PERMIT ISSUANCE

Permit Issuance

General Requirements for Issuance:

  • Permit Approval
    • Applicants who submitted to the OneStopPGH portal will be notified through the portal of permit approval.
    • Applicants who submitted to the OneStopPGH counter will be notified by email or fax.
  • Conditions of Permit Approval
    • Any conditions of permit approval are met.
  • Related Permits
    • Sub-permits (mechanical, electrical, fire alarm and suppression system) will not issued until the associated building permit is issued.
    • Permits that require a Zoning Development Review (ZDR) Application will not be issued until the ZDR is issued.
  • Payment of Permit Fees
    • All remaining fees, excluding application fees previously paid
  • Trade License
    • The license holder who will perform the permit work shall be in compliance with license rules and regulations including, but not limited to:
      • Holds the appropriate license for the permit type, unless otherwise exempt
      • Insurance requirements
    • Please note these requirements shall be met for the entire duration of the permit.
      • Failure to comply will result in suspension of PLI Inspection services for any open permits and may result in permit revocation and/or suspension and/or revocation of license.

Permit Issuance Process:

  • Trade License Selection
    • The applicant is required to identify the license holder they have selected to perform the permit work.
    • Applicants who submitted to the OneStopPGH portal will select the license holder through the portal.
    • Applicants who submitted to the OneStopPGH counter will document this selection by providing a copy of the PLI application form signed by the license holder.
  • Trade License Confirmation
    • The selected license holder is required to confirm that they intend to perform the permit work.
    • License holders who have a OneStopPGH account will confirm through the portal.
    • License holders who do not have a OneStopPGH account will confirm by providing a signed copy of the PLI application form.
  • Payment of Fees

Trade License Requirements by Permit Type:

  • PLI General Contractor License is required for:
    • All commercial structure building permits.
    • All residential structure building permits with New Construction work type.
    • All residential structure building permits with Addition / Alteration or Minor Alteration work types for rental or investment property.
    • All demolition and land operations permits.
  • PA Attorney General’s Home Improvement Contractor Registration is required for:
    • All residential structure building permits with Addition / Alteration or Minor Alteration work types for private residences as permitted by PLIlicense rules and regulations.
  • PLI Electrical Trade License
    • Required for all electrical permits.
  • PLI Mechanical Trade License
    • Required for all mechanical permits.
  • Fire Suppression Trade License
    • Required for suppression system permits unless limited solely to hood suppression system work scope.
  • PLI Sign Contractor License
    • Required for sign permits.

License Exemptions:

  • Owner(s) of single-family or two-family dwellings as permitted by license rules and regulations.
  • Work performed by a governmental entity as permitted by license rules and regulations.
  • Occupancy only permits.
  • Occupant Load Placard permits.

Permit Validity
A permit remains valid if work begins within 180 days of permit issuance and the work is not suspended or abandoned for 180 days or more.  Construction permits expire 5 years after the date of permit issuance.  Non-construction permits – occupancy only and occupant load placards permits – expire 180 days after issuance.

Next Steps

After permit issuance, your next step is perform any permit work and to request appropriate inspections.  All PLI permits require inspections, including occupancy only permits and occupant load placard permits.  See Inspections for additional information regarding the inspection process.