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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 26, 2020 02:34 PM
From: Representative Benjamin V. Sanchez
To: All House members
Subject: Title 35 Adding Permit Extension Provisions

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic it became clear that some of the municipal codes made it difficult for municipalities to meet remotely and what powers they had in such instances.
Act 15 of 2020 amended Title 35 Pa.C.S. pertaining to municipal powers during a declared emergency or disaster to provide a mechanism and standards for municipalities to meet remotely only during the COVID-19 emergency. It provided a mechanism for municipalities to utilize, only during the COVID-19 declaration, for suspending the time frames for considering applications filed with the municipal boards and commissions but it did not address permits that were issued prior to the declaration.
This amendment would permanently add provisions to Title 35 Pa.C.S. Section 7501 (General authority of political subdivisions) regarding tolling of permits issued by a municipal governing body and any board or commission of a municipality during a declaration of disaster or emergency by the Governor.
· Amends 7501(d) to add a section provide that the period remaining to exercise rights under a permit for the duration of the declaration of disaster or emergency by the Governor.
· It further adds an additional 90 days on to the expiration of a permit.
· It would require the permit holder to notify, in writing, the issuing authority within 30 days of the termination of the declaration of the intent to exercise the tolling and extension.
This language was modeled after a Florida Statute

Introduced as HB2586