On August 22, 2012, a new zoning code
went into effect for the City of Philadelphia. This first comprehensive rewrite of the code in 50 years was a product of a thorough civic engagement process involving neighborhood, government, business, professional and civic leaders.
The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) is responsible for administering the zoning code. L&I ensures public safety by issuing permits and licenses and providing inspections.
Please visit the Department of Licenses and Inspections
for more information. Zoning Code Sections
Section 100: General Provisions
Section 200: DefinitionsZoning Resources
Section 300: Administration and Procedures
Section 400: Base Zoning Districts
Section 500: Overlay Zoning Districts
Section 600: Use Regulations
Section 700: Development Standards
Section 800: Park and Loading
Section 900: Signs
Section 1000: Historic Preservation
Request a zoning change by contacting your district City Council member
and the appropriate District Planner
to discuss the request.
View illustrative examples for each zoning district, basic measurements and standards, and categories of allowed uses in the Zoning Code Quick Reference Guide
View a list of Heritage Trees
for preservation as cited in Section 14-705(1)(e) of the Zoning Code.
View past zoning cases by entering a property address into the Zoning Archive
View other zoning facts and resources
View the original 1933 zoning code