Code Violations | FAQ
of Building Inspection, Code Enforcement Division monitors and ensures
compliance with various city codes and ordinances. This includes
overgrown lots or yards, inoperable or abandoned vehicles on private
property, maintenance of structures, illegal signs, and anything
else that may affect the quality of life within the boundaries of
It is through
this Division that the City of Pittsburgh is able to ward off neighborhood
blight and thus protect the property values, and health, safety,
and welfare of the various neighborhoods throughout the City.
The Code Enforcement
Division responds to concerns about violations from citizens, other
City Departments, and outside agencies. Systematic inspections are
also performed throughout the city in an effort to keep developing
situations from becoming worse.
Problems to the Bureau of Building Inspection (BBI)
types of violations should I report to the BBI Code Enforcement
Division? Here is a list of the most common violations
received by Code Enforcement Officers:
and/or debris on a property
vehicles on private property only
that are a tripping hazard
types of problems are not handled by BBI?
Handled by Other City Departments
(public right of way)
|Mayor's Office at 412-255-2621
Works at 412-255-2036
or Catch Basins
Office at 412-255-2641
Permit Parking Program
Planning at 412-255-2102
and Ice Removal
Works at 412-255-2790
There is a property causing problems in my neighborhood. Whom should
A: First, you should check to make sure your problem is of a type
handled by BBI. If it is, contact
Q: How can I determine who owns the property?
A: You can use the Allegheny
County Real Estate Website to find the owner of record for a
property. Please note that BBI is not responsible for the accuracy
of content on websites external to the City of Pittsburgh site.
Q: How long does it take to correct a violation?
A: If a valid city address is submitted with the complaint, a notice
is sent to the owner of record. All notices are orders requiring
the recipient to correct the violation within a fixed period of
time, which is specified in the correspondence they receive. If
the responsible party fails to comply with the notice in a timely
manner, that individual is subject to legal action in Housing Court.
It is important to remember that many problems cannot be resolved
through code enforcement and must be resolved through the court
system, which can become time consuming.
Q: What can BBI do about vacant properties
owned by the URA or the City?
A: If the property is inspected and a violation exists, the city
or the URA will be cited. Steps will be taken to raze or clean and
secure the building, whichever is applicable.
Q: May I report a violation anonymously?
A: Yes, but please note that we will be unable to contact you if
we have a question about your problem submission.
a code violation, call 412-255-2621.
note that due to the the volume of violation reports received, we
are unable to respond to your problem personally. Be assured
that an inspector will follow up on the problem as soon as time
you for your cooperation.
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