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Dallastown, PA 17313
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Dallastown Borough, York County, PA


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OFFICE CLOSED(Christmas Holiday)
Thu Jan 03 @ 7:00PM -
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Planning Commission Meeting(if applicable)
Wed Jan 09 @ 7:00PM -
Water Authority Meeting
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EMA Meeting, if applicable
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Zoning Hearing Board Meeting(if applicable)
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Borough Council Meeting, if applicable
Mon Feb 11 @ 7:00PM -
Borough Council Meeting


The electronic version of the Borough of Dallastown Code of Ordinances is not the document of issue and the Borough of Dallastown printed and published Code remains the primary source and document of issue for all purposes. In the event of a conflict between the electronic version of the Code of Ordinances and the official printed Borough of Dallastown Code of Ordinances, the official printed Code of Ordinances shall govern. Copies of the official Borough of Dallastown Code of Ordinances may be purchased from the Township. The user is advised that there may be amendments to the Code of Ordinances which have been enacted after the last revision date of the electronic version of the Code of Ordinances. Keystate Publishers, Inc. makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the electronic version of the Code of Ordinances or the capability of the electronic version of the Code of Ordinances, and all liability with respect thereto is expressly disclaimed. The service and system is furnished by KPI on an “as is,” as available basis. All warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are expressly disclaimed. No representation or demonstration shall constitute a warranty of the electronic version of the Code of Ordinances unless expressly incorporated into an agreement between the parties.

The following buttons are .pdf documents for each Code Chapter for the Code of the Borough of Dallastown.  Each chapter is in a .pdf format, therefore, Adobe Acrobat  is needed to view each chapter.  Do not hesitate to telephone the Borough Office should you need more assistance in locating a specific topic/chapter or on the recent updates to an ordinance.


General Provisions

Chapter 1


Chapter 5

Authorities Municipal

Chapter 8

Claims Municipal

Chapter 11

Council of Governments

Chapter 15

Defense and Indemnification

Chapter 17

Emergency Management

Chapter 25


Chapter 36

Officers and Employees

Chapter 40


Chapter 43

Personnel Policies

Chapter 46

Planning Commission

Chapter 50

Salaries and Compensation

Chapter 59

Air Pollution
Chapter 70

Alarm Systems
Chapter 72

Alcoholic Beverages
Chapter 74

Chapter 78

Chapter 83

Building Construction
Chapter 90

Buildings, Numbering of
Chapter 93

Burning Open

Chapter 94

Construction and Materials Specifications

Chapter 97

Chapter 101

Firearms & Fireworks
Chapter 109


Chapter 110

Chapter 114

Mosquito Control
Chapter 131

Chapter 136

Parks & Recreation
Chapter 139

Peace & Good Order
Chapter 141

Plumbing Standards
Chapter 146

Portable Home Storage Units

Chapter 147

Property Maintenance
Chapter 149

Rental Properties
Chapter 151

Secondhand Dealers
Chapter 155

Chapter 159

Solid Waste
Chapter 164

Speed-Timing Devices
Chapter 169

Stormwater Management

Chapter 173

Streets & Sidewalks
Chapter 178

Subdivision and Land Development

Chapter 183

Chapter 188

Trailer Parks
Chapter 194

Transient Retail Merchants
Chapter 198

Chapter 202

Vehicles, Abandoned
Chapter 208

Vehicles & Traffic
Chapter 212


Chapter 217


Chapter 224


Constructions & Materials Specifications (Chapter 97), the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance and the Building Construction Codes (International Residential Code of 2003 and the International Building Code of 2003) are available at the Borough Office for in-house review.

Final Draft



Building Permit | Zoning Permit | Stormwater Permit | Zoning Criteria

Building Permit

Application Guidelines for Dallastown Borough

Items requiring a building permit include, but are not limited to the following:

Construction documents and other data shall be submitted in 3 or more sets for each application.

The construction documents must indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and must show in detail how it will conform to the provisions in the IRC (International Residential Code) and IBC (International Building Code) of 2009.  All construction will need the details of construction specified on the drawing. Illustrate/describe your proposed addition/alteration in enough detail (like a blue print) so the plan reviewer can efficiently evaluate your application. If the application lacks sufficient construction detail, your application will be rejected.

Each application must have a plan review.  A residential plan review will take up to 15 business days and a commercial, multi-family and industrial plan review will take up to 30 business days.  The costs involved with the plan review are initially $30 for residential and $160 minimum (see permit application for details) for commercial, multi-family and industrial.  This check is to be made payable to York Township. The application and fees are submitted to Dallastown Borough. The remainder of the costs will be noted after the plan review has been approved.

Complete application available at the link below and submit it with your drawings to the Dallastown Borough Office.

Zoning Permit

Application Guidelines for Dallastown Borough

A zoning permit is required for the following:

  • Gazebos
  • FencesFence Permit App
  • Grade level patios
  • Non-illuminated signage
  • Sheds [no plumbing, no electric and less than 240 sq.ft.]
  • Paved or stone driveways and parking spaces
  • Swimming pools (permanent & temporary that can 18 to 23 inches of water with no electrical components)Pool Permit App
  • Decking or patios that are less than 30 inches above grade

Complete an application and submit it with 2 sets of drawings to the Dallastown Borough Office. (The Borough Office has guidelines for sheds, pools, decks, and fencing located in the lobby or visit the Applications/Forms page for specific applications with instructions.)

Stormwater Permit

As of 1/1/13, new storm water regulations are in effect for Dallastown Borough.

New Impervious Area

The calculation of impervious square footage subject to the Small Project Site Activities fee in lieu program shall run with the land and shall be calculated as of January 1, 2013 (Ordinance 575-12).  The initial and all future projects subject to a payment, as set forth in the fee schedule below, shall be added to any future projects for the purpose of (a) calculating any fee; and (b) determining eligibility for the Small Project Site Activities fee in lieu provisions.  Once the total of all projects exceed 500 sq feet, the property shall NOT be eligible for a Small Project payment in lieu of the construction of Stormwater Best Management Practices under the Dallastown Borough Stormwater Management Ordinance.  Once your total square footage of projects exceeds 500 sq ft in, a Stormwater Permit must be obtained.  A Stormwater Permit is required for projects when the total accumulated impervious area is between 500-999 square feet.  Once your total accumulated impervious area exceeds 1000 square feet, a stormwater management plan prepared by your engineer is required.  The Borough Engineer will review your SWM plan and inspect the stormwater facility, as it is constructed, that is required for your project.

Stormwater Activities Fee Schedule

For all new impervious square footage

(in accumulated total from 1/1/13 to present)

Impervious Area

Sq. Footage


0 - 250 $1.50 per sq. ft.
251-500 $375 plus $3.00 per sq. ft. over 251 sq. ft. up to 500 sq. ft.
501-1000 $50 plan review & inspection fee
1001 + $200 application fee + review & inspection fees as required by the Borough Engineer

1 - 500 Square Feet in Total requires:

- The appropriate Building or Zoning Permit for the project

- The stormwater fee based on the above chart. (Click here for detailed Fee In Lieu of Chart)

501 - 1000 Square Feet in total requires:

- The appropriate Building or Zoning Permit for the project

- A stormwater permit

- Stormwater facility (pit, basin, etc.) chosen from the prepared Stormwater Small Projects Guide or one prepared by your engineer and approved by the Borough. (Preparing a SWM plan in this scenario by your own engineer is at the discretion of the property owner, however, it will be more costly than using a pre-approved plan from the Small Projects Guide.  Preparing your own plan in this option will require the same $200 application fee as a project 1000+ sq. ft. in size would require.)

1001 + Square Feet in total requires:

- A Stormwater Management plan prepared by your engineer & fee based on the above chart

- Construct the Stormwater facility as designed in your approved SWM plan.

The following table specifies the zoning criteria for the Dallastown Borough.


Front Setback

Side Setback  

Rear Setback  

Accessory Structures1

Building Height  

Lot Coverage



25 ft

10 ft  

30 ft

Rear setback:  10 ft

Side setback:  combined total of 8 ft or more, no less than 3 ft on one side

Principal structure:  2 ½ stories, but not over 30 ft.

Accessory structure:  2 stories, but not over 25 ft  

Up to 45% may be covered with imp ervious surfaces 

Up to 6 ft. in height in rear and side yards; up to 3 ft in height in front yards.

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Properties with yards bounded by streets, lanes or avenues, the height of the fence is limited to 3 ft.  


15 ft  

5 ft

All other:  
10 ft  

20 ft  

Rear setback:  10 ft

Side setback:  combined total of 8 ft or more, no less than 3 ft on one side  

Principal structure:  2 ½ stories, but not over 30 ft.3

Accessory structure:  2 stories, but not over 25 ft  

Up to 60%4 may be covered with impervious surfaces  
C-S   15 ft   10 ft  

20 ft

Rear setback:  10 ft

Side setback:  combined total of 8 ft or more, no less than 3 ft on one side

Principal structure:  2 ½ stories, but not over 30 ft.

Accessory structure:  2 stories, but not over 25 ft

Up to 90% may be covered with impervious surfaces
C-H   25 ft   20 ft   10 ft   ----

Principal structure:  2 ½ stories, but not over 30 ft.5

Accessory structure:  2 stories, but not over 25 ft  

Up to 80% may be covered with impervious surfaces  


30 ft   20 ft  

30 ft


Principal structure:  3 stories, but not over 35 ft.

Accessory structure:  2 stories, but not over 25 ft  

Up to 90% may be covered with impervious surfaces   Up to 8 ft in height in all yard areas.  

1 Accessory structures are to be located between the rear wall of the principal structure and the rear property line and must be at least 10 feet from the principal structure.
2 SFD = single family detached dwelling
3 Height limit may be extended to 3½ stories but not over 40 ft. if each yard is increased one ft. width for each additional ft. of height over 30 ft.
4 70% lot coverage is acceptable for properties where the lot width is less than 40 feet.
5 Height limit may be extended to 3½ stories but not over 40 ft. if each yard is increased one ft. width for each additional ft. of height over 30 ft.
*pools will require a building permit in addition to a zoning permit
R-O = Residential Outlying; R-T = Residential Town; C-S = Commercial Shopping;
C-H = Commercial Heavy & Highway; I-G = Industrial General

Other zoning criteria will be reviewed at the time your plan is submitted.

  1. Rental property owners are required to register every rental unit within the Borough by January 31st of each year. A registration form will be available in the Borough Office and on the website under Applications/Forms. A $100.00 per unit registration fee will be due annually at the time of registration. An updated tenant list should be included with your registration form.
  2. Inspections of each rental unit will continue on their current schedule of every other year. The initial inspection fee has been included in your annual registration costs and no fees are due at the time of inspection; however, re-inspections after the initial inspection will be a charge of $50.00 per unit.
  3. Inspection cancellations of less than 24 hours and no-shows will be subject to a $25.00 charge.
  4. Failure to comply with these changes will be subject to the fines and penalties stated in Section 151-19 of the Dallastown Borough Code regarding Rental Properties.

Dallastown Borough Rental Code Ordinance - Chapter 151

 MS4(Municipal Seperate Storm Sewer Systems)

WAY(Watershed Alliance of York)

"When it Rains, It Drains" - info pamphlet by DEP

Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff Pamphlet

Pennsylvania Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual

Rain Gardens For The Bay



The next Penn State Water Resources Extension webinar on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST will discuss A Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater.  The presenter will be Kristen Kyler, a Project Coordinator for the Lower Susquehanna Initiative at Penn State University.     
When: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Title: A Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater
Presenter: Kristen Kyler, Project Coordinator, Lower Susquehanna Initiative, Penn State University
Where: the live webinar can be viewed at

Webinar description:
The Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater is a guide that was developed by the Little Conestoga Partnership, a partnership funded by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant that is using an innovative, watershed based approach to reduce stormwater pollution. Penn State, as a partner in this project, helped develop the Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater which walks a homeowner through the process of evaluating a property for stormwater runoff and identifying ways to reduce that runoff. The guide focuses on 6 basic practices: rain gardens, rain barrels, riparian buffers, tree plantings, native meadows, and pervious pavers. Kristen Kyler, the Project Coordinator of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center’s Lower Susquehanna Initiative, will present on why homeowner’s need to manage stormwater and how the “Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater” is meant to be used. Besides the print version, the guide has also been crafted into a website ( and has accompanying YouTube videos.

About the Presenter:
Kristen Kyler is the Project Coordinator for the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center’s Lower Susquehanna Initiative. The Lower Susquehanna Initiative is committed to forming diverse partnerships to achieve conservation and water quality goals in the Lower Susquehanna region. Current partnerships include the Conewago Creek Initiative, the Little Conestoga Partnership, and the Lower Susquehanna Center for Land and Water.  Kristen coordinates these partnerships, keeping communication between partners flowing and projects on track. She graduated from Penn State in 2012 with an Environmental Resource Management degree and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at Penn State Harrisburg.

How to Participate

Additonal Upcoming Webinars
Additional webinars on various water resources topics will be offered each month - generally on the last Wednesday of the month. A full schedule of upcoming webinars can be found at:

  • August 27, 2014 – Stormwater/Green Infrastructure – Melissa Hess, Senior Project Manager, URS Corporation, Germantown, MD
  • September 24, 2014 – Fertilizer Forecaster, A New Predictive Tool for Runoff – Dr. Anthony Buda, USDA Pasture Research Lab, University Park, PA
  • October 29, 2014 - Is Pennsylvania Becoming Drought Resistant? - Paul Knight, State Climatologist, Penn State University
  • November 19, 2014 - Groundwater Levels, Extraction and Climate Connections in the United States, 1949-2009, Dr. Tess Russo, Penn State University
  • December 17, 2014 – The Development of Sustainable Bioremediation Technologies to Solve Global Water Challenges, Dr. Rachel Brennan, Penn State University 


Please help promote the lifespan of the storm-sewer infrastructure in Dallastown Borough by cleaning the debris and snow and ice that piles up on the storm-sewer drains near your home, by never releasing chemicals into the storm-sewer drains (car washing detergents, oils, gasoline, pesticides, etc), by never mowing grass and weeds into the streets without removing the clippings and properly disposing of them into a composing receptacle or trash container, and by not throwing trash and other garbage into the streets or into the storm-sewer drains. The ultimate goal is to promote the health of our watershed to ensure safe and clean drinking water for you and your family as well as promoting the overall health and diversity of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) has designated Dallastown Borough as an MS4 Municipality (municipal separate storm sewer system). As a result of this, Dallastown Borough has been mandated to monitor and correct all issues relating to stormwater runoff.

MS4 Contacts:


The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act

Are you current with taxes, or other municipal service accounts?

If not, you will be denied a zoning and/or building permit!

The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act

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Any Borough or Water-Authority maintenance employee that would approach your home for any reason will have a visible I.D. and a Borough vehicle with them. Do not let anyone in your home without first verifying who they are.

Please call the Borough Office (717.244.6626) or York Area Regional Police (717.741.1259 or 911) immediately if you need to verify the identity of someone or if you experience any suspicious behavior.