Building Permit Requirements

Building Permit Requirements
Do not proceed with work without a permit. If work proceeds without a permit, the owner may be subject to fines determined by the district magistrate. A permit shall be obtained before beginning construction, alteration, replacing or repairing an existing structure. If you have any questions regarding the requirement of a building permit, the permit process, applications or Fee Schedule, please call the Inspection Office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 412-343-3408.

ALL COMMERCIAL PROJECTS REQUIRE PERMITS.

The following are just some examples of when a permit is required:


Additions
A Building Permit and a Certificate of Occupancy Permit are required for an addition. Also include two copies of construction drawings/plans and two copies of your property survey marked with the location of the addition. Any questions regarding your specific project please contact the building inspector at 412-343-3468.

Air Conditioning Unit
For new, replacing or relocating an air conditioning unit, you will need a Mechanical Permit. Along with the application, it is required to provide two copies of your property survey indicating the location of the unit. For all R-1 and R-2 Districts the unit must be seven feet from a property line. See Chapter XX, Section 804.1 of the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Code.

Certificate of Occupancy
A Certificate of Occupancy is required for any of the following:

• Any change in use of a nonconforming use
• Change in use of an existing building
• Occupancy and use of a building hereafter erected or enlarged (ex. additions, four season enclosed porch)

No occupancy of a building shall take place until a Certificate of Occupancy is issued. In a case of undue hardship, the administrator may issue a temporary or partial Certificate of Occupancy for any building or structure, provided the administrator finds that the site development requirements are essentially completed, but that due to unavoidable delays, they cannot be entirely completed as required in a reasonable time.

Deck
A Deck Permit is required when building or replacing a deck. In addition to the application, you will need to provide two copies of construction drawings and two copies of your property survey marked with the location of the deck. IMPORTANT: If all required information is not provided on the drawings, your application will not be reviewed and therefore delay your project. See the deck application for the required information.

Demolition
A Demolition Permit is required for commercial or residential demolitions. Prior to obtaining the permit, written release from all utility companies that services have been disconnected is required and, where applicable, an asbestos exemption / abatement certificate shall also be required.

Driveway / Parking Pad
For a new or replacing a driveway you will need a Driveway/Parking Pad Permit. Two copies of your property survey marked where the driveway is located is also required. For further information, contact the Zoning Officer at 412-343-3475.

Electrical
National Electrical Code
Electrical permits, plan reviews and inspections are provided by a third party agency. Electrical permits are required for the installation of new electrical service equipment, existing service relocation, service increases, as well as fixed appliances and equipment connections. Electrical permits are based on the size of service, number of circuits and type of installation. An electrical permit or fee information may be obtained by contacting Middle Department Inspection Agency at 1-800-362-6342. Proof of approval is sent to the Mt. Lebanon Inspection Office.

Fence
A Fence Permit is required for a new fence or replacing one. In addition to the application, provide two copies of your property survey indicating the area to be fenced.

The zoning ordinance regulates the height of fencing. In single-family residential districts, fences up to six feet are permitted in side and rear yards. Fences are not permitted in front yards. No solid fences are permitted. Shadowbox fences up to four feet in height are permitted. Other styles of fences are also permitted. A fence can be erected on the property line. Additional fence regulations can be found in Section 808, Chapter XX. For further information, call the Zoning Officer at 412-343-3475.

Furnace
A Mechanical Permit is required for a furnace. An electrical inspection may also be needed depending upon the scope of the replacement.

Generator
For a new, replacing or relocating a generator, a Mechanical Permit is required. Also submit two
copies of your property survey marked with the location of the generator.

Home Occupation
A Home Occupation Permit is required before a home occupation can begin operation. Mt. Lebanon Municipality allows home occupations in residential zoning districts. A home occupation is an occupation or business activity which results in a product or service and is conducted in part of a dwelling unit.

Hot Tubs
A Building Permit is required for all hot tubs containing more than two feet of water. Two copies of the property survey marked where the hot tub will be located needs to accompany the application. A portable spa that simply plugs in does not require a permit. An electrical permit is required where grounding or additional circuits are installed. To obtain an electrical permit contact Middle Department Inspection Agency at 1-800-362-6342.

Plumbing
Allegheny County Plumbing Code
Plumbing Inspections are done by the Bureau of Environmental Health. Contact Allegheny County Plumbing at 412-922-6196. Proof of approval is sent to the Mt. Lebanon Inspection Office.

Retaining Wall

Retaining walls greater than two feet in height require a Building Permit. Walls greater than four feet in height require engineering drawings. With the application, submit two copies of your property survey marked with the location of the wall.

Roof
A Building Permit is required only when structural repairs are made to a residential roof. All commercial roof repairs or replacements require a permit.

Signs
All new or modified signs, even painted signs, require a Sign Permit. Illuminated signs also require an electrical permit. The municipality's zoning code limits the number and sizes of signs allowed. If you have any specific questions about sign regulations, please call 412-343-3475.

Temporary signs require a permit from the Inspections Office. Flotation devices are not allowed as signs. Temporary window signs do not need permits, but may not cover more than 25 percent of the area of each window.

Signs shall not be placed on any public or private sidewalk. No sign shall physically or visually obstruct or impede pedestrian or vehicular movement. Signs shall not be placed on any fence, telephone pole or traffic control device.

Real estate open house signs may be placed in the right of way as follows: Open house directional signs shall be permitted, not exceeding 3 square feet in area and 30 inches in height. Such signs shall be placed in public view only on the day of the open house and no sooner than one hour before the open house. Such signs must be removed no later than one hour after the conclusion of the open house. Only one sign per intersection is allowed for each open house. Open house direction signs may be placed on private property with the property owner's permission, or on unpaved, unlandscaped or unimproved public right of way areas. Such signs shall not impede or obstruct vehicular or pedestrian traffic and shall not obstruct motor vehicle drivers' free and clear vision of other vehicles or traffic signals and signs.

Storage Sheds
A Building Permit is required for any storage shed. With the application, submit two copies of your property survey showing the location of the proposed construction. Storage sheds are not allowed in a front setback. All sheds must meet setback requirements, 5 feet from property line.

Swimming Pools
A Pool Installation Permit is required for all above ground and in-ground swimming pools containing more than two feet of water. Along with the application, provide two copies of your property survey showing the location of the pool. A fence permit may be required. Any questions regarding your specific project, contact the building inspector at 412-343-3468.

Windows
A Building Permit is required for replacing windows only when the size of the opening is changed or structural alterations are needed.

The Building Permit Application Process

Applications for various permits can be downloaded from this website or may be obtained from the Mt. Lebanon Customer Service Center, 710 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 between 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also drop off completed applications and the required documents at this location.

Read the application thoroughly and carefully, and follow the instructions.

Zoning permits and some construction projects require a property survey. A property survey is a certified dimensioned drawing of property and improvements on the property. The Mt. Lebanon Inspection Office does not have surveys for each property. We only obtain them when they have been required for a permit and in which the property owner has provided it. Older permit plans are kept off site. There is a charge to recall a box from storage. There is no guarantee that the information requested will be in the file when delivered. It is also possible that the survey requested may not be legible or detailed enough for your proposed project.

Generally residential building permits can be issued within fifteen (15) business days and commercial permits within thirty (30) days. Zoning permits (e.g., air conditioning unit, driveway, fence, shed) are issued within thirty (30) days. Once the building or zoning inspector reviews and approves the application, you will be notified by phone that the permit is ready and the total amount due. The permit and a copy of the approved plans can then be picked up at the customer service center on the first floor of the municipal building between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard, the exact change in cash or a check made out to Mt Lebanon, PA.

APPROVED PERMIT CARDS MUST BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED IN A WINDOW VISIBLE FROM THE STREET. COPIES OF APPROVED PLANS WITH THE INSPECTOR'S NOTES MUST BE ON CONSTRUCTION SITE AT ALL TIMES.

If your construction project requires the use of a dumpster, placing it on the street requires a permit; please call Police / Traffic Division at 412-343-4086 for details. Placing a dumpster on your property does not require a permit. Dumpsters shall not encroach onto any municipal sidewalk.