Code Enforcement and Zoning

The Township’s Building Inspector & Code Enforcement Official is responsible for issuing building permits, site inspections, ordinance violations, and enforces the State Dog Law.  The Official also helps residents who wish to subdivide or develop property. The Official is appointed by the West Deer Township Board of Supervisors and serves as the Township’s liaison in Zoning Hearing Board matters.

The Building Inspector is certified to inspect one and two-family dwellings, multiple-family developments, and some commercial projects. A third-party Plan Examiner and Inspector may be employed for large-scale developments.  The Official also inspects salvage yards and also issues mechanical device stickers to local establishments.

West Deer Township is a zoned community and has a number of ordinances regulating subdivision, zoning and building. It is recommended that you inquire at the Municipal Building prior to initiating any expansion or building on your property. There are numerous requirements for driveway construction, placement of articles in the right-of-way, erection of signs, and many other types of projects.  To avoid a possible citation, please contact the staff as seen below.

West Deer Township Zoning Map

West Deer Nov 24th 2015 Zoning 18600

Current Building/Code Staff

David Thomas, Code Enforcement Officer,, 724.265.2780

Dorothy Moyta, Administrative Assistant, ,724.265.2780

Building Permits

In order to set standards and support uniform quality, the Township has adopted the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC). Building permits are required for, but are not limited to, projects such as: all new structures; single family homes; additions; garages; sheds; fences; and swimming pools. Please contact the Building Inspector if you are unsure whether or not you need a permit, and you will properly informed. The building permit must be accompanied with a plot plan and a set of construction drawings.  Please make checks payable to West Deer Township.


Allegheny County prohibits outdoor burning other than small recreational wood fires. Burning permit applications may be obtained at the Township Building and submitted to the Allegheny County Health Department/Air Quality Division for approval. For more information, call 412.578.8115.

Property Maintenance

Although West Deer Township does not have an ordinance on grass cutting, Allegheny County requires property owners to keep their grass and weeds at a maximum of ten inches high. Building materials must be stored neatly and structures kept in sound conditions. Vehicles without current inspection and license plates may not be stored outside on private or public property.

Allegheny County Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services is in the process of updating the Allegheny County Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). Our multi-jurisdictional HMP must be updated every five years.  The HMP will be updated using the best and most current available information and data, conducting a thorough hazard risk assessment and vulnerability analysis, and evaluating and revising priorities and mitigation strategies to increase community resilience.   See link below for more information.

Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program

The purpose of the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program (VPRP) is to take blighted and/or tax delinquent properties and resell them to an applicant for reuse as determined within their application and as approved by the Municipality.
Click here for information and application form:

Vacant Property Recovery Program Application