Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Zoning Department is charged with promoting the general health, safety and welfare of the people of the Borough of Elizabethtown through fair, consistent, unbiased enforcement of all applicable codes & regulations associated with buildings & structures, land use activities, and community planning. The Planning & Zoning Director is a Building Codes Official and serves as the Borough’s Zoning Officer. In addition she is the liaison for the Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Board.

Long-Range Planning

In April, 2010, the Borough and its neighboring municipalities adopted the Regional Strategic Plan for Elizabethtown Borough, Conoy Township, Mount Joy Township, and West Donegal Township.  The plan included corresponding official maps for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic. The plan and maps lay the groundwork for development within the Borough and the region.

Borough Council recently adopted a Complete Streets policy with an emphasis on designing public streets for all users. Complete streets promote Elizabethtown as a livable community, competitive as a choice for where people desire to live, work, shop and play.

Zoning & Code Enforcement

Our staff is here to guide you through the requirements of the Borough’s Existing Structures and Property Maintenance Code and Zoning Ordinance as per the Borough's Code of Ordinances. The Borough also administers Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code as adopted by the Department of Labor & Industry.


A Zoning and/or Construction Permit is required prior to the erection, addition, or alteration of any building, prior to the use or change in use of a building or land, and prior to the change or extension of a nonconforming use. Placement of fences, walls, repaving or expansion of driveways, and signs require a permit. Placement of any dumpster requires a permit. Please call us at 717-367-1700 with any questions.

Residential Rental Unit Licensing & Inspection Program

Elizabethtown Borough administers a Residential Rental Unit Licensing and Inspection Program. All residential rental units are issued a license upon submitting a completed application. Periodic inspections of all rental units in the Borough are conducted by a Codes Compliance Official in coordination with the property owners and tenants.


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Pamela Roberts Planning and Zoning Director (717) 367-1700
Greg Gobrecht Codes Compliance Official (717) 367-1700
Jay Jenkins Codes Compliance Official (717) 367-1700