Moving to Emmaus

Are you moving to Emmaus?  Are you thinking about moving to Emmaus?  Are you thinking about opening a business in Emmaus?  If so, we hope this page can give you the information you need to help you make that decision and to help guide you in the right direction, as this page is intended to tell you "all you need to know about Emmaus", or at least some of the major items you should know.  Emmaus is a wonderful blend of old school traditions and modern-day living that appeals to nearly every lifestyle.  As you can see on the other sections of this website, there are many facets to our community that appeal to many people.  Check out our community videos for more great information about our community.


Emmaus New Business Checklist:

  • Talk to other Emmaus business owners. They've already been there, so they can help in ways few others can. Many are more than happy to share their experiences.
  • Call the Emmaus Main Street Partners for knowledge about available properties, resources with EMSP and GLVCC membership and local contact information.
  • For questions regarding regulations concerning your property (signage, inspections, permits, recycling and zoning), refer to the Code of Ordinances or contact the Borough of Emmaus Codes Office 610-967-1322
  • Go to the Emmaus Public Library. From demographics to Borough information, it's full of useful information.
  • Download the Small Business Administration's helpful  Checklist for Going Into Business.
  • Educate yourself on who can help you within the Borough of Emmaus. The Emmaus Borough Council meets regularly, plan to attend a Council meeting. Click here to see the calendar of events and meetings.
  • For businesses opening a food establishment, information on food safety, equipment regulations and inspections, contact the Borough Health Inspector, Garry Ritter, (610)966-9026

Prepared by the Economic Development Committee of the Emmaus Main Street Partners


Emmaus New Resident Checklist:

  • All residents moving in and out of the Borough are required to obtain a moving permit
  • If you are doing renovations, construction, or remodeling, please contact the Codes Enforcement Office for requirements at 610-967-1322
  • Check out the other sections of our website, as we provide many useful requirements, tools, resources, events, and happenings in the Borough
  • Check out our Borough newsletter.  They should get delivered to your door once per quarter.  If you need one, there is a link on our website or call Borough Hall.
  • Like every community, there are taxes in the Borough of Emmaus.  There are multiple types of taxes, including school property tax, which usually comes out in June or July, Borough property tax, and county property tax, which usually come out at the beginning of April.  There is also a per capita tax, business privilege tax, and other typical wage taxes.  Check out the tax collector section of our website regarding tax collection in the Borough for more details.
  • There is borough-wide refuse and recycling.  Check out our Refuse and Recycling section of this website for more details. 


Popular Things to Do / About Emmaus

There are so many wonderful things to do in our community!  We can't name them all, but here is a brief list of some of the "popular things to do / about Emmaus".

  • Emmaus Farmers Market.
  • East Penn School District
  • Halloween Parade - the largest in the Lehigh Valley!
  • 1803 House, Knauss Homestead, Shelter House, and other historical homes
  • Civic Organizations such as the Emmaus Historical Society, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Emmaus Youth Association, East Penn Emmaus Youth Football Association, and many, many others!
  • Business Organizations such as the Emmaus Main Street Partners, East Penn Chamber of Commerce, and Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Recreational Opportunities
  • Many fantastic restaurants
  • Concerts in the Park and other Special Entertainment
  • Rodale, Inc. and other large employers
  • Several hundred small businesses
  • Culture - small town feel, including a local theater, small businesses, civic organizations and events, artistic organizations, athletic organizations, old charm and modern day homes, churches, and a rich Pennsylvania-Dutch heritage.
  • Distance to Philadelphia - just over 50 miles, Distance to New York City - approximately a 1.5 - 2 hour drive.  Close, but just far enough way!
  • Unparalled public services, including police, fire, ambulance, public works, water, sewer, recreation, codes enforcement, and other top-notch governmental services.
  • Festivals!  There are countless carnivals, festivals, celebrations, and events occuring in Emmaus almost every week!
  • Awarded 2013 Delaware Valley Green Building Council's Sustainable Community Award for the implementation of initiatives and policies that promote sustainable living.  Among the initiatives cited were the implementation of a LED red light replacement program, the implementation of an energy analysis throughout the borough properties, storm water and sewer protection initiatives, recycling and compost efforts, and a watershed rehabilitation project at Leibert's Creek among others.
  • 2014, named the Borough of Emmaus the 5th safest community in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a population over 10,000 residents, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime report statistics, which included murders, violent crimes, property crimes, and total crimes.  The citing stated, "this borough, ranked in recent years one of the "Best Places to Live" in the U.S. by "Money Magazine," is well known as a safe and family-friendly community.  That's because it is one of the least violent places in the state..."
  • November 2013, cited Emmaus as the 6th Best Town in Pennsylvania for Young Familes.  The rankings were based on public schools, affordability, and if the community is growing and prospering.
  • 2013, the Borough was awarded the 2013 Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Newsletter of the Year Award, an award that is presented to the borough with the best municipal newsletter.  Every borough in Pennsylvania is eligilbe to receive this award, and we are proud of this recognition.
  • 2008, the Borough was named by as one of the top 10 places to live in Pennsylvania.
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in the United States by CNN / Money Magazine on two separate occasions.  The borough reached the ranking in both 2007 (#87) and 2009 (#88).


Popular Things to do in the Lehigh Valley