Welcome to West Donegal Township

Settled in 1719 and incorporated in 1838, West Donegal Township is named after County Donegal in Ireland. Located west and south of Elizabethtown, in Lancaster County, West Donegal Township comprises an area of 15.6 square miles in land size. For more information about the Township click here.


The July 4th holiday is right around the corner and with it comes the increased private use of consumer fireworks. Please be considerate of your neighbors with the timing of your celebration. Remember that not everyone may be celebrating as late into the evening as you. You must be at least 150 feet from any occupied structure when discharging consumer fireworks. Discharging fireworks on the public street or on any other township property or park is prohibited. We want everyone to have a safe and fun celebration so please be aware of and follow all provisions of the state consumer fireworks code:

Section 2404.  Use of consumer fireworks (ground and hand-held sparkling devices do not fall under these conditions and prohibitions).

Conditions. --A person who is at least 18 years of age and meets the requirements of this article may purchase, possess and use consumer fireworks.

Prohibitions. --A person MAY NOT intentionally ignite or discharge:

(1)  Consumer fireworks on public or private property without the express permission of the owner.

(2)  Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices within, or throw consumer fireworks or sparkling devices from, a motor vehicle or building.

(3)  Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices into or at a motor vehicle or building or at another person.

(4)  Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or another drug.

(5)  Consumer fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure. ("Occupied structure."  A structure, vehicle or place adapted for overnight accommodation of persons or for conducting business whether or not a person is actually present.)

Section 2414.  Penalties.

A person using consumer fireworks in violation of the provisions of this article commits a summary offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100.

The full text of the PA Fireworks Code can be found at the following link:



Beginning on Monday, June 15th, normal office hours will resume at the West Donegal Township office building. Our normal hours are Monday thru Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. All normal services will be available including payment by credit card at the lobby window. We continue to request that cash transactions be exact cash to minimize the handling of money by our staff.

When visiting the office, please be mindful of the social distancing floor markings in the lobby. We request that no more than 4 people at one time occupy the lobby. Wearing a mask to enter the building is recommended but not required. Please use your own best judgement.

We hope to return to normal public meetings in July, but much will depend on the status of the Governor’s disaster order which appears to be headed to the Courts. Please stay tuned.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we adjust how we do business during this difficult time.

Please continue to heed the PA Department of Health's guidance for staying safe and stopping the spread.