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.

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!


The Department of City Planning (DCP) has developed an Adopt-A-Lot Program, which allows residents and groups to build temporary edible, flower, and rain garden projects on vacant City-owned lots.  The program, passed November 2015 by City Council, grants licenses and leases for use of City-owned property as well as the sale of what is grown onsite, through a “market-stand lease.” 

 On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Department of City Planning presented a proposal to  connect the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Friendship, East Liberty, Garfield and Shadyside  with bicycle facilities along Negley Avenue. The proposal includes safety improvements for  pedestrians, bicyclists as well as motorized traffic. Please see the slideshow HERE, and  contact Kristin Saunders, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, for more  information:

posted 5/27/16 @ 2:09 pm

 CLICK HERE to check out the new  Affordable Housing Task Force website! 

 Further updates and documents related to  the Affordable Housing Task Force can be  found at this site. 

posted 4/15/16 @ 8:50 pm

The City of Pittsburgh is hosting four Deliberative Forums on the Affordable Housing Task Force’s mission to provide a more robust way for community members to give feedback to city officials and Task Force members.

See HERE for the Mayor's Press Release, and HERE for more information. 

posted 2/29/16 @ 3:53 pm

The Department of City Planning announced an Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD) for the riverfronts, see HERE for the Mayor's press release and HERE for more details. 

posted 12/22/15 @ 1:37 pm

The Uptown EcoInnovation District project this week was named one of the top 100 projects worldwide addressing climate change on a local level. The distinction was made in the Cities100 report distributed by Sustania, a sustainable development firm based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The honor -- which comes after a competitive application process -- comes as Mayor William Peduto is joining a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to taking climate action this week in Paris, in conjunction with the international COP21 climate conference.

Click the link above to read the Mayor's announcement.

posted 12/04/15 @ 9:53 am

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, analytical thinking, 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 LLC Founder 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. Also, the team backs their 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 to 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,” Project 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 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
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