Frequently Asked Questions

Municipality

Where do I obtain a Municipal Lien Letter?

Municipal lien letters are available through Jordan Tax Service, 724-731-2300.

Does Ben Avon require dye testing when a homeowner is selling and refinancing their home?

When you buy or sell your property in Ben Avon, a dye test is required to ensure that your downspouts are not connected to the sanitary sewer. A master plumber must complete this form certifying this to be true. This form must be returned to the borough prior to closing. Once the borough office receives the signed certification, Jordan Tax Service is notified to release the property for closing.

What types of activities require a permit?

The most common activities requiring a permit in Ben Avon include placing a dumpster on the street, home or building construction, building alterations, earthmoving / grading, swimming pools, sheds, opening a borough street or right-of-way, driveway connection, building demolition, and solicitation. If you are not sure, please contact the borough office. We would be glad to help you. Ben Avon’s codified ordinances can also be found at ecode360.com.

Who maintains the roads in Ben Avon?

Ben Avon’s Public Works Department. They can be reached Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m at 412-761-5311 or by email, benavonpw@benavon.com.

Schools

Which public school serves Ben Avon?

We are served by one of the highest rated school districts in Western PA, the Avonworth School District. Contact the administrative offices at (412) 369-8738 or address is 258 Josephs Lane, Pittsburgh  PA  15237.

How do I contact the High School, Middle School, Elementary School, and Primary Center?

Taxes

What types of local taxes am I required to pay?

There are two types of local taxes: real estate and earned income tax. You may be required to pay one, both, or neither depending on your working status and if you are a homeowner

Real estate taxes cover local (Ben Avon), school (Avonworth) and Allegheny County.  Each taxing body sets a millage rate each year and you are then sent three tax bills (or your mortgage company is sent the tax bills).  The local (Ben Avon) and school (Avonworth) taxes are collected by Jordan Tax Service, (412) 835-5243. Jordan Tax Service is also Ben Avon’s delinquent real estate tax collector. Allegheny County taxes are collected by the County Treasurer’s Office (412) 350-4120.

Earned Income Tax In most instances, employers withhold local earned income tax from employees. This should be reflected on your paystubs and W-2. Ben Avon Borough’s collection agency is Keystone Collections Group. They can be reached at 724-978-0300.

Voting

How do I register to vote?

Allegheny County maintains all voting information. To Register You Must:

  • Be a citizen of the U.S. for at least one month before the next election;
  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district for at least 30 days before the next election;
  • Be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election.

There are 4 ways to register to vote; online, by mail, in person at the Allegheny County Voter Registration office or at PennDot or other government offices.  Online and mail-in application details can be found at votespa.com

Where do I vote?

All residents vote at the Ben Avon Volunteer Fire Company located at 7219 Church Ave, Ben Avon, PA 15202. The polls are open on election day from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Garbage Collection, Recycling, & Utilities

Who collects my garbage and recyclables?

Waste Management serves Ben Avon. You can contact them at 1-800-866-4460 or on their website: wm.com. Ben Avon residents are billed directly from Waste Management, and should contact them with any billing questions or concerns.

What day is my garbage and recycling collected?

Normal trash collection is weekly on Wednesday. Trash should be placed at the curb after 5 p.m. the day before pickup.

If a holiday (New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas) falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, trash/recycle pickup will be moved to Thursday.

Recyclable collection is every other Wednesday. Recycling containers can be purchased at any hardware or home improvement store (Ben Avon Borough does not provide bins).

See the borough calendar for trash and recycling collection dates, benavon.com/calendar.

What types of items are recycled?

Waste management currently accepts metal, aluminum, paper, cardboard, magazines, and plastics. You can contact Waste Management at 1-800-866-4460 or on their website: wm.com.

While WM will still accept glass with the recycling collection, they no longer actually recycle glass. It gets separated to a landfill. However there is still a demand for recycled glass; see How can I recycle my glass.

How can I recycle my glass?

As of January 1, 2019 glass is no longer being recycled by Waste Management. While WM is still accepting glass with your single-stream recycling, it is getting diverted to a landfill because of the difficulties encountered to effectively sort glass to meet the quality standards of the industries which consume it. It is important to know that glass is still a very a valuable commodity which is supported by significant market demand.

The Pennsylvania Resource Council (PRC) is actively working with industry and community partners to develop a new network of convenient and accessible glass recycling drop off sites to allow residents and businesses to continue to recycle their glass. The drop off sites will certainly not be as convenient as the curb in front of our homes, but they will respect glass as a commodity for use in manufacturing it into new products.  To learn more about PRC’s efforts, go to prc.org/programs/collection-events/glassrecycling/

How do I dispose of large bulky items?

As part of our trash collection service, Waste Management will pick up a variety of special materials not accepted in the standard pickup, including paint products, automotive batteries, televisions, household chemicals and more. A special pickup MUST be scheduled, and can be done by calling 1-800-449-7587, by email at AtYourDoor@WM.com, or online at http://wmatyourdoor.com

You can contact Waste Management at 1-800-866-4460 or on their website: http://www.wm.com

Who do I call when I am having water problems?

West View Water provides public water service to borough residents and can be reached by calling (412) 931-3292.

Who do I call if my power goes out?

Duquesne Light Company services Ben Avon and can be reached at (412) 393-6000.

Which television companies service Ben Avon?

Municipal Services

What is the address and telephone number for the Post Office?

Where is the local library?

The ACLA Bookmobile stops in front of Anchor and Anvil, 7221 Church Avenue, every other Saturday (refer to the calendar for stop dates and times), there are several local libraries in the area. They are all part of the Allegheny County Library Association.

Who is the local Magistrate / District Justice?

Tara Smith is the Magistrate / District Justice for Ben Avon.
Her office is located at 660 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue, PA 15202, (412) 761-8770.

How do I locate Vital Records and General Information?

Please visit the PA Department of Health to find:

  • Birth Records
  • Death Records
  • Marriage and Divorce Records
  • Genealogy Requests
  • Adoption Registry

What are the other important telephone numbers for Allegheny County?