Residential Permits

Residential Permits are required for all work performed on structures that are single or two-family dwellings. Multifamily buildings with three or more units and mixed-use buildings with residential units and commercial spaces are considered commercial structures that will require a commercial building permit.

Please click on the appropriate link on our navigation bar to the right of the screen for more information on permit types.

Online Tools

NEW! Apply Online for:

  • PLI Permits
  • Trade, contractor and business licenses
  • Zoning applications

Select SEARCH ONESTOPPGH to browse a public database of PLI permits, licenses, and zoning applications

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For extra help with OneStopPGH, check out our step-by-step intructional videos.

For permits, licenses, zoning applications, and more!


Community Forum

Look up and track:

  • Property Maintenance Violations
  • PLI Permit Applications
  • Business Licenses
  • Zoning and Development Review Applications (Coming Soon!)

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PA Unified Judicial System

Search court dockets and results of court cases within the magisterial district court system

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Click Here to use the Fee Calculator

Calculate the cost of your permit fees, filing fees, amended permit fees, and more.

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Standard Permit Application Requirements

Please read our Standard Application Requirements bulletin.

Things to Know:

  • Drawings must be specific for each permit type. Example: Electrical drawings submitted with an electrical permit application.
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Alarm, and Sprinkler System drawings will not be accepted with a building permit submission.
  • Separate applications must be made for each permit type, and the required drawings must accompany each application.
  • A permit will not be issued to a licensed contractor if the insurance on file expires within 30 days.
  • If project scope has been modified after a permit has been issued, an amended permit may be required. Please refer to the Amended Permit Bulletin for an outline of that process.
  • Read our Construction Permit Tips.
  • Please see Trade License Requirements by Permit type on our Permit Issuance page to determine what type of licensed contractor your project will require.

Code Interpretations

Please refer to our Bulletin Page for a list of code interpretations in response to common code questions.

Off-Hours Inspections

PLI provides after hours, holiday, and weekend inspections, or "off-hour inspections", to accommodate customers. All construction projects within PLI's jurisdiction are eligible to request inspections outside of normal business hours and are subject to the process outlined in our Off-Hours Inspections Policy. Please read the policy and complete an off-hours inspection application. 

"Effective May 29th, 2018, off-hour inspections must be scheduled at least two business days after the date of application. For example, if the application is submitted on Monday, the earliest the inspection can occur is after three business days, on the upcoming Thursday.