Author: Philly Zoning Team

  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR PHILADELPHIA ART COMMISSION SUBMISSION CHECKLIST!     The Purpose of the Philadelphia Art Commission   The Philadelphia Art Commission manages design standards concerning artwork, signage, and certain construction projects throughout the city.  The role of the Art Commission is to ensure that designs and artwork are "beautiful, orderly, and appropriate so that the City is a desirable place to live, visit, and do business."    Most of...

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Philadelphia Zoning has been guiding clients and projects through the Special Inspections Program required as per the Building Code.  Sometimes there is pushback, confusion, and questions regarding this program and how it affects a project, or wy and when it is needed.   What is the Philadelphia Special Inspections Program?   The special Inspections Program is a program designed to promote quality assurance in construction projects. It is designed...

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Understanding and figuring out the zoning of a property can be one of the most elusive feats, especially if you don't know where to look. There are free tools you can utilize to try to decipher the legal use, but it is usually unclear. There can be dozens and even hundreds of documents in the city's zoning archive, incomplete paper trails, and a slew of other...

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Most of Philadelphia Zoning's offerings are based on providing permit expediting and project coordination services. This has worked very well for over 100 Philadelphia Zoning clients, but there is another option.   Maybe you want to actually learn how to do it yourself and do it well because you have interest, or you do so many projects a year that it's more economically feasible for you to...

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  Going through the process to consolidate or subdivide a lot in Philadelphia has many steps. This post will walk you through the steps that you need to take.   Step 1: Get a Survey & New Legal Description(s)   In order to start the process, you will need to have a civil engineer / land surveyor come out and conduct a survey of the land. From there, they will...

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Zoning Board of Adjustment: What Happens After Your Hearing   Philadelphia Zoning specializes in Zoning Variance coordination. Whether it is a regulated use registration for a new business or a height bonus for a home addition, in order to get approval from the City to execute a development plan which is not expressly allowed by the Zoning Code, you must obtain letter granting you special approval from...

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Philadelphia Zoning was founded in large part to help new business owners obtain the proper zoning to operate their business. One of the most common types of projects we have worked on throughout the years has been Zoning Variance for Body Art and Tattoo Use.  Because this is a controlled use, obtaining a permit always requires special approval by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.    In addition to obtaining...

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The Typology of Permits   Property development can be complicated. And if you are new to the world of city regulation and permits, it may be difficult to predict exactly what you need in order to successfully, and legally, complete a project.   The typology of permits is generally broken down into two categories; Building and Zoning. This is because city regulations are also separated by these terms and...

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Congratulations!   If you are wondering what your next steps should be when getting prepared for a Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hearing, then congratulations! You are almost finished with the zoning permit process. But before you start popping champagne, you have to get ZBA (Zoning Board of Adjustment) approval first.   A disclaimer: Just because you follow all of the criteria leading up to and including the...

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