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

  • Step 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. Attach drawings and/or plans that would help in the review process. Itemize all materials that will be used in construction. All material must comply with City standards. The letter should be addressed to:

Mr. Mike Gable, Director
Department of Public Works
611 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

  • Step 2: Prepare an undated check for $150.00 made payable
    to the “Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh”.
  • Step 3: Prepare a notarized petition signed by the applicant and the abutting property owner(s).
  • Step 4: Applicant fills out an Encroachment Application PDF File at the DPW Permit Counter, located at 611 Second Avenue.
  • Step 5: The review process takes place. (The entire review time takes an average of three months.)
  • Step 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.
    In addition, 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

In the Know

  • 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.

NOTE: If the encroachment extends less than eighteen (18) inches into the City sidewalk, the permit can be issued over the counter.

Please Note

For bicycle rack encroachment permits applicant must contact:

Stephen Patchan
Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
City of Pittsburgh
Department of City Planning
200 Ross St, 4th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 393-0150
Fax: (412) 255-2838

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