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Department of Planning and Development

Shaping the future of Philadelphia by planning and regulating change and growth in the City.

Department of Planning and Development

COVID-19 and deemed approvals (effective March 19): The Department of Planning and Development has issued emergency regulations governing “deemed approvals” by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Philadelphia Art Commission, and their various committees, including the Civic Design Review Committee and the Sign Committee of the Art Commission. During the period from March 18, 2020, through 60 days after the termination of the Mayor’s March 16, 2020, Emergency Order, the non-performance of review by these agencies, their respective Committees or staff, in connection with any applications, plans, materials or other documents will not constitute a deemed approval or a deemed denial of any such applications, plans, materials or documents subject to review.

COVID-19 filing extension (effective March 17): The ZBA is extending certain filing deadlines, including filing appeals from refusals, appeals of referrals, and appeals against actions of L&I. Any filing deadline between March 13 and March 31 has been extended by at least two weeks, with no filing required before April 1. ZBA may provide for additional extensions if conditions warrant.

What we do

The Department of Planning and Development makes sure Philadelphia has well-planned neighborhoods, with affordable housing options and access to public art. We oversee historic preservation to honor the City’s unique history; help developers move their projects forward; create citywide and neighborhood plans; and implement zoning.

Our department includes:

We also partner with the PHDC.

Together we are charting a vibrant future for our city.


1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
TTY: (215) 683-0286


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