Most construction projects in Norristown must be reviewed and approved by the Construction Code Official prior to the start of work. This process is commonly known as "getting a permit.”
What Requires A Permit?
Prior to the start of the construction project on your property complete the Building Permit Application. Our staff will review your application and inform you, in writing, if a permit is not required for your project. When you apply for a permit, you will need to provide a copy of your contract with the scope of work (if you are not doing the work yourself) and any construction plans.
Protection For You & Your Neighbors
The permit process is there to protect you and your neighbors. Norristown has adopted the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), a series of nationally recognized construction standards for everything from plumbing to electric work. Each code describes the proper and safe method to construct your project.
The Norristown Code Enforcement Department’s job is to ensure that the work you or your contractor intends to do will conform to the UCC standards by reviewing and approving construction plans and inspecting the job at certain key points during the construction process. The permit process is an added layer of protection so you won’t become the victim of incompetent or unscrupulous contractors.
Working Without A Permit
Code Enforcement Officers are proactively patrolling the Municipality of Norristown throughout the day to ensure that any construction activity that is ongoing within the Municipality is properly permitted. Should any contractor or property owner be found to be working without a permit a Stop Work Order will be posted on the property and construction activity must immediately cease until the required permits have been obtained from the Code Department. A non-traffic citation will also be immediately issued to the contractor and/or property owner found to be working without a permit. Penalties for working without permit within the Municipality of Norristown are as follows:
1st Offense - $500 Fine
2nd Offense - $1,000 Fine
3rd Offense - $1,500 Fine and Contractor Registration with the Municipality of Norristown will be revoked
Occupancy During Construction
If you are constructing a new building, an addition, or doing significant improvements to an existing building, you will not be allowed to occupy the building until the final inspection has been performed and a Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the Building Code Official.
For more information on the building inspection process, please review the Norristown User’s Guide to the Land Development and Building Permit Process.