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This post is a featured post for our #RCORants series. #RCORants showcases stories about the often harmful actions that take place among RCO's (Registered Community Organizations) in Philadelphia. The goal is to raise awareness about what goes on, stimulate a conversation, and ultimately improve the RCO system to create more accountability, equality, and fairness.   "Not in my backyard."   That might as well have been the answer that...

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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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