Building Permit vs. Zoning Permit – What type of Permit is needed?

Building Permit will apply for a job that falls under the State Building Code (UCC) and which require inspections, such as:

  • Sheds, detached garages and carports if over 1,000 sq.ft. in size
  • Attached garages
  • Additions
  • Fences over 6’ high and retaining walls over 4’ high
  • Replace roof framing
  • Roof over patio or porch
  • Enclosing an existing porch
  • Deck over 30” high
  • Inground swimming pools – also requires fencing
  • Installation of new doors or windows, or replacement doors or windows of a different size or location
  • Most electrical work – including generators
  • Replacement of furnace and HVAC systems
  • All commercial and Industrial remodeling and renovations
  • Business signs/ Billboards
  • Conversions and Change of Use and Occupancy

Building and Zoning Permit Application 2022

Sample Site Plan


  • Alterations/ repairs to residential buildings which do not make structural changes or changes to means of egress (i.e. – replace windows and doors, same size and same location)
  • Installation of aluminum or vinyl siding on a residence
  • Wallpaper, carpet, tile, paint, interior cabinetry – as long as the fixtures are not relocated
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a residence
  • Swimming pools less than 24” high

A   Zoning Permit  is required for all other jobs which typically do not require inspections such as:

  • Sheds, detached garages and unattached carports less than 1,000 sq.ft. in size
  • Fences – up to 6’ high
  • Retaining walls – up to 4’ high
  • Sidewalks and curbing
  • Walkways
  • Driveways
  • Patio or porch with no roof or walls
  • Deck – not more than 30” high
  • Replace roof/ shingles (no framing involved)
  • Temporary business promotion signs
  • Residential Outdoor Firepit area – also needs review and approval by the Fire Department (York Area United Fire & Rescue)

Zoning Hearing Application

Fees associated with Zoning Hearing applications are as follows:
Non-Residential (Commercial & Industrial): $750
Residential: $500

Spring Garden Township contacts with Commonwealth Code Inspection Service, Inc. (CCIS) for building and other inspections.   Information can be found at  When the plans are approved, a Building Permit to be issued.  You will be notified when the permit is ready to be picked up and the fees that need to be paid.


Payment of fees is NOT required up-front.  All fees are collected after plan reviews are completed and prior to issuance of the permit.

  • Zoning Permit fee is $25.00
  • Building Permit fees are based at $25 minimum and $10 per $1,000 of estimated construction cost after initial $3,000 of construction cost PLUS plan review, inspection, administration and state permit fees as calculated by CCIS (Commonwealth Code Inspection Service), our third-party agency who will be reviewing and approving the plans.


  • Stormwater Management plan review $300.00 for small projects; $700.00 for large projects
  • Stormwater Fee $.50 per sq.ft. for projects less than 500 sq.ft. in size
  • Dumpster and POD units $100.00
  • Jiffy John (portable toilet facilities)$10.00
  • Use and Occupancy Certificate $50.00