Department of Public Works
Drawing Submittal Requirements

Drawing Submittal Requirements for Improvements in the Right-of-Way


First Submission:

  • Transmittal Coversheet
  • One 24”x36” and one 11”x17” set of plans
    • See Plan Requirements.
  • Survey information on an external medium
    • See Survey Information.

Subsequent Submissions:

  • Transmittal coversheet
  • One 24”x36” set of plans.
  • One 11”x17” set of plans.
  •  Plan check comments from previous submission
  • Title sheet on mylar
    • Submitted after all comments have been addressed.

Signed Plan Submission:

  • Transmittal coversheet
  • One 24”x36” set of signed plans, with each page initialized by City official
  • Signed plans in .pdf format, on an external medium

As-Built Plan Submission (provided post-construction):

  • Transmittal coversheet
  • One 24”x36” set of as-built plans

Survey Information

  • Statement of vertical datum used
  • Reference to a City of Pittsburgh monument with northing and easting given
  • Two control points within or near the limits of work

Plan Requirements

Title Sheet and Note Sheet, with the following:

  • Abbreviation list
  • City Signature Block (must be on title sheet)
  • Construction Notes as appropriate for project
  • Declaration of Responsible Charge statement (as provided below)
  • Legend
  • Sheet Index

Maintenance and Protection of Traffic (MPT) plan:

  • Existing conditions
  • Appropriate details for handicap ramps, curbs, sidewalks, etc.
  • Traffic Signal Plans, if applicable, at 1"=20' scale
  • North Arrow, oriented "up" and/or to the left
  • Location map with Census Tract Number
  • Centerline stationing of streets
  • Right-of-way limits
  • Profiles are required for new curb lines
  • Centerline profiles are required for repaving, reconstruction, and new streets
  • Typical sections
  • Street cross-sections at 25 foot intervals
  •  Use of standard engineering units and scales of 1"=10', 1"=20', etc.

Other Documents:

  • Contours on grading plans
  • Existing and proposed spot elevations, adequately showing drainage 

 A block for DPW reviewers’ initials and dates, to be located near the title block, appearing on all sheets that follow the cover sheet; see sample:

City of Pittsburgh, DPW Review

Reviewed By:





 All sheets must be signed and stamped by a PA licensed Civil Engineer.

Architectural plans for improvements in the Right-of-Way will not be accepted.


  • Right-of-Way improvement plans must be separate from private improvements. 
  • Curb cuts must be dimensioned for the entire width of the curb cut.  The throat of the driveway is not the curb cut width; maximum allowable curb cut is 36', per City Code, Section 416.01.

Declaration of Responsible Charge:

I hereby declare that I am the Engineer of Work for this project, that I have exercised responsible charge over the design of the project, and that the design is consistent with current standards.

I understand that the check of project drawings and specifications by the City of Pittsburgh is confined to a review only and does not relieve me, as Engineer of Work, of my responsibilities for project design.


Signature                                                                                                                             Date

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