Historic Review Commission

The Historic Review Commission maintains historic and significant buildings and neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. The Historic Review Commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the Mayor. The membership of the commission must include an architect, a preservationist, a realtor, a building inspector, and a planner.

The Historic Review Commission has control over any proposed new construction, demolition, or exterior work to a historic landmark. The review process begins when an owner decides to do work to the building.

For more information, please email historicreview@pittsburghpa.gov


Commission Members

  • Lucia M. Aguirre, Chairperson
  • Dave Green, Assistant Director, PLI, Secretary
  • Matthew Falcone
  • James Hill
  • Karen Loysen
  • Richard Snipe
  • *Open position


Historic Review Commission Rules & Procedures

The rules and procedures of the Historic Review Commission ensure the care of all historic properties in the City of Pittsburgh.


Application Form and Requirements

You must complete a Zoning and Development Review Application and pay the $50 filing fee prior to submitting an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness. The Zoning and Development Review Application can be filed and fees paid online after creating an account at OneStopPGH. Please upload the Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness when submitting the Zoning and Development Review Application, along with any drawings, photographs, or other submissions. Zoning and Development Review Applications and fees may also be submitted at the OneStopPGH Counter at 200 Ross Street, 3rd floor, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They may also be mailed to Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections, Attn: ZDR, 200 Ross St, Suite 320, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

This Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness and all associated documentation must still be dropped off in person at the Zoning Counter after submission of the Zoning and Development Review Application. In order to confirm your spot on the next Historic Review Commission agenda before the deadline, you must confirm that your application was received by Historic Preservation Staff. Please note the Zoning Office is open for drop offs only between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday thru Friday. After 1 p.m., the applications can be left in the drop box.

Historic Nomination Forms can be filed online at OneStopPGH, however a Pre-Application Meeting with staff must first be requested. This meeting request can also be made online at OneStopPGH.

For exterior work, an additional application form must be attached.


Development Activities Meeting

Development activity meetings give citizens, property owners, business owners and stakeholders an opportunity to learn about proposals that affect them and resolve concerns at an early stage of the application process. If your project falls within a Registered Community Organization's boundary AND will be going to Historic Review Commission for Hearing, a development activities meeting will be required. Contact Stephanie Joy Everett at Stephaniejoy.Everett@pittsburghpa.gov or call 412-255-2256 with any questions regarding development activities meetings or Registered Community Organizations. 



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