Chester County – Downingtown Borough

General Information

Type of Government:
Hours of Operation:
8:30am to 4:30pm M-F

Contact Information

Stephen T. Sullins

4 West Lancaster Ave

Downingtown, PA 19335

Dana Dillow

Tax Collector
610-269-0344 Ext. 206

Residential Resale Inspection Information

Inspection Fee:
Reinspection Fee:





Required Certifications

Building Codes and Sign Ordinances

Building Code Requirements

  • Pa UCC

Open House Directionals

  • Open house signs may be placed no more than 2 days in advance. Written owners consent is required prior to issuance of permit for off site directionals.

For Sale/Sold Signs

  • Maximum of 6 square feet. One per street frontage. Must be removed 5 days after settlement. Signs which are not removed within the time limits may be removed and impounded by the borough, and the borough may recover a fee equal to the cost of removal and storage.

Rental Property Inspection Information

Inspection Fee:
$45 per dwelling unit
Reinspection Fee:
Rental Property Registration/License Required:
Cost of Registration/Licensure:
Registration Valid For:
2 years
Other Rental Property Inspection Required:




  • Bi-annual inspection and permit renewal required.
  • Bi-annual tenant registration form required. Must submit Change of Tenant form within fifteen (15) days of change of tenant.
  • Forms available on the Borough of Downingtown website.

Required Certifications

Elected Officials

  • Mayor – Heather Bruno
  • Council President – Anthony J. Madiro Jr.
  • Council Vice President – James M. Bruton
  • Member Borough Council – Brenda Brinton
  • Member Borough Council – Anthony Gazzerro
  • Member Borough Council – Mark Benner
  • Member Borough Council – Robert Smith

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Tax Information

Millage Rate

Millage Rate (County): 3.965
Real Estate Mills Municipal: 6.7
Real Estate Mills School District: 26.728
Total Millage Rate: 37.393

Realty Transfer Percent

PA State Transfer Percent: 1
Realty Transfer Percent Municipal: 0.5
Realty Transfer Percent School District: 0.5
Total Realty Transfer Percent: 2

Other Information

School District Name: Downingtown Area School District

Other Tax Information

Per Capita Tax: $0.0000
Earned Income Municipal: (%) 0.5
Earned Income School District: (%) 0.5
Local Services Tax: 52

Uniform Construction Code

Many local governments have adopted use and occupancy ordinances. Increasingly, code officials are citing non-permitted uses and or structures during their inspections. The following lists the enforcement policies as they relate to a residential resale inspection. Please see link below for more information regarding Pennsylvania’s statewide building code, the Uniform Construction Code (UCC).
PA Labor and Industry Building Codes Homepage

  • Our web address for building and/or zoning codes is:
  • Our web address for use and occupancy inspection checklist and/or application is:
  • We have not separately adopted NFPA standard 211, Chapters 13 &/or 14, which regulate fireplace and heater chimney maintenance.
(Municipal data last updated 7/08/2011)

The information contained in this profile is only intended to provide a general summary of real estate-related laws and regulations in this municipality. It is not intended to take the place of written law, ordinances, or regulations that can be obtained directly from the municipality.