Building Permits

Building Permits can be obtained online or in the Building Permit Office, 1st Floor, City Hall, 40 East Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information, please contact Ann West, Code Enforment Clerk, at 570.208.1629.

Building permits are required for the following types of work:

  • Electrical
  • Building (framing, roofing, sheet rock, siding, etc.)
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC 
  • Driveways and Curb Cuts

Building permits can be applied for by approved Wilkes-Barre City licensed contractors and homeowners, only under the condition that the person applying for the permit is doing so for their primary residence. 

Journeymen cannot apply for permits with the intention of working under a contract with the homeowner. A homeowner who applies for a permit for their primary residence is then responsible for all work and inspections performed on the household.

All applications must be filled out completely and approved by an Code Enforcement employee before becoming valid.


Building Permit Fee Schedule

Fees current as of 3/15/18

The Wilkes-Barre City Code Enforcement Department costs for building permits are based on the cost of work involved. This scale bases the price of the permit on the cost of the project and is a portion of the price list the City uses.

Building permit fees include a $4.50 state fee, which contributes to the continuing education of inspectors, examiners, reviewers, etc.

Note: Certain projects may require Third Party Plan Reviews and therefore additional fees.

Cost of Work InvolvedFee
$0.00-$2,499.99$59.50
$2,500.00-$4,999.99$114.50
$5,000.00-$7,499.99$169.50
$7,500.00-$10,999.99$224.50
Over $11,000.00

See Full Building Permit Fee Schedule 


Pave Cut Fees

Please contact Marc Murphy, Pave Cut Coordinator, at 570.208.4126 for more information.

TypeFee                                                                   
General Pave Cut Permit Fee$90.00
Blacktop (per square foot)$6.95
Sidewalk (per square foot)$3.48
Tree Lawn (per square foot)$2.78