The Office of Zoning’s responsibilities are the following:

  • Reading and interpreting the City’s ordinances
  • Zoning permits
  • Driveway permits
  • Sign permits
  • Subdivision & Land Development
  • Conditional Uses, Variances, floodplain Management
  • Ordinance development
  • Zoning & Planning Ordinances
  • Storm water management
  • Zoning Map

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Zoning Permit Application

The zoning official is responsible for the review and issuance of all zoning permits as well as inspecting work done under the zoning permit, but not limited to, land development, subdivision, setbacks, lot size, as well as enforcing the city’s zoning ordinance.

A zoning permit shall be required prior to the erection, addition or alteration of any building, structure or development or portion thereof; prior to the use or change in use of a building, structure, development or land; and prior to the change or extension of a nonconforming use.

Summary of the permit process:

  1. Visit or contact the Zoning Official, provide detailed information as to intent, what you are doing, where it is going to be located etc.
  2. Submit permit application, the application requires information about the construction project, what, when and how the work will be done, who is performing the work. Sketches, drawings, plans (2 sets) and other documentation will need to be submitted.
  3. Waiting during the review. The majority of permit applications are processed with little delay, the Zoning official will determine if the project is in compliance with the zoning ordinance and other municipal or state ordinances and statutes.
  4. If compliance with the zoning ordinance the zoning official will approve and permit will be issued by the Building Code Administrator.
  5. The permit is the document granting legal permission for you or your contractor to start construction. Inspections required will be on the permit, you will be required to post the permit in a window or other prominent place at the construction site, keep a copy of the approval plans at the site. Changes will require a review and approval.
  6. Arrange inspection visits as required, 24 hours advance noticed is required for all inspections.
  7. When the project is complete and compliant a certificate of occupancy may be required to occupy or use the structure/facility.

Storm Water Management Ordinance

Part Thirteen: Planning and Zoning Code

Minimum Use Driveway Application

Land Development/Subdivision Information

Zoning Hearing Board

The primary purpose of the 5-member Zoning Hearing Board is to help ensure fair and equitable application and administration of the zoning ordinance by hearing the appeals on the zoning official’s determination and by granting relief from the literal enforcement of the ordinance in certain hardship situations by granting a variance.

The Board has no legislative power, enforcement powers and cannot modify zoning policy.  It is a quasi-judicial body; that is, its powers are to some extent judicial in nature.

The board meets every 3rd Thursday of the month as needed, and members serve 3 year terms, and are managed by the Zoning Official.

Zoning Hearing Board members:

Mary Lou Baldys, Chairman
William Miele
Michelle Frey
Janet McDermott
Jon Mackey
Joseph Musto, Esquire, Solicitor


The City’s Planning Commission shall consist of nine members appointed by the Mayor to act as advisors on matters of community growth and development. The planning Commission may be required to assist and prepare a Comprehensive Plan, to prepare and make recommendations on the official map and/or to prepare Land Use Control Ordinances including Zoning Ordinances and subdivision and land development Ordinances.  The Planning Commission can also serve as a way for citizens to make their views known on growth, planning and the direction the City is taking.

Commission members serve four year terms, or until his successor is appointed and qualified, except that the terms of the members first appointed pursuant to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code known as Act 247 (53 P. S. §10101 et seq.) shall be so fixed that no more than three shall be reappointed or replaced during any future calendar year.

The Planning Commission is managed by Gary Knarr, Zoning Administrator.

Planning Commission members:

Harry Sechler, Chairman
Chris Keiser
William Rischar
Charles Plankenhorn
Chelsea Rawlson
Toni Nardi
Matthew Vanaskie
Cindi Eister

245 W 4th St
Williamsport, PA 17701


Zoning Administrator:
Gary Knarr

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