Department of Demolition

  • Vacant structures in a dilapidated, deteriorated or unsafe condition have a major negative effect on the livability of a neighborhood. Code Enforcement officers regularly monitor all known vacant structures in the City of Erie.
  • Properties that are so dilapidated or out of repair that they are dangerous, unsafe, unsanitary or unfit for human habitation shall be declared ‘Blighted’ by the Blighted Review Committee. These properties are then taken by the Erie Redevelopment Authority through eminent domain.
  • Once declared blighted, if the property is beyond reasonable repair, a demolition shall be scheduled. The costs of demolition of these structures shall be placed as liens against the property to insure recovery of these costs.

For questions or more information, contact Joe Cilladi, Demolition Coordinator, at 814-870-1509

Demolition Permits

To obtain a Demolition Permit, the following information must be provided:
  • Property Address
  • Property Owner & Address
  • Building Occupancy
  • Size/Height of Structure
  • Construction Type (I.e. wood frame, masonry, etc)
  • Contractor’s Name & Address
  • Total cost of Demolition
  • Copy of the Demo Contract
  • Use of the lot after Demolition

Application for Demolition Permit (PDF)
If the cost of demolition is
$2,000 or less, the permit fee will be $29.

If the cost of construction is over
$2,000, the fee will be calculated
$29 + $6 per $1,000 in excess of $2,000

Demolition of a structure does not imply authorization to reconstruct. If you plan to reconstruct, check with the zoning department PRIOR to demolition!
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