Business & self-employment

Find location and zoning information

The Philadelphia Zoning Code regulates development within the city. Zoning regulations govern:

  • Property use.
  • Height and size of buildings.
  • Population density.
  • Parking requirements.
  • Signage placement.
  • The character of development on private property.

Search for zoning information

Use the City’s Atlas search tool to find out about a property’s valuation, zoning, physical details, and more. 

You can now find a property’s archived zoning documentation on Atlas. After locating the property, open the Licenses & Inspections tab. The documents are listed under the heading Zoning Permit Documents.

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Permits and appeals

If your business or construction plans are not allowed under the Zoning Code, the Department of Licenses and Inspections ( L &I) will deny your permit application. You may appeal and go to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) to seek a variance.
For detailed information on the Zoning appeal process, see these instructions.
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