Planning Reviews, Public Notices, and Public Hearings
Applications submitted to the Department of City Planning for review may require Zoning Review and/or one or more of the Planning reviews, public notices, and/or public hearings listed below depending on the location and scope of work. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, but includes the most common components. Click on the links below for more information on each component.
Zoning Review Process
The Zoning Review is the overarching review for most Zoning Development Review applications. There are three levels of Zoning Review: Basic Zoning Review, Site Plan Review, and Zoning Review with Planning Commission. The level of review applicable for any given project will depend on the location and scope of work for that project. Below is a general overview of the three levels of Zoning Review.
In some cases, the Zoning Review will be contingent upon the successful completion of one or more additional reviews, posted notices, and/or public hearings administered or coordinated by the Department of City Planning. These additional components also depend on the location and scope of work.
In addition, if the project location does not have a valid address, final approval will not be issued until an Address Request application has been successfully completed and an Address Verification Letter has been issued.
Projects that successfully complete the Zoning Review typically receive at least one approval document called the Zoning Voucher, but may also receive others such as the Certificate of Appropriateness, to submit to the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections along with any other required documentation in order to apply for the appropriate permits issued by that department.
The three levels of Zoning Review are:
1. Basic Zoning Review
- Typically small projects such as:
- most Single Family Dwellings in Residential Zoning Districts (including new construction, additions, renovations, and/or accessory structures and uses)
- signs (excluding High Wall and Public Destination Facility signs)
- exterior HVAC equipment
- some non-residential change of use with no exterior renovations
- solar panels and generators
- sidewalk cafes
- The Basic Zoning Review fee applies (see the Fee Schedule for details). The Sign fee may also apply.
- Once a complete application is submitted, Basic Zoning Review typically takes less than one week. Review results include more information required, revisions requested, or approved.
- To submit a Basic Zoning Review application for everything except signs, the applicant must apply in person at the Zoning Counter (200 Ross St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219) during weekdays 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
- To submit a Basic Zoning Review application for signs, the applicant must submit a complete sign application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- See Survey Requirements website to determine if the scope of work requires a professionally stamped plan.
2. Site Plan Review
- Typically mid-sized projects and projects in environmentally sensitive areas such as:
- Single Family Dwellings in the P (Parks) or H (Hillside) Zoning Districts (including new construction, additions, some renovations, and/or some accessory structures and uses)
- Multi-Family Dwellings (including new construction, additions, and some renovations)
- Non-residential and some residential projects in neighborhood business districts (including new construction, exterior renovations, and change of use)
- Parking Lots
- The Site Plan Review fee applies (see the Fee Schedule for details).
- Once a complete application is submitted, Site Plan Review may take 6-8 weeks. Review results include more information required, revisions requested, or approved.
- See the Site Plan Review website for more details and requirements.
3. Zoning Review with Planning Commission
- Typically large projects and projects in high visibility areas such as:
- New construction, additions, and significant exterior renovations in the GT (Golden Triangle), OPR (Oakland Public Realm), GPR (Grandview Public Realm), UPR (Uptown Public Realm), EMI (Educational/Medical Institution), RIV (Riverfront), and SP (Specially Planned) Zoning Districts and the Baum-Centre Overlay
- High Wall Signs
- Public Destination Facility Signs
- Any development impacting a natural steep slope (25% grade or more)
- All Project Development Plans (PDPs) and Final Land Development Plans (FLDPs)
- The Planning Commission review, hearing, and notice fees apply (see the Fee Schedule for details).
- Once a complete application is submitted, the Zoning Review may take 6-8 weeks. Review results include more information required, revisions requested, or ready for Planning Commission hearing.
- See Planning Commission website for more details and requirements.
Additional Planning Reviews, Public Notices and Public Hearings
- CMP (Construction Management Plan) Review
- Design Review
- Historic Staff Review
- Floodplain Review
- Geotechnical Review
- Stormwater Management Review
- Transportation Review (reviewed by the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure)