The City of Pittston has adopted a comprehensive zoning ordinance and zoning map. The zoning ordinance prescribes what types of structures and uses are permitted in the zones set forth on the zoning map. The Zoning Officer can be contacted at 570.654.0513 extension 221.
New structures, additions to existing structures, accessory structures, fences, decks, signs, and swimming pools, all must be approved by the Zoning Officer prior to construction via a Zoning Permit that can be obtained from the administrative offices at City Hall.
A Zoning Permit is separate and distinct from a Building Permit that is issued by the Building Inspector. To submit a Zoning Permit Application online, please click HERE. Or to download and print an application, open the Zoning Permit Application attachment below.
DOWNTOWN BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ZONING OVERLAY DISTRICT
Please note, by ordinance, special zoning regulations are in effect for commercial building signs and facades for structures along the “Commercial Business District” portions of South and North Main Streets. A copy of these special regulations is attached below.
ZONING CERTIFICATES OF USE
The Zoning Officer can also issue a Zoning Certificate of Occupancy/Use that shows the use of the building/property is in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance.
APPEALS FROM DECISIONS OF THE ZONING OFFICER
Relief from a zoning regulation or violation may be granted by the Zoning Hearing Board. Information on how to file an appeal with the Zoning Hearing Board is available from the Zoning Officer.
FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT–NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP)
The City of Pittston has adopted by ordinance the most recent federal regulations required for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The floodplain management ordinance is within Chapter 270 of the Pittston City Code and can be seen by clicking HERE.
Chapter 419 of the Pittston City Code addresses Stormwater Management. Click HERE to view this code chapter
MS4 Program (Water Drainage)
Discharges from municipal owned stormwater collection and conveyance systems in Pittston are regulated under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program. The goal of this program is to eliminate the impacts that discharges from these systems have on the health of our local waterways. When it rains, chemicals, oils and grease, debris, litter and sediment which may enter these systems can contaminate and adversely impact the quality of our waterways. The residents of Pittston play an important role in minimizing those impacts by understanding the importance of how these systems contribute to the health of our local waterways. Therefore, we have provided links to educational material developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection below so our residents can be better informed of how they can participate in improving the quality of discharge from the municipal stormwater systems.