Mount Joy Township - A Community with Rural Character and a Rich History

902 Hoffman Home Road

Gettysburg PA

(717) 359-4500

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Effective November 1, 2015: Mount Joy Township will become an “Opt-In” municipality under Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code Law.


What does that mean? It means that the Township will administer and enforce the Uniform Construction Code for all construction in the Township. The Township has contracted for plan review and inspection services with Middle Department Inspection Agency, Inc. (MDIA). The Building Code Official will be Edward Strevig.


How will this affect you, our residents? You will need to obtain from Mount Joy Township the proper permit(s), necessary inspection(s) and certificates of occupancy for work being done on your property. Only MDIA will be allowed to conduct plan reviews, perform inspections, and advise the Township on the issuance of certificates of occupancy upon completion of the work.


By Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code Law and regulations, you will need a permit, inspection and a certificate of occupancy for:


Any new house (one or two-family dwelling)

Any addition to an existing house

- Constructing one or more new stories on top of an existing house

- Increasing the perimeter of the existing house

Installing a new manufactured home (HUD Code)

Installing a new modular home

Relocating and installing a used manufactured home

Any garage or carport that is attached to the house

Any garage, carport, shed or greenhouse that is not attached to a single family dwelling and is 1,000 square feet or larger (measuring the perimeter)

Any garage, carport, shed or greenhouse that is not attached to a two-family dwelling or townhouse and is 120 square feet or larger (measuring the perimeter)

Enclosing a porch or patio

Installing/building a sunroom or “three seasons” room

Installing any deck that is more than 30 inches above ground level at any point around the perimeter of the deck

Installing any deck less than 30 inches above ground level if it has a roof/covering above it

Installing an indoor or outdoor hot tub or spa

Constructing an in-ground pool (including the inflatable type) that has a water depth of 24” or more

Installing any fence higher than 6 feet

Installing any retaining wall higher than 4 feet

Structural alterations to an existing dwelling unit (Building Code Official will determine if the work you intend to perform involves structural alterations)

Changes to an existing means of egress (exit door, stairs, handrails, guard systems, ramps)

Any portion of a dwelling or residential accessory structure that will be used for commercial purposes (open to employees or the public). Examples include:

- Professional offices

- Business offices

- Notaries

- Beauty shops, nail salons, barber shops

- Car or equipment repair


All work performed on residential building and their accessory structures must comply with the most current edition of the International Residential Code, published by the International Code Council.


Permits must be applied for and issued before any work may begin. You should always check with the Township to determine if the project you are considering requires a permit. Failure to do so could result in either a “Stop Work Order” or fines and penalties up to $1,000.00 per day.