Design review is an important part of the permitting process in the Department of City Planning. Architects and developers work with staff to help ensure high-quality development in Pittsburgh. Successful design improves quality of life, enhances neighborhood character, and provides economic and environmental benefits.
Projects that Require Design Review
Pittsburgh's Zoning Code requires design review for many types of projects, based on size and zoning district. All projects requiring Site Plan Review and a Development Review Application must undergo design review. Specifically, these projects include:
New commercial construction
Commercial renovations/ additions
New residential construction of 3 or more units
High wall signs
Projects located Downtown or in other select neighborhoods
Projects required by the Zoning Code or the Zoning Administrator
Please click here for information about setting up a pre-application meeting with zoning staff.
A flowchart outlining the design review process is available as a pdf here.