Code Enforcement

City of Wilkes-Barre


The City of Wilkes-Barre has established, maintains, and is responsible for the enforcement of a variety of municipal codes, City ordinances, and rehabilitation programs that has been created to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City of Wilkes-Barre.  The Code Enforcement Office enforces the International Code Council, International Building Code, International Residential Code,  and the National Electrical Code regulations for its various building/plumbing/electrical inspections.  The Code Enforcement Department also promotes and maintains a safe and desirable living and working environment by the enforcement of the codes and use of rehabilitation programs that will enhance the quality of life in our City and help maintain healthy neighborhoods free of unsightly or hazardous conditions that can have a negative impact on surrounding property values.  The Code Enforcement Office also works with neighborhood associations, public service agencies and other City departments to facilitate voluntary compliance with City laws and codes, assist community self-help programs, develop public outreach programs, and establish community priorities for enforcement programs.

The City of Wilkes-Barre requires all commercial renovations, fit-outs or construction plans to be reviewed by a city code officer before a permit will be issued.

For general questions reguarding code enforcement, licensing, parking permits, testing, hours of operation etc. please contact us by phone (570) 208-1629

Contractor Renewal Information

Contractors Test Information

Contractors Exam Form

Code Enforcement Rates

Appeal Hearing Form

NEIC Fee Schedule


Ann West


Marc Murphy


Dan Kratz




Building permits consist of the following types electrical, building (framing, roofing, sheet rock, siding, etc.), and plumbing which also can include heating and air conditioning.  Building permits can be applied by Approved Wilkes-Barre City licensed contractors and homeowners only under the condition that the person applying for the permit is doing so for their primary residence. Journeymen can not apply for permits with the intention of working under a contractor with a homeowner. A homeowner who applies for a permit for their primary residence is then responsible for all work and inspections performed on the household.

The Wilkes-Barre City Code Enforcement Department costs for building, electrical, and plumbing permits are based on the cost of work involved.  This scale bases the price of the permit on the cost of the project.  The attached scale is a portion of the price list the City uses. The City of Wilkes-Barre also charges an additional $4.00 state fee for the purpose of continuing education of inspectors, examiners, reviewers, etc.

All applications must be filled out completely and approved by an Code Enforcement employee before becoming valid.

Quality of Life Ordinance

Building Permit Application

Building Permit Fees

3rd Party Inspector (BHW) Fees

UCC Permit Checklist

License Fees


The City of Wilkes-Barre holds bi-annual contractors licensing test for applicants in order to become licensed through the City.   These tests can be taken in a wide array of fields with varying fees as applicable.  Tests will be conducted Semi Annually on the last Saturdays of March and September.  In order to take the test, the applicant information and $150.00 test fee (non-refundable) must be submitted to the City of Wilkes-Barre’s Code Enforcement Office no later than six weeks prior to the testing date.  For any additional information please call (570) 208-1629.


A one time license is a license given “once” for a specific project be it commercial or residential, the license is one time life time.  For example, if a company from another city or state comes to Wilkes-Barre to do a project but does not poses a Wilkes-Barre license, we will require 2 letters of recommendation from architects or engineers from their area where they are licensed.  Letter of recommendation  from the building code officials from their area will also be accepted to provided they are from a third class city or better and proof of insurance.  A fee of $350.00 includes the $150.00 test fee allowing the applicant to take the next scheduled test.  The test fee is charged whether the applicant takes the test or not.  Once these documents are received a one time license will be issued upon review by the Building Code Official.


Buyer Notification and Certification of Occupancy are consumer protection programs that The City of Wilkes-Barre provides through the Code Enforcement Department to ensure public safety and for informing present or future residents/businesses of the City of the code standards.  Residential/commercial properties purchased are rated on a scale of green, yellow, and red.  The guideline for inspection of properties under this clause is through the Wilkes-Barre City Housing Ordinance.  Properties that are given a GREEN card, are properties that show no signs of code infractions and can be inhabited at the discretion of the new purchaser.  The second rating for buyer notification is a YELLOW card.  A yellow card represents the fact that the property inspected does have minor code infractions located throughout, but it is habitable.  The final type of card The City of Wilkes-Barre issues is the RED card.  The red card indicates that at the current condition of the residence, that it is not livable.  *Buyer Notification and Certification of Occupancy does not prevent the sale of any property.  This statute focuses on habitation of the property only.*  Once the new owner of the property signs an approved Buyer Notification card he/she will then receive the Certification of Occupancy.  A Request for Buyer Notification Inspection must be filled out and submitted prior to setting an appointment. The approved permit will be filed at the City of Wilkes-Barre Code Enforcement Department.

Request for Buyer Notification Inspection

Pricing for Buyer Notification depends upon the amount of units located at the property in question.  The cost is based on a standard $90.00 per unit charge.  For example, a new construction residential home would cost $90.00.  If the inspection was to be performed on a two unit apartment building or larger, the price would be based on a standard $90.00 per unit price.  If found in violation of this ordinance any residential/commercial owner can be subject to fines up to and including $1000.00 per unit and the deed will not be filed at Wilkes-Barre City Hall.  Commercial properties that are 6000 square feet or less are subjected to a $125.00 general fee plus a $90.00 fee per additional unit.  For example, a 5000 sq. ft. warehouse would cost one fee of $125.00, where as the same warehouse with an apartment attached would cost $200.00 in total.  Commercial buildings greater than 6000 sq. ft are subjected to a fee of $250.00, and are also subjected to the additional per unit fees.

Wilkes-Barre City Contractors’ License Test to be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

8:00 a.m. (arrive early)

Location: Public Works Garage

3 Conyngham Ave. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 (Enter on Pennsylvania Ave.)

In order to take the test, the applicant information and $150.00 test fee (non-refundable) must be submitted to the City of Wilkes-Barre’s Code Enforcement Office no later than August 19, 2017

The Applications for the examinations can be picked up at the Code Enforcement Office located on the first floor of City Hall, 40 E. Market Street, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the Wilkes-Barre City Code Enforcement Office at (570) 208-1629.

Report a Vacant Property

prochampTo register a foreclosure or vacant property (or to file a citizen complaint regarding a property issue), please visit the above link.

Wilkes-Barre City Contractor License Due Dates
Master Electrician 06-30 Blacktop 06-30
Residential Electrician 06-30 Demo/Exc 06-30
General Contractor 06-30 Mason 06-30
Jobbing Contractor 06-30 Roofing & Siding 06-30
Swimming Pools 06-30 Specialty 06-30