Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

101 South George St, 2nd Floor
York, PA 17401
Phone: (717) 849-2264
Fax: (717) 812-0557


The City of York is a thriving urban community and great destination for young professionals, families, businesses, and tourists.

The City of York rests in the center of the largest metropolitan area in York County and is the county seat. The city consists of 5.26 square miles and is the 14th largest city in Pennsylvania. York was originally laid out in 1741 along the banks of the Codorus Creek. York was incorporated as a borough on September 24, 1787, and as a city on January 11, 1887.

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is one of five city departments.


The mission of the City of York Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to thrive and succeed.  DECD works with partners, private industry, and local businesses to enhance and sustain economic prosperity, create and execute development opportunities, revitalize neighborhoods, and provide healthy options for residents within the city.

This department oversees growth and orderly development within the city & enforces all ordinances & codes that govern residential & commercial construction within the city limits.


DECD is comprised of five bureaus with a total of 60 employees (Click appropriate link for more details):

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The Department of Economic and Community Development is located in City Hall, 101 South George Street, York, PA 17401 and 435 West Philadelphia Street, York, PA 17401 (Bureau of Health/Health Clinic).

Offices hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Nona B. Watson, Director

Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD),
(717) 849-2264


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