“Access” is permission from the property owner to be on the lot and to create a project on it. The process of getting access is different depending on who the property owner is. (If you’re not sure who the owner is, go back to the home page and select the lot you’re working on. Info about the owner will pop up there.) Knowing the property owner will help you to determine how to get access.
Early in the process as you are considering doing a project on a vacant lot, you will need short-term access so that you can go on the site to take a closer look, collect a soil sample, and generally just poke around. Short term access is also necessary for things like volunteer clean ups or one-day events. When you’re ready to build out a design on a lot, you’ll need to get long-term access from the property owner.
It’s best to have a few things figured out before you contact the property owner. At a minimum, you should have an idea of what you want to do, how long you plan to work on the project, how much it will cost and how it is being funded, who your partners are, how it will be maintained, and some proof of support from neighbors of the site. Go back to the start of the pathway if you think there’s more work to do there.
Now, if you know who the property owner is and have your plan together, scroll through the list below to find which site access process applies to your situation.
Owner: City of Pittsburgh
If you are interested in working on a lot owned by the City of Pittsburgh, your first step is fill out the City of Pittsburgh’s Intake Form: