Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
PUBLIC WORKS

As part of the Capital Improvement Program, the Department of Public Works undertook the renovation of a historic firehouse.

What is the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and why is it important?

The City of Pittsburgh’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is made up of the annual Capital Budget and the Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan.

Capital needs are determined and prioritized annually and are then included in the Capital Budget and the Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan. This process is a critical planning tool used to coordinate financing and scheduling for the major projects designated by the City.


There are three types of projects included in the Capital Improvement Program:

Capital Project

Any project funded by public monies to design, build, restore, retain, or purchase any City-owned asset that is expected to provide a long-term public benefit or proposed physical improvements in an element of the City’s infrastructure.

Capital Projects shall have a minimum value of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) and a minimum useful life of five years. Capital Projects financed through debt should have a minimum useful life no shorter than the length of debt service. Some examples of Capital Projects include:

  • Street resurfacing
  • Bridge repairs
  • Improvements to parks, pools, and playgrounds

Special Revenue Project

A project funded by public monies granted to the city by an outside funding source, including grants and the Community Development Block Grant.

Special revenue projects must adhere to the rules and regulations regarding the use of funds promulgated by the funding source. Some examples of Special Revenue Projects include:

  • Support for homelessness prevention
  • Grants to community groups, food banks, and youth programming organizations
  • Administration of the CDBG program

Intergovernmental Project

A project that supports the mission of an authority or government entity through the allocation of city funding or special revenues.

Intergovernmental projects must be consistent both with the rules and regulations of the funding source, and the policies of the authority, or government entity with whom the project is undertaken.

Some examples of Intergovernmental Projects include:

  • Support for economic development initiatives at the Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • Acquisition of vehicles through the Equipment Leasing Authority

You can view the City’s current Capital Improvement Plan here.

What is the Capital Program Facilitation Committee (CPFC)?

The Capital Program Facilitation Committee (CPFC) was initiated to find efficiencies, increase transparency, and identify cost savings.

This committee was established with the passage of Ordinance 2 of 2012 and revised with the passage of Ordinance 5 of 2015.

Duties of the CPFC:

This committee ensures that the City is positioned to address the efficient and equitable allocation of the Capital funding and identifies the City’s long-term objectives for the Six-Year Capital Improvement Program.

The committee consists of eleven members including two members of City Council, the Controller, and Department Directors. The mission of this committee is to review the proposed annual Capital Improvement Plan and monitor the City’s compliance with the final adopted Capital Budget.

The CPFC meets quarterly to discuss ongoing capital needs and is required to produce specific deliverables throughout the year. 

How can the City’s residents be involved?

This is a capital budget for all of the city’s residents, and it could not happen without the participation of neighbors throughout our 90 communities.

By attending the public hearings, participating in online discussions, and calling or emailing the Mayor’s 311 line, Pittsburgh residents can help guide investment in our neighborhoods.

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