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!

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.

The Department of City Planning is seeking services of qualified consultants with expertise in land-use planning, multimodal transportation system planning and development, transit systems/transit oriented development, urban design, urban ecology/stormwater management, energy systems, innovation and entrepreneurship, equity, economics, architecture, landscape architecture, and community processes.

This planning process will yield an array of deliverables that coincide with the four (4) major project phases. These phases are derived from the EcoDistricts Protocol, which is a standard for district and neighborhood-scale sustainable development. These deliverables will constitute the complete Uptown EcoInnovation District plan. It is anticipated that the overall project duration will span an 18-24 month period.

Interested parties are requested to submit a detailed Qualifications Package that clearly defines the relevant experience of the proposed staff and subconsultant team members required to achieve the results as outlined in the Qualifications Package Requirements section contained within the RFQ document--specific requirements, qualifications package evaluation criteria, and remaining steps for consultant selection are included in the PDF linked here.

Get the RFQ / Qualifications Package Requirements

posted 2/09/15 @ 7:00 am

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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