September 6, 2017

Presentation to Realtors: New Zoning Ordinances

Middle Smithfield Township, PA, September 19, 2017; Middle Smithfield Township together with their Zoning & Building Office presents “What you need to know about Resale Certificates & Short Term Rentals” at the Middle Smithfield Township Building located at 147 Municipal Drive, East Stroudsburg. The event will take place on September 19, from 9:00am – 11:00am. A continental breakfast will be provided. All realtors of both residential and commercial properties are encouraged to attend. RSVP to Judy Acosta at 570-223-8920 ext. 128


This informative session with a time for questions and answers will cover two specific topics that every realtor selling or leasing in Middle Smithfield Township should be aware of:


Resale, Use & Occupancy Certificates:

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, the Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 214 amending the Code of Ordinances of the Township of Middle Smithfield adding chapter 179 entitled “Use and Occupancy of Real Property”. This regulates the use and occupancy of leased properties and properties in which title of ownership is transferred in order to ensure that the use and occupancy of such properties will be conducted in accordance with public health, safety, and welfare.  Owners of a Business or Residential Building desiring to lease or sell the building, or portion thereof, must apply for and obtain a Use and Occupancy Certificate from the Building Inspector of the Township of Middle Smithfield.


We will review:

  • How to properly complete the application process to best serve your client
  • What must be included with your application
  • What the inspector is looking for during the inspection process and the most commonly found violation
  • Types of certificates that can be issued


Short Term Rental Properties:

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, the Board of Supervisors will consider two items for adoption; Amendments to Chapter 200 “Zoning” adding Article IV, Division 44, Section 044-090 providing supplementary regulations for short-term rental of dwelling units and adding a definition for “short-term rental” and the addition of Chapter 150 entitled “Short Term Rentals” regulating short-term rentals of residential dwellings providing penalties for violation thereof and other miscellaneous matters.


By the time of this meeting the Board of Supervisors will have voted on the adoption of this ordinance so you will be some of the first to know the results of that vote. We will review the aspects of the ordinance, if adopted, and what this means for current and future owners of short-term rental properties. If the ordinance is not adopted we will still review the proposed ordinance and public comment under consideration.