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Did You Know?

Tarentum Borough is its own supplier for water and electric.  Deposits are required for tenants moving in to all properties in Tarentum. 

Household Hazardous Waste
As part of the residential solid waste and recycling contract with Waste Management, you have a convenient new opportunity to dispose of your Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) safely, easily and responsibly. Introducing At Your Door Special CollectionSM, a new residential service offered by WM to provide year-round HHW collections for you.

CODE RED Emergency Notification
Register for CODERED emergency notification.

Tarentum Borough Zoning Ordinance & Map
The latest version of the Tarentum Borough Zoning Ordinance and Map is available for download in our Downloads area titled "PA Right To Know".

Comprehensive Plan

A Comprehensive Plan is an attempt to establish guidelines for the future growth of a community.  The elements of a comprehensive plan can vary from one jurisdiction to another.  In most cases though, the plan consists of a study of existing conditions and a discussion of future trends, goals, and objectives. Land-use patterns, housing conditions, population, infrastructure, and the economy are usually the primary areas studied.  However, the content of plans has evolved as the needs of society and technology have changed.   Today, plans may take into consideration sustainability issues as well as public health concerns.

The Comprehensive Plan for Tarentum is available for download and review in the DOWNLOADS area of our website.  There are 25 documents comprising the plan, each can be downloaded independently. 

Welcome to
Tarentum, Pennsylvania

Tarentum is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Pittsburgh, on the Allegheny River. Formerly an industrial center, plate glass and bottles were made here. Other products were bricks, lumber, steel and iron novelties, steel billets and sheets, sack, and wrapping paper.

Tarentum dates from 1752 when a trading post was built at Bull Creek.  The community was named for the ancient Roman seaport and was incorporated as a borough in 1842.  Tarentum was founded by Judge Henry Marie Brackenridge in 1829 when the Pennsylvania Canal was completed between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

In 1900, 5,472 people lived here; in 1910, 7,414 people lived here; and in 1940, 9,846 people lived in Tarentum. The population was 4,993 at the 2000 census.
Downtown First
To take a look at current Tarentum businesses as well as some vacant properties in the Tarentum district click on the button below to be taken to the Tarentum First website.

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