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Philadelphia Licenses

In the world of Philadelphia Zoning, there's nothing more predictable than receiving a letter marked, "Request for Additional Information."   There's also nothing less predictable than a letter marked "Request for Additional Information."   An additional information request is sent by Licenses and Inspections whenever one of their plans examiners wants — well, to know more about your project.  Here's a recent example from our files:  Philadelphia Zoning applied...

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One of the most sensible and also counter-intuitive parts of the zoning process in Philly is the community review.   Any time you want to use your property for something that the zoning code doesn't allow, you must seek a variance from the City of Philadelphia (as we've discussed).  When you seek a variance, a community organization in Philadelphia gets to review the proposal before the City...

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Wait, I have to get approval from what?   Ah, prerequisite approvals!  Who doesn't love that giddy sensation?  You know the one:  You walk up to the desk at Licenses and Inspections, submit your carefully prepared application, and are told in a dead monotone, "This needs approval from Streets before we'll look at it."   There's no way around it: Prerequisite approvals are rough.  In this story, you need...

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We here at Philadelphia Zoning like to think we have answers for you.  We tell you we can saw through forests of red tape, and we mean it.  But sometimes, we get a question that has about a hundred different answers.  "How much does a permit cost?" is one of those questions.   There are a few reasons why such a simple question has so many different answers.   First,...

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Every landlord or entity that rents-out a residential housing unit in Philadelphia is required to obtain a rental license (formerly known as a housing inspection license).  The following is a simple step-by-step guide to walk you through the process of getting your rental license(s):   Step 1: Obtain a Commercial Activity License and a Philadelphia Business Tax Account Number   The application for both the Commercial Activity License (CAL...

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