Historic Review Commission

The Historic Review Commission (HRC) maintains historical/significant buildings and neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. The HRC is made up 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 HRC has control over any proposed new construction, demolition, or exterior work to an historic landmark. The review process begins when an owner decides to do work to the building.

For more information on designating structures in your neighborhood as historic landmarks and for general information call Sarah Quinn at (412) 255-2243.  For questions about upcoming HRC agendas call Sharon Spooner at (412) 255-0739.

Commission Members

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

HRC Rules & Procedures

Application Form and Requirements

You must complete a Zoning and Development Review Application (ZDR) and pay the $50 filing fee prior to submitting an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness. The ZDR can be filed and fees paid online after creating an account at OneStopPGH. Please upload this Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness when submitting the ZDR, 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 am to 3 pm. They may also be mailed to Dept. 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 ZDR. In order to confirm your spot on the next HRC 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 am and 1 pm, Monday thru Friday. After 1 pm, the applications can be left in the drop box.

Historic Nominations 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.

Development Activities Meeting

Please call Stephanie Joy Everett at 412-255-2256 or email at Stephaniejoy.Everett@pittsburghpa.gov with any questions regarding Development Activity Meetings and RCOs