Department of Planning and Development

Development Services

The Division of Development Services provides information about permits and approvals for developments. It also helps individual projects get through the approval process in the most efficient way possible. It answers questions, provides feedback, makes connections with City departments, and helps solve new or unique issues on complicated projects.


The Division of Development Services offers:

  • General information about development processes.
  • Reviews of preliminary plans and proposals to offer project feedback.
  • Introductory meetings with City departments.
  • Development Services Committee meetings for large and complicated real estate projects.

General help

The Development Services team will assist:

  • Individuals.
  • Property owners.
  • Community groups.
  • Developers.

Staff will provide guidance about the permitting and approval processes generally or with regard to specific projects or properties. It may also set up preliminary meetings for developers with City departments. For general assistance, contact Division staff at or (215) 683-4652.

Development Services Committee

The Development Services Committee (DSC) is open to private, public, or nonprofit developers of complicated projects. DSC meetings can review approvals, permits, studies, sequencing, and other project development issues. These projects can be new construction or conversions.

DSC meetings enable developers to present plans to the DSC and:

  • Discuss plans with representatives from each agency related to the project.
  • Receive feedback on the necessary regulatory approvals.
  • Coordinate or clarify issues that may be regulated by more than one department.
  • Establish a prioritization schedule for approvals, utility service, and public actions.

To take part, contact or (215) 683-4686. Staff will then provide you with a DSC meeting request form.

Contact information

General phone: (215) 683-4686

To contact Development Services staff, see our staff directory.


Development Services Checklist

The following permit and review checklist is intended as an overview of the requirements for real estate development projects in the City of Philadelphia. For additional information on fees, submission requirements, and specific issues please refer to the departmental websites or contacts provided.