Permits and Applications

The following applications may be submitted by mail, or dropped off in our secure drop box on the porch of our main entrance (looks like a black mail box at the top of the steps).  They can also be submitted via email using the contact information provided in the relevant application sections below.

Borough of Gettysburg
Attn: Permits & Licenses
59 East High Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Payment must be made via check or money order payable to "Borough of Gettysburg".


Land Use Permit

This permit is required for all proposed projects within the Borough. A Land Use Application helps us learn about your property by providing basic information such as the address, which zoning district it's located in, the current/planned use and scope of work, what improvements you'd like to make, and what additional review and/or approvals might be needed to successfully complete your project.  Applications can be submitted by email to cmarshall@gettysburgpa.gov.

Please include the following with your submission:

  • Land Use Application (Fee: $36.00)
  • Simple plot plan showing location of improvement(s) and distances to property lines.  This can be sketched over a satellite image of your property, just be sure to include measurements.
  • Contractor's Certificate of Liability Insurance demonstrating Worker's Compensation Insurance
    • If you are not using a contractor or your contractor doesn't have *Worker's Compensation Insurance please complete this form and have it notarized to submit with your permit application
  • Proposal/estimate describing complete scope of work, if available
  • Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Application, if property is located in the Historic District

*IMPORTANT:

If your estimated project cost is $2,500.00 or more you must also apply for an Adams County Property Improvement Permit with the Tax Assessor's Office. Submit the completed application, along with $10.00 fee, in-person or by mail to Adams County at the address located at the bottom of the form.


Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)

Any proposed alterations to properties located in the Gettysburg Historic District must be granted a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) before work may begin.  COA applications must be submitted with a Land Use Appliation (above).  Learn more about the COA review process hereQuestions about the COA application or process can be directed to Debra English at denglish@gettysburgpa.gov.

Application for Certificate of Appropriateness - Administrative Review/ApprovalApplication for Certificate of Appropriateness - Full HARB Review/Council Approval 

Building Permits

The Borough of Gettysburg administers and enforces the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) with the assistance of our colleagues at the Pennsylvania Municipal Code Alliance (PMCA). After receiving a Land Use-Working Permit from the Borough Planning Department, applications for projects requiring UCC permits are forwarded to PMCA for plan review and inspection(s). Projects exempt from UCC permits are processed in-house by the Planning Department.  Applications must be accompanied by a Land Use application, and can be submitted to cmarshall@gettysburgpa.gov.

Residential Building Permit Applications

All residential work requires a Land Use Permit in addition to: 

UCC Building Permit Includes projects involving HVAC, pools, plumbing, framing, footers, stairs, and other structural projects.
Non-UCC Building Permit (Fee: $10 for each thousand dollars value of improvement up to $10,000 in improvements)
Demolition (Fee: $50 for first 2500 sq.ft. + $25 for each additional 2500 sq. ft.)

Commercial Building Permit Applications 

All commercial work requires a Land Use Permit in addition to:
Commercial Building 
Commercial Demolition
Minimal Commercial Re-roof

Certificates of Use & Occupancy

Every UCC project requires a Certificate of Occupancy to as the final step to document that the space complies with all applicable building codes and is safe to occupy. This applies to both residential and commercial properties, new construction, and additions. Even if no alterations are planned, any change in use or possession by a new commercial occupant still requires a Certificate of Occupancy. 

Certificate of Occupancy Packet (Fee: $50 residential/$75 commercial, invoiced by PMCA upon issuance of permit)

Not sure if you need a new Certificate of Use & Occupancy? File a Request for Determination


Regulated Rental Unit Occupancy (RRUO)

All residential rental units in Gettysburg Borough are regulated by the Rental Unit Occupancy Ordinance, subject to annual licensure and periodic inspection for compliance with the Property Maintenance Code. RRUO licenses are non-transferrable. Notification must be received by the Borough within fifteen (15) days of any change in tenant occupancy.  Regulated Rental applications can be submitted to kmesher@gettysburgpa.gov.

Regulated Rental Unit Application (Fee: $36.00)

Rental Unit Inspection (Fee: $75 per unit, $100 re-inspection)


Signs & Banners

Signs and banners are regulated by the Gettysburg Sign Ordinance. If located in the Historic District, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is also required.  Sign and Banner Permit applications must be submitted with a Land Use Permit application (see above).  Questions about sign permits and requirements can be directed to cmarshall@gettysburgpa.gov.

Banner Permit Application (Fee: $0.00 + Land Use Application fee $36.00) 
Sign Permit Application (Fee: $20.00 for each sign + Land Use Application fee $36.00)


Short-Term Rentals

"Airbnb" has become a generic term for what the Borough of Gettysburg refers to as "short-term rentals". Advertised on a number of websites including VRBO, HomeAway, Home To Go, and others this category of lodging includes both owner/proprietor-occupied dwellings where a portion of one's personal residence is rented for compensation (homestays) as well as dwellings that are rented out where the owner lives in a separate dwelling unit or offsite (vacation rentals).

In order to legally operate your short-term rental a Land Use Permit and Certificate of Use & Occupancy is required. Please submit the following items either by email to cmarshall@gettysburgpa.gov or by mail/ hand delivery to Borough of Gettysburg Administrative Offices, 59 E. High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

More information about lodging requirements can be found here.


Stormwater Management

MINOR STORMWATER PERMIT
This permit is required for all proposed projects within the Borough with new impervious improvements of 800 Square feet or less. This is for minor construction projects which do not exceed 800 square feet of new impervious surface.   This includes, pools, decks, sidewalks, stone walkways, gravel or asphalt parking pads, anything that does not allow water infiltration.     

Please submit the following with your completed Land Use application (above):

  • Minor Storm Water Application (Fee: $25.00)

  • Proposal/estimate describing complete scope of work,

  • Simple plot plan showing all existing impervious, to include all structures, garages, sidewalks, decks, etc;  and  location of NEW improvement(s), distances to property lines, dimensions of all work to be completed and drainage flow patterns from new structures (SEE site plan example).

MAJOR STORMWATER PERMIT
All construction or site work with new impervious improvements greater than 800 square feet require engineered plans to be submitted to the Borough for review.  The fee for a Major Stormwater Permit is $50.00. 

Questions about the Stormwater application can be directed to Debra English at denglish@gettysburgpa.gov.


Streets & Sidewalks

Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP) / Street Excavation Permit (Fee: $92.50)


Subdivision & Land Development

By authority of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), the Borough of Gettysburg has enacted and enforces a Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO), administered by the Planning Commission. Subdivision & Land Development applications can be submitted to Carly Marshall by mail or dropoff.  Questions can be directed to cmarshall@gettysburgpa.gov.

Subdivision & Land Development Application (Fee: $500 minor subdivision/land development, $1,000 major)

SALDO Modification Application Form


Zoning Certification

Information about a property’s zoning, such as what district(s) it is located in, what uses are permitted in that district, etc. can be found using our searchable Interactive Zoning Map or our Zoning Ordinance.

If you require an official zoning certification about a property’s zoning or permitted uses, for example, if you are looking to sell or purchase a property and want confirmation that it is located in a district that permits Vacation Rentals, you can submit a minor Zoning Certification Application (Fee: $36).


Zoning Hearing Board

By authority of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), the Borough of Gettysburg has enacted and enforces a Zoning Ordinance, administered by the Zoning Officer. Property owners seeking a special exception or variance may apply for a hearing to petition for relief. Learn more about the Zoning Hearing Board here.  Special exception and variance applications can be submitted to Carly Marshall by mail or dropoff.

Application to Gettysburg Borough Zoning Hearing Board Special Exception / Variance (Fee: $1,000)


Business Permits/Licenses

Unless otherwise stated, applications for licenses below can be sumitted to Karen Mesher by mail, drop off, or by emailing kmesher@gettysburgpa.gov.

Amusement License Fee: $50 from April 1st through March 31st  / $25 from July 1 thru December 31.  
Amusement Admissions Tax Report Form This form is remitted monthly to Tammy Murdorf.  Questions can be directed to tmurdorf@gettysburgpa.gov.  
Fireworks Display - Commercial ONLY / Fire Prevention Permit (Fee: $0 + $36 Land Use Permit Application) 
Guided Walking Tour (Fee: $125) 
Horse Drawn Carriage License (Fee: $350 per carriage with up to six passengers / $425 per carriage with more than six passengers) 
Outdoor Dining Permit (Fee: $100 Flat Rate + $4/sq. ft.) 
Special Event Permit (Fee: $30 per event) 
Solicitation License (Fee: $36) 
Transient Retail Permit / Application (Fee: $55 Daily / $200 Monthly / $600 Yearly / $25 Daily Pushcart per cart / $100. Monthly per cart / $300 Yearly per cart) 
Yard Sale Permit  (Fee:$10 per event)