(1) Courts in "R-18," "R-19" and "R-20" Residential Districts. The
minimum width of an open court between wings of a building shall be twelve (12)
feet. The least dimension of an inner court shall be eight (8) feet. Minimum
area for such court shall be one hundred (100) square feet. Such courts of less
area than three hundred (300) square feet shall not be permitted for any
building used for dwelling purposes, except when used as vent
Towers and Belfries except in "RC-4"
belfries, cupolas, minarets, pinnacles, church gables, spires, or ornamental
towers not for human occupancy shall not be considered part of the "height of a
building" or "gross floor area" as used in the regulations for residential
(b) Towers of mechanical or structural necessity shall not
be considered a part of the "height of the building" or "gross floor area" as
used in the regulations for residential districts except where the area of such
towers exceed 20% of the ground floor level of the building of which they are a
part, in which case they shall be considered a part of the "height of the
building" and the "gross floor area" in the same manner as any other
(3) Fire Escape.
Open work fire escapes are permitted when
required by law and shall not be considered as reducing the open area
Fences shall be permitted in residential
districts to the extent herein provided:
Any fence located nearer to the lot line
than the required building set-back, or the actual distance of the building from
the lot line (whichever is greater), shall be no more than three and one-half
feet in height;
(.2) Side and Rear.
Fences in the rear, or at
the side (located further from the front lot line than the required building
set-back or the actual distance to the building from the front lot line) may be
no more than six feet in height.
(.1) Any side of a building facing a street shall be
considered in the same fashion as a front of an intermediate lot for purposes of
permitting fences. Other sides of said building shall be considered in the same
fashion as the side and rear of an intermediate lot for purposes of permitting
(c) Retaining Walls.
Retaining walls shall be considered
as fences and controlled under this paragraph to the extent that such walls
protrude above the actual ground level at the highest point of such walls. This
paragraph shall not be applicable to any retaining wall required by the
provisions of any section of The Philadelphia Code, or regulations promulgated
(5) Street Frontage
(a) Single Family and Duplex Dwellings.
lot upon which a single family or duplex dwelling is erected after the effective
date of this ordinance shall have a street frontage not less than two-thirds of
the minimum lot width required for the district.
Dwellings and Buildings Other than Dwellings.
Any lot upon which a multiple
dwelling or building other than a dwelling is erected after the effective date
of this ordinance shall have a street frontage not less than two-thirds of the
width of the lot at its widest point.
(6) Separate Buildings.
(7) Decks and
Decks and Patios
shall be permitted only in accordance with the following
(a) A deck or patio may not be enclosed by a fence more
than forty-two (42) inches in height;
(b) Front yard:
or patio shall be prohibited between the street line and the front wall of any
(c) Side yard:
Any deck or patio shall be
(d) Rear yard:
Any deck or patio may be permitted
between the rear wall and the rear property line of any building and shall not
be considered as occupied area, provided the following conditions are
(.1) Roof, walls, stairs.
No deck may be enclosed by walls
and/or a roof above the usable surface of the deck, nor enclosed by walls below
the usable surface. Stairs from the ground level to the deck shall not be
(.2) Access to garage.
No patio or deck shall be
constructed and/or located so as to prevent vehicular access to any existing
garage whether or not the garage is providing required off street parking for
use of the lot;
(.3) Minimum distance from the driveway and/or rear
Any deck or patio shall be constructed so that it is no
closer at any point than three (3) feet from the edge of any driveway and/or
rear property line serving two or more lots;
(.4) Minimum distance
from lot lines.
Any deck or patio shall be constructed so that all vertical
support elements are located a minimum distance of one (1) foot, six (6) inches
from all lot lines.
"R-2," "R-3," "R-4," "R-5," "R-5A," "R-6," "R-7," "R-8," "R-9," "R-9A," "R-10,"
"R-10A," "R-10B," "R-14," "R-15," "R-16," "RC-2," "RC-3," and "RC-4," Wireless
Service Facilities (Facilities) shall be prohibited except with the granting of
a Zoning Board of Adjustment Special Use Permit, provided that all of the
following conditions have been met, further provided that antennas to be placed
on an existing structure which is not located on a lot containing a one or two
family dwelling shall be permitted:
(.1) Distance from Residential
Newly erected Facilities shall not be located within 500
feet of a lot line of any residential dwelling unit, provided that where a fall
zone of greater than 500 feet is required the greater full zone distance shall
(.2) Minimum Lot Size.
The minimum lot size for a newly
erected Facility shall be 2000 square feet;
Buildings and structures which are part of a newly erected
facility shall conform to the minimum yard, set-back, and height (excluding
antennas and antenna towers or support structures) requirements of the
individual district in which they are
(.a) Around any newly
erected Facility, a continuous evergreen screen shall be required. The screen
can be either a hedge or a row of evergreen trees. The evergreen screen shall be
a minimum of 6 feet in width with a minimum height of 6 feet at plating, and
shall have the potential to grow to a minimum of 15 feet at
(.b) Any auxiliary structure, building or equipment
accessory to antennas placed on an existing structure which is not located
within the existing structure shall be screened with materials compatible with
the existing structures, buildings or equipment at the time of
(.c) The specimen of vegetation to be planted shall be
selected from a list of trees recommended by the Fairmount Park Commission and
the City Planning Commission. Provided, that if the Planning Commission
determines that existing
vegetation, topography, or other natural features achieves the same level of
screening as required above and informs the Department of Licenses and
Inspections in writing of this finding, the requirements of this paragraph may
be modified or not applied;
(.5) Height Limit.
with a maximum height limit of 35 feet service towers whether built on the
ground or on the roof of an existing building may not exceed 60 feet in height
above the average ground level at the base of the tower or building, provided,
in all other districts the maximum height limit of service towers whether built
on the ground or on the roof on an existing building shall be the height limit
of the district in which they are located;
(.6) Fall Zone.
Within the lot where the facility is located there shall be a fall zone around
the entire tower whose radius is equal to the height of the tower above average
ground level at its highest point;
tower is located on an existing building, the Facility shall be completely
enclosed by a six (6) foot high chain link or similar fence, provided, the
entire fence shall be located behind the required landscape screen and the
(.8) Guy Wires.
All guy wires and all guyed
towers shall be clearly marked so as to be visible at all times and all guy
wires shall be a minimum 10 feet from a property line of the facility,
All lighting, other than required by the
shall be shielded and
reflected from adjoining properties.