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Building Code Permits

Myerstown Borough Construction Code Ordinance
In July of 2004, Myerstown Borough adopted and incorporated by reference the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC).  The Pennsylvania UCC establishes minimum construction standards for virtually all residential and commercial construction activity within Pennsylvania.  

Building Code Permit
To ensure all buildings in Myerstown Borough are in compliance with the Pennsylvania UCC, building permits are required for all major building and property renovations.    Building Code Permit Applications can be obtained at the Borough Offices at the Myerstown Community Center at 101 South Railroad St, or at the link below.  Permit Applications can be submitted either at Borough Offices or at the offices of Light-Heigel and Associates, Inc.

Myerstown Borough Building Code Permit Application (pdf)

All related fees, including fees for permits, inspection fees, plan review fees, etc. are set and collected by the Borough's appointed third-party Building Code Official.

Building Code Official (BCO)
In Myerstown Borough, the Pennsylvania UCC is administered and enforced by the Borough's appointed third-party Building Code Official, Light-Heigel and Associates, Inc.  

Light-Heigel and Associates, Inc. 
Agency #A00036
430 East Main St.
Palmyra, PA 17078
L&I Cert. #003271
(717) 838-1351
light-heigel.com

See the chart below for a quick reference guide to projects that require a Building Code Permit. 

WORDS OF CAUTION…
Please keep in mind that doing work regulated by the UCC without a permit will result in an enforcement action being taken against you by the municipality, and upon conviction, you may be subject to fines and penalties up to and including $1,000 per day of each.

Do I Need A Building Code Permit?
The following is a quick reference guide for common Residential construction projects.
 
MECHANICAL SYSTEMS  
YES - A permit is required  NO - A permit is not required 
 - Install or expand cooling system  - Repair or replace cooling system  
 - Install or expand heating system   - Repair or replace heating system 
 - Convert to different fuel type (e.g. oil to gas)   
 - Install or expand solar system   
 - Install new fireplace or wood-burning stove   

PLUMBING
YES - A permit is required    NO - A permit is not required 
- Add new fixtures  - Repair or replace existing fixtures 

ELECTRICAL
YES - A permit is required  NO - A permit is not required 
- Add new service  - Repair or replace outlet 
- Upgrade service  - Convert outlet to GFI 
- Add new circuitry   
- Install generator   

ADDITIONS and RENOVATIONS
YES - A permit is required  NO - A permit is not required 
 - New construction or complete gut  - Repair drywall 
 - Increase number of dwelling units   - Install or replace carpet or flooring 
 - Convert non-habitable space into
 habitable space (finish basement/attic) 
 - Paint or wallpaper  
 - Close off door or window  - Install or replace siding 
 - Add door or window  - Install or replace gutters or downspouts 
 - Change size of door or window   - Replace kitchen cabinetry 
 - Add or remove ANY wall   - Replace door or window (no size change) 
 - Add or repair egress stairways   

BASEMENTS and FOUNDATIONS
YES - A permit is required   NO - A permit is not required 
 - Conversion to living space   - Repair existing chimney 
 - Install egress opening   
 - Repair foundation cracks or openings   

OUTDOORS
YES - A permit is required  NO - A permit is not required 
 - Replace roof (if removing plywood)  - Replace roof (shingles only)
 - Remove or replace porch, deck, or patio  - Repair existing porch, deck, or patio 
 with no change in size
 - Enlarge existing porch, deck or patio area   - Replace or resurface existing driveway
 with no change in size  
 - Enclose existing porch, deck or patio area   
 - Add roof over existing deck or patio area   
 - Construct any size shed, garage, or carport   
 - Construct or expand driveway area   
 - Construct fence or retaining wall   
 - Add any swimming pool capable of holding
 18" or more water depth 
 
 - Add or expand any impervious areas