The Zoning-Code Enforcement Office

Located on the second floor of Borough Hall
55 E. Main Street, Waynesboro, PA.

Office/Inspection Hours 

Monday – Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; and by appointment from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Matthew Schmidt, Code Enforcement Officer

Telephone:  717-762-2101, Ext. 230


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The weather is warming up, meaning vegetation will start to grow.  Residents are reminded that routine property maintenance items need our attention.  The following links apply to standards for the maintenance of vegetation within the Borough —

  • § 201-4 Unlawful growth of weeds, grass, and other vegetation.  [Amended 9-7-2016 by Ord. No. 1149]  It is unlawful for any person, firm, trust, association or corporation owning or occupying any property within the Borough of Waynesboro to permit any weeds, grass or plants other than trees, bushes, flowers, or other ornamental plants, or crops or vegetable plants grown for consumption to grow to a height exceeding 10 inches upon such property in the Borough of Waynesboro, except as expressly exempted herein.  Any such plants or weeds exceeding such height are hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to health, safety and general welfare of the community.


  • § 245-30 Trees, stumps and trimming. 
    • A. All tree stumps in the sidewalk and curb areas are declared to be a nuisance and shall be removed by the property owner.
    • B. Tree trunks and/or roots protruding into the sidewalk area and/or beyond the curb into the street area are declared to be a nuisance and shall be removed by the property owner.
    • C. All trees, shrubs, hedges and other growing vegetation overhanging the sidewalk area shall be trimmed to a height of not less than eight (8) feet to avoid interference with pedestrian traffic.


  • § 167-2 Nuisances prohibited.  [Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Waynesboro 10-5-2016 by Ord. No. 1150.  Amendments noted where applicable.]
    • Selected Sections
      • A. It shall be unlawful for any person to create, maintain or allow any condition which is a nuisance.
      • F. Trees, shrubs, hedges or other vegetation overhanging sidewalks or other pedestrian walkways at a height less than eight (8) feet.
      • G. Trees, shrubs, or other vegetation overhanging a road right-of-way at a height of less than sixteen (16) feet measured from the street surface at the curb.


  • § 245-45 § Violations and penalties. [Amended 1-8-1997 by Ord. No. 972; 12-11-2013 by Ord. No. 1129]  The Code Enforcement Officer or his designee(s) and the Borough police officers are hereby duly authorized to issue a ticket in a form established by the Borough to any owner violating the provisions of this article. The ticket shall identify of the address of the property where the violation exists, as well as the nature of the violation. The ticket may either be handed to an owner or occupant of the property or may be affixed to a door on the property where the violation exists fronting a right-of-way or conspicuously posted on the property. The ticket shall instruct such violator that if he, she or it reports to the Borough office and pays to the Borough the sum of up to $75 within 10 days of the date of issuance of the ticket, then such payment shall save such violator from prosecution by a citation, which prosecution may result in court costs and attorney fees being assessed against the violator in addition to the fine. In any event, if a ticket is not paid in full within 10 days of issuance, official authorized to issue tickets shall issue a citation on the violator.

DO I NEED A ZONING/LAND USE PERMIT? (Click here for more information.)

A Land Use Permit or a Land Use Exemption Permit, issued by the Borough of Waynesboro, will be required in order to obtain a building permit.  Building permits are issued by Accredited Services located at 48 S. Potomac Street, Waynesboro, PA (Phone: 717-762-7065).

ZONING/LAND USE PERMIT APPLICATION (Please review application for the required information.)  Construction Drawings and a sketch of the property (with dimensions) showing the addition or improvements must be submitted for plan review prior to obtaining a Zoning/Land Use Permit.

Applications may be made by the owner, an agent of the owner, or a Registered Design Professional employed in connection with the proposed work, along with an executed notarized power of attorney and all deeds necessary.  Please remember to check your deed for any restrictions specific to your area when planning your project.

*Land Use Permits and Zoning Permits are terms used interchangeably and have the same meaning.

OPENING A NEW BUSINESS IN WAYNESBORO?  (Click here for more information.)

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY?  The Borough of Waynesboro is seeking individuals who are interested in being considered for up to three (3) vacancies as alternate members on the Zoning Hearing Board.  Letters of interest should be forwarded to Borough Manager Jason Stains at 55 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 310, Waynesboro, PA or by email at