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PA UCC Customers
PA Uniform Construction Code Updates
take effect October 1, 2018
  • The 2015 editions of the International Codes adopted by UCC regulations, as modified by the PA UCC RAC, are now to be used for construction project design, plan review and inspection purposes.
  • If your project was under contract for design or construction before October 1, 2018, you may submit plans and specifications based upon 2009 ICC Codes, with your permit application, through March 31, 2019. It must be accompanied by an executed copy of your contract.
  • The PA DCED Industrialized Housing Program regulatory update is lagging behind the PA DLI UCC update, so production of new industrialized (modular) homes utilizing 2015 ICC Codes will not take effect until April 1, 2019.
  • 2018 IBC regulations for accessibility are expected to become effective December 31, 2018.

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.