Condemned Property

The Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections routinely inspects structures to assess building integrity. When a structure has been declared a public safety hazard, PLI will condemn the building. A building may be condemned for a number of reasons including:

  1. 108.1.1 Unsafe structures
  2. 108.1.2 Unsafe Equipment
  3. 108.1.3 Unfit for Human Occupancy
  4. 108.1.4 Unlawful Structure
  5. 108.2 Closing of Vacant Structure
  6. 109.1 Imminent Danger
  7. 301.3 Vacant Structure and Land

These violations are from the International Property Maintenance Code –Title 10 as adopted and amended by City Code.

There may be several remedies for a property owner of a condemned structure dependent upon the condition such as:

  1. Obtaining a private demolition permit
  2. Repair the structure to remove code violations

A structure may be condemned for a number of years before PLI considers a City funded demolition. The structure must be considered an imminent danger. The definition of imminent danger according to the International Property Maintenance Code is “a condition which could cause serious or life-threatening injury or death at any time”

Please review our Razed, Condemned, and Under Contract documents for specific properties in these categories.

City Funded Demolition

What Does the City Demolish?

The City of Pittsburgh periodically solicits bids from registered and qualified demolition contractors for the demolition and removal of condemned structures.

City Funded Demolition Prioritization

The Demolition List identifies those structures that have been determined to be in imminent danger (ID) or constitute a public safety hazard.

There are many buildings in the City of Pittsburgh that have been condemned by the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections and do not appear on this list. A building may be condemned for various reasons, including being determined an ‘Unlawful Structure’, ‘Structure Unfit for Human Occupancy’, an ‘Unsafe Structure’, or for ‘Imminent Danger’- experiencing partial collapse or imminent structural failure.

When a building is condemned, occupancy is prohibited and the owner of the property is notified to make necessary repairs to correct the violations. Condemned buildings are inspected on a regular basis to monitor any change to its status, however, a building may be condemned for a long period of time without necessitating demolition.

Condemned, Under Contract and Razed Properties

The following lists are updated every Friday and are provided in xlsx format.

  • Condemned -  buildings that are uninhabitable
  • Asbestos Surveys - buildings that are being considered for demolition  and their status in the asbestos testing process
  • Under Contract - buildings that have been tested for asbestos, gone through our bid process and are under contract to be demolished
  • Razed - buildings that have been demolished