Allegheny West is one of twelve city historic districts in Pittsburgh. The neighborhood was designated as such in 1985. Because Allegheny West is a city historic district, all exterior work that is visible from a right of way, a street or an alley, needs a Certificate of Appropriateness (CoA), and, depending on the type of project, possibly a building permit.
Once you have a concept, idea or plan, check the Allegheny West Historic Guidelines to see if it fits – and then it is recommended that you contact the Local Review Committee (LRC), where you can get information on the process of applying for a CoA. You can contact the LRC via the chairperson, Carole Malakoff.
However, if you are planning a more significant project, such as the replacement of windows or door, installation of a fence or a porch, you will need to have a hearing before the HRC. In this case, please contact the Local Review Committee first so that the can make recommendations and help you get through the process.