The Swissvale Fire Department is responsible for all building related code enforcement and inspection activities. The Fire Chief serves as the Borough’s “Building Code Official” and is responsible for the issuance of all building permits.
Whenever in doubt of whether or not you require a permit, simply call us and we will be happy to discuss your project with you and answer any questions.
Please be advised that we are not permitted to give construction advice nor tell you how to build something. We are only permitted to review what you submit and ensure it is in compliance with the applicable codes. Failure to obtain a required Building Permit may result in fines of up to $1,000 per day and 30 days in jail.
For a listing of what type of projects require a permit and fees, please go to the PERMIT APPLICATIONS page of the website.
The following contains contact information and general information for the following topics.
· BUILDING PERMITS
· RESIDENTIAL BUILDING INSPECTIONS
· COMMERCIAL BUILDING INPSECTIONS
· ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS
· PLUMBING INSPECTIONS
· DANGEROUS AND NUISANCE STRUCTURES
The Swissvale Fire Department is also responsible for the administration and enforcement of Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (PA-UCC). All building permits are issued by the Fire Chief, who also serves as the Borough’s “Building Code Official.” Please be advised that the PA-UCC is a state law and not a local ordinance. Therefore, it must be enforced in compliance with state statutes. The PA-UCC has adopted and incorporates the International Code Council’s (ICC) family of building codes. One and two family residential dwellings are governed by the International Residential Code (IRC-2009). All other buildings are governed by the International Building Code (IBC-2009) or the International Existing Building Code (IEBC-2009)
To access the PA-UCC website- click here.
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING INSPECTIONS
Deputy Fire Chief Keith Runt performs all residential building inspections related to the Uniform Construction Code and Building Permits. He can be reached at 412-271-0448 Ext. 113.
COMMERCIAL BUILDING INPSECTIONS
All commercial building inspections are performed by the borough’s contracted inspection service: CEA Code Enforcement Associates. Once a building permit has been issued, this agency performs all the required inspections related to the project. They can be contacted at 412-650-3000.
All electrical inspections are performed by the borough’s contracted inspection agency: CEA Code Enforcement Associates. All required electrical inspections must be performed by this agency, as this is the only recognized electrical inspector for the borough. The assigned inspector for Swissvale is Rich Merichko and he can be contacted at 412-650-3000 or directly at 412-889-1995 (cell)
In accordance with state law, all plumbing permits and inspections are to be performed by the Allegheny County Health Department, Plumbing Section. They can be contacted at 412-664-8855
DANGEROUS AND NUISANCE STRUCTURES