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The City of Bethlehem Community and Economic Development Permit Office will be closed Wednesday afternoons to walk-ins from 1 to 4:30pm. This temporary closure is due to the digitization of the permit files. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Residential Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the impending digitization of the Permit files, the Permit Office will temporarily close Wednesday afternoons to the public. These closures will begin on Wednesday, August 2nd from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and last through Wednesday, September 27th. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


When is a permit needed? 
A Building Permit is required whenever a property owner is constructing, altering, enlarging, repairing or demolishing a building, structure or tenant space.
A building permit is required for all of the following:
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Change of use of a property
  • Decks
  • Pools
  • Patios, sidewalks and driveways
  • Fences
  • Sheds
  • Signs
  • Finishing a basement
Is a permit required for replacement windows?
  • No, if the windows fit in the same opening without additional framing or blocking.
How much does a permit cost?
  • It depends on the type and cost of work. Fee schedules can be found online or obtained by contacting the Bureau of Code Enforcement.
How long does it take to process a permit?
  • We have 15 days to review permit applications for residential work and 45 days for commercial work. Who can apply and pay for a permit? The owner, a builder, or authorized agent for building and mechanical permits, registered plumber for plumbing permits and registered electrician for electrical permits.