What renovations do not require a building permit (residential or commercial)?
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Please call (412) 255-2181 if you wish to verify the need for a building permit.
Permits are not required for the following:
- Installation of an uncovered deck; where the floor of the deck is no more than 30 inches above grade.
- Fences not over 6 ½ feet high (will require an occupancy permit - please call the Zoning Department at (412) 255-2246).
- Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
- Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
- Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below. Note: concrete on grade may require approval by Zoning Department at (412) 255-2246 and Public Works Department at (412) 255-2737 prior to starting work.
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
- Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep.
- Swings and other playground equipment accessory to one- or two-family dwelling.
- Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
- Hanging gutters and downspouts.
Updated 8/26/2015 2:54 PM