The Building and Zoning Department is responsible for administering the building and zoning codes of the Borough. Ordinances are enforced according to professional standards in accordance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, and other appropriate statues of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Ensuring safety and protecting property values...

Permits Required

Why Permits Are Important

There are many important reasons to obtain the required building permit(s) and to obtain the required inspections for your construction project.

Helps protect property value

Your home is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by New Freedom Borough, the value of your investment could be reduced.

Saves Money

Property insurers may not cover work or damages caused by work done without permits and inspections.

Makes Selling Property Easier

When property is sold through a multiple listing association, the owner is required to disclose any improvements or repairs made and if permits and inspections were obtained. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs.

Improves safety

Your permit allows the code official to reduce potential hazards of unsafe construction to provide for public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, and your friends or future owners. Mandatory inspections complement the contractor’s experience and act as a system of checks and balances resulting in a safer project.

It’s the Law

Work without a permit may be subject to removal or other costly remedies.

Zoning District information, including setbacks, lot coverages, permitted uses as well as property owner and assessment information can be accessed by browsing the Borough’s interactive zoning map. 

Residents and property owners may download permit applications online. Paper applications are available at the Municipal Office.    

The Planning Commission is a recommending body of volunteers primarily responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the Borough and to ensure that the community’s infrastructure is prepared for any growth and development that may occur.

The Zoning Hearing Board is a quasi-judicial body who hears requests for variances and special exceptions from the terms of the zoning ordinance. They also hear appeals on interpretations from the Zoning Officer. They function in accordance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and all hearings are conducted as outlined in its requirements.

Additional questions? Browse the entire Borough of New Freedom Zoning Ordinance. 

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