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Lebanon County Planning Department
400 South Eight Street
Lebanon, PA 17042
(717)274-2801, ext. 2325
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
for building Plans
Julie Cheyney is the head of the Lebanon
County Planning Department.
In 1987, Lebanon County published an interim plan for future
development. It was labeled "interim" since it was designed as a
transition document to update the 1970 plan. In December
2007, a new Comprehensive Plan was adopted for Lebanon County.
You may apply for a Building and Zoning Permit for the
following municipalities in Lebanon County:
approved Resolution 3-23-00 Subject to revision:
A) Each subdivision or land development plan application shall be
accompanied by the required review and recording fees. Fees are payable at
the time of plan submission and plan processing, approval and recording
shall not be completed until all required fees are paid. There
is no refund or credit of fees or a portion of fees when the
subdivider or developer withdraws a plan during the review process or if
approval is denied.
B1) Minor subdivision, not involving new lots: FINAL PLAN $125.00.
2) Minor and Major Subdivision or Land Development with new lots/units:
Number of lots/units Preliminary Plan Fee
Final Plan Fee
||$1600 +$3/lot/unit over 200
||$1400 + $3/lot/unit over 200
Land Development Plan: Commercial, Industrial, Institutional….
Acres - Plan Review Fee
C Municipal Fees must also be paid to the municipality for approval or
disapproval of the plan.
D Engineer Review Fees: All applications involving storm water management
or engineering review shall be accompanied by fees, payable to the County
Engineer (H Edward Black & Associates), as follows:
For review of subdivision and land development plans and requests for
For review of commercial, industrial, or institutional land
developments, resubmitted plans, inspections, and other plans which don’t
qualify for the per lot or unit rate:
A base fee is required for review or inspection based on site
acreage. An additional hourly fee is charged for reviews/inspections
requiring excess time over the base fee.
0-10 acres $400 up to 4 hours
10.01-20 acres $1000 up to 10 hours
20.01 or more acres $2,000 up to 20 hours
An hourly rate of $95 per hour of County Engineer review or
E Recording Fee: $27 for the first four pages, and $5 per page
Building and Zoning Permit Fees
Permit fees are based on your actual cost of construction in
accordance with the following scale:
Construction Cost Fee
$0 - $1,000
(Add $1.00 for every $1,000 or fraction thereof of
construction cost over $1,000)
You may also purchase a copy of township or borough
ordinances from the Planning Department.
Building Code Checklist
Before application, please check the following items that apply with the
|Sewage Permit (On-Lot, Public Tap-On)|
|Public Water Connection Permit|
|Labor & Industry Approval (Commercial and Public
Construction, Multi-Family Dwelling)|
|Curb and/or Sidewalk Permit|
|Building Code Permit|
|Road Encroachment Permit (State,Local)|
|Land Development Approval|
|Transfer of Ownership|
|Animal Waste Storage Facility Permit|
|Worker's Compensation Insurance Certificate|
During the 1950's, a few of the 26 municipalities in Lebanon County
enacted zoning regulations as a tool to facilitate orderly development and
also to aid other laws in the protection of the public health, safety and
welfare. Today, all municipalities have adopted their own zoning laws. Of
these municipalities, 19 have taken advantage of a service provided by the
Lebanon County Commissioners, namely, the enforcement of their own laws by
the Lebanon County Planning Department. The County, in this relationship,
works for the townships and boroughs listed above. The decision-making
process used by the staff of the Department is limited to authority granted
by the municipality through its respective ordinances. The features of the
ordinances that are held in common are listed on this page for the
convenience of applicants; other commonly asked questions relevant to
enforcement are answered in below.
TYPICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What kinds of work require a building and zoning permit?
Generally, a change in use of a building or land; construction
of a building;
any alteration in size or shape of an existing building; a home occupation;
a sign or; removal or relocation of a building.
What kinds of work are exempted form permits?
The following generalizations may not apply in all cases;
however, these are examples of exempted work: painting; re-roofing; and
installing siding; which do not change the principal use of or add a new use
to the building.
However, please take note
There is no exemption for work less than a particular construction cost.
There is no exemption for a building smaller than a particular size.
There is no exemption for a temporary building or use as opposed to a
What information is necessary when applying?
Usually, an applicant should be prepared with a plat plan, the size and
estimated cost of the building or addition, the materials to be utilized in
construction, the contractor's name and address, exact location of property,
and any necessary preliminary permits or prerequisites, (see checklist). The
fee is determined by the estimated construction cost (see permit fees).
When should I apply for my permit and how long is it valid?
Application should be made weeks in advance, not to exceed 90
days before work is to begin. Permits are generally valid for one to two
years and must be renewed thereafter.
What if my plans change after the permit is issued?
Contact should be made with the Department as soon as possible. Most minor
corrections do not require new permits.
Will the estimated construction cost result in an equal
increase in my tax assessment?
Not necessarily; the tax is determined by a body of entirely different and
separate laws which are completely independent of zoning regulations, (see
Office for further information).
Do I need to build according to any building code?
Building Codes are becoming a reality in a growing number of
municipalities. If codes apply in your area, a separate building code permit
is required. Department Officials can explain requirements and procedures.
What about fences, chimneys, bay windows, swimming pools,
tennis courts. . .?
The items mentioned above and many others are treated
differently for each municipality. It is best to contact the Department
with specific questions.
Why drive to Lebanon for a permit?
The office hours are ample and convenient for most. Also,
other County offices are nearby which can provide additional information
(often not kept at home or within easy access) which may be necessary to
process your permit.
How much does it cost my municipality for enforcement
The service is provided at no cost to the municipality.
Permit fees paid by applicants are retained by the County to cover the
expenses of operation.
SUBDIVISION & LAND DEVELOPMENT
|Subdivision and land development regulations exist under the
authorization of the PA Municipalities Planning code. The purpose of the
ordinances are to guide and regulate the planning, subdividing, and
development of land in accordance with established standards.
Subdivision is defined as the division or re-division of land
for transfer or lease, including any change to existing lot lines.
Land development involves improvement of a lot with a
non-residential building, a group of two or more residential or
non-residential buildings and, in many cases, building or paving projects
in excess of 20,000 square feet.|
|Subdivision or land development requires the submission and approval
of a formal subdivision or land development plan prepared by a Surveyor or
Engineer and submitted to the County Planning Department and your local
Township, Borough, or City to obtain approval.|
|Individuals wanting to subdivide or develop land should start with a
simple drawing of the property involved, showing the existing and proposed
conditions. Discussion with County Planing Department personnel and
Township/Borough staff, especially the subdivision planners and zoning
officers, will provide basic guidelines and advice for design.|
|If a decision is made to proceed with formal preparation of a
subdivision or land development plan, a Surveyor or Engineer should be
contacted. Allow plenty of lead time as field work, plan preparation and
plan processing often take three to four months or more.|
|Depending on the subdivision or land development design options
considered, your Surveyor or Engineer may start with a formal sketch plan
which will be reviewed by County Planning Department personnel and
Township/Borough staff for compliance with applicable requirements.|
|The next step is actual site work by the Surveyor, Engineer and his
associates. Site investigation may include surveying, engineering,
sewage testing, contour mapping, utility layout... Following completion
of the field work, the Surveyor or Engineer will draft a subdivision or
land development plan for submission, including all associated documents
|The subdivision or land development plan is submitted to the county
Planning Department and Township/Borough, along with application and
recording fees, to begin the plan approval process. The plan is assigned
a number so it can be reviewed in the numerical order submitted. Staff
reviewing the plan will evaluate it for compliance with zoning and
subdivision ordinances and good planning principles. Additionally, where
applicable, reviews will also be coordinated with the County Conservation
District, Penn DOT, Sewage Enforcement officer, Zoning Officer, County
Engineer, Department of Environmental Protection,.... Review and approval
signatures on the plan must be obtained from the County Planning
Department, Township/Borough Governing Body, Township/Borough Planning
Commission and County Engineer.|
|At the end of the plan approval process, prior to formal approval and
recording, the subdivider or land developer must pay the required
inspection fees and provide a financial guarantee (letter of credit,
escrow account, or similar document) to the approving County or
Township/Borough entity to insure the construction of required plan
improvements such as streets, curbing, sidewalks, storm water facilities,
mandatory paved areas,....|
|Upon completion of the approval process, the subdivision or land
development plan is recorded with the Recorder of Deeds and County
Planning Department Offices. Approval of a final subdivision plan permits
transfer of the lot(s) and authorizes the initiation of construction.
Therefore, the required permits may be obtained (Sewage, Zoning,
building,...) and development may proceed. Where a financial guarantee
has been posted for any site improvements, the developer should contact
the inspecting Engineer, as listed on the subdivision or land development
plan, for inspection approval of any completed work to facilitate release
of the financial security.|
|Please contact the Lebanon County Planning Department from 8:30 AM to
4:40 PM, Monday through Friday at Room 206, Municipal Building, 400 S. 8th
St., Lebanon PA 17042 or by phone at 274-2801 ext. 2325.|