About York County
There's no better place to live, work or play than historic York County, nestled in the fertile Susquehanna River Valley of South-Central Pennsylvania.
Home to more than 440,000 people, York offers big-city amenities with small-town charm. Whether you're after a chic urban loft or a countryside retreat, York County has it all.
While continuing to embrace its agricultural roots, York also has evolved into a manufacturing and business hub. Major companies with roots here include Harley-Davidson, York Barbell, Voith Hydro, York International, Utz Quality Foods, Snyder's of Hanover, BAE Systems and more.
But it's more than just the bustling local economy that has made York one of the fastest-growing counties in all of Pennsylvania.
Here you'll find great schools, a low cost of living, quality health care and boundless entertainment opportunities. There's a park in nearly every corner of the county, a strong performing arts community, sports and lots of shopping opportunities. Plus, York is only a short drive away from Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and New York City.
At the heart of the county is York City, which is in the midst of a renaissance. It features a wide variety of restaurants, a growing nightlife and is home to York County's independent league baseball team, the York Revolution.
But the offerings don't end there. Each of the county's townships and boroughs has its own unique feel and bountiful opportunities to match.
Please take a minute to explore York County. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
- When are County offices open?
County offices are generally open from 8 am until 4:30 pm each weekday, excluding holidays. Please note: Hours of operation for certain programs and services can vary, so please visit the applicable department's website to verify their hours.
- What can I bring into County buildings?
Visitors to County-owned buildings may be subjected to security screening. Please note: The following items are prohibited in the York County Judicial Center:
- Cell phones
- Compact disk players
- Any type of recording device
- Pepper spray
- Cutting instruments
- Electronic games
- Any other item Sheriff's Office personnel determine to be a security risk
- Where are your offices located?
For a full list of department locations and contact information, please visit our contact directory.
- How do I apply for a job with the County?
York County is a great place to work. Please visit the Job Seekers section on the Human Resources pages for a list of open positions and information about how to apply.
- I am looking to do business with the county. Where should I go?
Please visit our Purchasing Department’s pages for open bids and a bidder’s list application.
- What do the Commissioners do?
The 3-member Board of Commissioners is the chief legislative and policy-making board of York County Government. Some functions include:
- Adopting the annual County budget
- Raising the money to fund the County's operations by levying property taxes, setting fees, selling bonds or borrowing
- Appointing citizen members to County boards, commissions and committees, which provide oversight for significant County services
- Determining the sites of County buildings, and purchasing or disposing of County-owned property and facilities
- Representing the County, and managing its property and business by adopting rules, regulations, ordinances and policies
- When do the Commissioners’ meet?
The Commissioners meet each Wednesday at 10 am. The meetings take place in the Commissioners' meeting room, which is located on the 2nd floor of the York County Administrative Center, 28 E Market Street in York City. Public comment is invited at these meetings.
- How do I get a copy of a birth or death certificate?
The York County Archives has birth and death records from 1852 to 1855 and 1893 to 1906. For records after 1906, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Prior to 1906, Pennsylvania only kept birth and death records for the years we list. Government birth and death records never existed for any other time periods. Church records or family files found at The York County Heritage Trust are the best alternatives.
- How do I obtain a driver’s license, vehicle registration and other related matters?
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation handles driver’s licenses, vehicle registration and similar requests. Please visit their site.
- Where do I go to apply for a Passport?
The York County Prothonotary’s Office accepts passport applications.
- Where do I go for a license to carry a firearm?
The York County Sheriff’s Office handles licenses to carry firearms.
- I’m interested in purchasing a hunting, fishing or small games of chance license. Who handles that for the county?
The York County Treasurer’s Office handles these requests.
- I am looking for the Welfare Office/Assistance Office/County Assistance Office.
This office is a state entity that is operated in each county in Pennsylvania. See a listing of all of the County Assistance Offices in the state, with contact information. For York County's Assistance Office, call 717-771-1100, or 800-991-0929. The Assistance Office provides help with: financial, housing, employment, food stamps, energy, etc.
- Where can I get assistance in paying my heating bill?
There are several community agencies that assist with heating and energy concerns. The largest program is the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is currently implemented through the York County Assistance Office. You can contact that office at 717-771-1100, or 800-991-0929. Review LIHEAP information and resources.
- Where can I get food assistance?
The state-operated York County Assistance Office runs the food stamp program. Their phone numbers are 717-771-1100, or 800-991-0929. The York County Food Bank also provides food assistance and can be phoned at 717-846-6435. York County also provides several food pantries, located across the county. To locate the pantry closest to your home, please contact FIRST at 717-755-1000 or 800-673-2529.
- Where can I go to find out what social services are available to help me?
Please phone FIRST at 717-755-1000 or 800-673-2529.