Investor Resources

The WCDC helps developers and investors find available space and navigate zoning, permitting, and tax incentives in Wilkinsburg.

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.
Permit Application

In order to maintain a desirable business district, properties must have appropriate permits. To learn more about code requirements please visit the code website. If you’re looking for a permit, the Permit Application Packet is the streamlined application to be filled out for any activity in the borough requiring a permit.

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.

Tax Incentives

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. The application 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.

*Some improvement work must be reviewed by the Wilkinsburg Community and Civic Arts Commission which requires a separate application.