Department of Building

Our primary mission is to provide life safety and a better quality
of living to the residents of the City of Erie.

  • Building Inspection regulates the construction, demolition and occupancy of all buildings and structures within the City of Erie.
  • It is the duty of the Department to review, approve and issue all permits required by code for the repair, alteration or addition to all public and private buildings and structures, as well as permits for new construction.
  • Inspections are performed throughout the city to ensure that properties are in compliance with city code.

Building Links
Ordinances & Regulations
LERTA Program

For questions or more information, contact Scott Heitzenrater, Building Inspector at 814-870-1471

Building Permits

To secure a building permit, the following information must be provided:
  • Property Address
  • Owner’s name and address
  • Contractor’s name, address and insurance
  • Designer/Architect
  • Building Inspection Underwriters' approved plans (when applicable)
  • Total Cost of Project
  • Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC contractors’ names and addresses (when applicable)

After the project has been completed, it is the responsibility of the homeowner or contractor to schedule an appointment for a final inspection.
You may apply for a Building Permit in the Code Enforcement Office, Room 407.
Plans must be provided for review by the Building Inspector. Once plans have been approved, you will receive your Building Permit upon paying the required permit fees. Payment of Cash, Check or Money Order will be accepted
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Uniform Construction Code Requirements
  • Frost Depth: 48 inches
  • Ground Snow-Load: 40lbs
  • Wind-speed: 90 mph
  • Riser Height max: 8 ¼”
  • Minimum Tread Depth: 9”
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