Occupant Load Placard Permit

Occupant load placards are required for all assembly spaces as defined by the Building Code with an occupant load of 50 or more. Placards are also issued to certify occupant loads of 49 or less under atypical situations due to exiting or other building code related issues.

How to Get an Occupant Load Placard

  • Valid Certificate of Occupancy for the assembly use. If there is no Certificate of Occupancy, an Occupancy Permit must be obtained.
  • Drawings prepared and sealed by a PA licensed Architect or Engineer showing compliance for the occupant load proposed. The drawings must include room names, exits, egress capacity, proposed seating arrangement and occupant load calculations based on area.
  • Completed Occupant Load Placard Application.
  • Check or money order for permit fee.


  • Submit completed Occupant Load Placard Application along with two hard copy sets of drawings to the Engineering Counter located at 200 Ross Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
  • The drawings will be logged into the Plan Review Queue and will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.
  • After the Plans Examining Engineer has reviewed the drawing, they will contact the Architect/Engineer with any revisions or notify the applicant that the permit is ready for pick up.

Permit Issuance

After the permit has been approved, the applicant will proceed to the PLI Cashier's Counter, also located across from the Engineering Counter. A check or money order will be required to pay the permit fee.


The assigned Building Inspector and their phone number will be printed on the permit. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to arrange for all required inspections by contacting the Building Inspector. Inspectors are in the office from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and are in the field for the remainder of the day.

Until the Building Inspector signs off on the Occupant Load Placard it will not be issued.

Occupant Load Placard Issuance

After the Building Inspector has signed off on the Occupant Load Permit, the application goes through a final review within PLI before it is issued. The Occupant Load Placard will be mailed out to the Property Owner, unless the applicant elects to pick it up in person. The Placard must be prominently displayed within the space.