Business Licenses & Contractor Registration

License Guidelines

All contractors working in the Borough of Pottstown must be licensed to do work in the Borough.  (General Contractors, Alarm Installers, HVAC, Electricians, Plumbers, etc).

A Business License is required to do work in the Borough.

All Contractor Registration Applications must include:

  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Liability Insurance
  • Workman's Compensation

Required Permits

Individuals Needing Permits

  • Permit applications may be applied for and obtained by the property owner, contractor and/or authorized agent.
  • Plumbing permits must be applied for by the owner or a Master Plumber licensed by the Borough of Pottstown.

Building Permits

  • Applications for Building Permits should include the following:
    • Description of proposed construction (dimensions, type and extent of work, materials)
    • Estimated cost of construction
    • Type of occupancy (residential, office, retail, etc).
    • Name, address and telephone number of owner, contractor and authorized agent
    • Plot Plan indicating lot dimensions, proposed construction location, existing-structures, and driveway
    • Floor layout including dimensions
    • All new construction for public, commercial, industrial, office and multi-family uses must be reviewed by the Borough Planning Commission and approved by the Borough Council

General Building Code Guidelines

  • All permits must be obtained and fees paid prior to starting actual work. Fees are based on type, size and cost of construction
  • Licensing and Inspections staff requires 24 hours notice for all inspections.  Contact Licensing and Inspections at 610-970-6520.
  • Contractor is responsible for notifying office for all inspections
  • Permit Cards must be visibly displayed on job site
  • The Building Code Official must be notified of all structural and / or plan changes in construction after Permit is issued
  • Final inspections must be made and a Certificate of Occupancy issued prior to occupation of any structure
  • Applicant is responsible for obtaining the necessary Third Party Underwriter electrical inspections and approvals and provide proof of the same to the Building Code Official
  • Construction must commence within six months from the date the permit is issued
  • Permit fees are non-refundable.  Approved building plans must be available at the construction site at all times

Requirements by Outside Agencies