Historic Review Commission

The Historic Review Commission provides guidance to those seeking to conduct exterior work on historic buildings in the city.  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 or demolition within a historic district and exterior work to a historic landmark. The review process begins when an owner decides to work to the building.

Commission Members

  • Lucia M. Aguirre, Chairperson
  • Andrew Dash, Director, Department of City Planning
  • Dave Green, Secretary, Assistant Director of the Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections
  • Matthew Falcone
  • Karen Loysen
  • Richard Snipe
  • James Hill


Historic Review Commission Rules & Procedures

The rules and procedures of the 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 online at OneStopPGH, including payment of the $50 filing fee, along with submitting an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness. Please submit the Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness form and any drawings, photographs, or other related documents within the OneStopPGH portal.

Completed applications must be received at least 13 business days prior to the HRC hearing when a hearing is required. In order to confirm your spot on the agenda, you must confirm that your application has been received by emailing

Historic Nomination forms can also be filed on OneStopPGH, however, a pre-application meeting with staff must be requested first. This meeting request is made in OneStopPGH.

Additional resources for Historic Districts and Properties:


Development Activities Meeting

Development Activities Meetings give citizens, property owners, business owners, and stakeholders and the opportunity to learn about proposals that affect them and resolve concerns at an early stage of the application process. If your project falls within the boundaries of a Registered Community Organization AND will be going to Historic Review Commission for Hearing, a meeting will be required.