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One topic I get at least one call about per week is the accessory dwelling unit. While it’s a cool idea and awesome when it works, it’s a rare circumstance when it does, and they are not the backdoor to getting that duplex that you’ve been desperately searching for.   Accessory Dwelling Units, or “ADU”s in zoning nerd speak, historically called granny flats or backyard cottages, are...

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With all City Departments currently shut down because of the Pandemic, it can be frustrating and confusing with how to move forward with your project and get your permits filed. It just so happens that the City of Philadelphia rolled out a new online permit submission system called eCLIPSE about a week ago.    However, if you aren’t up-to-speed with using eCLIPSE, this can set your permit...

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How to Airbnb your Home or Apartment in Philadelphia

Are you interested in the Airbnb movement? I mean who doesn’t want some extra cash flow? If you are, that’s great! You are probably also thinking about the licenses and permits you will need in order to get properly up and running. This guide will explain the steps, process, cost, and timeline involved to obtain the proper permits and licenses for your Airbnb rental in...

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  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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