Oakwatch: The Oakland Code Enforcement Project

Mission: Oakwatch: The Oakland Code Enforcement Project works to improve the quality of life in Oakland by bringing people and institutions together to identify code violations, advocate for their remediation and monitor the outcomes.


Oakwatch formed in 2011 as an implementation item of The Oakland 2025 Master Plan.

Oakwatch is chaired by an Oakland resident; OPDC provides administrative support. In additional to Oakland residents, the following organizations participate in monthly roundtable meetings:

  • Allegheny County Health Department
  • City of Pittsburgh 311 Response Center
  • City of Pittsburgh Office of Permits, Licenses and Inspections (PLI)
  • City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works
  • City of Pittsburgh Police Department
  • Office of the Mayor
  • City Council Members
  • University of Pittsburgh Office of Community & Government Relations
  • University of Pittsburgh Police Department
  • University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board

Oakwatch meets the third Wednesday of every month and welcomes all to attend. If you miss a meeting, check this page regularly for posted minutes, announcements and other relevant materials.

Announcements311 ReportsCitizen PatrolNuisance PropertiesMeeting Minutes
Announcements: The next Oakwatch meeting will be Wednesday, May 18th, 12pm at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 294 Semple Street. Please RSVP at lgray@opdc.org or 412.335.0933; no outside food/drink, no backpacks/briefcases.

Click here to read minutes from the most recent meetingMinutes 4.20.16 


Oakwatch collecting disruptive party data: When there’s a disruptive party near you, make sure you call 911 and document what happened on this Incident Report Sheet. Please turn these forms into Oakwatch. You can email them to oakwatch@opdc.org, fax them to 412.621.5920 or drop them off or mail them to 235 Atwood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

311 Reports: 311 reports are unavailable while we wait patiently on database improvements, but please continue to make submissions and forward them to Oakwatch: oakwatch@opdc.org..
Citizen Observer Patrol: The Oakwatch Citizen Observers are a citizen-led patrol group that acts as eyes and ears for police in Oakland. The patrol seeks to help police identify repeated nuisance properties and ensure police have all the information necessary to issue citations and/or make arrests. Patrol volunteers drive Oakland routes on specific weekends from 11pm-1am. They will take calls from residents on the patrol hotline, call 911 when needed, speak with the police and follow up on police responses. They will meet police at a safe location near the incident and remain in cars at all times. This initiative is non-confrontational. The Patrol is always looking for volunteers–whether students or long-term residents, we appreciate your help! Contact oakwatch@opdc.org or call 412.621.7863 ext. 21 to get involved..
Nuisance Properties: Oakwatch relies on residents documenting and reporting code violations each month. OPDC staff archive each report into a working database of problem properties. We cross-reference the data against our landlord database and work with City Council to contact property owners for resolutions. Each month we compile the “Oakland Property Progress Report” from this data to help target efforts around the most egregious violations. Partner enforcement agencies strategize with residents, exchanging information on status updates and recommendations for solutions. Properties remain on the list until all agree that the property no longer undermines Oakland’s quality of life. Review the most recent Property Progress Report: March.2016

Contact Oakwatch: The Oakland Code Enforcement Project at 412.621.7863 ext. 27 or email oakwatch@opdc.org.

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