Permits & Licenses

Overview of Zoning & Building

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 accessory structures less than 1,000 square feet or roof replacement, may be exempted from the building code and building permits, but proper set-back distances, height, use, and other zoning issues must still be complied with. Regardless of whether the construction that takes place requires a building 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 building 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/ Building 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 building 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 Randy Howell at the Catawissa Borough Office (570-356-2561) for more information.


Demolition & Building Inspections

Building Inspection Underwriters OF PA, INC. PH (215-322-2626) FAX(215-364-7921)


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.