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How can I change the zoning classification for my property?

First make sure your intention is to change the zoning of a property rather than simply wanting to change the use of the property. In most cases an owner simply wants a variance rather than to permanently change the zoning of a parcel. Rezoning is usually only used by developers who wish to significantly change the use of a lot. If this applies please set up a pre-application meeting.

Why schedule a pre-application meeting?

  • Applicants are encouraged to come in at an early stage of project development, especially if they are unfamiliar with the Zoning Code and review process. This meeting allows applicants to find out information such as:
    • Zoning district and requirements for the project
    • Development review approval process
    • Design review process
    • Estimated schedule
    • Local community groups
    • Zoning Board of Adjustment information
    • Parcel subdivision and consolidation procedures
    • The meeting is not required as part of the approval process but is offered to assist applicants.
    • For large-scale projects, click here to find out about Major Development Advisory meetings.
  • Who is eligible?
    • Anyone with a proposed project in the City of Pittsburgh, such as new construction, renovation, master planning, high wall signage or demolition. Smaller, simpler projects may find it faster to address questions at the Zoning Counter, yet are still welcome to set up a pre-development meeting.
  • What do I need to bring?
    • The applicant must bring only a map of the development and surrounding parcels and be able to discuss the proposed use(s). If the applicant has more information to present, they are encouraged to do so, even in draft form. These items may include:
      • Site area map
      • Site plan or survey
      • Photos of site and context
      • Landscape plan
      • Building elevations
      • Perspective renderings
  • Who will be there?
    • City Planning staff may include the Zoning Administrator, zoning staff, design staff and the neighborhood planner. The applicant is welcome to bring other individuals involved in the project such as the property owner, architect, developer, or other parties.
  • How do I schedule this meeting?
    • Please click here to complete a form that solicits contact and general project information. You may email the form to, fax it to (412) 255-2561, complete it at the Zoning Counter:

200 Ross Street, 3rd Floor

Pittsburgh PA 15219

You may also call the Office of Zoning Administrator at (412) 255-2241.

    • After the form is submitted, you will be contacted within two business days to confirm receipt and as soon as possible thereafter to set up the meeting. We will make every effort to schedule meetings to occur no later than two or three weeks from the receipt of the Pre-Application Form.
    • Meetings are held at the Department of City Planning
      • 200 Ross Street
        Pittsburgh, PA
    • When the meeting is scheduled, a specific floor and room location will be confirmed.
  • What should I do after the meeting?
    • The applicant will be advised what the next steps will be in the development review process related to planning and zoning. This will vary by project type.
Please contact other agencies such as the Department of Permits, Licenses, & Inspections, Department of Public Works and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Department to find out about other approval processes for your project.
Updated 9/29/2017 8:20 AM
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