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 2018, the community experienced $81.5 million in capital investment involving nearly 1.8 million square feet of commercial/industrial property. Nearly 570 new jobs were created in West Chester and more than 680 were retained as a result of expansion opportunities for existing businesses.

Permits  

 Type of Permit  2015 2016  2017 2018 
 Single-Family Residence  82 87  84  49
 Condominium  0 10  10 42
 New commercial building  12 23  15 17
 New use  64 62  71 53 
 Commercial addition  9 11  14 6
 Commercial alteration  83 117  98 85
 Tenant Finish  61 73  61  61