Building & Zoning Permits
Hours: Vary due to Covid – please call
Address: 75 Reserve Lane, Lewistown, PA 17044
**To schedule all inspections please call 717-242-0992; inspections require 24 hour advance notice**
Derry Township has contracted with Bureau Veritas, 75 Reserve Lane, Lewistown, PA 17044, a third-party agency, to administer and grant Building Permits as required by Pennsylvania State Law. Property Owners, or their agents, must apply for building permits at the Bureau Veritas office for any new construction, renovations and demolition. Bureau Veritas also provides the necessary inspection services throughout your project and after the Building Permit is issued. Building Permits are required IN ADDITION TO Zoning Permits that are issued by Derry Township. If you are unsure if you need to apply for a building permit, please check with the Township Zoning Officer before proceeding with your project.
Phone: (717) 248-8151
**Please note that permits include two inspections. Additional inspections are $40/each.**
Zoning permits are required prior to a change in use of land or structure or the erection, construction, improvement, alteration or demolition of any structure or portion thereof. A zoning permit is also required prior to the alteration or development of any improved or unimproved real estate, including, but not limited to, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations or the erection or alteration of any signs specified in the Derry Township Zoning Ordinance. Zoning permits are required for the construction or installation of animal waste impoundments, lakes, ponds, dams, or other water retention basins. No zoning permit shall be required for repairs or maintenance of any structure or land, provided such repairs do not change the use or the exterior dimensions of the structure, or otherwise violate the provisions of the Derry Township Zoning Ordinance. Property Owners may make application for Zoning Permits to the Zoning Officer.
In addition to zoning permits, whenever any subdivision of land or land development is proposed before any contract is made for the sale of any part thereof, and before any permit for the erection of a structure in such proposed subdivision or land development shall be granted, the owner, or his authorized agent, shall apply for and secure approval of such proposed subdivision or land development in accordance with the following procedures for subdivision and land development.
Prior to filing an application for approval of a subdivision or land development within Derry Township, the owner or his authorized agent must meet with the Township for official classification of his proposed subdivision or land development. The Township will determine whether the proposal will be classified as a minor subdivision, a major subdivision, or a land development. At that time, the Township will advise the owner or his authorized agent as to which of the procedures are consistent with the Derry Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. Applicants for subdivision and/or land development plan approval are to contact the Township Manager.
Zoning Board Members
Margaret M. Stewart – Chairperson
Lynn Mitchell – Alternate
Solicitor: Jeffrey Davis, Esq.
(1) appeals from the action of the zoning officer
(2) challenges to the validity of an ordinance or map
(4) special exceptions
(5) unified appeals
The Zoning Board is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to a three year term. The Zoning Board responsibilities include appeals from the action of the zoning officer and challenges to the validity of an ordinance or map. The Board also hears requests for variances, special exceptions, and unified appeals.