Links to Key Resources


  • Act 13 of 2012 Information: Act 13 amended Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, by providing an impact fee on unconventional gas wells and regulations relating to oil and gas operations.
     
  • 2010 Census Data for Pennsylvania Municipalities
     
  • Act 90 of 2010 (SB 900), the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act: The Neighborhood Blight Revitalization and Reclamation Act enables townships to hold owners of blighted property responsible for the costs of repair or demolition. (Please Note: The Act begins on page 4)
     
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania site includes information and links to the state agencies, online services, and latest news.
     
  • COSTARS: COSTARS is a cooperative purchasing program that townships can become a part of to purchase goods and services from state contracts as well as through state and federal surplus programs. The program is overseen by the Department of General Services.
     
  • DCED Publications: The Department of Community and Economic Development maintains a library of publications on local government issues. Included in this library are handbooks for elected and appointed officials, such as township supervisors, solicitors, secretaries, and auditors, as well as information on planning and zoning.
     
  • eLibrary: The Pennsylvania eLibrary is an electronic database and clearinghouse of planning and land use documents for the commonwealth's municipalities. Documents includes comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and subdivision and land development ordinances.
     
  • Emergency Management Handbook for Local Officials: The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) produced this handbook to help elected officials comply with the emergency management program requirements.
     
  • Environmental Protection Agency: The purpose of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. It develops regulations for environmental laws enacted by Congress and sets national standards that states and tribes enforce through their own regulations.
     
  • Federal and State Employer Posters: Townships are required to post certain notices in their worksites so employees have access to and information about applicable labor laws. These posters can be downloaded for free.
     
  • Federal Highway Administration's "Every Day Counts" Initiative: Every Day Counts is designed to identify and deploy innovation aimed at shortening project delivery, enhancing the safety of our roads, and protecting the environment. Read more about various Every Day Counts initiatives in Pennsylvania in the May 2012 issue of the Pennsylvania Township News.
     
  • Incorporation Dates for Municipalities: This will open a page through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with a map where you can click on your county and find all the incorporation dates for the municipalities within that county.
     
  • Local Government Commission: The Local Government Commission is a bipartisan legislative service agency that is charged with providing research assistance to the General Assembly as well as proposing legislation that would enable local governments to be more effective and efficient in providing services. Resources provided by the commission include the Pennsylvania Legislator's Municipal Deskbook, and links to the frequently cited municipal laws of Pennsylvania.
     
  • Local Government Environmental Assistance Network: The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN) provides environmental management, planning, funding, and regulatory information for local government elected and appointed officials, managers, and staff. 
     
  • Local Government Law Library: The Department of Community and Economic Development's  Local Government Law Library  provides links to primary laws enacted by the Legislature that affect local governments including the Local Tax Enabling act, the Municipal Authorities Act, Right-to-Know Law, and the Sunshine Act.
     
  • Municipal Records Retention Manual
     
  • Municipalities Planning Code
     
  • Natural Gas--Penn State Cooperative Extension: Marcellus shale information from the Penn State Cooperative Extension
     
  • PennDot Forms and Information
  • Pennsylvania General Assembly: The General Assembly is Pennsylvania's legislative branch of government, commonly referred to as the State Legislature, that consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The General Assembly's site includes information on the members of the legislature, proposed and enacted legislation, and the Pennsylvania Code.
     
  • Pennsylvania Labor Relations Advisory Service: PELRAS, a program co-sponsored by PSATS and the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities, offers its members comprehensive training; legal representation and counseling at reduced rates; the results of a wage and benefits survey; a bimonthly newsletter addressing key labor issues; continuing education credits; and a Quick Call consultation service. For more information, toownships may click the link above or contact Jean C. Pugh at jpugh@plcm.org or (800) 922-8063.
     
  • Pennsylvania Office of Open Records: The Office of Open Records is a key source of information on Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law and has information for townships, including the fee schedule for providing copies of records, the regulations for filing an appeal, and copies of the office's final determinations.
     
  • Road Sign Specifications: State regulation requires that signs purchased for use on local roads comply with PennDot Publication 236M, Handbook of Approved Signs.
     
  • Second Class Township Code
     
  • Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) General Permit (PAG-13): In April, the state Department of Environmental Protection published the permit application that townships designated as MS4s must use to apply for their renewal of the NPDES permit governing their municipal stormwater management programs.
     
  • Township Supervisors Handbook: Manual Produced by the state Department of Community & Economic Development regarding the duties of township supervisors.
     
  • U.S. Flag Code: This report presents the United States "Flag Code" as found in Title 4 of the United States Code and the section of Title 36 which designates the "Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem and provides instructions on how to display the flag during its rendition. The "Flag Code" includes instructions and rules on such topics as the pledge of allegiance, display and use of the flag by civilians, time and occasions for display, position and manner of display, and how to show respect for the flag.
     
  • The White House: Official White House site presents issue positions, news, Cabinet members, appointments, and offices as well as major speeches.