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Building Permits & Inspections

This office administers and enforces the City of Allentown’s building, plumbing and electrical codes, which apply to construction, alterations, use, location, occupancy or maintenance of all buildings, structures, and service equipment. The office reviews plans, issues permits and inspects the work.

The City of Allentown has developed a one-stop shop for information for developers and property owners looking for information about the development process and construction regulations.

Depending on your project you may need to coordinate with several City Departments and Bureaus.

For assistance with the building permits and inspections process, please contact:
    Building Office: 610-437-7591
    Business Development Office: 610-437-5964

    Step 1: Zoning Application

    The first step in the Property Development Process is to determine if you need a zoning permit. 

    Step 2: Codes Requirements

    Contact the Building Construction Office to discuss the code requirements for your project. The Building Office will guide you through the development process and let you know if you need to apply for permits and submit plans. 

    Step 3: Permit Application

    Apply for permits and submit plans, if required. 

    Step 4: Plan Review

    The majority of permit applications are for simple projects that do not require extensive plan review. In these instances, permits can be issued immediately. If your project requiring the Code Official and other professional to review your plans, it may take several days to complete the plan review and to receive your permit. 

    Step 5: Receive the Permit

    After your permit application is approved, you will pay for and pick up your permit. The permit is the document granting legal permission to start construction. You must post the permit in an area visible from the street. 

    Step 6: Inspections

    Contact the inspector listed on your permit to request an inspection for the work you have completed. Please see these notes for information on inspection requirements. 

    Step 7: Certificate of Occupancy

    When you complete your project, and pass the final inspection, the inspector will mail a Certificate of Occupancy to you.


    For a visual roadmap, click here.