Overview of Zoning & Construction
In the past, building and zoning permits were incorporated in one permit. However, since the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC), Act 45 was implemented in 2004, the two permits are now issued separately. A zoning permit is required by the Borough prior to any construction or installation activity to ensure conformity with the Borough’s Zoning Ordinance. Some construction that takes place, such as roof replacement or rain spouting installation maybe exempt from the borough code and zoning permits, but proper setback distances, height, use and other zoning issues must be complied with. Regardless of whether the construction that takes place requires a construction permit, it may still require a zoning permit. Contact the Borough’s Zoning & Code Enforcement Officer for more information about zoning permits.
Once a zoning permit is issued, Catawissa property owners must contact the Borough’s Zoning & Code Enforcement Officer to determine if a construction or demolition permit and/or an inspection is required. Catawissa Borough Council has selected Building Inspection Underwriters of PA, Inc. to ensure that the UCC is properly enforced in the Borough.
Zoning/ Construction Permit
Property owners must complete a Zoning and/or Demolition Permit Application for all new structures and those that change in dimension due to renovation. Zoning Permit Applications are also available from Borough Hall. Part of the application incorporates a site plan that shows the location of the proposed construction including the setback distances from each property line. Applications are reviewed for compliance with the applicable regulations of the Zoning Ordinance. See Zoning Permit Schedule Information for the cost of zoning permits or contact the Zoning Officer.
When a zoning permit is issued, property owners must discuss with the Borough’s Zoning & Code Enforcement Officer if a construction or demolition permit and/or an inspection is required. Property owners must show proof of a valid Catawissa Borough Zoning Permit with their application.
Zoning & Code Enforcement Officer
Call Bob Jones at the Catawissa Borough Office (570-356-2561) for more information.
To schedule a Residential Rental Property Inspection please click here.
Demolition & Building Inspections
Building Inspection Underwriters of PA, Inc. PH (570-344-9681) FAX(570-969-9700)
Zoning & Code Enforcement Contact Form
Should you have questions or concerns, you may use the following form to contact the Borough Office, and the appropriate person will be notified.