Boards, Authorities and Commissions

The City of Pittsburgh has many Boards, Authorities and Commissions which need citizen members to perform their important duties.

These groups help to steer our city across a diverse subject matter, including...

  • Governmental Ethics
  • Sanitation
  • Public Art
  • Housing
  • Parking

The Mayor and the City of Pittsburgh seek diversity and balance in making appointments to boards, authorities and commissions. This process adheres to a policy of making appointment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, place of birth, citizenship, age, or non-job related disability.

BAC Position Application

City of Pittsburgh Boards, Authorities and Commissions rely on committed citizens to carry forth a vision of good government.

From here you can view current openings on Boards, Authorities and Commissions and submit your application.


Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN)

The Authority's authorized powers include among others, the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of sewage in Allegheny County, and certain adjacent areas and the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of such industrial wastes as shall be acceptable to the Authority within said territory.

The Authority's Articles of Incorporation provide that the Board of the Authority (the 'Board') shall consist of seven members serving staggered five year terms.'Pursuant to these Articles, three members of the Board are appointed by Allegheny County, three are appointed by the City of Pittsburgh and one is jointly appointed by Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh.


Contact Information

330 Preble Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15233


Art Commission

The Art Commission works to improve the aesthetic quality of the City's public spaces. The Art Commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the Mayor and representing various disciplines in the arts.


Contact Information

Yesica Guerra
Public Art Manager
City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, Fourth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals acts on variances requested from the Uniform Construction Code adopted by the City of Pittsburgh. Under the auspices of the Department of Public Safety, the members of this board are appointed by the Mayor.


  • Third Tuesday of every month

Contact Information

Department of Permits, Lisences, and Inspections
200 Ross St., 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
PLI Phone: 412-255-2715


Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD)

The mission of the District is to support and finance regional assets in the areas of libraries, parks and recreation, cultural, sports and civic facilities and programs. In addition to providing grants from half of the proceeds of the Allegheny County Sales and Use Tax, the District works with citizen boards and government officials monitoring the assets for effective operation and development.


Contact Information

The Allegheny Regional Asset District
425 Sixth Ave., Suite 402
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-227-1900
Fax: 412-227-1905
TT Assistance: 1-800-654-5984


City-County Task Force on Disabilities

The City-County Task Force on Disabilities is a 13-member panel of advocates, service providers, and consumers appointed by the Mayor and County Executive who advise the City and County on issues that affect people with disabilities in the region.

Six of the members are appointed by the Mayor; six are appointed by the County Executive, and one member is elected and appointed by the members of the Task Force.


  • 3rd Monday of each month, except holidays
Department of City Planning
200 Ross St., Fourth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
DCP Phone: 412-255-2200


  • City Planning Website

City Planning Commission

The City Planning Commission is a nine-member panel appointed by the Mayor for six-year staggered terms. The Commission is charged with guiding land use and development in the City. The Planning Commission makes recommendations to City Council concerning the Zoning Ordinance and zoning map, reviews major development proposals and prepares redevelopment plans.


  • Every other Tuesday, 2:00 PM, First floor of the Civic Building, 200 Ross Street Contact Information

Contact Information

Phone: 412-255-2219


Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service System was established to insure the maintenance of a merit personnel system to recruit, employ, promote, and retain qualified persons for employment with the City of Pittsburgh. It is the mission of the Civil Service Commission to administer and preserve the merit system while being responsive to the principles of equal opportunity employment and sound labor-management relations.


  • Every Thursday at 8 AM; Meeting dates and times are posted in the Department of Personnel and Civil Service Commission.
  • Meeting minutes and documents available by contacting the Commission's Secretary and Chief Examiner at 412-255-2042.


  • Personnel Website

Clean Pittsburgh Commission

The Clean Pittsburgh Commission (CPC) was established in August 2005 through legislation introduced to City Council by then Councilman Doug Shields and co-sponsored by then Council members Dan Deasy, Bill Peduto and Luke Ravenstahl. The CPC’s mission is: to work to improve the environmental quality of life of Pittsburgh residents through litter and illegal dumping prevention, clean-up and enforcement.

The CPC is comprised of 15 representatives from various City departments, local non-profits, individuals and community groups. The activities of the CPC are focused in three primary areas: 1) monitoring/awareness/prevention, 2) clean-up, and 3) enforcement. The primary function of the CPC is to provide oversight, direction, leadership, resources and assistance to community groups and individuals while serving as the liaison between these groups and the appropriate City departments.


  • Second Thursday of every month, 9 am.

Contact Information

Sarah Alessio Shea, Chair
Phone 412-773-7156
Fax 412-488-7492


Commission on City Archives

The Commission on City Archives was created to facilitate the efforts of City of Pittsburgh departments to set procedures for the preservation of City records. The purpose of the Commission is to establish and oversee the implementation of policies related to the preservation of City records that have informational value to the public for current operational purposes as well as historical analysis. 


  • Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 4th, 10 AM, Council's Large Conference Room, City-County Building 

Contact Information

Mary Beth Doheny, Commission Chair
Phone: 412-255-2132


Commission on Human Relations

The Commission on Human Relations is a law enforcement agency which derives its authority from the City Fair Practices Provisions found in Article V, Chapters 651 through 659 of the Pittsburgh City Code.  

These provisions make it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of

  • race
  • color
  • religion 
  • familial status (housing only) 
  • age (over 40)
  • ancestry 
  • national origin 
  • place of birth
  • sex 
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity or expression
  • handicap or disability
  • retaliation
  • status as a survivor of domestic violence (housing only)

If you believe that you have been discriminated against by an employer, housing provider, or public company or service within the City of Pittsburgh, please complete the inquiry contact form. You may also during normal business hours. 

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 
Appointments are preferred but not necessary.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against by an employer, housing provider, or public company or service within the City of Pittsburgh, please complete the inquiry form below. You may also contact the CHR office during normal business hours. 

Contact Information

908 City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2464
FAX: 412-255-2288
PH: 412-255-2600

Ethics Hearing Board

Public service is a public trust. The City's Ethics Code has been enacted to preserve the trust placed in the public servants of the City, to promote public confidence in government, to protect the integrity of government decision making, and to enhance government efficiency. The Ethics Hearing Board is composed of nine members holding reputations of personal integrity and honesty, tasked with enforcement and education regarding the Ethics Code.

Ethics Board Reminds City Government Candidates to File Finance Reports

The municipal primary on May 16 is the first local election since the adoption of new city ethics rules, and the Ethics Hearing Board is reminding candidates of their obligation to file campaign finance reports.

In 2015, Pittsburgh Ordinance 38-2015 (Title I, Article XI, Chapter 198 of the Pittsburgh Code), required individuals declared as candidates for City elected office and candidate committees to file a campaign finance report with the City of Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board.

The reports must be in the form required by the regular Allegheny County Board of Elections pre-primary reporting reports and procedures, and must be filed on the first business day of each of the five months prior to Election Day. 

The forms are available from the County Elections Office or may be downloaded from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania website. Candidates can file their reports in person or by mailing them to The Ethics Hearing Board, Room 328, City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15219.

Failure to file campaign finance reports may result in penalties and fines and subject the candidate to an ethics investigation for violation of Title I, Article XI, Chapter 198 of the City Code. The law says the Board may levy a fine of $50 per day for the late filing of reports.

Candidate finance reports will be available online very soon.  In the interim, you may contact the Executive Manager, Linda A. King, with any questions or concerns, at 412-255-8882 or at linda.king@pittsburghpa.gov.

Governing Documents

Additional Information

Gift Disclosure

The City Ethics Code has recently been amended to require that Public Officials and Public Employees must disclose any gifts valued at over $100.00, except those received from an immediate family member. Additionally, any gifts which total over $100.00 from any single source other than an immediate family member must be reported. All qualifying gifts are to be reported on the publicly available database on the City Ethics Board web page.

The data displayed on the Gift Disclosure List page has been provided by the gift recipients themselves by means of a secure on-line form. Neither the City of Pittsburgh, the Department of City Information Systems or the Ethics Hearing Board have any responsibility for the contents of this gift disclosure database.

  • Gift Disclosure Database - List of Disclosures (Temporarily Down)

Candidate's Campaign Finance Reports

The City Code requires that candidates for City elected office and candidate committees shall, on the first business day of each of the five (5) months prior to election day, provide a campaign finance report, for all candidate committees associated with the candidate for any office sought, in the form mandated by the regular Allegheny County Board of Elections pre-primary reporting forms and procedures to the City's Ethics hearing Board.

William Peduto
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Dan Gilman
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Theresa Kail-Smith
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Anthony Coghill
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Ashleigh Deemer
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John Welch
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Robert Daniel Lavelle
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Cletus Cibrone-Abate

Contact Information

To file a complaint, please contact:

Linda A. King, Esquire
Executive Manager, Ethics Hearing Board
313 City County Building, Rm. 328
Pittsburgh, PA  15219
Phone: 412-255-8882

Equal Opportunity Review Commission (EORC)

The Equal Opportunity Review Commission (EORC) reviews and approves all applicable construction contracts for compliance with Chapter 161 of the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, as well as the contractor's compliance with City of Pittsburgh's policies regarding minority and women business enterprise opportunities. It also develops policies regarding employment opportunities for minorities and women in contracting with the City of Pittsburgh and its Authorities.

Governing Documents


Held on the third Wednesday of each month from 12 PM-2PM, in Room 646 of the City-County Building.


  • Ralph L. Bangs, PhD
    • Term 11/17/2014 - 2018
  • Jessica Bellas, P.E., PMP
    • Term 11/17/2014 - 2018
  • Erin Conley
    • Term 6/28/2016 - 6/28/2020
  • Justin D. Laing, MPM
    • Term 11/17/2014 - 2018
  • Tracey McCants Lewis
    • Term 11/17/2014 - 11/17/2018
  • Demeshia Seals
    • Term 9/14/2016-9/14/2020
  • James Myers
    • Term 5/31/2016 - 5/31/2020
  • Karen Hall
    • Term 4/15/2015 - 3/31/2019
  • Dr. Barry Nathan
    • Term 10/21/2015 - 4/15/2018
  • Gonzalo Manchego
    • Term 5/17/2017-11/17/2018

Contact Information

Phone: 412-255-8804