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.

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
Station Square Plan Available for Public Review

Station Square East Parcel layout

A proposed development plan for a portion of the district is available for public review.  The 14-acre "East Parcel" site bounded approximately by E Carson St, S 1st St, Smithfield St, and the Monongahela River is proposed to be transformed into a mixed-use development with a new street grid.  To accomplish this, a new Preliminary Land Development Plan (PLDP) for the Specially Planned zoning district (SP-4) is proposed.  Also, a portion of the development site is currently zoned Urban Industrial (UI), and is proposed to be changed to SP-4.

The Planning Commission briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 1:00pm, 200 Ross Street, Downtown.
Click here to view the project page--you can find all details and documents related to the project on this page.

posted 12/12/14 @ 5:18 pm
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.

The Planning Commission approved this project on December 2, 2014.  Click here to view the project page--you can find all details and documents related to the project there, as well as a full transcript of the November 18 public hearing.  The complete text of the Development Review Report, including the Planning Commission's motions and conditions, is also available on the project page.

Information about the upcoming City Council public hearing on the SP-11 Zone Change Petition will be posted here as soon as it is available.

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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