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Zoning permits

The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) issues zoning and change of use approvals in accordance with the Philadelphia Zoning Code.

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Zoning code

The Philadelphia Zoning Code regulates development and change of use within the city. The current Zoning Code was implemented on August 22, 2012.

Zoning regulations govern:

  • Land use.
  • The height and bulk of buildings.
  • Population density.
  • Parking requirements.
  • Placement of signs.
  • Character of development on private property.
  • Development in protected areas and on steep slopes.

Zoning permits authorize a particular use of the building or ground. More than one zoning permit may be required before a building permit can be issued by L&I for construction or demolition, or before a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued to occupy a building.


Know your zoning district

Knowing your zoning district is the first step in the zoning permit or zoning appeal process.

Below, you’ll find zoning permits available through L&I.