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Starting a Business in Greene County
... Things to Know — Places to Go

Do you need help expanding or starting a business in Greene County?

Click here for IDA information.

Contact person: Emily Bosworth, IDA Associate, Greene County Industrial Development Authority

Phone: 724-627-9259 / Fax: 724-627-6569
49 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
To find out local requirements, zoning and tax abatement information...

Click here to get more information from Greene County Economic Development.

Contact Persons: Robbie Matesic, Executive Director, Department of Economic Development and
Jeremy Kelly, Planning & Business Development Manager, Department of Economic Development

Phone: 724-852-5300
Fort Jackson Hotel Building
49 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Need help starting a business?

Click here for the Small Business Development Center.

Contact persons: Lindsey Gilkes, Senior Management Consultant
Phone: 412-624-0189 and
Victoria Hassett, Management Consultant
Phone: 724-627-9054 or 724-229-8078

Gilkes works out of the Greene County and Washington outreach offices, and supports western Pennsylvania businesses;
Hassett dedicates more of her time to Greene County and is great for general startup questions.
Are you looking for land, building sites, or existing buildings in Greene County?

Click here to search for available properties.

Phone: 724-627-9259 / Fax: 724-627-6569

Greene County ... a great location, reasonable taxes, business friendly atmosphere and a quality labor force make for the ideal business environment. With a diverse economy based on traditional industries, high technology and advanced manufacturing the county is one of the most economically growing areas in the state.

Starting a New Business Enterprise in Greene County and more
For everything needed to start a new business, go to: which provides resources for new and/or existing businesses and services provided; including: PA BIZ Online is the result of the commonwealth's effort to make Pennsylvania the easiest place in the world to start, build and expand a business. It provides entrepreneurs one-stop access to business information. Plus the option to download the Entrepreneur's Guide.

Also the University of Pittsburgh - Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides a checklist for starting a new enterprise in Greene County.

The entrepreneur must consider more than the specific activities – production, marketing, accounting, and distribution – before starting a business. He or she must also consider the legal environment and government regulations of business and the related forms necessary to consider when going into business:
  • Consult an attorney regarding the legal requirements of setting up and operating your business.
  • Consult an accountant regarding the financial requirements of setting up and operating your business.
  • Register the name of the business with the state (Fictitious Name Application).
  • Make appropriate applications for licenses to operate in desired states.
  • Obtain federal employer identification number (SS—4 application).
  • Apply for State Workmen's Unemployment Insurance
  • Determine applicable job safety and health regulations, Compliance Assistance Quick Start U.S. Department of Labor
  • Apply for local business licenses, See below.
Click HERE for printable listing of SBDC information.

General Information:
Things to Know — Places to Go... for assistance in starting and managing a small business:
  • Local Requirements:

    Local property, income or business privilege taxes may affect your business. Contact your county, city, borough, township, or local school district for tax information.

    Zoning is regulated at the local level. Before purchasing or renting any type of building for commercial purpose, be sure to check with the local municipality to assure that your particular type of business can be operated at the site you have chosen.

    1. Business Privilege License & Tax:
      (Required in Carmichaels Borough and Waynesburg Borough)

        Brandi Wydo-Straight
        200 South Market Street
        Carmichaels, PA 15320
        Phone: 724-966-5506
        Fee: $52.00 annually
        Waynesburg Borough
        90 East High Street
        Waynesburg, PA 15370
        Phone: 724-627-8111
        Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
        Fee: $127.00 annually

    2. Earned Income Tax Registration:
      • Every new business must register with the Bureau:
        Keystone Collections
        546 Wendel Road
        Irwin, PA 15364
        Phone: 724-978-0300
      • Handles earned income tax for Greene County except for:
        • Carmichaels School District
        • Cumberland Township
        • Carmichaels Borough
      • As of January 1999 — Bureau collects only .5% for Rices Landing Borough

      • Occupational Privilege Tax — Varies by local, verify by contacting Bureau.

    3. Federal Employer Identification Number:
        Pick up SS-4 Form at:

        Internal Revenue Service
        162 West Chestnut St.
        Washington, PA 15301

        Or Internet:

        Also available online at:

        Or call 1-800-829-3676 to have an
        SS-4 Form mailed to you.
        When you file the SS-4 Form, you will automatically receive all other federal tax forms and instructions required for a new business.

        Your federal EIN will also be used as your Pennsylvania Employer Identification Number.

    4. Employer Statement Unemployment Tax Identification Number/Fayette—Greene:
        New business owners will need to contact the Pittsburgh office below: (4/28/2014)
          11 Stanwix Street, Room 430, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3815
          Phone: 412-565-2400

    5. Pennsylvania Sales Tax Licenses/Washington—Greene—Fayette:
        Request the PA-100 Combined Registration Forms & Instructions from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue at:
        Revenue e-Services Center — Online PA100:

        For registration assistance contact: 717-787-1064, 1-800-447-3020 (Services for taxpayers with special hearing and speaking needs) Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:30 PM (EST).

    6. Federal Income Tax & Social Security Tax Withholdings:
      (If employing one or more people)

    7. Unemployment Compensation:
      (If employing one or more people)
        Request the PA-100 Combined Registration Forms & Instructions from:

        Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
        George Stewart Building
        75 East Maiden Street
        Room 204
        Washington, PA
        Phone: 724-223-4550

        Or Internet:

        Or: 1-800-362-2050

    8. Worker’s Compensation:
      (If employing one or more people)
        Contact: Private Insurance Carrier

        OR State Workmen’s Insurance Fund (SWIF) — Phone: 717-963-4635

        OR Participate in a group self-insurance fund approved by the PA Department of Labor & Industry — Phone: 717-783-4476

    9. Registration of Fictitious Name:
        Contact: Department of State Corporation Bureau
        P.O. Box 8722, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722 — Phone: 717-787-1057

        Or Internet:

        Before or after registering a fictitious name, you will be required to place an advertisement in two newspaper; i.e., one of general circulation in the county in which your business will be located as well as one in a legal paper in that same county.
        • Local Publications:
          • Greene County Messenger: 724-852-2251
          • Observer-Reporter: 724-222-2200 or 1-800-222-6397

        • Legal Journal:
          • The Greene Reports: 724-627-9118

    10. Entrepreneurial Assistance:
Other State Assistance/Requirements Phone Numbers: (List revised 05/24/2010 VMI)
Sales Tax Questions
(Taxability of an item)
Sales Tax Questions
(On a Sales Tax Account)
Sales Tax Listing
Employer Registration
Corporate Taxes
(Rate & Base Changes)
Corporate Bureau
Fictitious Name Search Office
Licensing Board
Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs
Charitable Organization Outreach
Department of Agriculture — Food & Sanitation Inspector
(Greene, Washington & Fayette Counties)

Greene County Contacts for Licensure and Zoning:
Aleppo Township Office
Jefferson Borough Zoning Office
724-883-2774 or 724-883-3123
Junk Yard License
Carmichaels Borough Office
$52 Annual Business License
Jefferson Township Zoning Office
Zoning Permit
Center Township Office
Monongahela Township Office
Clarksville Borough Office
Morgan Township Office
Cumberland Township Zoning Office
724-966-8980 or 724-966-5805
Morris Township Zoning Office
724-322-2166 or 724-627-9844
Zoning Approval
Dunkard Township Office
Perry Township Office
Franklin Township Zoning Office
Zoning Approval
Rices Landing Borough Office
Freeport Township Office
Richhill Township Office
Gilmore Township Office
Spring Hill Township Office
Gray Township Office
Washington Township Office
Greene Township Office
Wayne Township Office
Greensboro Borough Office
Waynesburg Borough Office
$127 Business Privilege Permit
Zoning Permit
Jackson Township Office
Whiteley Township Office

Information for Purchasing a Building in Waynesburg, PA:
  • Permits/Fees:
    When purchasing a building, several permits and/or fees are necessary to finalize the acquisition. Here is a list of some of the fees that may be charged:

    • Occupancy Fee - $50
    • Zoning Fee* - $50
    • Zoning Variance* - $100
    • Design Permit Fee – Varies
    • Building Permit Fee – Varies
    • BP&L Fee - $127 annually
    • Remodeling in a commercial building would require further design and permit fees
      * = Not always required

  • Contact Information:

    • Lou Lewis, Chief Assessor, C.P.E. Greene County Assessment Office
      Greene County Office Building, 2nd Floor
      93 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
      Phone: 724-852-5211 / Fax: 724-852-5383
      Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday — Friday

    • Mary Jane McClure, Tax Collector
      203 First Avenue, Waynesburg, PA 15370
      Phone: 724-627-6081

  • Tax Information:

    • If potential buyer has a parcel number or the current owner’s name then the Assessment office can give an estimate on real estate taxes.
      • Assessment office cannot search by address

      • Assessment Office Website -

      • To find taxes due to the Borough, buyer must contact Borough Manager, Mike Simms at 724-627-8111

    • Further Information:

      The code book for Borough properties is located in the Borough Office on High Street.

    • International Building Code:

      All properties located in Waynesburg must be maintained in passing condition as describe by the International Building Code (IBC). The International Building Code is a model building code developed by the International Code Council. To review the current IBC visit

Tax Abatement:
DO NOT begin construction until you apply. If construction begins prior to filling out an application you WILL NOT be eligible for Tax Abatement. Click here to read more about Tax Abatement, or contact Jeremy Kelly, Planning & Business Development Manager, Department of Economic Development at 724-852-5300, located in the Fort Jackson Hotel Building, 49 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370.

Local Community Business Links: (not a comprehensive listing)

State resources for homeowners and small businesses:

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For general information, please contact the Information Services
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Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

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