Planning & Development Services

Update, April 28, 2020

Effective May 1, 2020, construction in Cranberry Township is permitted to resume pursuant to the Governor’s safety guidelines.  The township is currently accepting inspection requests for all projects by calling 724-776-4806, extension 1161.  For the health and safety of our employees, all inspections will be performed while maintaining proper social distancing.  We request that the inspection site be cleared prior to the inspector’s arrival. Our inspectors will call the requesting contractor prior to arrival to make sure the area is safe to enter.  

Any building permits that have been received are in the process of being released. To continue to practice social distancing, township staff will make contact with all applicants for a payment and make arrangements for you to receive the documents needed for the project.  Our goal is to make this process as smooth as possible with the least amount of contact with all parties as possible. 

Update, March 27, 2020

Due to the Governor’s shutdown order, construction inspections cannot be conducted unless a construction project has received a waiver granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. In order to apply for a waiver, please visit the DCED website at

Update, March 24, 2020

Information for submittals to Planning and Development Services

The health and safety of our community and employees is Cranberry’s top priority. We are taking the current spread of COVID-19 very seriously. The Cranberry Township Municipal Center is closed.  We have limited staff in the office and most staff is working from home.  

We are accepting submissions and will be processing any building permits/land development, subdivision and PRD applications received.

Building Permit applications are being accepted at this time in digital format only. Please be advised, no permits will be issued until the Governor’s order banning all construction activities is lifted.

Please email files or a drop box link to
You will receive a confirmation email once the files have been received.

Submissions must include the following separate files:

1.  Completed permit application. If a review fee is due, a customer service representative will be in contact to take payment over the phone.

2.  Copy of the contractor’s worker’s compensation certificate

3.  Permit drawings

4.  Cut sheets and/or job manuals (if applicable)

5.  Copy of your survey showing the location of the proposed structure.

6.  Payment for building permits will be taken when we resume business.

Please view Building & Zoning resources here

Land Development/Subdivision/PRD applications are being accepted at this time in digital format only via e-mail.  All submissions and revisions to previous submissions can be made to The maximum allowable attachment size for this mailbox is set at 150 MB.   

The deadline for new submissions is Monday, June 8, 2020 for the Monday, June 29, 2020 Planning Advisory Commission meeting.

All digital submissions must have the required documents laid out in the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance depending on application type. These requirements can be found in Sections 22-403 and 22-404 in the Cranberry Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (Chapter 22) which can be found at:

Payment will be taken for applications when we resume our normal  business practice. All fees will be paid before the Planning Advisory Commission reviews any applications.

Applications requiring Butler County Planning Commission review must be submitted directly to their office. Please contact them at 724-284-5300 for instructions.

Planning and Development Services

Our main purpose is to facilitate and manage sustainable development in Cranberry Township that meets the needs of individual property owners and the Township as a whole within the parameters of the comprehensive plan. 

We accomplish this through dynamic land use regulations, thorough inspections, community involvement, and excellent internal and external communication. We strive to enhance the physical environment and improve the quality of life for all residents, commercial enterprises, and visitors.

Building & Codes

The purpose of requiring a building or zoning permit is to verify code compliance in construction through the use of established code standards that exist for safety reasons.  Learn more...
Land Development
Subdivisions, land development, conditional use processes.  Learn more...

Planning Services

The long-range Cranberry Plan, future planning projects; plus transportation & mobility and Healthy Cranberry.  Learn more...

What Are They Building?

What just opened; what’s opening soon; what’s under construction; and what developments are under review?  Learn more...

The Cranberry Market Cranberry is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state with a 19% increase in population between 2000 and 2017. Given its attractiveness for both residential and commercial development, its growth has continued at a similar pace.  Cranberry first completed a market analysis as part of its comprehensive plan update as a tool to guide decision-making in developing the cranberry Plan, the Township’s 25-year community plan.  Read the 2018 Market Analysis Update (pdf version)

Healthy Cranberry Planning for the long-term health of our community is the #1 goal of the Cranberry Plan. Cranberry Township is already building a decision-making framework that places the community’s long-term health and sustainability at the forefront of every initiative. Read on...