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When is a residential building permit required?
Building permits are required for:
New Homes
Additions including garages, porches, sunrooms etc.
Alterations such as finishing a basement, remodeling kitchens and baths
Swimming pools and spas/hot tubs
Decks where any portion of the walking surface is higher than 30 inches from the finished grade, Photovoltaic (solar) systems
Demolition of a structure larger than 400 square feet
Pre-fabricated or site-built accessory buildings larger than 400 square feet.

Click on the link to go to the Document Center for Submittal Guides for further information on obtaining a residential building permit for any of the above projects. If you should have any questions, or if you would like to request a building permit application by mail, please do not hesitate to contact the Code Compliance Department at 717-569-6406 ext. 6 or by email to

(NOTE: Always check with the Zoning Department before starting any project for the zoning regulations. While some projects may not require a building permit, a zoning permit may be required.)Submittal Guides

Code Compliance (Building and Fire Codes)

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1. What is a building permit?
2. When is a residential building permit required?
3. Is a permit required for a roof replacement?
4. How do I apply for a building permit?
5. Do I need a permit to replace my water heater, furnace, heat pump and/or boiler, etc.?
6. What is a Certificate of Use and Occupancy?
7. How can I obtain a copy of a valid certificate of use and occupancy for my residential property?
8. Is the burning of refuse, leaves and trimmings permitted in Manheim Township?
9. Are recreational fires permitted in Manheim Township?
10. Do I need a permit to install a fire alarm, and/or burglary, panic or robbery alarm system in my home or business?
11. How do I hire a reputable contractor for my construction project and must my contractor be licensed?
12. Do you have any information on decks and deck safety?
13. Do you have any tips on saving energy in our home?
14. What is a radon control system and how do they work?
15. Where can I find information on housing assistance for owners, landlords or developers?
16. Do you have a mosquito complaint?
17. Who are the third-party, non-residential, electrical inspectors contracted by the Township?
18. How do I sign up for news and alert notifications?
19. What are the regulations for posting an "issue sign" (i.e. political signs)?
20. Does the Township require an inspection of a property before the property is sold or title transferred?
21. If I file a complaint with the Township, will it remain confidential?

Manheim Township • 1840 Municipal Drive • Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 • 717-569-6408
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