Building & Zoning Overview

Nancy Watts is the Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector and may be reached by phone at (412) 741-1762, by fax at (412) 741-2421 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The office hours of the Building Department are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

How do I get a building permit? Construction in the Borough of Sewickley requires a permit from the Building Inspector, whose office is located on the second floor of the Municipal Building, 601 Thorn Street. Printable applications may be downloaded on the Permits, Forms, and Applications page. The Borough has three historic districts in which any exterior construction requires review by the Historical Review Commission and the approval of Council. The Borough also has a sign ordinance that must be complied with before the erection of any sign.

The requirements of the Zoning Ordinance and the Official Zoning Map (updated May 16, 2016) are imposed by the building inspector.

When do I need a building Permit?

Permit Not Required

  • Replace Existing window
  • Replace Existing Door
  • Install Aluminum Siding
  • Repair Existing Furnace
  • Repair Existing Plumbing
  • Repair Existing Electrical System
  • Repair Roof
  • Re-shingle or Other Type Re-roofing
  • Painting
  • Replace Sidewalk or Curb

Permit Required

  • Increase or Decrease Window Size
  • Change Door Opening Size
  • Construct Addition to Building
  • Construct Storage Shed, Garage or Fence
  • Change Floor Plan of a Building
  • Adding or Relocating Sinks or Toilets
  • Adding Electrical Circuits or Fixtures
  • Construct Porch
  • Demolish or Move a Structure
  • Excavation or Fill Areas
  • Electronic and Satellite Dish Antennae
  • Construct Driveway Curb Cut
  • Make Structural Changes

Below are links to applicable websites

Property Maintenance Issues

  • Grass shall not exceed 6” in height and yards shall be maintained.
  • Snow and ice are to be removed from all sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall.
  • Garbage is not to be placed out for pick up until the night before service.

Zoning Ordinance, Adopted 8-15-11, Amended 06-20-16

Official Zoning Map (Updated 5-16-16)

Sewickley Borough E-Code Online - Borough of Sewickley Code of Ordinances