PLI PRIVATE DEMOLITION

Private Demolition Permits

A demolition permit is required for the following work on a residential or commercial building or structure:

  • Demolish an entire building or structure.
  • Partial demolition of a building or structure – not required for demolition of interior elements only.

Please see Permit Home for the definition of commercial and residential structures.

Please see PLI's Private Demolition Requirements.

Over the counter applications will require a Private Demolition Application.

 

Complete Demolition Work Types:

  • Accessory Structure Demolition: applies to the complete demolition of an accessory structure such as a garage.  Note for residential structures, demolitions limited to accessory structures can be performed as a building permit addition/alteration work type.
  • Adjacent Structure Repair: applies to the complete demolition of a party wall structure where the party wall is required to be modified to be a weathertight assembly.
  • Primary Structure Demolition: applies to the complete demolition of a primary structure such as a house or commercial use structure.
  • Site Work: applies to grading required to return site to natural grade.
  • Utility Disconnect: applies to complete demolitions that include disconnection of utility services to the property.

Partial Demolition Work Types:

  • Accessory Structure Demolition: applies to the partial demolition of an accessory structure such as a garage.
  • Adjacent Structure Repair: applies to the partial demolition of a party wall structure where the party wall is required to be modified to be a weathertight assembly.  Note for residential structures, demolitions limited to accessory structures can be performed as a building permit addition/alteration work type.
  • Primary Structure Demolition: applies to the partial demolition of a primary structure such as a house or commercial use structure.
  • Site Work: applies to grading required to return the site to natural grade.
  • Utility Disconnect: applies to partial demolitions that include disconnection of utility services to the property.

Permit Process

See these webpages for additional information regarding the permitting process:

  • Permit Process
    • After submission of your application, you will be provided with a Public Notice Placard which is required to be posted on site.
  • Application Submission
    • Applications for Commercial Structures require submission of drawings or narrative prepared and sealed by a PA licensed architect or engineer that document:
      • Intended demolition operations: method of demolition, type of equipment to be used, and staging of equipment.
      • Protection measures for adjacent buildings and/or properties.
      • Protection measures for pedestrians in the public right of way.
    • All applications shall submit a site plan identifying: structures or portions of a structure that are to be demolished, property lines, adjacent structures on the subject site, and/or on adjacent properties.
    • A signed contract between the property owner and the license holder performing the work.
  • Application Review
  • Permit Issuance
    • A Certificate of Insurance (COI) is required:
      • With minimum coverage of $500,000 General Liability and $250,000 Property Damage.  
      • The COI Description of Operations 'for the demolition of the structure at subject property address’.
      • The Certificate Holder shall be identified as PLI.
  • Permit Inspections
  • Permit Completion

Please see Other Agency Coordination for processes related to other agencies that may relate to your permit scope.  For commercial building permits:

  • Zoning Development Review
    • Zoning will review all demolition applications – a ZDR is not required.
  • Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD)
    • Removal of materials which contain asbestos materials may require an asbestos abatement permit application from ACHD.