The WCDC helps businesses in Wilkinsburg succeed through small business workshops, mini-grants, and other types of support. Here you will find forms for any ongoing WCDC projects that your business may be eligible for.
Storefront Improvement Program
Wilkinsburg Borough has made $50,000 available for matching grants of up to $10,000 for renovating vacant storefronts. These grants are facilitated by the WCDC. If you are looking to renovate a vacant storefront, fill out the Storefront Improvement Program Application!* The application fee is $250. Read more about the program requirements.
Façade Renovation Program
The WCDC is offering a matching grant for local businesses to renovate their storefront’s façade. Please review the WCDC’s Design Guidelines & Façade Improvement Application* for such projects. Currently, the WCDC will accept applications though the program monies may not be readily available. Application fee is $50.
*Some improvement work must be reviewed by the Wilkinsburg Community Art and Civic Design Commission, which requires a separate application. Review the Commission’s guidelines & application.
Business Image Improvement Fund
The WCDC is pleased to have funding available to support small businesses within Wilkinsburg’s Central Business District. Fund requests up to $3,000 will be considered for projects to improve the physical and/or virtual appearance of a business. Fill out the Business Image Improvement Fund Application to be considered for funding.
To partner your business with local nonprofits and government agencies, consider applying for a Tax Credit program and improve your community. Application for Tax Credit Under The Neighborhood Assistance Act
Learn more about the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit.
In order to maintain a desirable business district, properties must have appropriate permits. To learn more about code requirements please visit the code website.
In 2013, the Borough of Wilkinsburg adopted a revised Zoning Ordinance. Click here to view it.
Please visit the Borough’s website for more information.
Please contact Code Enforcement at (412) 244-2923 if you have any questions. Thank you for working with the Borough to enhance our business community!
Check out this chart for the step by step process of how to do business in Wilkinsburg with all of the required permits, applications, taxes, and forms.
The Borough of Wilkinsburg has an innovative way for qualified business owners, developers and investors to invest in commercial property in the Borough through a Tax Base Expansion Ordinance. The ordinance includes Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) and Tax Compromise components.
The LERTA application, referred to as the Wilkinsburg Tax Abatement Program, offers a 10 year graduated increase in property taxes on improvements made to real property in Wilkinsburg. Any person, organization, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or association may apply. In addition to this tax abatement, the Borough also offers an Enhanced Tax Abatement. The difference between the regular and enhanced tax abatement programs is dependent on the property type. Both programs require the same application, which must be submitted when acquiring a building permit for improvement or construction.
The Tax Compromise Program addresses the issue of back taxes on real estate owed to the Borough and the Wilkinsburg School District.
This ordinance is a result of a joint tax committee of the Borough, the Wilkinsburg School District and Allegheny County. The aim of these efforts is to reduce barriers to private investment in the Borough and to enhance existing and upcoming economic development projects.
Find out more about the Business Privilege Tax and what it means for your business.
Chamber of Commerce
Since 1893, the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce has been promoting Wilkinsburg as a premier place to live, work, and play.
The Chamber holds board meetings on the third Thursday of every month at 8 a.m. Meetings are open to chamber members and are held at the Wilkinsburg Borough Building, 605 Ross Avenue, 2nd Floor.
To learn more about the chamber and to apply to become a member, please visit wilkinsburgchamber.com.