Residential HVAC Permit

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Residential HVAC permits are required to perform HVAC work for single or two-family dwellings.

Work performed on all other buildings require Commercial HVAC permits. This includes multi-family buildings with three or more residential units, or 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 Residential HVAC permit must be performed by an HVAC contractor registered with the City of Pittsburgh.

How to Obtain a Residential HVAC Permit

Items Required:

  • A completed Residential HVAC Application signed by an authorized agent of the owner of the property.  An application completed by a Pittsburgh Licensed HVAC contractor will be required prior to issuance of the permit.
    • Please note, incomplete applications or those with photocopied or stamped signatures will be returned without processing.
  • Generally, drawings prepared and sealed by PA licensed Engineer/Architect are not required.
    • If they are, two sets will need to be submitted.
  • If work is related to a building permit, the building permit number.  An approved HVAC permit may only be issued if the related building permit is in approved or issued status
  • Occupancy Permit for all exterior equipment, such as condenser units, fan coil units, or similar mechanical devices.
    • This includes existing units if there is not a 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. We accept credit card payments at the counter. There will be a 2% + $0.25 convienence fee in addition to 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 completed application and check/money order to the Electrical Counter at 200 Ross St, 3rd floor or mail them to:
        City of Pittsburgh
        Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections-Electrical Division
        200 Ross St., Rm. 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. Once issued, the permit will be mailed to the registered HVAC Contractor.


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. Inspectors are in the office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., and are in the field for the remainder of the day.

Required inspections include:

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

Wondering how much your permit will cost?

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

Fee Schedule

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