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Municipal Database: Welcome

 
Select a municipality in the map or the drop-down menus. Scroll down to learn more.


About the municipal database

The SRA municipal database has entries on 238 boroughs, towns and cities in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. It includes information relevant to the real estate industry — i.e., residential resale inspections and associated fees, sign regulations, rental property licensure, property tax rates, building codes and zoning, and other real estate-related local ordinances.

The database is available to members and affiliates of our three shareholder Realtor® associations (listed below) and also to municipal officials.

  • Bucks County Association of Realtors® (BCAR)
  • Montgomery County Association of Realtors® (MCAR)
  • Suburban West Realtors® Association (SWRA)

How to use the database

Read a step-by -Step Guide to Accessing the Municipal Database (PDF)

Watch a video explainer:

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Click a question to see the answer.

How do I log into the database?

Select a municipality via the map or drop-down menus above, and you will be taken to a login screen.  After you log in, you will be taken to the entry you selected.

For most users, the login is:
          Username:  [NRDS number]   (Forget your RDS ID number?)
          Password:  sra

My login used to work, but now it doesn't. What happened?

Our user list is updated periodically with data from our three shareholder Realtor® associations. If there is an interruption in your membership — e.g., if you changed offices, changed associations or were late with your dues — it could affect your access to the municipal database. 

Other common solutions:
          Make sure caps lock is off.
          Make sure there are no spaces before or after your login or password.

If you are unable to log in, contact us and mention your NRDS ID number and local association, and any other details that might be relevant.

I'm not a member of your shareholder associations. Can I gain access to the database?

      There are three ways nonmembers can gain access to the database:


How is the information kept up-to-date?

Each year, the SRA prints the full entry for each municipality in our four-county membership area and sends it to the municipality to review. In the spring, we verify the tax rates with the state's municipal statistics database. In the early summer, we use the state database again for school tax rates. Each day, we monitor local news publications and public legal notices, where local governments must advertise changes to their codes of ordinances.

Our 11,000 shareholder members are a crucial source of information, keeping us informed of any corrections, potential changes or instances where municipalities are deviating from their own rules. Contact us if you have a tip to share.

An important note: The database is provided as a general summary of real estate-related laws and regulations in each municipality. It is not intended to take the place of written law, ordinances or regulations that can be obtained directly from the municipality. 

How do I submit a correction or suggestion for the database?

You can submit a correction or update for a municipal entry here.

Report a municipal code inspection issue here

We appreciate member feedback, which is crucial in helping us keep the database accurate.

What is the history of the database?

In 2000, the Realtors® Legislative Alliance (RLA), the forerunner to the Suburban Realtors® Alliance, created the municipal database to help its shareholder members navigate the various ordinances of the 238 municipalities within Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

“We’d constantly hear, ‘I don’t know what this municipality charges’ or what that municipality inspects for,” said Mike McGee, then-president of the RLA.

The municipal database was originally intended to be printed as a booklet, but the explosion of the World Wide Web provided a better option that could be kept constantly updated. The database tracks use-and-occupancy ordinances, tax rates, sign regulations and other information relevant to Realtors®. Alliance staff keep the database accurate by monitoring proposed ordinances, listening to member feedback and annually surveying municipal administrators.

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