The Building Department regulates the construction, demolition, and occupancy of all buildings within the Borough of New Brighton. This office reviews and issues all permits required by code for the repair, alteration, or addition to all public and private dwellings and structures, as well as permits for new construction. The primary mission of the Building Department is to provide safety and a better quality of living to the residents of the Borough of New Brighton.
The Borough of New Brighton has opted to enforce the provision of the Commonwealth's Uniform Construction Code (UCC). To accomplish this, the Borough has a staff of three employees, one full-time and two part-time, along with contracting services through a local third party inspection agency. Pursuant to the UCC and the Borough's zoning ordinance, permits are required for the following actions:
Any construction, alterations, repair, moving, installation, enlarging, or changing of any building or structure; including swimming pools, garages, sheds, and the enclosing of any porch.
Any installation, enlarging, altering, repairing, removing, converting, or replacing of any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system.
Demolition of any structure or dwelling including accessory structures (i.e. garages).
Any repair or replacement of any public sidewalk and for all curb cuts.
The replacement, enlargement, moving, erection, or installation of any sign.
The change of use of a structure (i.e. change from a single family to multi-family dwelling) or if a new owner seeks to occupy a property that has been used for commercial or industrial purposes.
Permits are not required for painting, replacement of siding, roofing, windows, door, soffit and fascia, gutters, or re-pointing masonry. However, it is recommended to speak with the Building Department before any construction begins.
Applicable inspections are required for any work that requires a permit. The Borough currently utilizes a third party inspection agency for these inspections. Middle Department Inspection Agency is the only inspection agency authorized to perform inspections within the Borough.
The Building and Zoning Department may be reached by calling (724) 847-5130 or by visiting the Building Department located on the first floor of the Borough Municipal Building.