Effective April 15, 2010 the City of Scranton, per the Uniform Construction Code Act 45,
will be enforcing the next edition of the ICC, which is the 2009 ICC Series.
This series includes the following codes:
2009 International Residential Code
2009 International Building Code
2009 International Existing Building Code
2009 International Plumbing Code
2009 International Mechanical Code
2009 International Fire Code
2009 International Energy Code
2009 International Fuel Gas Code
2008 National Electric Code
Please note that any project contract signed after April 15, 2010, is to be designed and constructed under the above-mentioned codes. Be sure to update your code books and references and feel free to contact the Department of Licensing, Inspections and Permits with any questions regarding this matter.
Does my dog need a license?
Yes, If you are a resident of the City of Scranton,
your dog must be licensed. The fee is $20.00, cash
or check made payable to the City of Scranton. Date
of rabies shot given and expiration date, along
with the rabies tag number is required. Dog licenses
expire each April.
Which work requires a permit?
Almost everything. Contact this office
before any work is started.
Which work does not require a permit?
Painting inside/outside of homes and
gutter installation do not require permits.
How much does a permit cost?
It depends on the cost of the materials
/ labor. See our fee schedule which is available
Must a contractor doing work on my
home be licensed within the City of Scranton?
Yes. Contact this office to verify
Who should pull a permit?
If the homeowner is doing the work,
then the homeowner is allowed to pull the permit.
If a contractor is doing the work,
then the contractor
must pull the permit.
For a contractor, is a copy of the
contract between contractor and homeowner required?
Yes. A copy of the contract must be
submitted with the permit application.
How long does it take to process a
One to two business days. Exceptions
I’ve rented a dumpster. Do I
need a permit? What is the cost?
Yes. a dumpster permit is required
if the dumpster is on the street. The cost is $10.00
Which contractor licenses require testing?
Home improvement, general contracting, plumbing,
journeyman and master, electrical, journeyman and
and mechanical, journeyman and master,
require testing. Testing is done twice a year once
in April and once in October. Applications are available
approximately 2 months prior.
Which licenses do not require testing?
Roofing/siding, painting, fencing,
excavating and masonry do not require testing.
How much does a license cost?
$250.00 per year for an active license.
Inactive licenses are $150.00. A journeyman’s
license is $50.00 and apprentice is $20.00.
Note: only active
license holders can pull permits.
Is proof of insurance required for
Yes. A certificate of insurance is
required for all licenses.
Should I report work being done without
Yes. Document the time and work being
done along with the exact address. Contacting this
office while work is being done will result in more
Is a certificate of occupancy required
for new business construction? What is the cost?
Yes. All construction of new business
requires a certificate. The cost is $350.00.
Is a certificate of occupancy required
for new home construction? What is the cost?
Yes. All new home construction requires a certificate
of occupancy. The cost is $250.00.
Is the application for the certificate
of occupancy available on-line?
Yes. It is available for download
in .pdf format by Clicking Here.
What type of work requires plan submittals?
Any and all commercial and residential
extensions or expansions and all new construction
require plan submittal.
What are the setbacks for swimming
8 feet is the required setback. Affidavits
are available on-line if your neighbor agrees for
you to construct it less than 8 feet
403.14 of zoning ordinance, page 4-36)
Is a fence required for a pool?
Yes. A 4 ft fence is required.
What is the setback for fences (other
than fences for pools)?
Fences can be constructed on the lot
line. (See Section 403.5.d of the Zoning Ordinance,
pages 4-30 to 4-31)
6 ½ feet in rear / 4 feet in front yard
What are the setbacks for the construction
Setbacks are 5 feet. Affidavits are
available if your neighbor agrees for you to construct
it less than 5 feet.
(see pages 3-20 through 3-25
of the zoning ordinance)