Buildings Permits Information
The Hempfield Township Code Enforcement Department enforces
the local ordinances adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
Contact the Planning & Code Enforcement Department at 724-834-7232,
Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.
To learn about time frames for processing Residential and Commercial
Building Code Permits, please download our
Permit Processing Times notice.
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 (U.C.C.).
Hempfield Township's Building Code's Website
Please click the link above to visit the 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
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
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 U.C.C. 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.
When Do 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:
- New Single-Family House
- New Commercial Building
- Alteration/Renovation to:
- House or Commercial Building,
- Swimming Pool, Fence, Deck, or Porch,
- Roof over Porch or Deck,
- Garage, Shed, Storage Building,
- Gazebo, Pavilion, or Car Port
This is a partial list, whatever your plans may be for construction, please take the time to
contact the Code Enforcement Department at 724-834-7232.
Building Permits - Residential Inspections: 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 of any 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
Foundation inspection shall be made after the foundation is
completed, French-drain is installed, and damp-proofing is applied, and
treated top plate is anchor bolted or strapped in place.
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
Structural Framing, Plumbing, Mechanical, and 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 shall be made after the building is completed, final
electric inspection verified, and structure is made ready for occupancy.
Sanitary Sewer Inspections
Contact the Hempfield Municipal Authority for questions concerning
sanitary sewer inspections at (724) 834-0911.
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