Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 04 to 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 08

COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is now available for certain groups. Learn more about the City’s plans for distributing vaccines. If you're interested in getting the vaccine, sign up today!
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Department of Planning and Development

Creating strong neighborhoods with empowered residents.

Department of Planning and Development

COVID-19 updates: The Department of Planning and Development has issued emergency regulations governing “deemed approvals.” Effective March 19, its non-performance of review should not be deemed approval or denial of any applications, plans, materials, or documents subject to review. The ZBA has also adopted new regulations on filing deadlines and hearing notices (PDF). For more information, visit the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

What we do

The Department of Planning and Development works in collaboration with communities to promote, plan, preserve, and develop successful neighborhoods for all.

Reaching these goals requires city agencies to work together with residents, businesses, developers, advocates, funders, and each other. Planning and Development has a team of agencies that do just that. Our agencies include:

We also partner with the PHDC.

Together we are charting a vibrant future for our city.


1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email planning.development@phila.gov
TTY: (215) 683-0286


  • Mar
    Art Commission meeting
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Art Commission meeting

    March 10, 2021
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Online via Zoom
  • Mar
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    March 12, 2021
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Zoom
    The public may participate in the meeting in three ways: live with acomputer, tablet, or smartphone; live with a telephone; and in advanceby email. 

    To join with a device, go to this website on March 12. 

    To join with a telephone, call this number on March 12. 
    • Telephone Number: 301-715-8592 
    • Webinar ID: 837 0725 1369 
    • Password: 104395 

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov bynoon on March 11.