ZONING FAQ'S

Zoning FAQ's

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION (UPDATED!)

  • NEW! The OneStopPGH Counter is open to the public weekdays 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, excluding City holidays.  All applications will start with OneStopPGH.  

  • We recommend arriving earlier than 2 PM to file a new application. 

  • Coming Soon! OneStopPGH Online Filing. For more information, visit OneStopPGH

 

DO BUILDING PERMITS REQUIRE ZONING APPROVAL?  

  • Most building permits, which are issued by the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections, require zoning approval, including those for interior renovations when changing the use of the structure. 

  • However, only some will require a site plan (new parking, additions, HVAC, etc.). See Site Plan Requirements for details. 

 

CAN I COME IN TO LOOK AT SOMEONE ELSE’S PLAN OR A SPECIFIC FILE?  

  • Yes.  Once an application has been filed, it is public record.  

  • Viewing current Zoning Applications is free and available to the public.  Some files may be able to be emailed while others may be paper only, available for reviewing at 200 Ross Street, 3rd floor.  We recommend making an appointment with the Zoning Office so that we can pull the file(s) for you. The OneStopPGH Counter can also coordinate with the Zoning Office to pull files, but cannot guarantee same-day viewing.   To make an appointment, please email zoning@pittsburghpa.gov or call 412—255-2241.  Please include the address and/or parcel number for the files you are interested in viewing. 

  • For older files, or for large or complex requests, please file a Right to Know request.  To find out how to make this request, please visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/law/making-a-request or email openrecords@pittsburgh.pa.gov 

 

HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF THERE IS A CERTIFICAT OF OCCUPANCY OR A RECORD OF ZONING APPROVAL FOR A PROPERTY? (UPDATED!) 

  • All Certificates of Occupancy can be searched online here

 

CAN  A SINGLE FAMILY HOME BE CONVERTED INTO A TWO-FMAILY HOME IF THE ZONING DISTRCIT IS R2?  

  • Not necessarily.  Even when the district allows a two-family dwelling, all applicable code requirements must be met in order for that use to be approved for a specific location. These requirements include side yard setbacks, lot area, and parking requirements.  

  • Please consult with zoning staff. 

 

HOW  DO I CHANGE THE ZONING DISTRICT FOR MY PARCEL?  

  • Make sure the intention is to change the zoning district of a property rather than simply wanting to change the use of the property (more common). If the intent is to change the use of the property, please consult zoning staff for the appropriate process.   

  • In most cases, rezoning land is done at a larger scale with multiple parcels rather than a single property or for a single development. There are a few exceptions, and if you are interested in filing for a rezoning application, please file a pre-application request .  

 

WHEN IS A PROPERTY CERTIFICAITON REQUIRED? (UPDATED!) 

  • A property certification is required whenever there is a real estate closing on a property due to a sale or refinance. (Note: this is the same thing that used to be called the zoning certificate.) 

  • It is a document intended for the benefit of a buyer or lender to let them know the zoning district of the property, the legality of use, if there is an occupancy permit on file, if the property is in a local historic district, and if there are any active code violations on file. 

HOW CAN I RESOLVE A DISPIUTE ABOUT A PROPERTY LINE?  

  • Property line issues are not handled by the City.  You should contact a magistrate or an attorney. 

 

DO I NEED SPECIAL APPROVAL TO RUN MY BUSINESS OUT OF MY HOME?  

  • The Zoning Code refers to this as a home occupation.  

  • A home occupation can typically be approved through Basic Zoning Review. The Zoning Code criteria for review of a home occupation is listed in 912.05

 

WHO DO I CONTACT ABOUT CONSOLIDATION OR SUBDIVISION OF A PROPERTY? (UIPDATED!)  

 

CAN I OBTAIN A COPY OF THE ZONING CODE?  

  • The Zoning Code is available on the Municode website. Select Title Nine for the Zoning Code. 

 

HOW CAN I INQUIRE ABOUT A CITY-OWNED PROPERTY?  

  • Call the Real Estate Division in the Finance Department at 412-255-2300. 

 

WHERE CAN I LEARN ABOUT FLOODPLAIN REGULATIONS?  

 

HOW CAN I OBTAIN A HANDICAPPPED PARKING SPACE ON THE STREET?  (UPDATED!) 

  • Make your request through the 311 Response Center. Department of Mobility and Infrastructure will contact you regarding your request.