Department of City Planning
DCP Process Guides

If you're planning on building something in the City of Pittsburgh, you'll start at Zoning in the Department of City Planning.  To make the process easier, we've put together several easy to use guides that can help to get your project moving.  Check out some helpful guides for the most common review processes we carry out at DCP.

Interactive Zoning & Parcel Map

Check out our interactive zoning and parcel map, which allows you to easily identify zoning districts and parcels throughout the City of Pittsburgh.

Simply zoom to or search for the area you're interested in and click--the info you need will pop right up.

Map courtesy of the Geographic Information Systems division.

Flood Plain Overlay Zoning Updates

The City of Pittsburgh participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a program of FEMA. Through the NFIP, the City agrees to manage development in any land area susceptible to being inundated by floodwaters.

The zoning map that determines whether or not a property is susceptible to flooding has been updated--click the link below to learn more about the changes.

Need Development Advice?

DCP offers pre-application meetings to advise and inform applicants of the City’s development review process as it relates to planning and zoning. Approval from the Zoning Department is the first step to obtaining a building permit in Pittsburgh.

If you've got a project in mind but don't know where to start, we can help you navigate the development review process successfully!

Take our Vacant Lot Survey Today!

The Vacant Lot Survey's goal is to better understand the needs of City residents who currently use or would like to use vacant lands throughout the City.  This will help to develop City policies and procedures that streamline the process to achieve successful vacant lot projects.

We appreciate your time in completing this survey, and telling us your vacant lot story.

Lower Hill District Plan Available for Public Review

The proposed redevelopment plan of the Lower Hill District is now available for public review.  The 28-acre site bounded by Centre Avenue, Crawford Street, Bedford Avenue, and Chatham Street (plus the site of the Consol Energy Center) is proposed to be transformed into a mixed-use development with a new street grid.  To accomplish this, a new Specially Planned zoning district (SP-11) is proposed.

Public meetings are to be scheduled for review of the plan before it is presented to the Planning Commission--those dates/times will be posted here soon.  The Planning Commission hearing date will also be posted here as soon as it is scheduled.

The available documents (linked below) include the Zone Change Petition that would establish the SP-11 zoning classification, the proposed SP-11 zoning text, the Preliminary Land Development Plan (PLDP) required for setting the development framework for the SP-11 district, and the submitted Development Review application.  All documents are shown as submitted on 9-19-2014.

All documents are also available for review in person at the DCP Zoning Counter at 200 Ross Street, 3rd Floor (Downtown Pittsburgh).  If you have questions or comments regarding these documents, please email justin.miller@pittsburghpa.gov.

posted 9/24/14 @ 4:00 pm
Receive Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment Agendas via email

To receive the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment agendas via email, please contact Dolores Hanna at dolores.hanna@pittsburghpa.gov or 412-255-2473.  Please specify which agenda (or both).  Please note that the agendas are also available online here for Planning Commission and here for Zoning Board of Adjustment. 

posted 7/16/14 @ 3:49 pm

Courtesy of the Geographic Information Systems division of the Department of City Planning, an interactive map of Pittsburgh Zoning and Parcel information has been made available.

posted 5/23/13 @ 1:00 pm

City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, Fourth Floor | Pittsburgh, PA 15219 | 412-255-2200 | E-mail

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