Permits are required for, but are not limited to the following: Building Construction, Remodeling, Erecting Fences, Wood and Coal Burning Stoves, Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Peddling, Eating and Drinking Establishments, Street Excavations, Laundries, Demolition, Driveways, Rentals, Occupancy for Business Establishments, Use and Occupancy for single and multiple Family Dwellings. Applications are available at the Borough Office. A fee schedule is available at the Borough Office.


Regulations pertaining to subdivision and zoning are contained in the Borough Code. Colwyn Borough follows the Delaware County Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance which can be found on the Delaware County Planning Department's website. The Colwyn Borough Zoning Ordinance can be viewed by clicking the link here.


A state building code has been adopted for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for the construction, alteration, removal and use of buildings and structures. The Building Code Official (BCO) receives applications, issues permits and makes inspections as required to enforce the provisions of the building code. Residents who plan to install walls, walkways, light posts, etc., or regrade, plant shrubs or trees in close proximity to any street within the Borough, should verify with the required setback which may be necessary to maintain proper right of way width along the street on which they reside. Accessory structures, including fences, also have guidelines as to proper placement in rear yards or placement near property of lot lines. All fencing and accessory structures (such as garden or tool sheds, patios, and garages) require building permits.

Any owner planning to sell his property that contains a building(s) that are used for human occupancy, must apply to the Code Dept. for an inspection of the structure so that compliance with the Borough Code verified and a Use & Occupancy Permit issued prior to settlement.

**Any owner of a multiple family dwelling (apts., grooming houses, etc.) must apply for a Use & Occupancy Permit after each vacancy occurs and before each new occupancy.


All installations of construction of electric by any per-son including licensed electricians shall conform to the requirements as outlined in the Borough Building Code and as defined in the National Electrical Code and as approved by the Underwriter.

The Code of Ordinances
of the
Borough of Colwyn

*Note:  This code is to be used only for general informational purposes.  A number of the ordinances contained in this version have been updated.  Please contact Colwyn Borough directly to verify the current version of the ordinance in effect.  Colwyn Borough is working to update the electronic version and will provide a current version as soon as it is available.  We apologize for any inconvenience.