Building & Inspection

The Building and Zoning Office consists of the Zoning Administrator and is within the Planning and Development Department. The office reviews all requests for building permits, issues permits, enforces the City’s zoning ordinance and related regulations, and assists the public with questions relating to City requirements and processes for building projects. The Office works closely with Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board.

Uniform Construction Code

The City of Hermitage adopts and enforces the International Code Series for commercial and residential construction as mandated through the Uniform Construction Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Please note, all visitors should consult the PA Department of Labor and Industry website for the current code series and addendums applicable for construction to the Uniform Construction Code and other regulatory statues. 

Inspection Division

The Inspection Division is a part of the Public Works Department and consists of two City inspectors, both certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the State Uniform Construction Code. Inspectors monitor new construction projects in the City - from single-family homes to full residential developments to large retail/office facilities. They also inspect the construction of public infrastructure (streets, sanitary sewers and storm water facilities) to assure compliance with submitted, approved plans and State and local laws.

The inspectors work closely with the Planning and Development Department, Building and Zoning Office, the WPC Division, and the City Engineer. In addition to construction inspection and record-keeping duties, the inspectors also do code enforcement work, particularly relating to property maintenance issues.

Commercial Permit Applications

The City contracts with a third party inspection firm to handle inspections and plan review for non-residential (commercial) permit applications. As of July 2008, the City has contracted with Building Inspection Underwriters (BUI), Erie, PA 877-272-0255 as the City’s third-party inspection firm.