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Registered Community Organizations (RCOs)

Offering community members the chance to learn about developments that affect them and to give feedback.


Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) are community groups that are concerned with the physical development of their community. RCOs:

  • Get advance notice of projects that will be reviewed by the Zoning Board of Adjustment or the Civic Design Review Committee.
  • Organize and conduct public meetings where community members can comment on planned developments in their neighborhood.
  • Get notified by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) whenever a:
    • Zoning variance or special exception is requested.
    • Development requiring Civic Design Review (CDR) is proposed.

To find an existing RCO or to learn more about what RCOs do, see our resources.


1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Register an RCO

Registration will open on June 1, 2024.

Registration will be open from June 1, 2024 through June 30, 2024. A registration link will be available on this page.

To learn more about registering an RCO and the responsibilities of an RCO, see the RCO materials page.

Current RCOs can check to see if they are due to renew this year by checking their registration expiration year in the list of accepted RCOs (PDF).


To qualify as an RCO, your organization must:

  • Hold regularly scheduled, open meetings.
  • Have leadership chosen by the organization members-at-large at regularly scheduled elections.
  • Serve a geographic area that has no more than 20,000 parcels.

Some groups qualify as RCOs when they submit a complete application to PCPC. They are:

  • Neighborhood Improvement Districts.
  • Special Services Districts.
  • Ward Committees.

The full RCO program rules and responsibilities are outlined in Chapter 14-300 of the Philadelphia Code, also known as the Zoning Code.

What to expect

New applications for RCOs are accepted every year during the month of June. When you apply, you will need to attach the required documentation. This includes:

  • An adopted statement of purpose for the organization concerning land use, zoning, preservation, or development.
  • The organization's governing rules or by-laws. These must include a description of boundaries, a definition of the membership, and a description of the leadership selection process.
  • A copy of a meeting announcement distributed publicly through hard copy or electronic notices.
  • Proof that your organization is eligible.

Once the application is received, PCPC staff will review for completeness and will let you know if they require additional materials.

For more information, watch a video of the 2021 RCO information session.

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