Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections

Standard Permit Application Requirements

Note: PLI has modified permit application requirements.

Drawings must be specific for the permit. Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Alarm, and Sprinkler System drawings will not be accepted with a building permit submission. Separate applications must be made for each permit type, and the required drawings must accompany each application. See this Bulletin for additional information.

PLI Launches a New Online Violations Database

Click here to access the City of Pittsburgh Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections Violation Search web page.  This page will allow you to search addresses within the City of Pittsburgh to see any violations notices that have been issued by the City after October 15, 2015.

All you need to do is enter an exact address, or, to find a list of all of the violations issued on a street, just type in the street name.

If you are aware of a problem but do not see a violation issued, please contact 311 by clicking here to request an inspection.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide life safety and a better quality of living to the residents of the City of Pittsburgh. The Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections works closely with Public Safety Bureaus (Police and Fire), Finance, Public Works and the Department of City Planning's Zoning Department.

Many cities have different methods of organizing their departments. We have worked hard to present our services in an intuitive layout on our site.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak with someone in person, please call  412-255-2175.

For the most up-to-date information about PLI, check out our Facebook Page.

PLI serves three primary functions:

Pittsburgh Licensing News


Approved Vacant Vending Sites


The City of Pittsburgh now maintains a list of approved fixed vending locations available for Stationary Vendors.  Click the link above to view the list and learn about nominating new vending locations or becoming a licensed Stationary Vendor.

posted 2/11/16 @ 9:32 am
Building Permits Pending Review

Please see the link below for a list of Building Permits pending review, which will be updated weekly. Please be aware that we review permits in the order in which we receive them. The permit number does not necessarily correspond to this order. If your permit is not on the list, it is being currently reviewed, revisions have been requested or has been approved. Please contact 412-255-2175 with any questions.

Building Permits Pending Review

posted 2/08/16 @ 8:03 am
Interior Demolition Permits

Please be aware that effective immediately interior demolition work will require a building permit for all residential and commercial buildings and structures.

posted 2/28/14 @ 12:00 am

New Hours of Operations

PLI's public offices (and the adjacent zoning offices on the third floor) are open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Inspectors are available in the office from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and are in the field for the remainder of the day.  

Please be aware that PLI's offices are closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, MLK Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day (Thursday and Friday), and Christmas Day. 

Department Contacts
Permit Plans Examining
Permit Counter
Business and Trade Licensing

Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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