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Zoning Office

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)


The goal of Bethlehem's new zoning ordinance is to encourage appropriate development in the city's core while maintaining developed neighborhoods and protecting environmentally-sensitive areas. The ordinance has been adopted by City Council.

Zoning ls the first step in most projects within the City. Prior to new construction, locating a business, erecting a fence or sign or any other project, it is important to review the Zoning Ordinance provisions. City Council passed a new Zoning Ordinance and map in 2012 to encourage appropriate development in the city's core while maintaining developed neighborhoods and protecting environmentally-sensitive areas.


Residential 

New construction, additions, fences and other residential projects require zoning approval. Your 1st step is to call (610-865-7094) or visit our Zoning Office to discuss your project with the Zoning Officer. You can visit the Code Enforcement page to obtain the required permit application.


Commercial

Whether you are considering leasing or purchasing a business, you will be required to obtain a Commercial Certificate of Occupancy. Our permit process has been stream-lined to ensure efficient review by all of our departments. Your first step is to call or visit our Zoning Office to discuss your project with the Zoning Officer at 6l0-865-7094. You can obtain the application online or in the office.