Guide to the Bureau of Building Inspection, Department of Public Safety, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1877-1928 AIS.1971.10

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Bureau of Building Inspection, Department of Public Safety, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records
Creator
Pittsburgh (Pa.). Department of Public Safety.
Collection Number
AIS.1971.10
Date
1877-1928, 1981-1992
Extent
69.0 volumes (also on 7 reels of microfilm)
Abstract
The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety provides administrative, financial, and technical support for management of the Bureau of Building Inspection. This collection, arranged by ward, contains yearly dockets of building permits and monthly reports of issued building permits, including three volumes which span 1894-1908 of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, prior to annexation by the City of Pittsburgh. This collection also contains a complaint (violation) docket; record books of new additions, alterations and repairs, and wiring permits. Digital reproductions of the microfilm are available online.

Preferred Citation

Bureau of Building Inspection, Department of Public Safety, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1877-1928, AIS.1971.10, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety provides administrative, financial and technical support for management of the Bureau of Building Inspection (BBI) whose responsiblities include regulating the construction, demolition and occupancy of all buildings and structures within the City of Pittsburgh. The Bureau also reviews, approves and issues all permits required by code for the repair, alteration and/or addition to all public and private buildings and structures, as well as permits for new construction. The mission of BBI is to provide life safety and a better quality of living for the residents of Pittsburgh.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection, arranged by ward, contains yearly dockets of building permits and monthly reports of issued building permits, including three volumes which span 1894-1908 of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, prior to annexation by the City of Pittsburgh. This collection also contains a complaint (violation) docket; record books of new additions, alterations and repairs, and wiring permits.

The collection does not include: Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection, Building Permit Dockets - Volume 6, 1889.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, April 20, 1971

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 2013 Additions included. 4/29/2019

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection on April 20, 1971.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center staff on April 20, 1971. Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Michael O'Malley on October 10, 2002. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1429351.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available online in the finding aid.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Allegheny (Pa.) -- History
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Politics and government

Subject(s)

  • Government

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Previous Citation

Bureau of Building Inspection, Department of Public Safety, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1877-1928, AIS.1971.10, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Department of Public Safety, Records, 1877-1928, ais 71:10, Archives of Industrial Society, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15260

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection 

Scope and Content Notes

Series I contains information regarding: Building Permit Dockets (1877-1916, 1981-1992), Monthly Reports - New Building and Addition Permits (1896-1928), Record Books of New Additions (1896-1916) and Alterations and Repairs (1897-1916) and Compliant (Violation) Dockets (1890-1898).

Building Permit Dockets contain information on the date, owner, builder, building type under construction, additions and alterations, total number of buildings, number of stories, height, width, depth, value (cost), class of building and location.

Monthly Reports - New Building and Addition Permits contain information on the month, permit type, total number of permits issued and value (cost) and a summary statement.

Record Books of New Additions contain information on the date, owner, builder, addition type, value, building class, permit number and location.

Record Books of Alterations and Repairs contain information on the date, permit number, owner name, contractor, cost and location.

Compliant (Violation) Dockets contain information on the date, address, building type, cause of complaint, examination date, orders given, final dispositions and names of tenants, owners, complainants and arbitrators.

Subseries  1. Building Permit Dockets, 1877-1916, 1981-1992 

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
Volume 1, 1877-1881 161
Online
Volume 2, 1882-1883 Online
Volume 3, 1884-1885 Online
Volume 4, 1886-1887 Online
Volume 5, 1888 Online
Volume 6 (missing), 1889 
Volume 7, 1890 Online
Volume 8, 1891 Online
  Reel
Volume 9, 1892 2
Online
Volume 10, 1893 Online
Volume 11, 1894 Online
Volume 12, 1895 Online
Volume 13, 1896 Online
Volume 14, 1897 Online
Volume 15, 1898 Online
Volume 16, 1899 Online
Volume 17, 1900 Online
Volume 18, 1901 Online
Volume 19, 1902 Online
Volume 20, 1903 Online
Volume 21, 1904-1905 Online
  Reel
Volume 22, 1905-1906 3
Online
Volume 23, 1906-1907 Online
Volume 24, 1907-1908 Online
Volume 25, 1909-1910 Online
Volume 26, 1911 Online
Volume 27, 1912 Online
Volume 28, 1913 Online
Volume 29, 1914-1915 Online
Volume 30, 1916 Online

Section: Additions in 2013 

  Volume
Wards 1 thru 9, 19181-1992 31
  Volume
Wards 10 thru 17, 1981-1992 32
  Volume
Wards 18 thru 32, 1981-1992 33

Subseries  2. Monthly Reports - New Building and Addition Permits, 1896-1928 

  Reel
Volume 1, February 1896- May 1909 3
Online
  Reel
Volume 2, June 1909-December 1922 4
Online
Volume 3, 1923-1928 Online

Subseries  3. Record Books of New Additions, 1896-1916 

  Reel
Volume 1, 1896-1897 4
Online
Volume 2, 1898-1899 Online
Volume 3, 1900-1901 Online
Volume 4, 1902-1903 Online
Volume 5, 1904-1905 Online
Volume 6, 1905-1906 Online
Volume 7, 1906-1908 Online
Volume 8, 1909-1910 Online
Volume 9, 1911 Online
Volume 10, 1912 Online
Volume 11, 1913 Online
Volume 12, 1914-1915 Online
Volume 13, 1916 Online

Subseries  4. Record Books of Alterations and Repairs, 1897-1916 

  Reel
Volume 1, 1897-1900 5
Online
Volume 2, 1901-1904 Online
Volume 3, 1905-1909 Online
Volume 4, 1909-1910 Online
Volume 5, 1911-1912 Online
Volume 6, 1912-1913 Online
Volume 7, 1913-1914 Online
Volume 8, 1914-1915 Online
Volume 9, 1916 Online

Subseries  5. Compliant (Violation) Dockets, 1890-1898 

  Reel
Volume 1, 1890-1896 5
Online
Volume 2, 1896-1898 Online

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Series  II. Pittsburgh Bureau of Electricity -- Wiring Permits 

Scope and Content Notes

Series II contains information regarding Wiring Permits (1895-1913), including information on the date, permit number, owner, contractor, number of buildings, arc lights, first and second wiring, fixtures, motors, number of h.p., building class and location.

  Reel
Volume 1, 1895-1897 6
Online
Volume 2, 1898-1901 Online
Volume 3, 1902-1904 Online
Volume 4, 1904-1907 Online
Volume 5, 1908-1909 Online
  Reel
Volume 6, 1910-1911 7
Online
Volume 7, 1912-1913 Online

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Series  III. Allegheny (Pa.) Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Building Inspection 

Scope and Content Notes

Series III contains information regarding Building Permits (1894-1908) such as information on the date, owner, builder, building type, total number of buildings, additions and alterations, number of stories, width, depth, value (cost), building class and location.

  Reel
Building Permits, Volume 1, 1894-1899 7
Online
Building Permits, Volume 2, 1900-1901 Online
Building Permits, Volume 3, 1902-1908 Online

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