This Web site has been established to provide information to the citizens of the Township and others who are interested in our community. The site will be updated as often as possible to reflect current information. However, the Supervisors of Benner Township do not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein. For the most up-to-date information, contact the Township office at 814-355-1419 or you may email us at BENNERTWP@aol.com    

The Benner Township Water Authority has recently launched their own website.  We encourage you to visit their site at  https://bennerwater.com


Starting March 30, 2020 all trash must be bagged in trash bags and those bags tied securely in order to be picked up for all curbside collection customers in Benner, College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships. .

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, we must take precautions to ensure the safety of those who provide essential services in our area, including those who collect our trash. The CDC has determined that it is possible for the virus to remain viable for hours on a variety of waste material. Therefore, starting March 30, all curbside residential customers in Benner, College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships must place their trash in bags in order to have it collected. Advanced Disposal will only pick up trash-grade, tied bags.  Grocery bags containing trash will not be collected. All other trash will be left at the curb. This process is for the protection of the refuse employees as well as the residents by limiting the possibility of loose and wind-blown trash in order to reduce the spread of the virus.  This does not apply to residences in State College Borough.

All Curbside Collection of Recycling is suspended. Beginning Monday, March 30, residents with curbside recycling in Benner, College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships and State College Borough are asked to store their recycling.  Extra recycling containers have been place at the Benner Township Building and at the park located below Continental Courts.

Go to crcog.net/refuse for further information.

Centre County Announces Suspension of Curbside Recycling Collection in response to COVID-19

CENTRE COUNTY, PA – The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority (CCRRA) is announcing the suspension of our curbside recycling collection program to help limit the local impact of COVID-19 and protect our workers. This suspension begins Monday, March 30, and will remain in place until further notice. All trash/refuse collection services will remain unchanged at this time.

The reason behind this change in service is due to the curbside recycling hand sorting of items in each curbside recycling bin and the many unknowns about how long the COVID-19 virus remains viable on surfaces.  This service is being suspended to limit our workers’ potential exposure to the virus and to reduce chances of the spread of COVID-19.

Residents are advised to store their recyclable materials until service resumes if possible.

As we all deal with this public emergency, we are continuously balancing the most important health and wellbeing issues for our employees and the general public with the economic and business concerns in our community, and our commitment to providing public services to ensure the public health, safety and welfare.

While we understand that the suspension of the curbside recycling program will alter efforts to help the county reduce waste going to the landfill, we must implement every action practical to limit community spread and protect our workers from COVID-19. We appreciate the community’s understanding of these measures during this critical time.

For additional information on this, please call our office at 814-238-7005, or contact us by e-mail at aschirf@centrecountyrecycles.org. 


ACT 537 Special Study:  The Act 537 Study is too large for our website to be able to load.  Please go to www.sbwja.com to view the document.  It can be found under a special tab marked Act 537 Shiloh Road on their page.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Written comments on this document should be turned in by no later than 12/31/19.  Written comments should be mailed to Gwin, Dobson and Foreman, Inc. Atten:  Andrew Johnson, 3121 Fairway Drive, Altoona, PA  16602.  A special meeting will be held on December 16, 2019 at the Benner Township Municipal Building, 1224 Buffalo Run Road, Bellefonte, PA  16823 beginning at 7:00 p.m. for an overview of the document.   All written comments that were received have been posted on the SBWJA’s website as well as the engineering’s firm responses to them.  The Plan has now been sent on to the County Planning Commission for their review and comment period.

Upcoming Meetings: All meetings are held at the municipal building unless otherwise noted.

Benner Township Supervisors -  April 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  The Board will be holding their meeting.  Only items of the utmost importance will be discussed including payment of bills and opening of bids that we placed out for bid prior to this COVID19 outbreak.  No discussion will take place on the proposed zoning ordinance or the Act 537 Special Study.  April 6, 2020 agenda

Benner Township Planning Commission – March 26th at 7 p.m. – CANCELED  

Benner Township Water Authority – Third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. – MARCH’S MEETING IS CANCELLED.


We have just been notified that the April Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event scheduled for April 24 and 25 has been postponed until further notice.  Please check the Authority’s website page later this summer for updates and a new event date.

Looking for a part-time job?  The Census Bureau is hiring.  See the link below:

2020 Census Jobs Available! (2)

ZONING ORDINANCE:   The Township’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors have been working to revise the Township’s Zoning Ordinance for the last several years.  The March 2020 version of the Zoning Ordinance can be viewed by clicking Final Version.1.3-6-20 .  This draft will be submitted to the County Planning Commission as well as the Nittany Valley Planning Commission municipalities and our adjoining municipalities for their 45 day review period.  At this time, it is anticipated that the Board of Supervisors could take action on this draft at their May 4th meeting, but that could change.  The previous draft of the Ordinance has been removed from the website.  The major changes from the last version to this one are:  Updates to the Master Table of Uses: inclusion of a Spring Creek Canyon Conservation Overlay District in a new Article III; Inclusion of Environmental Protection Regulations in a new Article 19; Revisions to density tables and setback requirements in the R-2 and R-3 Zones; and Revisions to the Airport Regulations included in Article 20.   The Zoning Map is included in the above document.  Any comments may be mailed to Benner Township, 1224 Buffalo Run Road, Bellefonte, PA  16823.  

Click the link below for the Updated Nittany Valley Joint Comprehensive Plan -  Nittany Valley Joint Comprehensive Plan

Septic Management Ordinance - Was adopted on May 19, 2014.  Below is the map indicating the various pumping/inspection schedule. Pamela Winter is the Administrator of this program.  She can be reached by calling (814) 470-0606   Her mailing address is P.O. Box 117, Millheim, PA  16854 .     A copy of the adopted ordinance is available by clicking here.  Ordinance 117 img002  

The Township’s trash hauler is Advanced Disposal.  They can be reached by calling (814) 237-3713.   Through a competitive bidding process, the seventh contract for the residential refuse and recycling services was awarded to Advanced Disposal for a 5 year term, January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2024. The COG continues to keep the monthly rate for the contracted Refuse and Recycling Program much lower than the average rate prior to the program’s inception; the current rate is about $2.00 per month below the average 1991 rate for refuse service.   Rates for 2020 are:


Monthly Rate

Quarterly Invoice

Regular (up to 8 bags) Service



Low-Use (1 bag/week) Service



Regular + At-Door Service



Low-Use + At-Door Service






Late fee



Special Pick-up



This contract will include the following changes for residents:

  • Service levels: The levels of service have been re-defined. Unlimited service will be replaced with a limit of 8 bags or containers of refuse per week. Low Usage service will remain 1 bag or container of refuse per week. 1 bag or container is defined as 35 gallons and no more than 40 pounds.  For the handful of customers who produce more than 8 bags every week, the cost will be negotiated with the contractor.  If an additional amount of refuse is needed to be disposed of, please contact Advanced Disposal at (814) 237-3713.

Below is the ordinance that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors meeting to be held on December 7, 2009. Ordinance 105

Benner Township 150 Years of Families, Forging, Farming, Fishing and Flying Looking for a unique gift?  There are still a number of  the Benner Township History Books available.  This hard bound book is now available at the cost of $15.00.   This book is filled with pictures and lots of stories about the families that settled here in Benner Township and the industries that followed.  Stop by the office during regular business hours or call 355-1419 for a list of evening hours for your copy.

Nittany Valley Comprehensive Plan

Need to file a complaint?

The Kepler pool study is available for viewing by clicking below:

Kepler Pool Study 2009 Part 1

Kepler Pool Study 2009 Part 2


Benner Township’s ABC ( Authorities, Boards, and Commissions) Bank is seeking interested people who reside in the Township and have a concern for the well-being of the community to be available to give service by volunteering for positions that become open on the various Boards, Authorities, and Commissions/Committees that are appointed by the Supervisors. The Township needs dedicated people who are willing to serve in many different capacities. If you have any particular talents, concerns or interests that you feel would be appropriate, please contact the Township Office at 355-1419 for more information.  Click here to download an application form.  ABC Application form

ACT 13 Report of Unconventional Gas Well Fund Usage Report.

Click here to view Benner Township’s 2012 report.

Click 2013 ACT 13 Reports to view Benner Township’s 2013 report

Click  2014 Gas Usage Report  to view Benner Township’s 2014 report.

Click  2015 PUC Act 13 Usage Report  to view Benner Township’s 2015 report.

Click 2016 Act 13 Report to view Benner Township’s 2016 report.

Click  2017 Act 13 Report  to view Benner Township’s 2017 report.

Click  2018 Act 13 Report  to view Benner Township’s 2018 report.