Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections

We Now Accept Credit Card Payments at the Application Counter

The Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections is happy to announce that we have implemented a new payment method.  It is now possible for any customer to quickly and easily pay with the credit card of choice! 


Please note there is a 2% transaction fee, plus25¢ per transaction.


Introducing Buildingeye

Building Eye

The Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections, the Department of City Planning and the Mayor’s Office are excited to announce the launch of an interactive map that displays permits, licenses, code enforcement, and planning applications.


Go to Buildingeye


New Bulletin Webpage

A new Bulletin webpage has been created where new information and updates to procedures, enforcement or code interpretations will be posted. Please check this page regularly.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide life safety and a better quality of living to the residents of the City of Pittsburgh. The Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections works closely with Public Safety Bureaus (Police and Fire), Finance, Public Works and the Department of City Planning's Zoning Department.

Many cities have different methods of organizing their departments. We have worked hard to present our services in an intuitive layout on our site.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak with someone in person, please call  412-255-2175.

For the most up-to-date information about PLI, check out our Facebook Page.

PLI serves three primary functions:

Permits Pending Review

Please see the link below for a list of Building Permits pending review, which is updated weekly.  All permits applications, including revisions, are reviewed in the order in which they are submitted to PLI. 

Expected Review Time Frames:

  • Initial Commercial application = 30 business days
  • Revised or amended Commercial application = 15 business days
  • Initial Residential application = 15 business days
  • Revised or amended Residential application = 8 business days

Permits Pending Review

After an application is reviewed, the individual listed as the applicant on the PLI application form will be contacted in writing with either request revisions or notification of approval.  Please note that you can also use building eye to verify permit status by filtering by permit number or address.

posted 7/24/17 @ 6:53 pm
Pittsburgh Licensing News


Approved Vacant Vending Sites


The City of Pittsburgh now maintains a list of approved fixed vending locations available for Stationary Vendors.  Click the link above to view the list and learn about nominating new vending locations or becoming a licensed Stationary Vendor.

posted 2/11/16 @ 9:32 am
Interior Demolition Permits

Please be aware that effective immediately interior demolition work will require a building permit for all residential and commercial buildings and structures.

posted 2/28/14 @ 12:00 am

New Hours of Operations

PLI's public offices (and the adjacent zoning offices on the third floor) are open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Inspectors are available in the office from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and are in the field for the remainder of the day.  

Please be aware that PLI's offices are closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, MLK Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day (Thursday and Friday), and Christmas Day. 

Department Contacts
Main Line
Permit Counter
City Funded Demolition

Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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