The Department of Planning and Zoning oversees the administration of zoning for 20 of the County’s municipalities under the 2021 Luzerne County Zoning Ordinance. Pursuant to State and County law, Executive Director Matthew C. Jones, AICP, has been designated as the Zoning Officer for these municipalities. Mr. Jones is charged with the general administration and enforcement of all zoning issues relating to permitting of uses and new development in consultation with Department staff.

William Stone serves as the Department's zoning staffer for these 20 municipalities. Mr. Stone can be reached at 570-825-1567 or email William Stone to:

  • Obtain a zoning permit
  • Obtain a certificate of occupancy
  • Assist in submitting a zoning application for a Variance public hearing before the Zoning Hearing Board
  • File an Appeal to a Decision of the Zoning Officer to the Zoning Hearing Board 
  • Request a re-zoning for a subject property, or
  • Ask zoning related questions

New Zoning Ordinance, Map, and Fee Schedule Published

The 2021 Luzerne County Zoning Ordinance, Map, and Fee Schedule are now available: 

2021 Luzerne County Zoning Ordinance

2021 Luzerne County Zoning Map

2021 Luzerne County Zoning Schedule of Fees

These items were adopted by the Luzerne County Council on March 9, 2021 and went into full force and effect on March 24, 2021.

Floodplain Management

The Department administers floodplain management through the County zoning ordinance. Persons may contact William Stone at 570-825-1567 with questions regarding floodplains potentially located on your property. Floodplain maps may also be viewed by appointment in the Department office during normal business hours.