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City of Williamsport
Williamsport City Hall
245 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701


 

Williamsport Construction Codes



Construction Projects, Building and Remodeling all require Zoning approval, the issuance of a Building Permit and possibly other permits and approvals.

Before beginning any project, you should check with the Bureau of Codes for help in determining what, if any permits and approvals are required.

 






 

What, When, Why do you need a Building Permit? Review this page for important information regarding construction activities in the City of Williamsport.

 

Information on Inspections Required Find out what inspections are required for your construction project.
Required Plans & Drawings A useful list of which types of plans are needed for construction projects.
Permit and License Fee Schedule Complete list of fees associates with permits and licenses in the City of Williamsport.
Third Party Electrical & Handicap Inspectors All electrical work and work on handicap access compliance performed in the City of Williamsport must be insepcted by third party Electrical or Handicap Inspectors that have been approved by the Bureau of Codes to perform these required inspections. Check here for List of 3rd Party Inspectors
Fire Protection Systems Information on the use and placement of smoke detectors, excerpted from the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code Book
Permit Forms Downloadable Permit Application Forms
   


Required Inspections

Contact Information - All notification must be received at least 24 hours in advance



Required Inspections Brochure Zoning Official Building Official
Williamsport Codes - PricingClick Here to Download
This brochure contains all the information in the section below.
Gary Knarr
245 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
(570) 327-7527
Joe Gerardi
245 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
(570) 327-7584



Zoning Inspection
Zoning Official Inspection
Prior to beginning construction, the exterior walls of the proposed building or building addition must be staked out and inspected to verify setback requirements.
Footer Inspection
Building Official Inspection
When the footer has been formed and any reinforcement has been installed, the work must be inspected prior to any pouring of concrete.
Foundation Inspection
Building Official Inspection
When the footings, foundation walls, anchor bolts, waterproofing, drainage tile, insulation and reinforcing are in place, BUT before backfilling of the foundation.
Rough Plumbing Inspection
Building Official Inspection
When all rough plumbing, plating and hangers have been installed. This applies to both the domestic and sanitary lines. Please call for information on testing method.
Rough Mechanical Inspection
Building Official Inspection
When duct work, hot water base board piping, chases, cutting, plating has been installed. R-Values of insulated ducts must be visible.
Rough Wiring Inspection
Third Party Agency
This inspection is done by a third party inspection agency. A copy of the inspection MUST be forwarded to the Williamsport Bureau of Codes office.
Final Electrical Inspection
Third Party Agency
This inspection is done by a third party inspection agency. A copy of the final inspection certificate MUST be forwarded to the Williamsport Bureau of Codes office, prior to the Certificate of Occupancy being issued.
Rough Framing Inspection
Building Official Inspection
When all framing is completed, windows and doors installed (do not removed the U-Value labels) hangers, tie-downs, fire stopping, fire caulking, stairs and bathroom exhaust system have been installed
Sprinkler Inspection
Building Official & Fire Inspector
When the system is fully installed the sprinkler system shall be tested in accordance with the appropriate NFPA standards
Commercial Cooking System
Building Official Inspection
When a commercial cooking system has been installed a "Puff" test must be performed and inspected.
Insulation Inspection
Building Official Inspection
When insulation has been applied, prior to being covered.
Final Handicap Inspection
Third Party Agency
A final inspection is required for handicap provisions. A copy of the final inspection certificate must be forwarded to the Williamsport Bureau of Codes office, prior to the Certificate of Occupancy being issued.
Final Occupancy Inspection
Building Official Inspection
At this inspection, the final mechanical and plumbing inspections are completed. The final occupancy inspection is made when the project is completed and ready for occupancy. NOTE: No one is permitted to occupy any new structure without the above inspections being completed.
   

Be advised a complete set of drawings must accompany the permit application. Once the project(s) have been approved a permit will then be issued.


Required Plans & Drawings




Site Plans
A site plan is to be submitted for the following application(s):
  • Building location in relationship to setback requirements.
  • Construction of new driveways.
  • Construction of new septic or sewer locations.
  • Construction of new well or water locations.
  • Construction of drainage and water run off control.
  • Construction of roads, streams, flood locations and wetland areas.
Williamsport Codes - PricingClick Here to Download Required Drawings
This brochure contains all the information in the section below.
Floor Plans
Floor plans must be submitted with the following information:
  • All levels of the dwelling such as the basement, first floor and second floor.
  • All plans are required to be drawn to scale.
  • All plans must have dimensions on them.
  • Plans must denote all door and window locations.
  • Any information concerning code requirements, such as emergency egress, windows, fire barriers, access, etc.

     

Wall Sections
All wall sections must contain the following information:
  • All sections must be shown in its entirety.
  • All materials need to be indicated on the sections.
  • All insulation needs to be identified.
  • Floor and roof structures need to be identified.
  • All reinforcing needs to be identified.
Windows & Doors
All plans for windows & doors must have the following information:
  • Rough opening sizes
  • U-Values
  • Indication of which windows are emergency accessible & emergency egress.
  • Indication of the windows which have tempered glass.
Elevation Plans
Elevation plans must have the following information:
  • All elevations must be to scale
  • Grade lines
  • Exterior material indicated
  • Window heights off floor levels
  • Window heights off exterior grade.
Mechanical Drawings
All mechanical drawings must contain the following information:
  • Furnace, heat pump or boiler location and size.
  • Air conditioning unit location and size.
  • The location of all main duct runs.
Electrical Drawings
All electrical drawings must contain the following information:
  • Smoke alarm locations.
  • General lighting fixture locations.
  • GFCI locations.
  • Exhaust fan locations.
  • Panel box location and size of box.
Energy Compliance
You have a choice of the following:
  • Residential
  • IRC, Chapter 11
  • IECC, Chapter 5
  • PA Alternative
  • RES Check
  • Commercial
  • IBC, Chapter 13
  • IECC, Chapter 5
  • Com Check
Plumbing Drawings
All plumbing drawings must contain the following information:
  • Water heater location.
  • General layout of the sanitary system with venting shown.
  • General layout of all domestic lines.

Please note: Additional drawings may be required, depending on the size and type of building.
The City of Williamsport abides by all current International Code Standards, Codified Ordinances of the City of Williamsport, Third Class City Code and by the Uniform Construction Code.
"ICC" or International Code Council may be contacted at:

WWW.ICCSAFE.ORG



Permit & License Fees


Cost of Construction Permit Fee
Add to the permit fee an additional $ 4.00 for the Act 45 Fee.

Williamsport Codes - PricingClick Here to Download License & Permit Fees
This brochure contains all the information in the section below.
$ 0.00 - 999.99
$ 1,000 - 1,499.99
$ 1,500 - 2,499.99
$ 2,500 - 4,999.99
$ 5,000 - 9,999.99
Over $10,000
$ 30.00
$ 35.00
$ 43.00
$ 65.00
$ 130.00
$100.00 plus $ 9.00 for each additional $1,000
Planning & Zoning Permits
Zoning Book is available online
Contractor Registration Fees
Zoning Book
Zoning Map
Zoning Permit
Variance
Special Exception
Conditional Use
Land Development
Easement
Final plan review
+ $ 50.00 for each lot
Sketch Plan Review
Lot Consolidation
Liquor Transfer License
Street Vacation
Zoning Occupancy Permit
$ 40.00
$ 20.00
$ 50.00
$ 250.00
$ 250.00
$ 200.00
$ 300.00
$ 100.00
$ 200.00

$ 125.00
$ 150.00
$ 200.00
$ 200.00
$ 50.00
Building Contractor
Electrical Contractor
Master Plumber
Journeyman Plumber
Apprentice Plumber
Tree Arborist
2-year Contractor
3-year Contractor
$ 80.00
$ 80.00
$ 80.00
$ 50.00
$ 30.00
$ 80.00
$ 120.00
$ 175.00
Other Permits Other Licenses
Event Permit
Event which does not require ANY type of City service. Fee will be waived if event is city co-sponsored.
Special Event Permit
Event which requires at least ONE type of City service. Fee will be waived if event is city co-sponsored.
Mall Permit
Dumpster Permit
Tent Permit
Temporary Pool Permit
Sidewalk Permit
Driveway Permit
Street Tree Permit
Outdoor Seating Permit

Pyrotechnics Permit
Includes Fire Inspection
Bonfire Permit
Includes Fire Inspection
Bleacher Permit
Includes set-up and removal
$ 25.00




$ 50.00




$ 20.00
See App.
$ 30.00
$ 3.00
$ 30.00
$ 30.00
$ 10.00
$ 25.00

$ 100.00

$ 100.00

$ 25.00
Restaurant License
Food Vendor License
Pole Permit
Street Cuts
Curb Cuts
$ 80.00
$ 40.00
$ 15.00
$ 75.00
$ 75.00
   

 

Electrical & Handicap inspectors

 

All electrical work performed in the City of Williamsport must be insepected by third party Electrical Inspector that has been approved by the Bureau of Codes to perform these required inspections.

Approved Electrical Inspectors:

Commonwealth Code
Attn: Dave Holdren
54 North Second Street
Hughesville, PA 17737
570-584-4416
American Inspect
Attn: Dave Yonkin
6235 North 220 Highway Lot 10
Linden, PA 17744
570-321-7611
800-501-6424
Kranz Inspection
69 Academy Road
Cogan Station, Pa 17728
570-494-1450
Yost Electrical
RR 9 Box 283
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570-458-6160

Approved Electrical Inspectors:
     
Code Inspections Inc
Ron Decker
570-547-0488

McTish, Kunkel and Associates
Ben Thomas
570-368-3040

   

 

Fire Protection Systems


Information on Fire Protection Systems
All information is from the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code Book, Chapter 7, Fire Safety Requirements

 

Section 704.1 General
All systems, devices and equipment to detect a fire, actuate an alarm, or suppress or control a fire or any combination thereof shall be maintained in an operable condition at all times in accordance with the International Fire Code.


Section 704.2 Smoke Alarms
Single or multiple-station smoke alarms shall be installed and maintained in Groups R-2, R-3, R-4 and in dwellings not regulated in Group R occupancies, regardless of occupant load at all of the following locations:



Single or multiple-station smoke alarms shall be installed in other groups in accordance with the International Fire Code.


Section 704.3 Power Source
In Group R occupancies and in dwellings not regulated as Group R occupancies, single-station smoke alarms shall receive their primary power from the building wiring provided that such wiring is served from a commercial source and shall be equipped with a battery backup. Smoke alarms shall emit a signal when the batteries are low. Wiring shall be permanent and without a disconnecting switch other than as required for overcurrent protection.


Exception: Smoke alarms are permitted to be solely battery operated in buildings where no construction is taking place, buildings that are not served from a commercial power source and in existing areas of buildings undergoing alterations or repairs that do not result in the removal of interior wall or ceiling finishes exposing the structure, unless there is an attic, crawl space or basement available which could provide access for building wiring without the removal of interior finishes.


Section 704.4 Interconnection
Where more than one smoke alarm is required to be installed within an individual dwelling unit in Group R-2, R-3, R-4 and in dwellings as Group R occupancies, the smoke alarms shall be interconnected in such a manner that the activation of one alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit. The alarm shall be clearly audible in all bedrooms over background noise levels with all intervening doors closed.


Exceptions: 1. Interconnection is not required in buildings which are not undergoing alterations, repairs, or construction of any kind.
2. Smoke alarms in existing areas are not required to be interconnected where alterations or repairs do not result in the removal of interior wall or ceiling finishes exposing the structure, unless there is an attic, crawl space or basement available which could provide access from interconnection without the removal of interior finishes.

* Smoke alarms that are ten (10) years old or older must be replaced. Smoke alarms must be installed according to manufacturer's instructions. NFPA Regulation

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