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City of Pittsburgh Updates Zoning Fee Schedule

June 1, 2023

The City of Pittsburgh has recently updated the zoning fee schedule for residential and commercial projects. The new fee schedule will be a 0.1% fee of project value for residential development and a 0.3% of project value for commercial development, with a cap of $40,000.

The “project value” is the cost of the labor and materials to complete the scope of work of the project as submitted to the Planning Department. The value should not include the work or costs associated with “sub-permits” such as electrical, mechanical, fire suppression, fire alarm work, survey, and construction drawing creation, or “finish work” such as cabinetry, countertops, tiling, etc.  The project value also does not include land acquisition or financing costs.  Forty percent of the application fee is due upfront so if a project does not move forward for any reason, the City will still recoup partial costs for the work performed to review even if the applicant does not pay the full fee.

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