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PERMITS

DPW Permits

Please use the tabs above to browse the permits that the Department of Public Works offers.

The DPW Permits counter is open from 7am to 3pm Monday through Friday.

We accept credit cards, checks and money orders as payment for permits.

Right of Way Procedures

Curb Cut Permit

Curb Cut Permit

What is a Curb Cut?

A Curb Cut is ramp graded down from the top surface of a sidewalk to the surface of an adjoining street.

How to Obtain a Curb Cut Permit:

  1. Start at the Department of City Planning, Zoning Department located at 200 Ross Street, 3rd Floor (Map) with a stamped and sealed scaled survey to apply for the occupancy of that parking pad/spaces or new garage.
    • Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  2. After the Zoning Department approves the scaled survey drawing, go to the Department of Public Works located at 611 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor (Map) to apply for the driveway entrance permit.
    • Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Appointments are recommended – contact Bobbie Abbondanza at 412-255-0840.
  3. Fill out the Curb Cut Application at the DPW permit office, to apply for the driveway entrance. A fee is required in the form of a check or money order made payable to the "Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh" as follows:
    • $75.00 for a Residential Driveway
    • $15.00 per linear foot for a Non-Residential Driveway Entrance
  4. After applying at the DPW permit office, the scaled survey drawing along with the application for the driveway entrance will be sent by electronic notification process through the Accela permit system to the Department of City Planning – Development Administration and Review (Zoning) for approval.
  5. After Zoning Office approval, the application for driveway entrance will be sent back to DPW by electronic notification process through Accela permit system.
  6. DPW personnel will conduct a site visit and take site photographs.
  7. DPW Permit Approval. The whole process takes approximately two-three weeks for all approved signatures required by the Department of City Planning – Development Administration and Review (Zoning) and the Department of Public Works.
  8. DPW personnel will call for you to come in and get the curb cut permit.
    • After getting the permit from DPW, you will then need to finalize your occupancy permit at the Department of City Planning, Zoning Department.

Required Items

  • Stamped scaled survey drawing
  • Proposed curb cut width and side dimensions to property lines
  • Check/money order (cash and credit cards are not accepted)
  • Property location/address
  • Name of property owner(s)
  • Contact phone number
  • Property owner signature
  • Street width
  • Type of paving
  • Type of existing curb
  • Sidewalk width
  • Type of sidewalk
  • Sidewalk condition

Helpful Information

  • Curb cuts must be constructed in a manner that allows safe vehicular ingress and egress.
  • The applicant must ensure adequate sight distance for safe vehicular ingress and egress and must alter sight distance obstructions located on the applicant’s property.
    • Safety issues (e.g., driveway in a blind spot on the street) can delay DPW approval.
  • Unless otherwise noted, parking will be restricted on either side of driveway for a maximum of three feet.
  • Parking will not be prohibited opposite applicant’s driveway to facilitate ingress or egress.
  • Indicate the location and type of existing and proposed street fixtures such as utility poles, street lights, traffic signals, etc.
  • Maximum width of curb cut shall be 36 feet.

Note: Utility conflicts between the applicant’s proposed driveway and existing utilities must be resolved by the applicant.

Public Works Permits Office
611 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 255-2370
Fax: (412) 255-2728

Demolition Dumpster Permit

How to Obtain a Dumpster Permit

Prior to the use or obstruction of any public right-of-way by dumpsters, barricades, equipment or material scaffolding, a permit must be obtained from the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works.

  1.  Apply for a Demolition Dumpster at the Department of Public Works (DPW) Permit Counter located at 611 Second Avenue.
  2. Applicant submits the application with an associated fee and approval is obtained over the counter.
    • $25.00 per week - Residential
    • $375.00 per year - Commercial
    • $100.00 per month – Commercial

Helpful Information

  • A Demolition Permit must be obtained prior to the removal or demolition of any building, structure, or part thereof.
  • Information regarding Demolition Regulations, Demolition Permit Application, and Asbestos Abatement Form can be obtained at the Department of Permits, Licenses & Inspections (PLI) located at 200 Ross Street, Third Floor.

Public Works Permits Office
611 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 255-2370
Fax: (412) 255-2728

New City Street Permit

  1. Applicant submits drawings of the new City street to the Department of Public Works (DPW).
    • Drawings shall be in accordance with the City of Pittsburgh standards.
  2. Applicant submits a New Street Name Request to the Department of Public Works (DPW).
  3. When the review and verification process is complete, legislation is drawn up and sent to City Council for approval.
  4. Final approval is obtained from the Mayor’s Office.

Note: The entire review time takes an average of three (3) months.

Public Works Permits Office
611 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 255-2370
Fax: (412) 255-2728

Encroachment Permit

How to Obtain Approval for an Encroachment on a City Dedicated Right-of-Way:

  1. Prior to obtaining an application at the Department of Public Works (DPW), the applicant must prepare a letter of request. The letter should clearly state what you are requesting and why.
  2. Prepare an undated check for $150.00 made payable to the “Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh”.
  3. Prepare a notarized petition signed by the applicant and the abutting property owner(s).
  4. Applicant fills out an Encroachment Application at the DPW Permit Counter, located at 611 Second Avenue.
  5. The review process takes place. The entire review time takes an average of three (3) months.
  6. When the legislation is passed, the applicant will be notified to come to the DPW Office to sign the Certificate of Acceptance as well as the Encroachment Permit.

Additional Information Required

An Insurance Certificate naming the City of Pittsburgh as an additional insured party to be in effect for the duration of the encroachment is required.

The insurance amounts are to be as follows:

  • Public Liability: $100,000 - $300,000
  • Property Damage: $50,000

Notes

  • Upon receipt of the letter of request, check and petition, as well as any plans or drawings that may be helpful, the review process will begin.
  • The application is reviewed by the Department of Public Works and the Department of City Planning.
  • A field inspection by the DPW administrator and inspector is completed.
  • When the review and verification process is complete, legislation is drawn up and sent to City Council for approval.
  • Final approval is obtained from the Mayor’s Office.
  • If the encroachment extends less than eighteen (18) inches into the City sidewalk, the permit can be issued over the counter.

For Bicycle Rack Encroachment Permits

Applicant must contact:
Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
200 Ross St, 4th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-255-2200
Fax: 412-255-2838

Public Works Permits Office
611 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 255-2370
Fax: (412) 255-2728

Extension of Premises

Extension of Premises

What is an Extension of Premises?

The purpose of an Extension of Premises is to encourage businesses such as restaurants and retail shops to expand their space onto the sidewalks.

This section details the City policies so that an extension of premises shall:

  • be neat and orderly
  • appear attractive and clean
  • never impede pedestrian or wheelchail traffic along the sidewalk.

Forms: Application City Code Rules and Regulations

Extension of Premises for Food Prep

What is an Extension of Premises for Food Prep?

The permit is for any restaurant, grocery store, cafe, or deli that wishes to use the public sidewalk for the purpose of outdoor cooking and other related food services. Outdoor cooking includes, but is not limited to, outdoor grilling.

Related food services include selling, sampling, and displaying of food cooked / prepared outside of the business premises.

Forms:

Sports Field Permit

Sports Field Permit

What is a Field Permit?

Field Permits let you reserve a sports field for your group or event.

Field Permit Application and Required Documentation:

  • Field Permit Application
  • Player Roster - All teams must submit a player roster prior to approval and issuance of the permit.
    • Rosters must include name, complete address, phone number and age of each player.
    • Rosters should have a minimum of 75% of City of Pittsburgh residents.
  • Game and Practice Schedule - All teams must submit a game and practice schedule prior to approval and issuance of the permit on the supplied form.
  • The applicant organization or team must have liability insurance.

Rules and Regulations

  • Preference will be given to City of Pittsburgh residents when permits are issued.
    • Falsification of applications or roster will result in immediate cancellation of permit and loss of fee.
  • At the end of the permitted time, the permit holder must relinquish the field, unless the next permit holder of the following permitted time consents to the continuation of the game.
  • Park hours are 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with exceptions if noted within the permit. (Ordinance 473.07a)
  • Permits are non-transferable.
  • No fees may be charged for admission to any part of the premises.
  • No alcoholic beverages permitted. (Ordinance 473.05a)
  • Vehicles are to park in approved (parking lots, off street, etc.) parking locations only.
    • Vehicles are not to park on the grass and will be ticketed and towed. (Ordinance 473.01a)
    • Service roads are for authorized government vehicles only, not the permit holder and/or guests.
  • No permanent markings on hard surfaces or trees.
    • Violators will be charged for removal or damages. (Ordinance 473.01a1)
  • Do not attach any sign, advertisement or notice to any tree or shrub. (Ordinance 483.01)
  • The City has the right and authority to eject from the property any person acting in violation of any park rule or regulation. (Ordinance 473.07f)
  • The City has the right and the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park that is violation of any park rule or regulation. (Ordinance 473.07g)
  • The Department of Public Works reserves the right to revoke or change any permit at any time.

The Department of Public Works reserves the right to revoke or change any permit at any time.

Public Works Permits Office
611 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 255-2370
Fax: (412) 255-2728

New Street Name Request

New Street Name Request

How to Obtain a New Street Name:

  1. Applicant submits a New Street Name Request to the Department of Public Works (DPW) Permit Counter located at 611 Second Avenue.
  2. DPW reviews the request.
  3. When the review and verification process is complete, legislation is drawn up and sent to City Council for approval.
  4. Final approval is obtained from the Mayor’s Office.

Note: The entire review time takes an average of three months.

Public Works Permits Office
611 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 255-2370
Fax: (412) 255-2728

Sidewalk Cafe Permit

Sidewalk Cafe Permit

Permit Application Materials:

Permit Information:

The Sidewalk Café Permit information is listed on the Municode.com website. Use the search box to locate and review the relevant information located under Chapter 416: Obstructions.

Public Works Permits Office
City-County Building
611 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 255-2370
Fax: (412) 255-2728

Stationary Vendor License

Stationary Vendors are given license to vend at fixed locations or designated sports/entertainment facilities.

Vending and peddling activities within the City of Pittsburgh are regulated by the Code of Ordinances Title 7 - Chapter 719 Vendors and Peddlers. 


How to Get a Stationary Vendor License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification and age. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • A tax ID letter from the Finance Department registering your business for city taxes.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.
  • Two glossy passport-sized photos of the license holder. These photos should be current.
  • If the license holder is vending as an employee of a company, a letter from the company on company letterhead is required, along with proof of the employer's workers compensation insurance, in the form of a Certificate of Insurance with the City of Pittsburgh as Certificate Holder.
  • If vending anything for human consumption, a copy of an Allegheny County Health Department License will be required.
  • Please consult the maps of prohibited vending locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Peddling is prohibited within the Central Business District, shown on map number 1. Peddling within the shaded boundaries on maps 2-7 is also prohibited.

Current Vacant Locations

  • FT. DUQUESNE BLVD - CORNERS OF 7th (BRIDGE SIDE)  [NE CORNER]
  • FT. DUQUESNE BLVD - CORNERS OF 7TH (BRIDGE SIDE)  [NW CORNER]
  • FT. DUQUESNE BLVD - CORNERS OF 7TH (DT SIDE)  [SE CORNER]
  • FT. DUQUESNE BLVD - CORNERS OF 7TH (DT SIDE)  [SW CORNER]
  • NORTH ST CLAIR @ BUNKER HILL (next to City tennis courts)
  • MOORE PARK - SITE 1
  • MOORE PARK - SITE 2 - NEAR PLAYGROUND AND POOL
  • BROOKLINE BLVD & WEST LIBERTY
  • FINEVIEW BASEBALL FIELD PARKING AREA @ JAY STREET
  • SMITHFIELD ST @ FOURTH AVE (adjacent to the bus lane)

How to Nominate a New Vending Site:

  1. Applicant submits a vending nomination form to the Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections (PLI). 
  2. The nominated site will be reviewed by the vending site committee, who meets twice per year.
  3. If approved, the application will be forwarded to City Council for approval.  The Council approval process takes approximately four weeks.
  4. If City Council approves, the site will be immediately advertised in a public publication, such as a newspaper.
  5. Applicants will be taken from any qualified individual wishing to vend at the site after it has been publically advertised.
  6. If more than one qualified application for the site is received, then a lottery will be conducted and a list is created.
  7. Sites will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to any qualified individual meeting the requirements set forth in the application.
  8. If more than one qualified application for the site is received, then a lottery will be conducted and a list will be created.
    • Position #1 on the lottery list gets first right of refusal.
    • If #1 decides they no longer want to vend at the site, then Position #2 gets the next right of refusal and so on until the list has been exhausted.

Street Address Assignment

Street Address Assignment

How To Obtain a New Street Address or Change of Address:

Before any type of permit application can be reviewed/issued in the City of Pittsburgh, an address must be obtained from the Department of Public Works.

  1. Application requests street address at the Department of Public Works Permit Counter (611 Second Avenue). A scaled survey/plot plan that includes linear feet of lot and location of entrance is required. Street Address Application
  2. DPW assigns street address and applicant takes street address assignment to the Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds, located at 542 Forbes Avenue, to get recorded in the Plan Book and Volume.
    • The applicant has sixty days from the time the address is assigned to get the information recorded with the Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds.
    • The applicant must record the address with Allegheny County before completing any permit application in the City of Pittsburgh.
  • For further information in reference to recording requirements, please visit the Allegheny County website.

 

Address Assignment Information:

  • Addresses are issued based upon survey information.
  • Dependent upon the type of project, the address assignment may take anywhere from one day to two weeks.
  • Review Criteria:
    • Determination of how the particular lot fits in with the entire block sequence.
    • Formula: One address per 11 linear feet, or closest number of feet to 11 if insufficient footage available.
    • DPW personnel fill out an Address Request Form with calculations, lot and block numbers, sources used and new address number.
    • The site is field checked for any discrepancies.
    • Address assignment sent to Post Office and 911 Communications.

Public Works Permits Office
City-County Building
611 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 255-2370
Fax: (412) 255-2728

Street Opening Permits

Street Opening Permits

How to Obtain a Street Opening Permit:

  1. Applicant obtains a Street Opening Permit at the Department of Public Works (DPW) Permit Counter, located at 611 Second Avenue.
    • Right of Way Procedures Manual
    • Permit requirements include:
      • Company name
      • Company address
      • Company phone number
      • Worksite address
      • Brief description of work to be performed along with construction plans or drawings.
  2. A Traffic obstruction permit is required for a street opening permit. 
  • Contractor or utility company presents a street opening bond and a check for the permit fee at the time of application submittal. Bond must remain in effect for two years.
  • Street opening permits, issued for digging in city streets, require an insurance bond of $10,000 per street opening in asphalt streets, or $20,000 per street opening in concrete streets.
  • A blanket bond of $75,000, good for multiple openings in a given year, may be submitted as well. This bond must remain in effect for two years.
  • A street opening bond must be presented when applying for a permit. 

      3. DPW reviews the application and, if approved, issues a street opening permit.

In the Know:

  • Permits cover a fourteen (14) day working period and a thirty (30) day restoration period.
  • Separate permit fees are based upon the size of the excavation and any barricades or scaffolding proposed.

Public Works Permits Office
611 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 255-2370
Fax: (412) 255-2728

Traffic Obstruction Permit

What is a traffic obstruction permit?

A Traffic Obstruction Permit is required to safely and efficiently maintain traffic flow on major arteries, at intersections, in business districts or any special situations.

How to Obtain a Traffic Obstruction Permit:

  1. Obtain a Public Works (DPW) permit at 611 Second Avenue for any closure or obstruction of the public Right of Way. Required Application Information:
    • Exact location of work
    • Proposed area
    • Duration of closure
    • Anticipated working hours
    • Provisions for maintaining traffic flow
    • In most cases, the applicant will be required to submit a Maintenance and Protection of Traffic Plan (MPT).
      • Plan should address advance warning signs, barricades around work area, and proposed detours.
      • Preparation of the MPT Plan is the responsibility of the applicant, however the DPW engineering staff will provide advice and guidance as needed.
  2. Bring DPW permit to Room 301 of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street to apply for the Traffic Obstruction Permit

Notes:

  • In some cases, working hours may be limited to evenings, weekends or off-peak hours.
  • Permit may require that off-duty police officers or flaggers be used to direct traffic around the work area.
  • Traffic Obstruction Permit may be issued over the counter if all of the required application information is evident and accurate.
  • In some cases, a standard MPT Plan from PennDot Publication 203 may be sufficient, while in others, a more detailed plan will be required.

 

Vacation

What is Vacation Application?

What is Vacation?

A Street Vacation refers to the process where an individual (who owns property adjacent to the right-of-way) can petition the City Council and Mayor to acquire public right-of-way for private use. A right-of-way is generally only vacated when it is not in use for transportation or utility provision purposes.

How to Obtain a Vacation for a City Dedicated Right of Way:

  1. Prepare a litter of request that clearly states that you are requesting a vacation at the identified location and why you are requesting said vacation addressed to:
    Director of Public Works
    301 City-County Building
    414 Grant Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219

  2. Attach drawings and/or plans relevant to the area.
  3. Prepare an undated check for $150.00 made payable to the “Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh”.
  4. Prepare a notarized petition signed by the applicant and the abutting property owner(s).
  5. Applicant submits letter, drawings/plans, check, and notarized and signed petition to DPW Permit Counter at 611 Second Avenue and fills out Vacation Application.
  6. DPW then distributes memo to various City Departments and agencies asking if there is any objection to the vacation such as Department of Public Works (DPW), Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), Pennsylvania American Water Company, Other utility providers(as necessary), Department of City Planning, Law Department, Finance Department.
  7. A field inspection is completed by DPW personnel.
  8. When the review and verification process is complete, legislation is submitted to City Council for approval.
  9. Final approval is obtained from the Mayor’s Office.
  10. The entire review process takes an average of three (3) months.”

General Information for Street Vacations

  • If the requested street vacation has utility easements as part of the vacation, no building of structures will be allowed over the easement area.
  • All vacated street areas are subject to the existing zoning requirements for the area in which they are located.
  • When a street is vacated, half the reversionary rights go to the adjacent property owners on each side of the street.
  • Most street vacations of unimproved or unopened streets have no additional cost other than the processing fee.
    • The adjacent owners essentially own half of the street if it has never been opened after 21 years and are also responsible for half of the maintenance.
    • The street vacation legislation essentially validates this ownership and allows for official map changes by the County.
  • If a street vacation request is limited to one parcel or lot, it may be determined that it is feasible to vacate a larger portion of the street. The requester would then be responsible to have the adjacent property owners sign the petition to support the larger vacation.
  • When legislation is passed supporting the street vacation, DPW sends a copy of said legislation to the Allegheny County Board of Assessment. The area of the vacated street will then be assigned an assessed value for tax purposes.