Building in Philadelphia
that you start by contacting the councilperson for the area. If you need a zoning change or a street placed
on the City Plan, you will need the councilperson to introduce legislation
into City Council. Working proactively to engage District Council members
can save time in the development schedule. Each council office has a
staff member responsible for zoning who attends the Zoning Board of
Adjustments hearings. Council persons are listed at right.
The residential development approval process for the City of Philadelphia may involve working with a number of public agencies. This website covers those agencies, describes their roles and provides contact numbers.
Click here to view this process.
Most plans for development require the review of the City Planning Commission.
At your request, Planning Commission staff will review your plans prior
to any formal submission. The Zoning Unit of the Department of Licenses
and Inspections (L&I) will review plans over the counter. At your
request, L&I will schedule a meeting with you to review construction
Call the L&I Commissioners office at
Click here to connect to the City Planning Commission
There are independent agencies that can assist
you: the Building Industry Association and the American Institute of
Architects. Contact information below.
- American Institute for Architects
A members association for architects.
117 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
- American Society of Civil Engineers
Non-profit organization: promotes green building and community interaction.
P.O. Box 58186, Philadelphia, PA 19102
- Building Industry Association of Philadelphia
Provides networking opportunities.
1735 Market St., Suite A 432, Philadelphia, PA 19103
State law requires that developers/contractors call 3 days before beginning
construction. The purpose is to prevent damage to underground facilities, to promote
designers, excavators, and facility owners.
Pennsylvania One Call System: click here
StopCall Before You Dig! 800-242-1776
City Council President
Darrell L. Clarke 215-686-2070
District Council Members
#1 Mark Squilla 215-686-3458
#2 Kenyatta Johnson 215-686-3412
#3 Jannie L. Blackwell 215-686-3418
#4 Curtis Jones, Jr. 215-686-3416
#5 Darrell L. Clarke 215-686-3442
#6 Bobby Henon 215-686-3444
#7 Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez 215-686-3448
#8 Cindy Bass 215-686-3424
#9 Marian B. Tasco 215-686-3454
#10 Brian J. O’Neill 215-686-3422
Blondell Reynolds-Brown 215-686-3438
W. Wilson Goode, Jr. 215-686-3414
Bill Green 215-686-3420
William K. Greenlee 215-686-3446
Dennis O'Brien 215-686-3452
James Kenney 215-686-3440
David Oh 215-686-3452