Planning & Zoning

City of Wilkes-Barre


The Office of Planning and Zoning is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the City of Wilkes-Barre’s zoning ordinance as amended, as well as the subdivision and land development ordinance.

Applications for development include, but are not limited to, new construction, changes of property use, and signs posted on private property. Zoning permit applications are required for the construction of a host of activities with include the construction of buildings, car ports, sheds, swimming pools, and et cetera. Specialized zoning permit forms are available for fences, driveways, and enclosures.

In addition, enforcement issues are addressed in the Office of Planning and Zoning for compliance matters. Those wishing to apply for subdivision and land development should be advised that some applications usually require a meeting with the office staff prior to submission.

Director of Planning & Zoning / Zoning Officer
William C. Harris,
P: 570-208-4164

Zoning Hearing Board

2017 Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
 Meeting Cancelled
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Hayden White, Chairperson

Edward J.DeMichele, Vice Chairperson

Carl Naessig, Board Member

Vaughn Koter, Board Member

John Bergold, Board Member

Kris Conwell Jones, Board Member Alternate

Charles McCormick, ESQSolicitor

William C. Harris, Director of Planning & Zoning/Zoning Officer

The City of Wilkes-Barre Zoning Hearing Board is a five (5) member Board that conducts regularly scheduled public hearings the third Wednesday, of each month at 4:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Fourth Floor, City Hall, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18711.  The Zoning Hearing Board conducts hearings in accordance with the requirements of Article 14 of the City of Wilkes-Barre Zoning Ordinance, as amended, and Section 908 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247, as amended.  The members of the Zoning Hearing Board are citizens of the City of Wilkes-Barre and are not employees of the City of Wilkes-Barre.  As such, Board members do not receive compensation for the performance of their duties on the Zoning Hearing Board.

Pursuant to the above, public notice will be provided for each monthly schedule of hearings.  Agendas will also be posted on line once they are published in the newspaper legal advertisement.  Please be advised that an application for appeal must be filed for placement on the agenda of the Zoning Hearing Board.   Preliminary application for zoning permit is usually required before filing a zoning appeal.  Please read all instructions carefully.  Please note that various forms of zoning permit applications are available as applied to different activities and uses.

APPEAL FILING DEADLINES: Typically, zoning hearing board appeal applications must be filed approximately thirty (30) days in advance of the hearing date. The actual date will be determined on a monthly basis based upon the number of applications, the calendar, and the ability to comply with the required public notice requirements. You may contact the Office of Planning and Zoning for further information in this regard. Every effort will be made to expedite matters to the Board for review, however, restrictions do apply.

Decisions made by the Zoning Hearing Board are subject to a thirty (30) day appeal period. Please seek independent qualified professional advice concerning appeals from decisions of the Zoning Hearing Board.