Zoning and Development Review Division

The Zoning and Development Review Division of the Department of City Planning administers the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Code. The intent of zoning regulations is to allow property owners the reasonable use of their property insofar as the use is not detrimental to abutting properties or to the neighborhood. Every property in the city has a zoning classification and subsequent occupancy permit that determines how the property can be used.

The Zoning and Development Review Division is the first stop to getting a building permit in the City of Pittsburgh. The approval processes involved vary by project type and zoning district. Once zoning approval is granted, the project will be reviewed by the Bureau of Building Inspection.  Click here for more information about Permitting for Land and Building Improvements

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

  • Controls and Regulates Land Use within the City of Pittsburgh
  • Approves Interior/Exterior Renovations, Additions/ Expansions, and New Construction
  • Initiates Zone Changes and Text Amendments
  • Shapes Public Realm through Design Review Process

Looking for zoning maps?  They can be found in the GIS Division's Map Room page.

City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, Fourth Floor | Pittsburgh, PA 15219 | 412-255-2200 | E-mail

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