Borough Offices: 308 Locust Street,
Columbia, PA 17512
Phone: 717-684-2467


Comprehensive Plan 2014

Ordinance 850 – Subdivision and Land Development

National Historic District Register:


Zoning Ordinance
Columbia Borough is defined by various zoning districts. The Zoning Ordinance lists permitted uses for each district. Districts include residential (rural, low density, medium density, high density), commercial (downtown, neighborhood, highway), industrial (light, general), park, and conservation. Each district has specific regulations including set backs, structure height, parking and sign requirements.

Zoning Board
The seven-member Zoning Board of Adjustment is appointed by Borough Council. The Board meets as needed on the last Wednesday of each month.

Members include:

Jeff Helm – Building Inspector

Donald Haines – Chair

Jonathan Lutz, Member

Steve White – Member*

David Brumbaugh – Member

Terry Anne Doutrich – alternate


Zoning Hearings
Zoning applications are available at the Borough Office, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Filing deadlines for each month are available on request by calling 717-684-2467.

Codes Department

At the July 28, 2014 council meeting Council approved a Quick Ticket Ordinance. A $25.00 ticket will be issued immediately for the following items:

No Smoke Detectors

Illegal Burning

High Grass and Weeds

Accumulation of trash

Abandoned/Hazardous/Unregistered Vehicle

Failure to remove snow from sidewalk

Trash Storage/Collection

Animal Waste

Missing Building Identification

Pool Sanitation/Non-Permit

Stagnant Water

Excessive Animals (per animal over limit)

Grass Clippings in Street/Gutter

Non-compliant/Abandoned Vehicle (3X) ($500)

Non-compliant/Knox Box ($500)

Non-compliant/Lead Safe Report ($500)

Non-compliant/Notice of Violation ($500)

Non-compliant/Unregistered Rental ($500)

Failure to Report Change of Occupancy ($500)

The Code Compliance Department administrates all ordinances related to Health, Safety and Public Welfare of the community through the administration of local, state and federal codes. These codes regulate the use and maintenance of public and private real estate & structures.

Specifically, the Department oversees the:

    Handicap Parking Ordinance
    Health & Sanitation Ordinance*
    Historic District Ordinance
    Rental Registration/Inspection/Licensing Ordinance*
    Property Maintenance Ordinance*
    Uniform Construction Code Ordinance*
    Portions of the Streets and Sidewalk Ordinance
    Subdivision & Land Development (Planning) Ordinance
    Zoning Ordinance

In administrating the above ordinances, the department:

    Distributes & processes requests for handicap street parking signs
    Investigates rubbish & other sanitary issue complaints*
    Distributes & processes requests for exterior construction work in the historic district
    Registers, inspects and licenses rental dwelling buildings*
    Investigates property maintenance complaints*
    Reviews structural, mechanical, electrical, HVAC & plot plans
    Issues building, curb/sidewalk, and street opening permits
    Distributes & processes applications for subdividing land & land development
    Distributes & processes zoning hearing applications

Department personnel also provide service to the following boards, commissions, and committees:

    Board of Health
    Historic Architectural Review Board
    Keystone Opportunity Zone – Lancaster Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement Board
    Parks & Recreation Commission
    Planning Commission
    Zoning Board of Adjustment

It is illegal and unlawful to post signs (yard sale, garage sale, etc) on public poles, trees or public property of any kind.

Garage/yard sales may only be held between the hours of 8:00 AM & 4:00PM. Items for sale must belong solely to the household where the sale is held. Only (1) four square foot sign shall be permitted advertising the sale. Such sign shall be located on the premises where the sale occurs. Such sales shall be limited to (2) per year and shall not extend beyond a (2) day period.

No vehicle, including boat trailers, camp trailers and any like devices, shall be allowed to remain parked on a Borough highway or street for a period longer than 48 hours. Moreover, when such vehicle is moved, it shall be moved no less a distance than twice its own length.

It is against the law to walk your dog and not have a bag with you to clean up your dog waste

The Code Compliance Department is located in the Borough Office at 308 Locust Street. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Most services can be addressed through the mail. For more information please call: 717-684-2467.

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