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Zoning Permits

Things You Should Know   When it comes to building something in the city of Philadelphia there are a few essential things you will need. Many of these essentials come from L&I, the Department of Licenses and Inspections. The key here is understanding what you will need, and how to get it. In addition to any Building or Zoning Permits you may need for your project, you may...

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add-info-zoning-permit

Previously in this blog, we’ve mentioned the City of Philadelphia’s requests for additional information.  Since we see a lot of these, we are going to create a catalogue of the requests as a reference guide.  We hope that this will help our clients, design partners, and contractors better understand what information is most commonly missing from an application.  (If you haven’t seen it before, it’s...

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Structural-Design

Previously in this blog, we’ve mentioned the City of Philadelphia’s requests for additional information.  Since we see a lot of these, we are going to create a catalogue of the requests as a reference guide.  We hope that this will help our clients, design partners, and contractors better understand what information is most commonly missing from an application.  (If you haven’t seen it before, it’s...

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permit-tracker

When we started out at Philly Zoning, we got a version the same question every week:  Where's my permit?  Once someone gets started on a permitting project, they want to know how far along the permit is, and how they can check its progress.   We give our clients weekly updates to answer that question, but we also think it might be helpful to provide an overview...

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Right-of-Way-Streets

Previously in this blog, we've mentioned the City of Philadelphia's requests for additional information.  Since we see a lot of these, we are going to create a catalogue of the requests as a reference guide.  We hope that this will help our clients, design partners, and contractors better understand what information is most commonly missing from an application.  (If you haven't seen it before, it's...

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Reference Guide

Happy holidays from Philadelphia Zoning!   We've had quite a year here, thanks to our clients, legal partners, and design partners.  To thank everyone, we're offering this present:  A handy reference guide for our most common permitting projects.  Enjoy!     General Zoning and Permitting Information   The source:  The Philadelphia Zoning Code The Philadelphia Code can be found here.  Title 14 (what those of us not in the legal profession would simply...

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We here at Philadelphia Zoning like to poke some fun at our City's bureaucracy.  Licenses and Inspections can be a mystery to homeowners and developers: documents go in; only sometimes do they come out.  When they do come out, it's often because they are rejected for arcane reasons.  It can be pretty frustrating and eat your time (and it's why Philadelphia Zoning exists: to save...

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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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