Right to Know

Derry Borough accepts written requests received by fax at 724-694-9252 , by mail or in person at the location of Derry Borough, 114 E. Second Avenue Derry, PA 15627

Please note emailed requests may not be received in a timely manner or indirectly sent to spam, please submit requests by process noted above.

The Borough office will respond accordingly to the request within five (5) business days from the date of RECEIPT of the request.

If no exceptions preclude the release of the records, the Borough shall comply with the request and forward a copy of the records to the requester within 5 days of the receipt of the request. There may be fees requested for administrative costs.

If the open Records officer determines that the records requested are not considered public record, the Borough office will issue you a written denial with specific reasons to the denial of documents.

RTK Officer – Lori L. Latta
114 E. Second Avenue
Derry, PA 15627
Phone# 724-694-2030
Fax# 724-694-9252

Right to Know Request Form

Welcome to Derry Borough



This will serve as public notice pursuant to the requirements of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act of the protocols that may be utilized by the Derry Borough Council President while presiding over the December 1, 2020 and December 8, 2020 public council meetings that will be conducted via Zoom. Due to the state of emergency and mandatory “Stay at Home” order issued by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens, the public will be able to attend the public meetings as follows:

  1. Call or e-mail the Borough office by 2:00pm on December 1, 2020 and 2:00pm on December 8, 2020 to confirm attendance and to receive the Zoom access codes.
  2. Once you have joined the Zoom meeting, all public comments will be held to the end of the meeting and the format will be selected by Borough Council President.

At the discretion of Borough Council President, the public may send e-mails containing inquiries relating to the public meeting agenda. The e-mails will be read be reviewed by the Borough Council at the public meeting and a written response will be issued after the meeting. The e-mails and responses will be made part of the meeting record with the address of the sender redacted.

Additionally, Borough Council President may elect to receive and address inquires received via the Chat feature of the Zoom program. The public meetings will be recorded.

During this state of emergency, the goal of the Borough of Derry is to remain transparent and disseminate information in the most efficient way possible. Therefore, Borough President has the discretion to elect to use one format or the other to disseminate said information.

Four Ways to Reduce Winter Stormwater Pollution

Controlling stormwater pollution is a year-round concern, one that matters in winter just as much as spring and summer. When the temperature drops, vast amounts of deicing chemicals are dumped by the truckload across our roads, sidewalks, and driveways. With each thaw, all that salt washes directly into our waterways. Freezing temperatures also lead to broken pipes, which can lead to erosion issues or even raw sewage pouring into our streams.

  • Avoid using sodium chloride as a deicer. Commonly used road salts like sodium chloride (also known as halite) can kill plants, break down concrete, and stain carpets. More environmentally friendly alternatives to sodium chloride are acetates (such as Premiere Ice Melter), potassium chloride, or magnesium chloride (such as SafeStep Mag Chloride 8300).
  • Open your rain barrel spigot. Although this doesn’t help with stormwater in the winter, it does help prevent your barrel from filling with ice and potentially cracking. A cracked barrel definitely can’t reduce stormwater pollution!
  • Do not pile snow on your rain garden. Though your plants are dormant, heavy snow loads, upon melting, could saturate your garden for long enough to potentially hurt your plants. Normal snow accumulation does not pose a problem, though, so there is no need to shovel the garden! Pile your snow from elsewhere on the uphill side of the rain garden instead so that when it melts your rain garden can do its thing.
  • Go pervious! Replacing your walkway or driveway with river stone, pervious pavers, or other porous materials will allow water to soak into the ground instead of becoming runoff. These surfaces not only help reduce polluted stormwater runoff and erosion, they also “breathe” more than impervious surfaces like asphalt and concrete, so they take longer to ice over.


Derry Borough Council amended their burn days Ordinance to simplify the days you are allowed to burn.  Tuesdays and Saturdays are the days which you are allowed to burn yard waste including only trees, branches, logs, and stumps from dawn to dusk.  It is unlawful to burn garbage of any kind including but not limited to rubber, plastics, and metals….as they are toxic.  Derry Borough Police and Fire Department appreciate your support of our Ordinance.  Thank you.

Now Hiring

Part-time Police Officers

The Borough of Derry is accepting applications for Part-time Police Officers.  Applications may be obtained and accepted at the Derry Borough Office, 114 East Second Avenue, Derry, PA 15627 from 8:30am-4pm, Monday-Friday or email us at derry.boro@comcast.net with a resume.  Candidate must be flexible to work different shifts and weekends.  Starting rate $16.50, increasing to full rate of  $17.00 after one year of service. Certification of Act 120 required

Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer – Part-time

Administers and enforces the municipal Zoning and Code Ordinances with the ability to have understanding of ordinances for Zoning and other Borough Code. Independent and evaluative thinking is necessary. Required to have the ability to read, interpret, and analyze borough codes, ordinances, and regulations. Must have the ability to present information, communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and to interpret plans. Must be able to work well with others, have a valid PA Driver’s License with safe driving record, and excellent computer skills. Some evening hours will be required at least once a month to meet with council. Flexible working hours will be available and will include approximately 36 hours per month. Interested candidate should submit resumes to Derry Borough Office, RE: CODE ENFORCEMENT/ZONING, 114 E. Second Avenue, Derry, PA 15627.

Fulton House News Spring 2020

Gas Well Usage Reports

2019 Gas Well Usage Report

2018 Gas Well Usage Report

Derry Business Park – Sites Available



Derry Borough Council is accepting letters of interest for three vacancies on the Zoning Hearing Board.
The Zoning Hearing Board hears appeals on any zoning concerns or applications and supports an important function of the Borough administration. See attached for more information.

Residential Zoning Information

Derry Borough is regulated by zoning ordinances and other ordinances that set forth standards, procedures and requirements for building, reconstruction, and use of all buildings within the Borough. Derry Borough also is regulated by the Uniform Construction Code.  At times for new construction you will need two permits, both Zoning and Building Permits.  Our Borough codes govern the use of all land and buildings. Currently a third party provider (Building Inspection Underwriters) enforce building codes, review all applications, and perform inspections, while reviewing our borough violations. Listed are some common zoning and building code rules:

  • All residents are required by Ordinance to have their street numbers posted and visible from the street for emergency personnel to be able to identify your residence. (Ord. 683)
  • Residents are to have rain water separated from the sanitary sewer by utilizing down spouts. (Ord. 758)
  • Home owners are responsible for the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs which are located on their property and those which abut their property. It is important to keep trees or shrubs maintained that can affect the line of sight for vehicular traffic.
  • Parking or storing of commercial vehicles, including tractor trailers, construction trucks, is prohibited on residential streets. (Ord. 725)
  • Swimming pools, above or in-ground must be issued a building and zoning permit. (Ord. 725)
  • Accessory structures such as storage sheds, pools, garages and fences require a building and zoning permit. Maintenance items such as new roof shingles new windows, replacing anything existing does not require a zoning permit.   Permits are required for all new construction and any changes structurally to your current residence. (Ord. 725)
  • Weeds and grass must not exceed a height of eight inches. Yards must not be cluttered or
    littered with rubble, trash, appliances, unused furniture, building materials, etc. (Ord. 729)
  • Care should be taken to avoid driving over curbs, planting strips and sidewalks, causing damage to the right-of-way with a vehicle. All sidewalk maintenance is the property owner’s responsibility.(Ord. 305)
  • Property owner shall not discharge grass clippings onto a street or alley. Grass clippings may clog storm sewer lines.  (Ord. 758)
  • Sidewalk clearing is required within 24hrs of snowfall for pedestrian travel throughout the Borough (Ord. 459)

Please see our Zoning Page for more information.

Pollutant Reduction Plan

Derry Community Park Project Drawings

Best Management Practices for Storm Water in Derry Borough

Derry Borough Council and the Public Works Department is asking all residents to refrain from putting your grass clippings on the street. The reason is to assist with our sediment control of our storm drains as a Best Management Practice to eliminate clogging of our storm drainage system. Recently, we had our streets swept in a cooperative shared service agreement with the City of Latrobe and found that almost 50% of collections were grass clippings. Please know that it is against Derry Code to dispose of any solid waste in our streets due to stormwater BMP’s and grass clippings are considered a solid waste. This type of waste is pushed into our storm sewers and impedes the flow of rain and stormwater in our system causing back-ups and possibly flooding concerns. We appreciate all residents who assist us with good practice of lawn care.

Reimagining Our Westmoreland

Westmoreland County is in the process of establishing a new long term vision and community plan for our area by engaging citizens, businesses, and civic leaders to partner together to create a prosperous and viable county. Please take the time to review their site and get involved.

Recent Grant Awards for Derry Borough

Derry Community Park Improvements
East Owens Avenue Extension

Flood Plain Management and Insurance Requirements

The flood plain map of Derry Borough can be viewed by the following link: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/

Derry Borough Floodplain Management Ordinance 736

Appeal Information
“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently re-mapped most of the country using 100-year flood projections, resulting in many homes being designated in flood zones which were never there before, despite many of these homes never or rarely having experienced flooding,” Commissioner Miller said. “If the mortgage on a home is backed by the federal government, which many are, then the homeowner must buy flood insurance.”

To appeal a home’s placement in what is officially called a Special Flood Hazard Area, the homeowner must show the lowest adjacent grade, or the lowest ground touching the structure, is at or above what is called the Base Flood Elevation. The Base Flood Elevation is the computed elevation to which flood water is anticipated to rise during the base flood used in determining the land is in a Special Flood Hazard Area.

Commissioner Miller noted that it is the homeowner’s responsibility to provide this information in a letter to FEMA. For this type of appeal, called a Letter of Map Amendment, there is no charge to the consumer.

Homeowners can get more information on how to appeal a flood zone designation, get a flood map, and find answers to other questions, by going to https://www.fema.gov/information-homeowners. Homeowners can also call 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) to get information on appealing a flood zone designation.

As part of Governor Wolf’s continuing consumer education and protection initiative, the Insurance Department earlier this year created a one-stop shop webpage on flood insurance.  Consumers can access this webpage by going to www.insurance.pa.gov, then clicking on the “Flood” icon under Top Pages. This flood insurance webpage includes information on private insurance options for homeowners, as well as information on the federal government run National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  HARRISBURG, Pa., April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire

Derry Station Parks and Heritage Trails Community Design Workshop

Homeowners Stormwater Management Guide

Redevelopment Plan

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Historical Preservation

Derry Area Historical Society
357 Pittsburgh St.
New Derry, PA 15671

Phone: (724) 694-8808

Lowe Homestead Built 1897

Lowe Homestead Built 1897

Emerrling Homestead Built 1902

Emerrling Homestead Built 1902

Derry Presbyterian Church Built 1896

Derry Presbyterian Church Built 1896

Voting House Yealy Way 1916-1942

Voting House Yealy Way 1916-1942

Nicely Homestead Built 1890

Nicely Homestead Built 1890

Campbell Homestead Built 1882

Campbell Homestead Built 1882