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52 Pa. Code § 1.53. Service by the Commission.

§ 1.53. Service by the Commission.

 (a)  Applicability. This section applies to service of an order, notice or other document originating with the Commission and other documents designated by the Commission, except when the Commission specifically requires a different form of service.

 (b)  Forms of service.

   (1)  First class mail. Service may be made by mailing a copy thereof to the person to be served, addressed to the person designated in the initial pleading, submittal or notice of appearance at the person’s residence, principal office or place of business.

   (2)  Personal. Service may be made personally by anyone authorized by the Commission.

   (3)  Electronic. Service may be made electronically to filing users who have agreed to receive electronic service. Filing users will be sent an electronic mail notice informing them that a document was posted on the Commission’s electronic filing system and providing a link to the document on the same day the document is posted.

 (c)  Registered or certified mail. Service of a petition under §  3.391 (relating to arbitration of claims for billing and collecting services), and service of a complaint under section 702 of the act (relating to service of complaint on parties) must be by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested.

 (d)  Change of address. It is the duty of a party to apprise the Commission promptly of changes to the party’s current address.

 (e)  Alternative service. If the Commission is unable to serve a party by mail at the party’s last known address, the Commission may make service by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the same area as the party’s last known address. In the alternative, service may also be accomplished by publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin or by service on the Secretary of the Commonwealth, if appropriate.

 (f)  Supersession. Subsections (a)—(e) supersede 1 Pa. Code §  33.31 (relating to service by the agency).


   The provisions of this §  1.53 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  309—311, 315, 331—335, 501, 504—506, 701—703, 1101—1103, 1301 and 1501.


   The provisions of this §  1.53 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended December 2, 1988, effective January 3, 1989, 18 Pa.B. 5451; amended January 24, 1997, effective January 25, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 414; amended April 28, 2006, effective April 29, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 2097; amended September 26, 2008, effective September 27, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 5303. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (330030).

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