Naming Commission

The Commission on Naming Public Properties created guidelines and specifications for naming or changing the name of a public property or facility. These guidelines and specifications include:

  • how to receive requests and recommendations
  • provisions for public hearings and meetings
  • a facility or public property can only be named or renamed for a person after that person has been deceased for at least three years
  • naming or renaming a public property or facility for an individual person can only be recommended and approved if that person has been deceased for at least three years

The Naming Commission completes a report on the property or facility being named or renamed. This report includes the historic, artistic, and cultural background of any facility proposed to be named or renamed.

For more information about the Naming Commission, review the legislation or contact:

Danielle Nicol
Senior Secretary




Submit a Naming Commission Application to be reviewed before the Commission. Applilcation deadline is 10 days before the Commission meeting.


Naming Commission Meetings


City Naming Commission meetings are held quarterly and are now meeting virtually. The meeting will be hosted on Zoom and streamed on YouTube Live on the Pittsburgh City Planning YouTube page. If you are not planning to testify, please watch the YouTube Live stream to allow those testifying to be able to join the meeting. To find out how to participate, please visit the Virtual Naming Commission page here.




  • Andrew Dash, Director of City Planning; Chair
  • Ross Chapman, Parks and Recreation; Vice Chair
  • Karina Ricks, Director of Mobility and Infrastructure; Secretary
  • Chris Hornstein, Acting Director, Department of Public Works Facilities; Member