Board of Property

The Board of Property was established by statute to hear disputes over land held or claimed by the Commonwealth. These cases involve controversies over boundary lines, mineral rights, land patents, etc.

The State Board of Property was created by the Administrative Code of 1929 §406 (1929, April 9, P.L. 177, art. IV, §406, as amended 1968, Dec. 18, P.L. 1232, No. 390, §7).

The Board consists of the Secretary of Community and Economic Development, the Secretary of the Commonwealth (Chairman), and the General Counsel. Two members of the board shall constitute a quorum. 71 P.S. §116 (amended 1996).

Activities

The Board was established by statute to hear disputes over land held or claimed by the Commonwealth. These cases involve controversies over boundary lines, mineral rights, land patents, etc.

Actions before the Board follow the procedures set forth in the Pennsylvania Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure, 1 Pa. Code, §31.1 et seq.

The Board is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Meetings

The Board of Property meets quarterly, generally on the third Thursday of January, April, July and October at 2pm. The meetings take place in the Commonwealth Keystone Building, Plaza Level, Hearing Room #2.

Board Members

Current Board members, who serve as designees of the statutory members, are:

  • Rob Teplitz (DCED)
  • Jason E. McMurry (Department of State)
  • Basil Merenda (Office of General Counsel)

The Board also includes the following staff:

  • Thomas A. Blackburn (Board Legal Counsel) (Department of State)
  • Board Administrator (DCED)
Filings

To file with the Board of Property, submit your PDF document to the following email address: RA-DCBOP@pa.gov.

As a follow up to your email submission, please mail in the original filing (no copies necessary) to the below physical address.

Board of Property

Attn: Board Administrator
DCED
Office of Chief Counsel
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120
USA

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