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Building Standards & Safety

The Bureau of Building Standards and Safety (BSS) facilitates the development and maintenance of affordable, decent, safe and sanitary homes, apartments and commercial structures to ensure every citizen has access to quality places to live, work and play in a tolerant environment, using the highest standards of customer service. 

BSS is comprised of two divisions, or offices:  Building Permits and Inspections, and Residential Property Inspections.  It is also your resource for Trades Licensing.

Building Permits and Inspections

    Location: City Hall, 435 Hamilton Street, 4th Floor
    Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Phone Number: 610-437-7591 and 610-437-7592

Building Permits and Inspections administers and enforces the City of Allentown’s building, plumbing and electrical codes, which apply to construction, alterations, use, location, occupancy or maintenance of all buildings, structures, and service equipment.  The office reviews plans, issues permits and inspects the work.

Residential Property Inspections

    Location: City Hall, 435 Hamilton St 3rd Flr
    Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Phone Number: 610-437-7694 and 610-437-7695 
Residential Property Inspections is responsible for the safety and maintenance of existing residential properties through the enforcement of the City of Allentown’s Property Rehabilitation and Maintenance Code. This office provides for the registration, licensing and systematic inspection of all residential rental units in the City. This office runs the Pre-sales Inspection Program and fields complaints against problem properties.  

Trades Licensing - Electrical, Plumbing & Sheet Metal

    Location: City Hall, 435 Hamilton Street, 4th Floor
    Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Phone Number: 610-437-7591 and 610-437-7592
Building Permits and Inspections coordinates and/or administers the electrical, plumbing, and sheet metal licensing tests.