For the benefit of PennBid Users trying to better understand the complex realm of legislation affecting purchasing and procurement, the following contains links to many of the most prominent Codes and Regulations for various forms of government in Pennsylvania. While we have attempted to connect you with the most current version of each, be aware that these pieces of legislation are under constant revision, so there is a chance of pending legislative changes that may not be reflected herein. We will routinely make updates to this section of our website as we become aware of issues affecting any particular regulations.
You should also be aware that many municipalities in Pennsylvania fall under the “Home Rule Charter” designation. The Home Rule Charter grants Pennsylvania local governments the power to determine for themselves what structure their government will take and what powers it will exercise.
A home rule municipality no longer has its powers and organization determined by the state legislature. Voters of a home rule municipality draft and amend their own charter. The home rule municipality can exercise any power or perform any function not denied by the Constitution, the General Assembly or its own home rule charter. It is not subject to any provisions of the statewide municipal codes. As such, the applicability of the codes listed below cannot be immediately verified without a comprehensive comparison between a specific municipalities local Charter or Administrative Code, in relationship to the Statewide statutes.
As of January 2006, 71 jurisdictions in Pennsylvania had home rule charters, including six counties, 19 cities, 19 boroughs and 27 townships.
Based on the unique nature of each municipality’s regulations and situation, it is possible for multiple layers of legislation to be applicable, and may require the assistance of legal counsel to fully determine the exact interpretation and applicability of these regulations.
Procurement Code External Links
- PA Procurement Code
- PA County Code(1)
- Second Class County Code
- First Class Township Code(2)
- Second Class Township Code
- PA Borough Code (Chapter 14 – Contracts)
- Municipal Authorities Act
- Third Class City Code
- Municipal Procurement
- Note that the County Code relates to Counties of the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth classes.
- It should be noted that the First Class Township Code, enacted in 1931, has not undergone a comprehensive update since 1949. The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners (PSATC) in association with the Pennsylvania Municipal League requested the ongoing participation, technical advice and expertise of the Local Government Commission staff in a comprehensive revision of the code, based on the Commission’s experience with the Second Class Township Code recodification in 1995, the Borough Code recodification in 2012, the Third Class City Code recodification in 2014, and the consolidation of the Second Class County Code into the County Code as it pertains to second class A counties in conjunction with the County Code recodification currently.
In March 2016, Commission staff began teaming with a PSATC working group to update the First Class Township Code. In addition to Commission staff, the working group consists of township commissioners and managers from each of PSATC’s three regions (central, west and east) as well as PSATC legal counsel and staff. The working group convenes at least quarterly.
The purpose of the revision is to amend the First Class Township Code to reflect case law and current practices, standards and requirements, as well as update archaic language or language that is in conflict with other statutes. The working group will only include changes in the draft for which the stakeholders can reach consensus. The ultimate goal is to develop an up-to-date code and present it to Commission Members for their consideration in sponsoring it as a bill.
Upon the First Class Township Code recodification bill going through the legislative process and being enacted, the Commission staff envisions working with the Legislative Reference Bureau to place the code into Title 73 (Townships) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which has occurred with the Borough Code (Title 8) in 2014 and the Third Class City Code (Title 11) in 2015.