Chester County Building Department

Find Chester County Pennsylvania building departments, planning, permits, zoning, and inspections. Building Departments provide information on certificates of occupancy (CO), building codes, construction codes, inspections, safety, violations, permits, community planning, zoning laws, regulations, ordinances, maps, and land use.


Caln Township Building Department 253 Municipal Drive Thorndale PA 19372 610-384-0600


Chester County Planning Department 601 Westtown Road West Chester PA 19382 610-344-6285

Penn Township Permits and Zoning 260 Lewis Road West Grove PA 19390 610-869-0960

Phoenixville Borough Zoning 140 Church Street Phoenixville PA 19460 610-935-5635

Willstown Township Zoning 688 Sugartown Rd Malvern PA 19355 610-647-5300

About the Chester County Building Department

Building Departments in Chester County, PA are responsible for ensuring safe construction of buildings located in their jurisdictions. Building Departments create building codes and standards for building construction to ensure building safety. The Chester County DOB is involved in all aspects of construction, including zoning laws, design requirements, building materials, trade and professional license regulation.

You may contact the Building Department for questions about:
  • Chester County, Pennsylvania building inspection records
  • Contractor license searches
  • Chester County building codes
  • Building permit violations, appeals, and fines
  • Construction permits and building ordinances
  • Chester County, PA zoning laws and requirements
Chester County Public Property Records

The Department of Buildings makes public records available upon request including building and property records, construction permits, inspection reports and logs, violations, complains and zoning ordinances.

Building Code Enforcement

Chester County Building Departments create and enforce building, planning and zoning regulations. The DOB enforces these codes through inspections and levies fines and fees for buildings that are not in compliance with local law. The Office also provides training and certification for building inspectors who enforce local law through building inspections.

Chester County, Pennsylvania Building & Construction Permits

Building Departments in Chester County are tasked with enforcing local building codes as well as any zoning and planning standards required by state laws and statutes. The Department reviews construction and design plans prior to construction and awards permits to legal construction projects. Chester County building inspectors ensure construction and buildings are in compliance of building code before, during and after construction has been completed. Building Departments also inspect new construction prior to occupancy is permitted and award certificates of occupancy to buildings that meet requirements.

Building Safety & Maintenance

Chester County Building Departments routinely inspect buildings and structures in Pennsylvania to ensure they are in compliance of local code and safe for occupancy. The Department inspects buildings after damage due to fire, natural disaster or whenever damage may render a structure unsafe to occupy. If a building is determined unsafe for occupancy, inspectors have the authority to condemn buildings until improvements are made.