Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code
Quick Guide

Purpose and Use
The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code Quick Guide is a valuable tool that provides summaries of the many and sometimes lengthy provisions of the MPC. Summaries are brief and in more user-friendly language than in the MPC.

Users can more rapidly and easily search the Quick Guide to learn the basics of Pennsylvania planning law and where to find the details.

Users of the electronic file version can click links from the table of contents to the corresponding section in the Quick Guide, and links from section cites in the Quick Guide to the corresponding section in the MPC itself.

The Quick Guide is not a replacement for the MPC. Users must refer to the corresponding sections in the full MPC for details and complete explanations of the law. Users may not rely on the Quick Guide alone to identify all provisions of the MPC.

For further help, contact the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services at 1-888-223-6837.

More information about planning and land use controls can be found in the Planning Series publications from the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.

Table of Contents

General Provisions (Article I) (click here)

Planning Agencies (Article II) (click here)

Comprehensive Plan (Article III) (click here)

Official Map (Article IV) (click here)

Subdivision and Land Development (Article V) (click here)

Municipal Capital Improvement (Article V-A) (click here)

Zoning (Article VI) (click here)

Planned Residential Development (Article VII) (click here)

Traditional Neighborhood Development (Article VII-A) (click here)

Joint Municipal Zoning (Article VIII-A) (click here)

  • Powers (click here)
  • Relation to county or municipal zoning (click here)
  • Joint municipal zoning generally follows provisions for municipal zoning in Article VI (click here)
  • Curative amendments and validity challenges (click here)

Zoning Hearing Board and Other Administrative Proceedings (Article IX) (click here)

Appeals to Court (Article X-A) (click here)

Intergovernmental Cooperative Planning and Implementation Agreements (Article XI) (click here)

 

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