PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP)

Any water or sewer work connecting to PWSA infrastructure to occur within a PennDOT right-of-way will require a Highway Occupancy Permit. Although a PennDOT requirement, the applicant will work with PWSA to obtain the permit. A development permit must be approved prior to applying for a HOP. A Maintenance Bond of a minimum of $20,000 will be required. The amount of the Maintenance Bond may be more dependent upon scope of work as determined by PWSA. A hard copy with a raised seal can be mailed to:


ATTN: Jake Bishop

1200 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Some common roads that are owned by PennDOT:

  • Butler Street
  • Carson Street
  • Baum Boulevard
  • West Liberty Avenue
  • Saw Mill Run Boulevard
  • Banksville Road
  • East Ohio Street

This list is not exhaustive. PennDOT should be consulted to determine if your project requires an HOP. A helpful resource is Allegheny County's Who Owns My Infrastructure? interactive map.

To review PennDOT's requirements and guidelines, visit their website.

To obtain an HOP for your water and sewer work, contact Jake Bishop at