City of St. Marys, Pennsylvania


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On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the City of St. Marys will begin a sanitary sewer replacement project on Malibu Road and Catalina Road. This will result in partial closures as work progresses and the roads will be open to local traffic only.

The work is being done by the City’s contractor, Dave Roman Excavating, and it is expected to take three weeks. Residents are encouraged to check the City’s website at for updates. Anyone with questions should contact City Hall at (814) 781-1718.

The City of St. Marys appreciates the cooperation of residents during this time.


 The City of St. Marys Zoning Ordinance of 2005 requires residents and businesses to acquire building permits for the paving or installation of concrete or asphalt on parking lots, driveways, parking areas, and sidewalks.  Applications for these improvements are available at City Hall, 11 Lafayette Street, and can be submitted by the contractor or the property owner; the cost of which is $25.00.

Some examples of when a permit is required are: new asphalt or concrete installation, asphalt or concrete installation over existing gravel, stone, tar and chip areas, and expansion of existing asphalt or concrete areas. 

Some examples of when a permit is NOT required are: sealing of existing asphalt or concrete areas, milling and/or resurfacing of existing asphalt or concrete areas with no increase in size, and no separate permit is required for asphalt or concrete improvements if an application is received for another improvement i.e.; a house is being built that proposes a concrete driveway.  The building permit application for the house should state that a concrete or asphalt driveway is proposed and it will be reviewed then.

The City of St. Marys would also like to advise its residents to use caution when choosing an asphalt paving or concrete contractor. Citizens should be wary of promises of a “special deal for cash” and/or “left over material” claims. There have been instances in the past where substandard work has been performed under these circumstances.

 If you have any questions regarding this Ordinance, please feel free to contact the City’s Zoning Officer at 781-1718 Ext 227.


The City of St. Marys’ Code Enforcement Office would like to explain to City residents the recent changes made to the Outdoor Fire Ordinance.

 In the past, one of the biggest challenges for the Code Enforcement Department dealt with recreational fires in backyards. Those types of fires were not permitted under the prior Ordinance. With the new changes, brush and firewood may be burned, uncontained, in the outlying areas of the City known as the Rural Conservation (RC) Zoning District. If a property is located in the more populated areas, toward the center of town or in developed neighborhoods, the brush or firewood must be burned in a container, such as a fire ring or fire-proof container. The revisions to the Ordinance allow residents to burn dead branches that have fallen from their trees, or to have a recreational fire in their backyard. Those individuals burning larger, uncontained fires located in the RC Zoning District are required to make a 24-hour notification to City Hall and/or the Crystal Fire Department.

 General restrictions still apply to any type of outdoor fire, including a 20-foot setback distance from property lines to the edge of the fire. Also, outdoor fires that discharge noxious odors, dense smoke, or fly ash are not permitted. All outdoor fires must be maintained by at least one adult person. No outdoor fires are permitted during any period for which the Chief of the Crystal Fire Department has issued a burn ban, and no outdoor fire shall be set or maintained for the purpose of disposal of garbage, processed wood, petroleum products, tires, and other similar materials.

 If a resident should have any questions regarding the changes to the Outdoor Fire Ordinance, or are not sure which Zoning District their property falls into, they should feel free to contact the City’s Code Enforcement Office at (814) 781-1718 ext. 239, and the Code Enforcement Officers would be happy to answer questions.


Expanded Options for Sewer Bill Payments

  Sewer Bill Direct Pay Form

Permits Required for Paving or Concrete Projects

Zoning Permits Required for Structures



2016 City Vision Statement


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