Community & Economic Development


The City of Bethlehem's Department of Community and Economic Development operates various bureaus that impact the City’s quality of life and building conditions. Those bureaus are:

  • Code Enforcement
  • Community Development
  • Housing Inspections
  • Planning and Zoning
  • Recycling

Request for Proposals
Lehigh Valley Industrial Parks, in partnership with the City of Bethlehem, has released a RFP a prominent and highly visible parcel, contains 9.52 acres located adjacent to SR 412 for Mixed Income Residential Housing.  Responses are due November 18, 2022.

COVID Funding Assistance
Throughout 2020 the pandemic substantially impacted the business community. In response to the business community’s needs, the Department of Community and Economic Development created programming to support businesses affected by
COVID restrictions. Additionally, the department expanded support for non-profit organizations that could address other COVID-related community needs such as rental assistance, homelessness, and increased demand for addiction treatment.
COVID Funding Assistance Report

Bridge Bethlehem
We are excited to introduce the Bethlehem Pedestrian Bridge Feasibility Study. The Bridge Bethlehem website will serve as a central hub for information about the study. Check back regularly for the latest news, event information, and ways to get involved.  Information for the first community meeting on May 25th can be found at the website link above or in the News section on the right side of the screen.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all planning applications, zoning hearing board appeals and Certificates of Appropriateness/Historic Board applications are strongly encouraged to submit the waiver below of timeliness for review to protect the applicant, the Board Members, City officials and members of the public from the risk of COVID-19 exposure. 
Waiver Request (PDF)

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