Mayor backs reform of Pittsburgh inspection, permitting practices

The proposal, among other things, would impose a rental registration program and fee targeted at keeping better track of problem landlords.

December 16, 2014 |
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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto wants to transform the city Bureau of Building Inspection into a new Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

The intention of this effort is to streamline the department and make issuing permits and code enforcement more effective. Under the plan, the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, planning, zoning, building inspection bureau, and the housing authority would work together more cohesively, according to a spokesman for the mayor. The proposal would also impose a new rental registration program and fee targeted at keeping better track of problem landlords.

In a related development, Pittsburgh is attempting to overhaul a dated approach to land use and management. The city, working with a land bank approved by the city council earlier this year, wants to create a new and more efficient entity to hold and return vacant, derelict, and tax-delinquent property to productive to use.

“It’s ultimately about rebuilding neighborhoods,” the mayor’s chief of staff told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

(http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/12/08/More-lawyers-pushed-for-city-s-building-code-battle/stories/201412080031)

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