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 & Development Review division 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!

Semi-Annual City-wide Bicyclist/Pedestrian Count!

The City of Pittsburgh is actively recruiting volunteers for our first ever semi-annual city-wide bicyclist/pedestrian count! We are looking for people to count bicyclists and pedestrians at one location for a 2-hour time period on Thursday, May 7 and/or Saturday, May 9. Grab some friends and help us Count Pittsburgh! 

Mayor William Peduto announced that the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning has selected a team led by Interface Studio LLC to provide consulting services for the Uptown EcoInnovation District plan. “Uptown has great assets to build from. Empowerment, innovation, involvement, culture, and connections—these things are already there. For years, the neighbors have developed those assets themselves. With this plan and a broad group of stakeholders to support it, the long-term vision for Uptown as a sustainable and equitable place is within reach,” Mayor Peduto said.

Interface Studio LLC is a planning and urban design practice based in Philadelphia, PA. Their ability to blend research and analytical thinking with design and engaging graphic communication has been recognized with five APA National Planning Awards as well as an ASLA National Landscape Honor Award. To realize the full potential of the Uptown EcoInnovation District Plan, Interface Studio has teamed with Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Mondre Energy, Sci-Tek Consultants, Ninigret Partners, and Duane Morris Government Strategies. Interface Studio Founder and Principal Scott Page said, “Our team is thrilled to begin work with the City and their partners in developing a strategy for the Uptown EcoInnovation District. This is a unique opportunity to create an attractive place for innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive that is both inclusive and environmentally sustainable.”

This team brings significant experience in sustainability, economic development, transportation, innovation, urban ecology, and energy to this project, and backs that experience with expertise in the financial modeling required to bring projects to implementation. With a transparent and fun public engagement process, the team intends to build trust among local stakeholders and create opportunities for the community to have real authorship and ownership of this plan. “We are excited to be working with a team that is truly innovative in its approach to engaging the community in a robust, deliberative dialogue to shape Uptown’s future,” Planning Director Ray Gastil said.

Check out the project page for more information.

posted 6/10/15 @ 4:00 pm

Click the title above to view the updated 2015 Zoning Fee Schedule.

Please note: The Base Zoning Filing Fee of $30 will now be collected at the Department of Permits, Licensing and Inspections (PLI), the department formerly known as the Bureau of Building Inspection (BBI). A separate check or money order for the $30 filing fee will not be required. This Base Zoning Filing Fee can now be paid together with any other fees due PLI. All other Zoning fees will be collected at the Zoning Counter. Checks or money orders will be accepted and must be made payable to “Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.”

posted 12/19/14 @ 2:08 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

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