Permits

Permits are required whenever a structure is to be erected, constructed, razed, moved, altered, rebuilt or enlarged or the use of a structure, land or water is established or changed for any purpose.  Most projects require a building permit, a zoning permit, or both.

For more information, see below, or contact the zoning department with any questions you have about permits.

Building Permits

The Middle Smithfield Township Supervisors adopted the International Building Codes effective January 1, 2004 as required by Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code - Act 45. Most construction projects require a building permit, although there are exceptions.

Please see information below about Building Permits.  You can also get a copy of the building permit application here:

Building Permit Application

Zoning Permits

A zoning permit is required whenever a structure is to be erected, constructed, razed, moved, altered, rebuilt or enlarged or the use of a structure, land or water is established or changed for any purpose.

Please see information below about Zoning Permits.  You can also get a copy of the zoning permit application here:

Zoning Permit Application

The permit process is well organized and less complicated than it appears. We will work diligently with you throughout this process. Our goal is to issue your building permit in a timely manner.

  • Pick up or download permit applications, handouts and other information concerning the Construction Codes, local requirements and fees prior to beginning any construction or home improvement project.
  • Permit applications can be submitted by either the homeowner or the contractor.
  • Two sets of construction plans, if required, must be submitted with your application.
  • At initial submission the building department will determine the required fees. Initial fees are due at the time of submission and/or prior to review of plans. Once your plans are reviewed by the Building Code Officer, additional fees may be assessed. All payments are due prior to issuance of permits.
  • Once your application is deemed complete and your plans have been approved, your permit will be issued.
  • Construction may not begin until both a Zoning (if required) and Building Permit have been issued. New construction may also require a driveway permit issued by the Township or a Highway Occupancy Permit issued by PennDOT.
  • One copy of your approved project plan will be retained by the construction code office and the second copy must be on the job site at all times for inspector field reference.
  • Permits expire if the construction project is not complete within five years from date of issuance. You must have inspections showing substantial progress of the project at intervals of no more than 180 days.
  • If no building has progressed on your project for 180 days, you may request an extension in writing.

If your permit expires, additional fees will be assessed

Applications and Information

Complaint/Request for Action

Yard Sale/Garage Sale

Zoning Map