About Us

The Office of Finance and Management ensures the financial assets of the government are protected by providing leading practice financial management services and leadership to achieve City of Harrisburg goals and objectives

The Office of Financial Management is responsible for the City’s financial management which includes:  preparing the City budget, investing City funds, and compiling accounting data to prepare the annual financial reports.

The Department of Finance serves as a strategic business partner to: Promote actions to achieve the City’s priorities, Provide excellent service to internal and external customers, Establish and maintain sound fiscal policies, Deliver a clear and accurate picture of the City’s current and future financial position, Improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and integration of the City’s business processes, Proactively report on, analyze, and recommend actions for improvement

The Department of Finance manages and accounts for the City’s financial resources. This department prepares and monitors the annual budget, invests city funds to protect assets, maintains fiscal liquidity and maximizes income in compliance with all governing financial and accounting laws.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is My Property In An Historic District And What Does That Mean?

The Municipal Historic District Map is available on the website.

First, locate your property on the Historic District Map and determine whether you are within one of the City’s Historic Districts; the City and Harrisburg Architectural Review Board (HARB) only have purview over Municipal Historic Districts and not National Historic Districts.

The City’s historic districts regulations are included in Chapter 7-317 of the Zoning Code.  If so, please refer to the documentation under the link to the map for appropriate projects within the historic district; as a general rule, if the project will use in-kind replacements (meaning the material and the design is the same), then such projects can be administratively approved by the Planning Bureau.  If not, then a Certificate of Appropriateness application (the application is on the website) must be filed, which is reviewed by HARB; HARB and/or City Council approval is required for the work to commence as proposed.

What is my property's zoning and what am I permitted to do there?

If your project is not permitted by-right within the zoning district in which the property is located, you may request relief from these regulations via:

2014 Zoning Code 

Special Exception; which should be applied for under the following circumstances:

  • specifically noted in the Section 7-305.7: Permitted Uses by Zoning District
  • for reduction or waivers of the off-street parking requirements

Variance; which should be applied for under the following circumstances:

  • for relief from the Development Standards outlined in Chapter 7-307
  • for relief from the Signage regulations outlined in Chapter 7-325

Variance and Special Exception Application

Variance and Special Exception applications will be heard before both the Harrisburg Planning Commission (HPC) and Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB).  Subdivision, Land Development, and/or Planned Residential Development applications will be heard before the Harrisburg Planning Commission (and subsequently by the City Council).

Is My Property in the 100 Year Floodplain?

Harrisburg Floodplain Map – 2013

The City of Harrisburg participates in FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) program, which “recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) standards.  Besides the benefit of reduced insurance rates, CRS floodplain management activities enhance public safety, reduce damages to property and public infrastructure, avoid economic disruption and losses, reduce human suffering, and protect the environment.”  Because the City participates in the CRS program, owners of property within the 100-Year Floodplain receive a 20% discount on their flood insurance.

The City of Harrisburg requires documentation certified by a professional Engineer stating that the proposed project will not impact adjacent properties in the floodplain nor increase the Base Flood Elevation (BFE).  The Planning Bureau is currently developing an application for this purpose. Until such documentation is posted on the website, Applicants should submit a Floodplain Special Exception document; which involves filling out a Special Exception application and filling out the “Floodplain Special Exception” box under Application Type.

FEMA Elevation Certificate

Other Floodplain Information:

Flood Facts

Flood Safety Tips

Tips to Reduce Flooding Loss & Damage

You Are in the Floodplain – A Guide

Contact Us

10 North Second Street,
Suite 206
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 311
Email: gknight@cityofhbg.com

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