Subdivision, Development & Zoning
Subdivision & Land Development
Subdivision and land development reviews in the County are generally broken into two categories. About half of the County's municipalities have their own Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances (SALDO). The other half have not adopted their own and are therefore subject to the SALDO adopted at the County level.
Attention: In response to the recent statewide shut down ordered by Governor Tom Wolf, the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development will be operating with limited hours. Effective March 18th, 2020 until further notice, the Department will be open for Subdivision and Land Development Plan approvals/signatures:
Tuesdays 8AM - 12PM
Thursdays 1PM - 4PM
Please also note that the Recorder of Deeds office is closed to the public, but is accepting documents to be recorded via mail or overnight carrier.
Learn more about subdivision and land development review in the County.
Connect with the Watershed Planning Advisory Committee (WPAC) for the Development of the Integrated Water Resources Plan (IWRP).
If you know the municipality in which a subdivision or land development is to take place, refer to our Municipal Directory to locate contact information.
Zoning in the County is entirely under the purview of local municipalities. The County has not adopted a zoning ordinance. Many local municipalities have not either.
Refer to our Municipal Directory to find those municipalities who have adopted an ordinance.
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
Refer to our Municipal Directory to find building inspectors by municipality.