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 Proposed Budget

Council will prepare the final budget for consideration at its Dec. 9, 2014 finance committee meeting which is open to the public (7 PM, Second Floor - Borough Building). To view the proposed 2015 budget click here. Highlights include:
  • The 2014 millage rate is 8.0. Council assumes the rate will remain for 2015. However, Council has not yet established a final number and this is council's best estimate at this time.
  • The trash fee will increase to $211 ($161 for qualified seniors) as currently estimated.
  • The sewage fee is likely to remain at $4.75/thousand gallons in order to meet consent order requirements.
  • Note that all budgets, fees, rates, etc. shown in the preliminary budget are estimates. Council may change any or all parts of the advertised budget as well as any or all fees, taxes, etc. prior to approval at its December 17 business meeting.

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. 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.

Holiday Trash Collection Notice

The Holiday Trash and Recycling Schedule for the remainder of the year is as follows: No Collections will be made on Christmas Day or New Years Day. Trash and Recycling collections will be delayed by one day starting on the holiday and for the remainder of that week

Holiday Office Hours

The borough office is open from 9 AM to 3 PM on the following days:
Monday, 12/22, Tues., 12/23, Monday, 12/29 and Tues. 12/30.
It is closed on Dec. 24, 25, 26, 31, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.
Normal hours resume on Jan. 5

Tree City Times Winter Issue Now Available

The Winter 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.

Winter Reminders and Advisories

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Summer Employment Applications For 2015 Season Accepted Starting December

The borough will be accepting applications for next season for the pool and for the 2015 tennis program. Applications will be available at the borough building on and after December 1st. Applications are also available under "Employment Information". Please make sure you fill out the Recreation and Borough Applications; in addition to the background check form. Also on that page is information on applying for the Act 33/34 Check Form which is another requirement to work at the borough. All applications are due at the borough building no later than December 31, 2014. The office will be closed that day but you can put the applications in the overnight box located in front of the building. Please make sure you address the envelope to Cindy Simm, Recreation Director. If you have any questions, please call Cindy Simm at; 412-351-7330 x220 or send an e-mail to csimm901@aol.com. Thank you

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.