City of Philadelphia

Office of the City Solicitor

Andrew S. Ross

Chief Deputy Solicitor

Housing & Code             Enforcement Unit



The areas of responsibility of the Housing and Code Enforcement Unit encompass many issues most important to Philadelphia neighborhoods and residents, including community development, affordable housing, deteriorating and unsafe structures, zoning and land use, and safe food preparation and sales.


The Housing Division represents the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation and related agencies on housing law, contracts and policy questions, and advises the City concerning federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies concerning those issues.


The Code Enforcement Division represents the Department of Licenses and Inspections and the Department of Public Health in enforcement matters relating to buildings, zoning, licensing and permit requirements and food service, and files court actions to enforce City regulations. Its attorneys appear before the Court of Common Pleas and appellate courts, the Board of License and Inspection Review, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Tax Review Board.


Andrew Ross came to the Law Department in 2001 and served as Divisional Deputy for Code Enforcement prior to being named Chief Deputy. He also counseled the Mayor's Task Force on Automobile Insurance Rate Reduction, and has worked directly in resolving federal court litigation contesting City billboard regulation and in land use issues related to state-licensed gaming casinos. Prior to joining the Law Department he practiced with several private law firms in Philadelphia, primarily as a defense litigator, served with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department in Harrisburg, and was editor-in-chief of the Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly. He is a graduate of Drew University and Widener University Law School.

Chair, Litigation Group
General Litigation Unit
Labor & Employment Unit

Civil Rights Unit