Green Tree Borough Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most asked questions posed to our offices regarding ordinances, regulations, and zoning issues. This is NOT a complete list.
Click here for a list of permit applications and instructions.
Click here to review Green Tree Borough's ordinances.
Should you require more information on Green Tree's ordinances or zoning regulations,
please contact the Code Enforcement Officer at 412-921-1110
or send an email with your questions or concern.
Animal Control: Animal Control Services are contracted by Green Tree Borough through Mt. Lebanon and housed in Upper St. Clair behind the USC Municipal Center. Click here for a list of services Animal Control provides. To contact Animal Control, call the Allegheny County Dispatch Center at 412-279-6911 and request Animal Control.
The Pennsylvania State Dog Law Requires dog owners to obtain dog licenses by January 1 of each year. There is a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog or non-vaccinated animal. Applications are available at the Administrative Office or by clicking here. Shots for pets should be kept up-to-date.
The borough requires that animals be kept on a leash. Owners are required to clean up after their pets while walking them through the borough. Constant barking is prohibited.
Decks and Porches: Require building permits. Contact the Code Enforcement Officer for specifics. Click here to download a building permit form.
Additions to Existing Homes/Buildings: Require a building permit. Discuss your plans with the Code Enforcement Officer prior to starting.
Driveways: Do not require a building permit. Sidewalks must be kept free of debris, snow and ice. Snow must be shoveled within 24 hours after snow has stopped.
Fences: A building permit is required for the installation of any fence in the Borough. Click here for a downloadable permit. In the residential district, fences are not permitted to be taller than six feet (6') in height and are only permitted in the backyard.
Swimming Pools (in-ground and above-ground): Require a building permit.
Walls: Some walls require a building permit and some do not. Contact the Code Enforcement Officer at 412-921-1110 to discuss your specific plans.
Grass and Weeds: Grass cannot exceed eight inches (8") in height. Property owners are responsible for the removal of poison ivy, poison oak, or any other toxic vegetation whose existance poses a hazard to others.
Garbage: Regularly scheduled pick up day in Green Tree is Wednesday, except if a holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Garbage should be in bags or cans and placed curbside no earlier than 5:00 p.m. of the previous day. Visit Refuse & Recycling for more information about garbage, recycling, and special hard-to-dispose of events.
House Numbers: All buildings must have house numbers. House numbers must be visible from the street and are required to be at least three inches (3") in height.
Parking: Parking is not permitted on most Borough streets between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. For special situations, such as driveway repaving or overnight guests, requests for on-street parking may be made by calling the Overnight Parking Request Line at 412-921-8025 in advance. Approval of such requests is not guaranteed and will definitely not be given if snowy or icy weather is in the forecast.
Storage of Unlicensed Vehicles: Storage of cars, boats, trucks, trailers, etc., is prohibited.
Storage Sheds: A building permit is required for a storage shed. Storage sheds cannot be larger than a gross floor area of 160 square feet nor exceed twelve feet (12') in height. Sheds can only be placed in the rear yard and cannot be closer than three feet (3') to the side lot line or the rear lot line. You can obtain a downloadable building permit for a shed by clicking here.
Signs: All signs require a permit. Click here to download a sign application and instructions.
Political Signs: Cannot be displayed until 30 days before an election. All signs must be removed within one week after the election.
Satellite Dishes & Antennas: Only one (1) dish or antenna is permitted per residential property, and a building permit is required for a satellite dish.