​​Trash Collection

Every occupant of a structure shall dispose of all rubbish in a clean and sanitary manner by placing such rubbish in approved containers with lids.

Trash is picked up on Friday morning

Services are provided by Big's Sanitation at a rate of $43.50 per quarter.  Big's Sanitation should be contacted directly by calling (724) 379-4331.  


A flat rate of $50.00 per EDU, per month, is charged to every property in the Borough

Services are provided by the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Smithton (MABS).  MABS should be contacted directly by calling (724) 872-5412. 

Currently payments can be made by mail (PO Box 342, Smithton, PA 15479), by lock box (located at the Borough building 615 Center Street),

or by automatic deduction from a checking account.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for forms related to MABS.


The purpose behind this form is to gather information on which borough residents may need assistance in the event of an emergency that lasts for an extended period of time. The program was created after the 2010 "Snowmaggedon" event where firefighters went door to door in the boro to check on residents. Any additional info we can gather will help being prepared for other emergencies. The emergeny events in mind are where power to homes is out for an extended time or there is weather damage to any homes. Our priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the residents. All information will be kept in a secure file. Any questions you can contact Asst. Chief Ponebshek at mponebshek@smithtonfire.org.

Permits and Fees



Payment should be submitted to Smithton Borough in the form of check or money order.

All applications submitted to the Borough will need a minimum of 10 business days for review.

  • Building Permit, Demo Permit, Razing Permit, Grading Permit - for residential, a Third Party Agency.  Visit https://www.dli.pa.gov/ucc/buildings/Pages/default.aspx to find an agency.   For Commercial, you will need to contact the Department of Labor and Industry. https://www.dli.pa.gov/ucc/Pages/Forms.aspx.  For additional information, contact the Borough office.

  • Dumpster​ Permit - the cost is $25.00 for each parking space taken by the dumpster.  Permits are valid for seven (7) days.  A "Temporary Dumpster Permit Application" will need to be submitted.

  • Fence Permit - the cost is $20.00 for each $1,000.00 of materials used. Payment should be submitted to Smithton Borough in the form of check or money order.  A "Fence Permit Application" will need to be submitted, allowing a minimum of 10 business days for review.  Ordinance No. 219 of 2018 for view to insure that the fence you are planning meets all requirements.


  • Shade Tree Removal Permit - the cost to obtain a permit is $100.00.  A "Shade Tree Permit" will need to be submitted and approved. The tree will need to be replaced by Borough guidelines. View Shade Tree Resolution 03-2023 and application to insure that all guidelines are followed.  

  • Occupancy Permits – the cost is $10.00 for every change in occupancy.  All property owners are required to register occupancy with the Borough.  An "Occupancy Permit Form" must accompany the $10.00 fee. 


  • Storage Fee - $35.00 

  • Street Excavating Permit -  $75.00 10’ or less opening, $50.00 for each additional 10 feet


Ordinances and things to keep in mind
All exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe, and sanitary condition 

The Borough has a plethora of ordinances.  Below is a selection of our most commonly requested.  You can always contact the Borough office for full copies of ordinances or with questions on our other ordinances.

No burning or open fires - Ordinance No. 167, open burning of any material is prohibited.  Small fire pits for recreation and cooking are permitted.

Grass and Grass Clippings - Ordinance No. 216-2015, be sure to keep grass clippings off of the streets and sidewalks.  It is important to follow this rule to avoid buildup and overflow in our catch basins!   Grass, weeds, or other vegetation should not exceed 6”.

Snow – Ordinance 186, every property owner has the responsibility of removing snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours  after the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain.

Fences – Ordinance 219 of 2018, there are specifications that must be met when installing/updating a fence. The ordinance outlines these specifications.  A permit fee of $20 per $1,000 in materials is required.

Occupancy Fee – Ordinance 207, owners of real property must contact the Borough any time there is a change in occupancy.  This includes owners who lease or rent their properties. A permit form must be completed, with a $10 fee.

Dumpsters – Ordinance 219, a permit and fee are required if you need a dumpster for any reason

Noise – Ordinance 221 of 2019, the Borough does have a noise ordinance, so please be respectful of your neighbors. 

Shade Tree - Resolution 03-2023 the Borough of Smithton has determined the need to update its Shade Tree Plan in order to establish consistent and efficient enforcement of its Shade Tree Ordinance.

Forms and Ordinances

HELP 724-872-6406