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.

2016 Budget

Council approved a final 2016 budget on Dec. 16, 2015. It can be viewed by clicking here.
  • The 2016 millage rate is 8.0.
  • The trash fee will increase to $220 ($170 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. 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
  • 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

PUBLIC NOTICE


FOREST HILLS BOROUGH COUNCIL



The Borough of Forest Hills Planning Commission will hold a special meeting for general purposes on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Forest Hills Borough Building, 2071 Ardmore Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and participate.



At its regular meeting to be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., in Council Chambers at the Forest Hills Borough Building the Forest Hills Borough Zoning Hearing Board will hold a public hearing on an application requesting a variance to permit the construction of a carport. Complete details can be found here.



The Borough will be considering amending the Borough Zoning Ordinance to establish “vehicle rental and storage facility” as a conditional use and exempt certain buildings from zoning regulations and establish “self-storage facility” as a conditional use as well as other related items. This will take place at its regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 7:00 PM, in Council Chambers at the Forest Hills Borough Building, 2071 Ardmore Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221, the Council of the Borough of Forest Hills. Complete details may be found here.



Click here to see the complete Code of Ordinances.

Forest Hills Farmer's Market Opening Soon

The Forest Hills Farmer’s Market (hosted by the Late Bloomers Garden Club) will begin on Friday, June 3, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 and runs every Friday from June through October. The market is held at the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church – on Ardmore Boulevard. Opening Day prizes and entertainment. Find out more in the flyer found here.

Television Recycling

The Pennsylvania Resources Council will be accepting televisions at all of the remaining Hard to Recycle Collections beginning May 14th at various locations. Please check this link for more information.

Forest Hills Pool Update

Because the Forest Hills Pool will be undergoing major renovations this season, the pool will not open at its regular schedule (Memorial Weekend). The borough has received invitations from some of our neighborhood communities inviting our residents to use their pools. Check out some of the discounts that will be offered and enjoy those facilities while the Forest Hills Pool is under construction this season. A list of the neighborhood pools can be found here.

Swim team and synchronized swim team practices will take place at Woodland Hills High School. Swim lessons will also take place at the school.

IMPORTANT!
Code of Ordinances Notice

Effective March 31, 2016, access to the borough’s code of ordinances on the website will temporarily end. Keystate Publishers, the company that has maintained the borough’s code on their site as well as upgraded the code periodically will terminate operations on that day due to the death of their president. The borough is seeking a new service to provide code updates and to maintain internet access to the code and will restore this feature as soon as possible. In the meantime, please contact the borough office at 412-351-7330 if you have any questions or to make arrangements to view a hard copy of the code.

Forest Hills Dog Park Fundraising Underway
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The Forest Hills Dog Park effort is actively fundraising to build a Dog Park. Donations are being accepted online via Go Fund Me and via mail with a check to the Borough. For further information click here.

2016 Pool Repairs

The borough will be doing major pool repairs this season so the pool will not open at its regular schedule (Memorial Weekend). Because the opening of the pool can not be determined, the borough will not be selling pool passes this year. Swim team and synchronized swim team practices will take place at Woodland Hills High School. Swim lessons will also take place at the school. The registration form for swim lessons, along with the team applications, are located on the recreation/rental tab at the top of this page. We will keep you updated on the construction as information becomes available. Click here to find some important facts on the pool.

Tree City Times Summer Issue Now Available

The Summer 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.

Proposed New Borough Building

At the recent Borough Property Committee meeting on November 5th, the architects responsible for the initial design of a new building made a detailed presentation of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services (MEP) which is a significant component of the proposed construction. Additonally they also provide a schematic review covering the building and property. Links to parts of the presentation can be accessed here. Information is also available on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/New-Forest-Hills-Municipal-Building-1095423350487422

PennDOT Culvert Replacement

PennDOT and its contractor have announced replacement of the culvert underneath the intersection of Ardmore and Braddock, scheduled for Summer 2016. This will affect traffic and could affect activities at the Main Park. Please review the accompanying documents including maps of the area and a questionnaire on use of the park found here on the Culvert Replacement page. We are informed that they may hold a public meeting on the issue and, if so, we will add that information here. Information may also be found at the PennDOT Bridge Replacement Website.

Fire Services Fee

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

For a sample bill with directions and information click here.  

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

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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