City of York

Bureau of Permits, Planning and Zoning

101 South George Street | York, Pennsylvania 17401
Phone: 717-849-2256 | Fax: 717-849-2329

Documents & Forms

Permit, License & Appeal Applications View Current Zoning Map Property Complaint Form New Business Start-Up Packet


Due to the current upswing in COVID cases in our community and in consideration of the impact this is having on our health care system the following policy is in effect:

Interior inspections, except for life safety hazards, are suspended. This includes tenant occupied license inspections. Your complaint will be directed to supervisory staff to be reviewed and triaged. Only those complaints that involved immediate life safety hazards will be inspected. A staff member will reach out to property owners to reschedule tenant occupied inspections. Other complaints will be addressed via phone calls to the property owner and will be followed up on once the current emergency is over.

For inspections that must be conducted due to life safety issues only one person may accompany the inspector and they MUST wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Residents must go to another area of the dwelling/structure during the inspection. If the property representative or complainant refuses to wear a mask or maintain social distancing or the residents refuse to sequester, our inspectors will not enter the premises.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this policy causes however the health and safety of the public and our staff are paramount. It is our hope that this will only last for a short period of time.

Administration of Tenant Occupied Property Licensing and Inspections

The City of York has implemented a new software system to manage tenant occupied property licensing. As a result, license renewal applications are late being sent out. It is anticipated that renewal notices will be mailed on or before January 15, 2022. The late fee dates will be adjusted accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience that this creates.

The new system, OpenGov, will allow owners to renew licenses online. Instructions will be included in the renewal letters.


If you wish to license a tenant occupied property that has not been previously licensed you must fill out a tenant occupied property license application and provide proof of insurance as required by Article 1512 of the Codified Ordinances. Single-family dwellings may be processed immediately upon receipt as they require no Zoning approval. Multi-family dwellings that have never been licensed or any dwelling that the number of units are changed must be reviewed by the Zoning Officer for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance.

Questions related to tenant occupied property licensing and inspection may also be directed to:

Amy Tomchick-Newcomer, Tenant Occupied Property Administrative Assistant


Telephone:     (717) 849-1425

Michelle Diggs, Lead Property Maintenance Inspector


Telephone:     (717) 849-1425

Steven R Buffington, Deputy Director Permits, Planning & Zoning


Telephone: (717) 849-2208

Important Information

  • Public Notices
  • Staff

    Steven R. Buffington, BCO – Building Code Official
    Deputy Director Permits and Inspections
    (717) 849-2208

    Tamika Rascoe – Health and Sanitation Officer
    (717) 845-2124

    Michelle Painter
    Property Maintnence Inspector II (Inspector Supervisor)
    (717) 849-2347

    Carlos Santiago – Tenant Occupied Property Inspections
    Property Maintenance Inspector
    (717) 849-2341

    Montanez McMillion – Tenant Occupied Property Inspections
    Property Maintenance Inspector
    (717) 849-2882

    D’Erick Michael – Tenant Occupied Property Inspections
    Part-Time Property Maintenance Inspector
    (717) 849-5220

    Cliffonda Stokes East End MDJ 19-1-01
    Property Maintenance Inspector
    (717) 849-2233

    Azmar Sullivan Northwest End MDJ 19-1-02
    Property Maintenance Inspector
    (717) 852-8231

    Shelton Scott South End MDJ 19-1-04
    Property Maintenance Inspector
    (717) 849-2222

    Gregg Wilson West End MDJ 19-1-05
    Property Maintenance Inspector
    (717) 849-5222

    Fransheska Guerrero – Office Coordinator
    (717) 849-2256

    Charly Trisha Forrest – Permit Technician
    (717) 849-2239


  • Building Codes

    Building Codes; Then and Now

    The first Building Code was introduced in 2200 BC, by Hammurabi. It said that if a builder built a house so poorly that it fell down and killed the owner’s son, then the builder’s son would be put to death. That first code was quite simple and direct, but did not address all cases. What if the owner set the house on fire and then it fell down. Who’s fault would it be then? So a building code is not as simple as it may seem.

    The City of York first passed a building code in 1901. It was a code written by an insurance company and as such addressed many of the concerns that exist today. However, an insurance company has a vested interest in the outcome or judgement of a building condition and as such may not have written a code strictly for the safety of the occupants and community.

    Today, building codes are available that specifically relate to matters involving construction or renovation of a structure, fire related issues with any structure, plumbing matters, mechanical systems, and the proper maintenance of property and premises. In the past, these codes are available from a number of sources, BOCA, Building Officials and Codes Administrators, is the oldest. BOCA and two other code agencies, ICBO and SBCII, have merged to produce one set of uniform code standards that are accepted across the country, known as the International Codes.

    What Is A Code and How Does It Become Law?

    The City of York has adopted current ‘model’ building codes and specially adopted them for unique circumstances in the City. The Building Official and the Fire Chief and their staffs have reviewed all of the proposed codes and changed, or amended, them to apply specifically to York.

    A model building code is a collection of rules, specifications, authorities, and other statutory requirements, compiled as a complete set by consensus vote of a group of professional building inspection professionals. As a model, a code is ONLY a recommendation. The content of the model code is involved with the physical structure and healthful conditions for occupants of buildings

    When a government legislative authority adopts a model code, it becomes the law of the local jurisdiction. Building codes are, therefore, the government’s official statement on building safety.

    Building codes establish predictable and consistent minimum standards, which are applied to the quality and durability of both the construction and the materials. Minimum standards means that construction meets the criteria of being both “practical and adequate” for protecting individual’s lives, providing a known level of safety, and provides for public safety.

    Building and Construction Codes in the City of York**

    When codes are adopted and become part of the law, certain agencies within the government are appointed to oversee the application of and compliance with the codes. In the City of York, Building Official and his staff are responsible to oversee the proper application and enforcement of:

    • New Construction (Both Commercial and Residential)- 2015 International Building Code along with Appendices B, C, D, E, F, H and J, as published by the International Codes Council.  Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry requires compliance with the accessibility requirements of Chapter 11 and Appendix E of the 2015 International Building Code.
    • Residential Construction – 2015 International Residential Code along with Appendices A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K and L, as published by the International Codes Council.
    • Existing Building Code – 2015 International Existing Building Code along with The Appendix, as published by the International Codes Council.
    • Fire Code – 2015 International Fire Code along with Appendices B, C, D, E, F and G, as published by the International Codes Council.
    • Plumbing Code – 2015 International Plumbing Code along with Appendices B, C, D, E, F and G, as published by the International Codes Council.
    • Mechanical Code – 2015 International Mechanical Code along with Appendix A, as published by the International Codes Council.
    • Fuel Gas Code – 2015 International Fuel Gas Code along with Appendices A, B, C and D, as adopted by the International Codes Council.

    *To view these documents please visit

    Property Maintenance Code of the City of York as formulated on the basis of the International Property Maintenance Code.

    Effective January 1, 2007

  • Citizen Inspector Training

    The purpose of the Citizen Inspector Training classes is to encourage citizens to be involved and to participate in the community in which they live. The Citizen Inspector Program was created in 1998 and it encourages participants to serve as the eyes and ears for the community. A citizen inspector’s role is to assist in keeping neighborhoods clean and safe, encourage neighbors to maintain their properties and report possible violations. They will not enforce the codes.

    The Bureau of Permits, Planning and Zoning and the Fire Prevention Bureau of the City of York offer Citizen Inspector Training classes, free of charge, for York City residents.

    For More Information or To Sign Up:
    Fransheska Guerrero
    Phone: (717) 849-2256

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