Commercial HVAC Permit

Please Note:

  • PLI has modified permit application requirements. Construction drawings will be required for Commercial HVAC permits, unless the work is exempt as noted in this Bulletin. This Bulletin also outlines additional required documentation including, but not limited to, documentation of Energy Code compliance. Our Commercial HVAC Application has been modified to reflect this change, see below for a link.
  • HVAC drawings will no longer be reviewed with Building permits. If these were previously submitted with a building permit, they will need to be resubmitted at time of electrical permit application.
  • All new HVAC Permits will be assigned to inspection by a City Inspector.
  • Any existing Permits that had required Third Party Agency Inspection, will be required to be completed by the Third Party Inspector.

How to Get a Commercial HVAC Permit

Commercial HVAC permits are required to perform HVAC work for all structures other than single or two-family dwellings. This includes multifamily buildings with three or more units and mixed-use buildings with residential units and commercial spaces.

Please refer to list of work not requiring an HVAC permit, if work to be performed is not included on this list, an HVAC permit is required before work begins.

All work under a Commerical HVAC permit must be performed by an HVAC contractor registered with the City of Pittsburgh.

Please be aware that Commercial Cooking Hoods and associated Suppression Systems are processed under separate permits.

Items Required for Permit

  • Commercial HVAC Application completed by the registered HVAC Contractor with their original signature in ink . Please note, incomplete applications or those with photocopied or stamped signatures will be returned without processing.
  • Two sets of drawings prepared and sealed by PA licensed Engineer/Architect.
  • If work is related to a building permit, a copy of the approved building permit.
  • If work is related to a building permit, a copy of the approved building permit. 
  • Occupancy Permit for all exterior equipment, such as condenser units, fan coil units, or similar mechanical devices. This includes existing units, if there is no valid Certificate of Occupancy. In this instance, a separate check or money order is required for the Zoning filing fee.
  • A check or money order for the permit fee.

How to Apply

  1. Apply in person at the Zoning Counter, located at 200 Ross St on the 3rd floor for an Occupancy Permit, if required (see above).
  2. Submit the Commercial HVAC Application to the Engineering Counter at 200 Ross St, 3rd floor or mail them to: 
    City of Pittsburgh
    Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
    200 Ross Street Room 320
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  3. Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections staff reviews and processes the application. All HVAC permits are logged into our queue and processed in the order in which they are received.


The assigned HVAC Inspector and their phone number will be printed on the permit. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to arrange for all required inspections by contacting the HVAC Inspector.

Required inspections include:

  • Underground (if applicable).
  • A rough-in inspection before any work is concealed.
  • A final inspection when all work is complete.

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Please consult the Current Fee Schedule below:

2018 Fee Schedule

The permit and license fees for the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections undergo periodic adjustments.

Please consult the current year Fee Schedule.

2018 Fee Schedule

Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.