Why Schedule a Pre-Application Meeting?
The pre-application meeting is to advise and inform applicants of the City’s development review process as it relates to planning and zoning. Approval from the Zoning Department is the first step to obtaining a building permit in Pittsburgh. To obtain this approval, projects must adhere to City laws related to land use, zoning, design, and public hearing and notification. This initial discussion at a pre-application meeting helps applicants navigate the development review process successfully.
Applicants are encouraged to come in at an early stage of project development, especially if they are unfamiliar with the Zoning Code and review process. This meeting allows applicants to find out information such as:
- Zoning district and requirements for the project
- Development review approval process
- Design review process (See Design Review tab above)
- Estimated schedule
- Local community groups
- Zoning Board of Adjustment information
- Parcel subdivision and consolidation procedures
The meeting is not required as part of the approval process but is offered to assist applicants.
For large-scale projects, find out about Major Development Advisory Meetings.
Who is Eligible?
Anyone with a proposed project in the City of Pittsburgh, such as new construction, renovation, master plan, high wall sign, or demolition.
Smaller, simpler projects which may be approved at the Zoning Counter may find it faster to address any questions at the Counter, however, they are still welcome to set up a pre-development meeting.
What Do I Need to Bring?
The applicant must bring only a map of the development and surrounding parcels and be able to discuss the proposed use(s). If the applicant has more information to present, they are encouraged to do so, even in draft form. These items may include:
- Site area map
- Site plan or survey
- Photos of site and context
- Landscape plan
- Building elevations
- Perspective renderings
Who Will be There?
City Planning staff may include the Zoning Administrator, zoning staff, design staff and the neighborhood planner. The applicant is welcome to bring other individuals involved in the project such as the property owner, architect, developer or other parties.
How Do I Schedule This Meeting?
Please click here to complete a form that solicits contact and general project information.
You may email the form to:
You may also complete it at the Zoning Counter (200 Ross Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219).
After the form is submitted, you will be contacted within two business days to confirm receipt and as soon as possible thereafter to set up the meeting. We will make every effort to schedule meetings to occur no later than two to three weeks from receipt of the Pre-Application Form.
Meetings are held at the Department of City Planning, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh. When the meeting is scheduled, a specific floor and room location will be confirmed.
What Should I do After the Meeting?
The applicant will be advised what the next steps will be in the development review process related to planning and zoning. This will vary by project type.
Please contact other agencies such as the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections, Department of Public Works, and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to find out about other approval processes for your project.
For more information, contact the Office of the Zoning Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-255-2241.