West Chester's Community Development Department provides one-stop support for residents and businesses with questions related to zoning, permitting, property uses, maintenance code enforcement and economic development.

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Community Development Property Advisors and economic development professionals are available to support businesses and residents through the building and expansion process and offer solutions to property issues.

In 2017, the community experienced $125.6 million in capital investment involving nearly 2.5 million square feet of commercial/industrial property. Nearly 1,500 new jobs were created in West Chester and more than 1,900 were retained as a result of expansion opportunities for existing businesses.

Permits  

 Type of Permit  2014 2015  2016 2017 
 Single-Family Residence  68 82  87  84
 Condominium  14 10 10
 New commercial building  16 12  23 15
 New use  39 64  62 71 
 Commercial addition  9 11 14
 Commercial alteration  99 83  117 98
 Tenant Finish  65 61  73  61