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
  • 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


At its regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 7:00 PM, Council will consider a proposed ordinance amendment to establish “Oil and Gas Development” and “Oil and Gas Development Related Operations” as conditional uses in the Borough’s B-1 Business Zoning District as well as other related items. A copy of the announcement and associated Ordinance can be found here.

Click here to see the complete Code of Ordinances.

Halloween Trick or Treat Schedule

Trick or Treating is scheduled for Monday, October 31, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the borough. Please help make this a safe time for children. Turn on your porch lights if you are giving out candy, drive carefully, and parents please check treats before your children dig in.

The Garden Club of Forest Hills Annual Ponsettia Sale

The Garden Club of Forest Hills is having their annual Poinsettia sale. They have two sizes for sale: 6” pot $8.00 each and 8” pot $14.00 each.

To place an order or for further information, please contact Sally Sabino (412) 351-5054.

Deadline for ordering is Thursday, November 3.

Pickup is Tuesday, November 29 between 10 a.m. and 12 Noon at Hope Lutheran Church, 333 Ridge Avenue in Forest Hills.
Order forms are available in the Borough Office Lobby.

The Garden Club of Forest Hills Announces Scolarships

The Garden Club of Forest Hills announces 13 scholarships to students who plan to further their education in one of the following areas: Agriculture Education, Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Architecture, Conservation, Forestry, Biology (excluding Medicine), City (rural/urban) Planning, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Environmental Control, Botany, Wildlife Science, Land Management, and/or allied majors.

Each scholarship award is a minimum of $1,000. Additional information and how to apply is avilable by clicking here.

Tree City TV

Forest Hills has created a YouTube site called Tree City TV that can be found at YouTube.com/channel/UC-tlBhXEbZYwi3_xraZ_gsA

Included are updates on repair work at the pool and brief videos on the 2015 Hayride as well as the July 4, 2016 Community Day. We have also added a preview of the upcoming 2016 Hay Ride.

We invite all to view and we hope to develop this YouTube channel into a regular source of video of borough sponsored events as we continue to evolve content for this site.

Forest Hills Farmer's Market

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

Forest Hills Pool Update

The construction of the borough’s swimming pool is still on going. The borough will have another update in the winter 2016 issue of the Tree City Times; which should be in homes (and on-line) at the end of November/beginning of December.

Forest Hills Dog Park Fundraising Underway

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.

Tree City Times Fall Issue Now Available

The Fall 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 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

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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