Ft.

When You Need a Building Permit

The Hempfield Township Code Enforcement Department is responsible for the issuance of building/zoning permits for any type of construction such as a new single-family house, new commercial building, or alteration/renovation to:

  • Garage, Shed, Storage Building
  • Gazebo, Pavilion, or Car Port
  • Residential or Commercial Building
  • A roof over Porch or Deck
  • Swimming Pool, Fence, Deck, or Porch

This is a partial list, whatever your plans may be for construction, please take the time to contact the Planning/Code Enforcement Department at 724-834-7232.

Uniform Construction Code (UCC)

In 2004 the State of Pennsylvania adopted a set of standards that regulates new construction and renovations to residential and commercial buildings in the State of Pennsylvania. These standards are collectively known as The Uniform Construction Code (UCC).

In October of 2009, the Hempfield Board of Supervisors voted in favor of adopting and enforcing these building codes for the safety and welfare of the residents of Hempfield Township. In addition, by adopting these codes, Hempfield will have a local involvement in regulating construction in the Township which in turn will preserve property values. Although Hempfield Township has been issuing building permits since 1968, any building permits applied for after July 2004 were required to adhere to the new codes.

At that time residents that applied for permits at the Township for residential work were required to use state-certified inspectors to assure code compliance, while businesses were using the Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg for inspections. Since opting-in to the UCC in October, all permit fees will be retained locally, not sent to Harrisburg, and plan reviews and enforcement will also be handled locally through Hempfield Township. For further information, please contact the Code Enforcement Department at 724-834-7232.

Hempfield Township’s Building Code’s Website

Visit the building code website. This site provides information regarding Pennsylvania’s statewide building code called the Uniform Construction Code (UCC). Hempfield Township enforcement of the building codes (UCC) began in October 2009.

Residential Inspections

The contractor/resident is responsible for contacting the township office to schedule the proper inspection. (A missed inspection could cost you time and money.) Please Note: 24-hour notice is required prior to scheduling any inspection.

Footer Inspection

Footer inspection made after caissons have been drilled or trenches cut and/or forms erected and required reinforcing steel is in place, if applicable; and prior to permit holder scheduling concrete for the site.

Foundation Inspection

Foundation inspection shall be made after the foundation is completed, French-drain is installed, and damp-proofing is applied, and the treated top plate is anchor bolted or strapped in place.

Electrical Inspection

Electrical inspection must be performed by an electrical inspector. The property owner must use the Township’s third-party inspector, Code Enforcement Associates. (Note: A copy of the electrical inspection report will be needed for final inspection, including new swimming pools.) CEA can be reached directly at 412-405-8231.

Structural Framing, Plumbing, Mechanical, & Rough Inspections

Structural framing, plumbing, mechanical, and rough inspection(s) shall be completed when all structural framing is completed and prior to insulation and covering of wall, and the electrical system has been inspected as specified as above.

Final Inspection

Final inspection shall be made after the building is completed, final electric inspection verified, and structure is made ready for occupancy. All final inspections are completed by the Township's third-party inspector CEA and they can be reached at 412-405-8231.

Sanitary Sewer Inspections

Contact the Hempfield Municipal Authority for questions concerning sanitary sewer inspections at 724-834-0911.