General Permits

  • Permit technicians are available Monday-Friday from 8am – 4pm in Room 407 to process permits
  • Permits are often issued at the time of application
  • Payment of Cash, Check or Money Order will be accepted
Please visit the Department of Building for further permit information
Permit Applications may be filed at the Permit Counter in Room 407 of City Hall

Building Permits

To secure a building permit, the following information must be provided:
  • Property Address
  • Owner’s name and address
  • Contractor’s name, address and insurance
  • Designer/Architect
  • Building Inspection Underwriters' approved plans (when applicable)
  • Total Cost of Project
  • Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC contractors’ names and addresses (when applicable)


After the project has been completed, it is the responsibility of the homeowner or contractor to schedule an appointment for a final inspection.
You may apply for a Building Permit in the Code Enforcement Office, Room 407.
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Plans must be provided for review by the Building Inspector. Once plans have been approved, you will receive your Building Permit upon paying the required permit fees. Payment of Cash, Check or Money Order will be accepted
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Uniform Construction Code Requirements
  • Frost Depth: 48 inches
  • Ground Snow-Load: 40lbs
  • Wind-speed: 90 mph
  • Riser Height max: 8 ¼”
  • Minimum Tread Depth: 9”

Demolition Permits

To obtain a Demolition Permit, the following information must be provided:
  • Property Address
  • Property Owner & Address
  • Building Occupancy
  • Size/Height of Structure
  • Construction Type (I.e. wood frame, masonry, etc)
  • Contractor’s Name & Address
  • Total cost of Demolition
  • Copy of the Demo Contract
  • Use of the lot after Demolition

Application for Demolition Permit (PDF)
Fees
If the cost of demolition is
$2,000 or less, the permit fee will be $29.

If the cost of construction is over
$2,000, the fee will be calculated
as:
$29 + $6 per $1,000 in excess of $2,000

Demolition of a structure does not imply authorization to reconstruct. If you plan to reconstruct, check with the zoning department PRIOR to demolition!

Electrical Permits

An electrical permit application may be filed in the Code Enforcement Office, Room 407 of City Hall.
  • After review of the plans and fee payment, a permit shall be issued.
Permit must be displayed at job site!
  • An Electrical Real Estate Inspection for existing electric is available for $75. An Erie County Health Department Pool Inspection is available for $325.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the code official for all required inspections.

Application for Electrical Permit (PDF)
Application for Real Estate Permit (PDF)
A permit is NOT required for the following minor jobs:
  • Replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles
  • Replacement of a receptacle, switch or lighting fixture rated at 20 amps or less and operating at less than 150 volts to ground with a like or similar item. This shall not include replacement of receptacles in locations where ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection is required.
  • Replacement of installed electrically-operated equipment such as doorbells, communication systems and any motor operated device
  • Replacement of dishwashers, kitchen range hoods or battery-powered smoke detectors

Plumbing Permits and Inspection

Pipe Building Inspection Underwriters
  • A plumbing permit application may be filed in the Code Enforcement Office, Room 407 of City Hall.
  • After review of the plans and fee payment, a permit shall be issued.
  • All Plumbing inspections and plan review are now being done by Building Inspections Underwriters (BIU).
  • BIU presently serves over 250 municipalities in the tri-state area, providing each one with the resources necessary to be in compliance with all federal, state and local codes.
  • A Plumbing Real Estate Inspection is available for $50.
Erie Office
1805 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508
877-272-0255
814-860-8044
814-860-8048 (FAX)
ecardy@biupa.com
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