Keeping the City Safe and Livable

The City has many efforts designed to ensure the safety and well being of our residents and businesses. The information below will help to keep you up to date and provide answers to your code enforcement questions.


The Bureau of Property Maintenance and Housing Inspections is responsible for ensuring safe and quality housing stock through the administration of the City of Lancaster’s Property Maintenance and Rental Property Ordinances. The Bureau is committed to working with residents, tenants, property owners, landlords, and community organizations to educate the public on maintaining their properties.


The Bureau of Health inspects eateries, mobile food trucks, tattoo businesses and other public facilities to ensure compliance with State health and food safety standards. They also work with other organizations such as Lancaster General Health on initiatives designed to improve the overall health of our city. Efforts include community gardens and healthy food initiatives. The unit is also responsible for coordinating pest control programs for the City.


The Bureau of Building Code Administration reviews construction plans and conducts inspections to ensure compliance with the State Uniform Construction Code and applicable local ordinances. The Bureau reviews and evaluates structural, electrical, plumbing and mechanical plans for new construction as well as for renovation or remodeling of existing buildings. The Bureau issues all building permits in the City and manages the use of third-party plan review and inspection firms in the City.


These units work with other City Departments and Bureaus including the Bureau of Planning, Bureau of Fire, Bureau of Police, Department of Public Works, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as well as the City’s Building Codes Board of Appeals, Housing Appeals Boards, Plumbing Board of Examiners, Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB), Historical Commission, and Property Reinvestment Board. This interaction serves to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community.


120 N. Duke St.
Lancaster, PA 17602



Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.



(717) 291-4724

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