Code Enforcement

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Code Enforcement Officers inspect properties to ensure conformity with the Borough’s housing, health, sanitation, and safety regulations. Code Enforcement staff also handle tenant registration, occupancy permits, and matters related to zoning.


Wilkinsburg Ordinances

Zoning Code

Zoning Map

Official Map

Rules and Regulations for Arbor Work

Forms and Permits

Please note: We are in the process of changing our permit application system. Until the new system is active, for the following permit applications, please email or call the Code Department to request a permit application form.

Residential building permit
Commercial building permit
Electrical permit
Fire alarm permit
Fire suppression permit
Mechanical permit
Demolition permit
Sign permit


Act 50 Homestead/Farmstead application

Act 90 Verification Form

Affidavit of Non-Collusion

Affidavit of Non-Displacement

Arbor (Tree) Permit Application

Commercial Occupancy Application [PDF]

Conditional Use Application

Dumpster Permit Application

Dye Test Application

Grading-Excavation Permit Application

IMPC Appeals Application 

New Business Application

Occupancy Permit Application

Property Transfer Application

Sign Permit Application [PDF]

Sewer or Stormwater Tap Permit Application

Street & Sidewalk Opening Permit Application

Subdivision and Land Development Application

Surface Materials Design & Repair

Tax Abatement Application

Tax Compromise Application

Tenant Registration

UCC Appeals Board Application

Zoning Hearing Board Application

Zoning Permit Application

Storm Water

View the Small Project Storm Water Management Site Plan

Property Transfer or Refinance

In selling or refinancing a property three requirements should be met:

    1. Submit Property transfer or refinance application with appropriate fees
    2. All dye tests being performed in the Commercial Business district will be required to have a code enforcement officer present during the test. Submit Dye Test application signed by a master plumber certified with Allegheny County Health department.
    3. Submit either an Occupancy Permit Application (when property is occupied upon closing) or a notarized letter from buyer acknowledging assumption of responsibility for outstanding code violations and the need to apply for all necessary permits prior to occupying (when property is vacant upon closing.
    • An occupancy permit is required when a buyer wants to immediately occupy a dwelling upon closing;
    • An occupancy permit(s) is(are) required for the sale of rental property that is occupied and current tenants will remains;
    • A notarized letter is required for vacant properties that will not pass an occupancy inspection and will not be occupied until they can pass an occupancy inspection. (Click here for generic letter)

Lien letters will not be released until there is verification that the dye test is signed by a Certified Master Plumber and either an Occupancy Permit is issued or a notarized letter from the buyer has been received in Code Enforcement.

Notes and Updates

Residents, Contractors, Design professionals and Property Owners. Please be advised that significant changes have occurred to Act 45 of 1999 known as the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act. Please see the bulletin below for further information. Changes will be made to the applications for all UCC related permitting. Proof of a contract date for either a design professional or contractor will be required upon application to determine which code series will be used for enforcement and building planning process. A copy of an executed contract will serve as the required documentation. Please contact Code Enforcement if any questions arise.

New: Act 35 of 2017 and Act 36 of 2017 went into effect October 25, 2017. These acts amend the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act. Please go to “Regulations and Statutes” for further information.

See “Codes and Standards Enforced Under the UCC” below for information about which version of the triennial codes applies to your construction project.

Changes to Codes and Standards Enforced Under the UCC

As noted above, the codes applicable to work for which a construction permit is sought on or after October 1, 2018, are the 2015 International Codes issued by the International Code Council (ICC),  and the provisions amended by the UCC Review & Advisory Council (RAC). Only these codes as first published and their errata are applicable in Pennsylvania. For further information about the codes and standards adopted, click on the hyperlink UCC Codes.

Please note the following exceptions to the statement made above about the applicability of the 2015 ICC Codes:

If a design or construction contract for the proposed work was signed prior to October 1, 2018, the 2009 International Codes and Chapter 11 and Appendix E of the 2015 International Building Code and the accessibility provisions of the 2015 International Existing Building Code are applicable and shall be complied with.