Look up zoning information and check the requirements for plan and design reviews involving PCPC.
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) advises the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), applicants, and community groups about zoning cases. PCPC has to review some plans before the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) will accept them.
L&I is responsible for administering the zoning code. L&I ensures public safety by issuing permits and licenses and providing inspections.
You can appeal an L&I refusal to the ZBA, an independent board. The public can participate in ZBA hearings.
Zoning and project reviews
Get a civic design review How to go through the civic design review (CDR) process for large development projects.
Get a site plan review Certain zoning permits require review by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission first. We accept walk-ins and appointments.
Get a facade review Request a review for changes to the facade (or front) of a building or for new construction in Center City.
Get a sky plane review How to request a review for a large building project located in the Center City commercial districts CMX-4 or CMX-5.
Get an affordable housing zoning bonus review How to apply for an affordable housing zoning bonus with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC).
Get a review for an NCO or NCA How to get a review to confirm that your building project meets its neighborhood’s design standards.
Get a public open space review How to get a review for a development that includes a public open space and may qualify for a floor area or height bonus.
Get a master plan review If you are proposing a new master plan district or amendments to a master plan, you need a master plan review.
Get a subdivision plat review If you are subdividing new parcels that are not fronting on the existing public streets, you may need a subdivision plat review.
Reports and plans
You can also review the neighborhood zoning remapping process and read the zoning code five-year report.
Zoning information lookup
To view current zoning, past zoning cases, and other information, use the City’s mapping tool, Atlas.