Allegheny County Conservatorship Filings

This data includes filings related to conservatorship petitions in Allegheny County. The conservatorship process, defined by PA’s 2008 Act 135, seeks to provide “a mechanism to transform abandoned and blighted buildings into productive reuse”, ideally creating “an opportunity for communities to modernize, revitalize and grow, and to improve the quality of life for neighbors who are already there”. Conservators petition to take possession of the building and oversee the “operation, management and improvement of the building in order to bring it into compliance with all municipal building and housing code requirements”. Conservators can be can be lienholders, non-profit groups, or residents/business owners who are in the proximity of the property in question. More information can be found on the Pennsylvania General Assembly website:

Conservatorship data in the court system is maintained by the Allegheny County Department of Court Records. Data included here is from the general docket. Several different types of legal filings may occur on a property involved in the conservatorship process. At this time, only the most recent filing in a case is included in the data found here. (All of the fields except the last_activity field are expected to be set at the initial filing of the case. The last_activity field is the only one we expect to update on a regular basis; it represents the date of the most recent activity on the case.)

To view the detailed conservatorship filings for each property represented in this dataset, please visit the Department of Court Records Civil/Family Division Website Search Page, and enter the Case ID for a docket. This will provide detailed information about each conservatorship case by docket , including litigants, attorneys, non-litigants, docket entries, events, copies of documents, property information (included in the docket report) and services.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Public Access Level Comment
Temporal Coverage 2021-06-16/Present
Geographic Unit Parcel (Block/Lot)
Data Notes

The case_id, block_lot, and party_name fields are used as primary keys, so a case with two parcels or two petitioners will be represented by two slightly different records

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