The Philadelphia Zoning Code regulates development within the city. Zoning regulations govern land use, the height and bulk of buildings, population density, parking requirements, the placement of signs, character of development on private property, and property uses.
Zoning permits authorize construction of or an addition to a building. A permit is an official non-renewable document that authorizes a specific activity. Use Registration permits authorize a particular use of the building or ground. Both of these can be required before a building permit may be issued by L&I for any construction or before a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued to occupy a building.
Zoning approval is necessary for the following:
Visit the Business Services Center for more information about Zoning.
Recent changes to the City's decades-old zoning code were implemented August 22, 2012. You can read the new code here.
Learn about the zoning of a specific parcel and check out the zoning archive.