Commercial Building Division

Office of Business and Community Development
City of Butler
140 West North Street
Butler, PA 16001
Phone: (724) 285-4124
Fax: (724) 285-3564
Hours: 8:30AM – 4:30PM Monday through Friday
Closed all City holidays
E-Mail: OfficeBusCommDev@zoominternet.net

Building Code Official
John E. Evans
(724) 285-4124 ext. 214

JoAnn Snyder
(724) 285-4124 ext. 213

Greetings from the Commercial Building Official

The Commercial Building Division provides commercial plan review and inspection services for new commercial construction, additions, and remodels in the City through a third party agency, Professional Code Services, Inc. The Commercial Building Division is located in City Hall, 140 W. North St. on the SECOND FLOOR.

Our goal is to provide an effective and efficient way to provide general information about commercial development by creating and maintaining informational handouts on the process of plan review and obtaining permits.

The Commercial Building Division is responsible for receiving construction drawings and forwarding them to Professional Code Services Inc. The Division also tracks the review process (per the Commercial Flow Chart), maintains project files, and distributes Certificates of Occupany (if applicable) after all final inspections have been completed. The Division also performs land development reviews and field inspections for compliance with local City of Butler Ordinances such as zoning, off-street parking, and stormwater management, to name a few.

For Property Owners / Developers / Design Professionals; steps for permitting process:

  1. Download and thoroughly read the City of Butler Commercial Flowchart
  2. Address zoning issues first
  3. Submit land development drawings
  4. Submit construction drawings
  5. Submit a completed Non-Residential Construction Document Review Application with the construction drawings
  6. Obtain Butler Area Sewer Authority permit (if required)
  7. After all above steps are completed and approved, apply for building permits

For questions regarding what drawings are required, please visit Professional Code Services, Inc.

The following information and forms are available for download:

Commercial Permit Requirements

Most building, demolition and interior and exterior improvement projects require a building permit. It is the responsibility of the property owner and/or contractor to ensure that permits are obtained prior to beginning the work. To verify what improvements need a permit,please call the commercial permit office. The cost of the permit varies based on the cost of construction. Information to assist in preparing to apply for a permit is provided below. Please note that every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work on the site authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced. The building official is authorized to grant, in writing, one or more extensions of time, for periods not more than 180 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated. A permit is considered expired if no inspection approval has occurred on a project within 180 days from the permit issuance or within 180 days from a previous inspection approval associated with the permit (building, plumbing mechanical or electrical permit).

Commercial permit issuance is done by appointment only, please call in advance to set up an appointment time. To receive more information, contact the Permit Office, located on the SECOND FLOOR, 140 W. North Street in Butler or by calling 724.285.4124, Ext. 213.

If a Butler Area Sewer Authority permit is required for the project, a copy of the BASA permit must be submitted with the building permit application.

For Contractors:

All contractors must submit the following with the permit application:

  • A copy of their Workers Comp. insurance with the “City of Butler” listed as the certificate holder (or a notarized copy of Addendum 1 to Building permit 10-11-11 if the contractor is not required to carry WC)
  • Their EIN or SS number (on permit application)

The following information and forms are available for download:

How to Contact Us

To request an inspection, contact one of the Inspectors listed below.

Commercial Plan Review
Professional Code Services, Inc.
John Nath
(724) 499-2662
Email: jnath@pcs-codes.com

Commercial Building and Electrical Inspector
Professional Code Services, Inc.
Michael Ramirez
(724) 679-4919
Email: mramirez@pcs-codes.com

City of Butler Plumbing Inspector
Joseph Neigh
(724) 822-1020

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