Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I pay an Upper St. Clair Code Violation citation issued by the Police Department (e.g., overnight parking violation)?
Upper St. Clair Code Violation citations that were issued by the Upper St. Clair Police Department can be paid either in person at the Township Municipal Building (Township Administration Office NOT at the Police Department) Mon - Fri between 8 a.m - 4 p.m. or by mailing a check or money order to Township of Upper St. Clair, Attn: Administration Receptionist, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241. If paying in-person, credit cards are accepted; otherwise, the payment must be a check or money order. Cash is NOT accepted.
How do I get a copy of an accident report?
Accident reports can be obtained through crashdocs.org or by clicking HERE. In general, crash reports are typically available within ten days of the crash. Please note, though, that Pennsylvania law allows for up to fifteen days for the completion of these reports. Accident reports are $15.
My vehicle was towed (accident, arrest, etc.) by the Upper St. Clair Police Department. Where do I go to get it back?
The Upper St. Clair Police Department contracts with Ghelarducci's & Sons Auto for all towing. Please contact their shop, located at 702 Mill Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017, at 412-221-9865 during regular business hours to speak with someone about picking up your vehicle or paying your towing fee.
How do I get a copy of a police report?
Copies of police reports may be requested by submitting a Right-to-Know request form available HERE or at the Police Dispatch Center. There is a charge of $0.25 per page with a $1.00 minimum.
How do I contact Animal Control?
Animal Control is contacted through the Police Dispatch Center at 412-833-7500.
Common questions about animals within the Township and related ordinances can be found on their FAQ page, which can be found HERE.
How do I contact the Magistrate's Office?
Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni
Magisterial District 05-2-20
The Hiras Professional Building
2414 Lytle Road, Suite 200
Bethel Park, PA 15102.
How do I obtain a solicitor's permit?
Solicitor permit applications are available to download HERE or at the Police Administration office.
How do I request a tour of the Police Department?
To request a tour of the Police Department, send a written request to the Chief of Police. The request may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Police Department Tour Request" or mailed to Chief Jonathan Wharton, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241.
How do I request a vacation home check?
Vacation home check forms are available for download HERE or at the Police Dispatch Center. Please return completed forms to the Dispatch Center, which is open 24/7.
How do I obtain permission to park on the street overnight?
On-street parking is prohibited in Upper St. Clair between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
If you need to park on the street during these prohibited hours (e.g., driveway sealing, construction, etc.), please contact the Police Department at 412-833-1113 (Mon - Fri from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or 412-833-7500 (after hours) for approval. Any request made during the period before or during a snow storm, or other severe weather event, will not be approved.
When is the Police Department open?
Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Police Administration office is closed on the following holidays.New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
The Dispatch Center is open 24/7, 365 days/year.
How do I renew my driver's license or vehicle registration?
You can renew your driver's license and vehicle registration online through PennDOT's website, which can be found HERE. Renewals can also be done in-person at a DMV location or through AAA.
How do I get a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA)?
If you are experiencing active abuse, contact the Police Department immediately by calling 412-833-7500 or 911. If you need to speak with an officer about your current situation and are safe, contact our Dispatch Center at 412-833-7500.
In Pennsylvania, a Protection From Abuse Order (PFA) order from a court gives protective “relief” for a victim (and sometimes their children) for a period of up to three years (for final orders). A person can file for a PFA order from the court for themselves or on behalf of their minor children. A PFA describes various types of protections for the victim. For example, a PFA order can make it illegal for the abuser to contact, harass, and abuse the victim and the victim’s children; it may also order the abuser to return personal property. An abusers violation of a PFA may result in criminal charges. 
Emergency PFA Orders
What to do with your Emergency PFA Order?
An Emergency PFA Order is only temporary and will only remain in effect to protect you until 5:00 p.m. on the next business day that Family Court is open. (Family Court is open Monday through Friday, excluding holidays).
Emergency PFA orders can be obtained after 11:00 a.m., and on weekends and court holidays, from a Magisterial District Judge at the Municipal Courts Building, 660 First Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Municipal Courts Building:412-350-3240
You will be given three copies of the Emergency PFA Order.
- One copy is for you to keep.
- One copy is for you to give to the police department where you live.
- The third copy is for you to take to the police department where the defendant lives so that the police can serve the copy on the defendant.
If this Emergency PFA Order is violated, please immediately contact the police department where the violation occurred.
How to Apply for a More Permanent PFA Order
In order to apply for a more permanent PFA Order, you must report to Family Court between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (PFA Intake Hours; otherwise follow procedure for an Emergency PFA).
Family Court is open Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Family Court is located at:
Family Division Court
Room 3030, 3rd Floor
440 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
-You should arrive at Family Court as early as possible.
-After completing paperwork in the morning, a hearing will be held that afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
-You should plan to be at the Courthouse until approximately 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. that day.
-A free children’s playroom is available in case you need to bring your children with you.
Domestic Violence Programs & Hotlines
Due to the confidential nature of the work and the need to maintain safety and security, domestic violence programs do not publish the addresses of their shelters or safe homes. The hotline number is the key to accessing all the shelter services. 
Administrative Office: 412-664-7146 | 24 Hour Toll Free Hotline: 866-202-5573
Shelter Intake and Crisis Counseling 24 hours
1. How to Get a Restraining Order, PCADV (2020), https://www.pcadv.org/about-abuse/intervention/how-to-get-a-restraining-order/.
2. Protection From Abuse, Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, http://alleghenycountyda.us/domestic-violence/protection-from-abuse/.
Does the Upper St. Clair Police Department offer car seat inspections?
Yes, the Department has officers certified in child safety seat installations. This service is available to township residents ONLY. To schedule an appointment, call the Police Administration office at 412-833-1113 Mon-Fri, 8 a.m - 4 p.m.
Do Upper St. Clair Police Officers wear body cameras?
Yes, all uniformed officers working patrol are required to wear department-issued body cameras. Our Department's body-worn camera policy can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Can I use fireworks in Upper St. Clair?
The Fireworks Law Act 43 of 2017 allows Pennsylvania residents to purchase certain types of fireworks in Pennsylvania and to use consumer-grade fireworks under limited conditions. Although legal in Pennsylvania, due to the close proximity of homes/properties in Upper St. Clair, there are limited locations where consumer fireworks can legally be used.
Use of Fireworks in Upper St. Clair:
- Person must be 18 years old.
- Cannot be used in or thrown from a vehicle.
- Cannot be thrown at or into a vehicle.
- Person must not be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
- Cannot be used WITHIN 150 FEET (50 yards) of an occupied structure.
- Fireworks cannot be ignited or discharged on public or private property without the express permission of the property owner.
- Fireworks are prohibited on Township property, USC School District property, and public roadways.
- Cannot create noise that disturbs the peace.
What hours is construction noise allowed to take place in Upper St. Clair?
Construction noise is prohibited between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday and on all federally designated legal holidays.
Construction noise includes the following:
- The operation of heavy construction or excavation machinery, including but not limited to bulldozers, high-lifts, backhoes, trucks, power shovels, pumps, and jackhammers.
-The operation of equipment, such as saws, drills, and any other type of machinery used outside.
Is open burning allowed in Upper St. Clair?
Recreational fires are permitted if the following regulations are followed:
- Fire shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.
- No fire shall be built on someone else's property unless they receive permission from the property owner.
- Open burning that is offensive because of smoke or odor is prohibited
- Fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished; fires are not permitted to smolder overnight.
- Fires may be no larger than 3' wide by 3' long by 2' high.
- No material other than clean wood, propane, or natural gas may be burned EXCEPT for commercially available fire logs, paraffin logs, or wood pellets.
The open burning of any waste material, including but not limited to building supplies, garbage, grass and leaves is PROHIBITED.