Building & Codes

All construction in Swarthmore Borough is regulated under the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code. This code is designed to ensure uniform standards of all phases of construction and to ensure public health and safety in construction. It is to the benefit of everyone as consumers and /or property owners to apply for the various construction permits required, because our municipal inspectors assure that the materials of construction meet codes, contractors and suppliers have the proper insurance, and that standards of construction, installations and workmanship are being done properly.  


Building permits are required for work involving structures, plumbing, heating, and electrical anytime you intend to construct, enlarge, alter,  demolish, move, repair and/or remodel. Removal of asbestos and underground storage tanks also require a permit.  A permit is not required for ordinary repairs, such as repainting, replacing kitchen cabinets, pointing, replacement of doors and windows within existing openings, etc. 

Permits are always required for fences, sheds and garages, and installation of solar panels. Click on the links below for more information.


Sheds and garages

Solar installation FAQ for Installers and Homeowners

Stormwater management permits are required for new, additional, or replacement impervious cover greater than 499 square feet.  The Borough's Stormwater Management Regulations can be found here.

The following permits are issued by the Borough's Building Code Official.  Click on the links to download the forms. 

Please note that ALL CONTRACTORS doing work in the Borough must provide proof of their insurance and registration with the Commonwealth.  Click here for more information regarding State licensing.