On July 6, 2005, Act 38 also known as "ACRE" (Agriculture, Communities and Rural Environment) went into effect to ensure that ordinances adopted by local governments to regulate normal agricultural operations are not in violation of state law. A local ordinance cannot exceed, duplicate or conflict with state law.
An "unauthorized local ordinance" is an ordinance enacted or enforced by a local government unit which does either of the following:
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The below grid is an easy reference guide to the ACRE cases that have come in to the Office of the Attorney General for review since the beginning of 2017. You will find the following in the grid: 1) the month and date the complaint was received; 2) the Township
involved; 3) a brief bullet point of the issue(s) involved in the case; 4) a link to the ordinance(s) challenged; 5) a link to the ACRE complaint the Office of Attorney General received; 6) a link to the Township response if one was received; 7) the status of the Office of Attorney General’s ACRE review; and 8) the disposition. Please check this site
frequently for updates on existing and newly received cases.
Requests for review of an ordinance should be sent, in writing, to the following address:
PA Office of Attorney GeneralAttn: ACRE15th Floor, Strawberry SquareHarrisburg, PA 17120
or by email:
Requests for review should include a copy of the ordinance, a short explanation of the objection the farm owner or operator has to the ordinance, and any other materials that will aid the Attorney General’s review.