NEW FLORENCE
BOROUGH

119 Franklin Street
P.O. Box 272
New Florence PA 15944
724-235-2000
secretary1@nfborough.comcastbiz.net

Zoning-Building Permits

The following information will help a resident or business owner in New Florence navigate through the process of zoning, permits, PennDOT right-of-way issues, excavating, and understanding color codes used in utility markings.  Zoning and building permits fall under the purview of the Westmoreland County Subdivision, Development & Zoning Department.  More information can be found online by clicking on their link.  To contact directly use the information below.

Westmoreland County Subdivision, Development & Zoning Department

Westmoreland County Subdivision, Development & Zoning Department
Jason Rigone, Director
wcplanning@co.westmoreland.pa.us
40 North Pennsylvania Ave.
Suite 520
Greensburg, PA 15601
724-830-3600
FAX: 724-830-3611

Zoning

Zoning in Westmoreland County is entirely under the purview of local municipalities. The county has not adopted a zoning ordinance. Many local municipalities have not either.  New Florence does not have a zoning ordinance.

Building Permits

Building permits are also handled at the municipal level. In Pennsylvania, municipalities have three options available to them for permit review and approval under Uniform Construction Code (UCC) legislation.

  • Review and issue permits by in-house municipal staff
  • Contract with building inspection company for review and issuance
  • Opt-out of the process entirely which leaves the job of building permit review and issuance to the PA Department of Labor and Industry

In the case of New Florence, building permits are handled by Middle Department Inspection Agency (MDIA).  There are two offices that New Florence borough deals with and they are listed below.  The primary point of contact for all building permits or any questions regarding building permits is Brian Rearick at 800-682-6342.  Please call and leave a message.  As a field engineer Mr. Rearick spends most of the day on job sites.  Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Middle Department Inspection Agency, Inc.
P.O. Box 2654
West Chester, PA 19380-0904

Middle Department Inspection Agency, Inc.
Wexford Office
101 North Meadows Drive
Suite 130
Wexford, PA 15090
FAX: 724-935-7480
wexfordoffice@mdia.us

Pennsylvania 811

The purpose of Pennsylvania 811 (known as Miss Utility in many states) is to prevent damage to underground facilities.  To promote safety, they provide an efficient and effective communications network among project owners, designers, excavators, and facility owners.  Keep in mind state law requires a three (3) business day notice (does not include state holidays or weekends), but not more than ten (10) business days prior to the start of excavation.  To contact Pennsylvania 811 dial either 811 or 800-242-1776.  You may also visit their website at: Pennsylvania 811.  Additional contact information is listed below.

Pennsylvania 811
800-248-1786 – Administrative Offices
925 Irwin Run Road
West Mifflin, PA  15122

One very helpful section on the Pennsylvania 811 web site is the Frequently Asked Questions area.  Click on the link to access a lot of useful information.

PennDOT Right of Way

PennDOT issues a variety of different Highway Occupancy Permits (HOPs) to property owners, developers, utility companies, municipalities and municipal authorities, and other interested parties who desire access to the state right-of-way.

PennDOT has responsibilities to accommodate both HOP Applicants/Permittees and the traveling public. It is in the public interest to regulate the design, construction, drainage and maintenance of accesses, local roads, utility facilities and other property and structures within the State highway right-of-way in order to preserve safe and reasonable access, safe and convenient passage of traffic, as well as protect the structural integrity of the highway.

  • Utility Permits may be issued to install, repair, replace, connect, remove, or disconnect privately, publicly or cooperatively owned lines, facilities and systems which directly or indirectly serve the public or any part thereof.
  • Driveway/Local Road Permits may be issued to install, alter, or remove a driveway, street or other means of passage of vehicles between the highway and abutting property.
  • Miscellaneous Permits may be issued to perform seismograph testing, embankment alterations, surface openings, roadway improvements; construct, replace, or remove curb and/or sidewalk; connect to Department drainage facilities; open test holes; install, repair, replace or remove non-utility structures, tipples, conveyors, pedestrian overhead crossings, subways, mines, or pedestrian underpass crossings.

New Florence falls under the management control of PennDOT District 12.  Additional information concerning HOPs can be obtained from the following District 12 employees.  In many cases the Borough of New Florence becomes the requester for HOPs on projects within the borough.  For more information on HOPs please follow the link above.

David Gault
District Permit Manager
PA Department of Transportation
Engineering District Office 12-0
825 North Gallatin Avenue
Uniontown, PA 15401
724-439-7228
FAX: 724-439-7318
dgault@pa.gov

Richard L. Marker, P.E.
Maintenance Program Engineer
PA Department of Transportation
Engineering District Office 12-0
P.O. Box 459
Uniontown, PA 15401
724-439-7310
FAX: 724-439-7318
rimarker@pa.gov

APWA Uniform Color Codes

Pennsylvania law follows the Common Ground Alliance Best Practices for Temporary Marking (ANSI Standard Z535.  The APWA Uniform Color Codes is a system that’s adopted all over the United States for marking utilities in and around construction sites.  It is based on ANSI Standard Z535.1.  The chart below explains what the various colors represent.