Over-the-counter Permits

PWSA employee helping customer at the permit counter.

Many construction projects require application to PWSA to obtain a permit for use of fire hydrants or waterline shut offs. All permit applications must be submitted in person at the Permit Counter at 1200 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Fees can be paid for at the counter by check, money order, or credit card. Cash is not accepted.

Permit Types

Hydrant Flow Test

Hydrant flow test permits are required to obtain flow data for a specific location. Once the application is submitted, PWSA staff will review and approve. The applicant must then contact PWSA field personnel to schedule a time to operate the hydrant. The applicant is responsible to hire a professional to read and certify the pressure results.

Hydrant flow test permits will not be issued when the outside air temperature is below 40 degrees F. 

Fee: $500 

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Hydrant Use with Meter

Construction projects that require water use but do not have access to a PWSA water main can use a PWSA-owned fire hydrant with a meter. This permit is temporary and should only be used for short-term projects such as demolitions. Long-term water usage will be required to obtain a development permit. The applicant is responsible for any damage to meters and fire hydrants that may occur during permit duration.

Fee is $500 + cost of meter.

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Note: PWSA will read the meter when the duration of the permit expires. If more water was used than accounted for in the deposit, an additional fee is owed. If less water was used than accounted for in the deposit, a refund will be processed once the applicant submits a reimbursement form.

Waterline Shut

When a construction project requires water to be temporarily shut off at the main, a waterline shut permit must be issued. Once the application is submitted, PWSA staff will review and approve. The applicant is then to contact PWSA field personnel to schedule a time to operate the water gate shut off valves. 

Fee is based on the size of the waterline + $500. Any shuts that must occur at night are double the cost. In addition to the shut fee, a $5,000 separate cashier’s check or money order is to be submitted as a deposit. If work is completed in a timely manner, $4,500 is refunded which covers the $500 permit fee.

Field operations staff will complete the reimbursement form after water is restored.

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Any questions should be directed to Permits at 412-255-2423 ext. 8030 or by emailing permitinfo@pgh2o.com.