Welcome to the website for the Borough of Forest Hills,a charming community nestled in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. Newcomers and long-time residents alike say Forest Hills is a perfect balance of intimate neighborhoods and major metropolitan access.

Electronic Bill Paying

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You can now pay your bills online using our secure website partner Official Payments. Payments are accepted for Fire Protection Service, Refuse and Sewer Fees. To make an electronic payment click here.

Traffic Alerts and Updates

Please click here for the PennDot website where you will find information on travel advisories, road closures and detours affecting the Parkway and other area roads.

2015 Budget

Council approved a final 2015 budget on Dec. 17, 2014. It can be viewed by clicking here.
  • The 2014 millage rate is 8.0.
  • The trash fee will increase to $211 ($161 for qualified seniors).
  • The sewage fee remains at $4.75/thousand gallons in order to meet consent order requirements.

Mission and Vision Statements

Council completed both Mission and Vision Statements for the borough at its meeting on February 20, 2013.  That document can be accessed by clicking here.  The statements were developed as part of council's strategic planning process started in 2010 with input from employees, board members and Forest Hills citizens.  Council will use these statements and the values and principles identified during the process to guide the borough into the future.  Information, principles and values that guided council remain an active part of council’s view of the future and can be accessed by clicking here.

Volunteer for the Borough

The borough continues to seek volunteers to serve on various boards and committees (e.g., planning commission, zoning hearing board, code appeals board, etc.) and asks interested residents to contact the manager at the borough office for further information or submit a letter of interest and bio or resume to the office. Positions are now available for volunteers to serve on several boards and committees beginning in March 2015. Additional information is avalable at this link. Your participation helps to keep the borough a liveable and vibrant community. We need the help of local residents to fill these positions and provide input on a number of local government activities. Please volunteer. Further information on various boards can be found by clicking here or on volunteers under the website’s Site Index page link above.

Items Inside

  • Join Forest Hills Borough on Twitter. Follow us at @ForestHillsBoro to get information or announcements on upcoming borough sponsored events. More information may be found here.

  • 2019 Borough Centennial information
  • Strategic Planning draft report discussed at the left side of this page and found by clicking here.  
  • Introducing Link Age-to-Age, a new community program designed to connect Forest Hills Neighbors with local resources and services. For more information about Link Age-to-Age or the many services available for local seniors contact the Forest Hills Senior Center at 412-824-5610.
  • Click the link for information on the sanitary sewer consent decree that the borough and all ALCOSAN communities are required to follow. 
  • Learn how to install a rain barrel & find other useful environmental information 
  • County Health Dept. warning on foxes and potentially rabid animals. See also an article from the Post Gazette on animal control and rabies incidents in SWPA.
  • County Health Dept. Advisory on West Nile Virus due to earlier-than-usual detection in Pittsburgh's East End.
  • The Borough of Forest Hills is among the first municipalities to become certified through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program. The Borough of Forest Hills is recognized at the gold level of certification for meeting the program's rigorous performance criteria which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community. Details regarding how the Borough of Forest Hills is addressing these areas can be found on the certification program’s website: SustainableCommunityEssentials.org

Can't Find Something?

Try clicking on the site index link (here or above). Commonly sought items are listed in alphabetical order.  Links to many common areas can also be found on the "information for residents" tab above.

We'd enjoy hearing your opinions about the site. You may email the Borough webmaster or call us at the phone number below. We are unable to respond to individual emails.

Complaints/comments/questions on other issues are not accepted via email. Please click comments for information.Click here to see the established policy on the borough website.

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Current Legal Notices

Public Notices And New Or Modified Ordinances Will Appear In This Space

Click here to see the complete Code of Ordinances.

Welcome and Best Wishes To Our New Mayor

Forest Hills Council appointed resident and former council member Frank Porco, Jr. as Mayor for the remainder of 2015. Mayor Porco replaces Mayor Marty B. O’Malley who passed away suddenly in late February. The appointment of Mayor Porco expires on January 4, 2016 when a new mayor will be sworn in to complete the remaining 2 years of the late Mayor O’Malley’s term. A special election will be held on Election Day in November to select a resident to fulfill that term.

Computer and Electronics Collection Day

Bring your unwanted computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, cell phones,digital cameras, chargers, adapters, microwaves, stereo systems, VCRs—and any other hard-to-recycle electronic waste. NO TV's WILL BE ACCEPTED! Recycling provided by Goodwill Industries.
When: Saturday, June 13th
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Forest Hills/Westinghouse Lodge Parking Lot

700 Barclay Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Read more here in the flyer.

Garden Glub of Forest Hills Upcoming Fundraisers

Beautiful weather is finally here and the Garden Glub of Forest Hills has been busy. We are excited about our upcoming PLANT AUCTION on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7pm. Please come and join us for a lively auction with Jack Glasser as our auctioneer. Light refreshments will be provided. Please check the Forest Hills Community page for further details.


Woodland Hills EMS, the community based ambulance service for Braddock Hills, Chalfant, Churchill, Forest Hills and Wilkins Township, has been hit hard in recent years by a combination of factors: high deductible plans engendered by the Affordable Care Act, lowered insurance payments overall, and patients that simply fail to pay their invoices for services received. Subscribing to WHEMS during their annual drive can alleviate a lot of that bill, but not all of it. Unfortunately, over half of eligible citizens and families do not even subscribe to the service. If you are able, make an additional donation to WHEMS. Help us help you. For many years WHEMS has been a great asset supporting the quality of life in our communities. With your continued support, we will always be there for you 24 hours a day, every day. Additional Information can be found here.

Tree City Times Spring Issue Now Available

The Spring Issue of the Tree City Times is now available here or anytime by clicking on the Tree City Times link at the top of the page. You can check it on-line or print a copy to have for quick reference.


Standard & Poor's Ratings Services elevated its rating on Forest Hills Borough’s general obligation (GO) debt two notches to 'AA' from 'A+’. Council Finance Committee chair, Steve Karas, stated, “Under the professional guidance of our borough manager and his administrative staff, the department heads of Forest Hills, along with our council, have been able to improve our credit rating, while continuing to provide optimal services to our residents. It is rewarding as finance chair to be part of a true team effort.” The complete press release announcing the rating increase can be read here. The Standard & Poor's Bond Rating Report can be found at this link. The report is also available on the 'Audit Reports' page.

Forest Hills Tennis Courts Receive Grant

The Forest Hills Borough has recently been awarded a grant from the United States Tennis Association for the reconstruction of the borough’s tennis courts which were completed back in September 2014. Read the full press release here.

Sherwood Dek Hockey

Hosanna House is sponsoring Dek Hockey for Grade School, Middle School and High School age children. Registration information and times can be found at this link.

Volunteer Fire Department Proposed Merger

Complete information can be found by clicking here or on the link titled VFD Proposed Merger at the top of the home page.

How Does The Borough Handle Yard Waste Collection?

Yard waste is defined by the borough as: Leaves, cuttings, trimmings and clippings from trees, bushes and other plants, garden residues, and chipped shrubbery, but does not include grass clippings.

The borough allows residents to deposit yard waste at a location behind the public works garage. The borough crew will collect the material and deposit it into a dumpster for recycling. Residents may place the material beside the dumpster in the rear parking area behind the public works garage near the salt storage shed. Long branches and material should be cut to a smaller length, about 3 foot long maximum. Questions? Call Public Works at 412-351-7330 x. 207

Fire Services Fee

For a copy of Ordinance 1015 establishing the fee click here.

For a sample bill with directions and information click here.  

Animal Control Issues

See article from the Post Gazette on animal control and rabies incidents in SWPA.  The borough does not have an animal control officer and residents are advised to contact a professional contractor and/or the Humane Society or another organization dedicated to animals to deal with wildlife issues.  In an emergency situation you may contact the police department by calling 911.  The article provides additional information on emergency situations.

Who Needs Flood Insurance?

Spring/summer rains can create problems for home owners in low lying areas, areas with poor drainage or other conditions.  However, even homeowners in low to moderate flood prone areas can be at risk.  Check out FEMA's website for info on obtaining flood insurance and the myths surrounding who may need such insurance.

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