According to the Codified Ordinances of the Township of Union, all rental properties and all vacant properties in Union Township are required to be registered annually by the owners. These Ordinances are in place to ensure that every township resident has safe and sanitary housing, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of township residents, to prevent blight, to protect property values, and to avoid the creation and maintenance of nuisance properties. You still have to register your property even if your property is vacant or being renovated, your tenants are relatives who are 18 or older and not on the deed, or you don’t collect rent on the units.
As of May 2013, the Township of Union is requiring all properties that are not owner occupied to be registered. Please fill out the Rental Property Registration Form for each property and return it, along with the fees for each unit, to the Code Department of Union Township. The fees are as follows: $75.00 per single unit property. If you own a multi-unit property, the fees are $75.00 for the first unit plus $25.00 for each additional rental unit that is in that building. All properties are subject to an inspection.
The cost for Vacant Property Registration varies each year depending on how many years the residential or other structure has been vacant. Please see the fee schedule on the registration form. These requirements are applicable to each owner of any building whether governmental, commercial, residential or institutional or owned by non-profit or a for-profit organization in which the building in total shall have been vacant for more than 45 days.
- Make checks payable to Union Township.
- Once the form is completed, mail the form and payment to:
1910 Municipal Drive
New Castle, PA 16101
- Return the completed registration and payment by January 31st each year.
ONCE UNION TOWNSHIP RECEIVES THE FORM AND THE FEE IS PAID
After Union Township receives your registration form and payment we will contact the owner to set up an inspection date. Someone must be present to let the inspector inside the dwelling. Vacant properties will only be inspected on the exterior of the property.
FAILURE TO REGISTER
Residential dwellings without valid property registration are subject to a fine of not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for each day the violation exists in accordance with Section XX of the Union Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Ordinance No. 2013-3.