Permits, violations & licenses

Get a Zoning Permit to adjust property lot lines

Service overview

You need a lot adjustment to:

  • Combine lots.
  • Split a lot into multiple new lots.
  • Reconfigure the property lines between adjoining lots.

The number of permits you need depends on how many lots you start with. The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) will determine this during the review.

If your proposal meets code requirements, you are granted permits as a matter of right.

If your proposal does not meet code requirements, you’ll need a special exception or a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Make sure you know the legal boundaries of your property. You can find this information on the deed. You can check the exact location of property lines by hiring a licensed surveyor.

Who

Any property owner or authorized agent of the owner can apply.

Authorized agents may include:

  • Design professionals.
  • Attorneys.
  • Contractors.
  • Licensed expediters.

Requirements

Permit application

  • Must include the complete listing of addresses and current owner information.
  • If a property was recently sold, submit a copy of the settlement sheet or deed with the application.
  • You must apply for all permits under the legal address established by the Office of Property Assessment (OPA).

Plans

If your application requires plans, they must follow plan requirements.

Related Permits

If you would like to:

You may request that work on your zoning application for lot line adjustment.

Required pre-approvals

For all lot adjustments

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Where and when

In person

Permit and License Center
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
MSB, Public Service Concourse
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Office closes at noon on the last Wednesday of each month.

Online

You can apply online using eCLIPSE.

Cost

Permit fee per lot less than 30,000 sq. ft.
$207

A non-refundable filing fee of $100 is applied to the permit fee. The balance of the permit fee is due once your application is approved.

Permit fee per lot more than 30,000 sq. ft.
$517

A non-refundable filing fee of $100 is applied to the permit fee. The balance of the permit fee is due once your application is approved.

Record retention fee
$4

Per page larger than 8.5 in. x 14 in.

Accelerated Plan Review fee (optional)

Applications for new construction that include plans are eligible for expedited review. Accelerated applications are reviewed within 5 business days.

  • Fee: $1050
    • $350 is due when you apply. You must pay the remainder once approved.
  • Accelerated review fees will not be credited toward your final permit fee.

To apply, fill out an Accelerated Plan Review application and submit with your permit application.

Payment methods and details

Accepted payment methods

Where Accepted payment
Online through the eCLIPSE application

(There is a $200,000 limit for online payments.)

  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.5% surcharge)
In person at the Permit and License Center in the Municipal Services Building
  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.5% surcharge)
In person at the Cashier’s Station in the Municipal Services Building

(Items paid at the Cashier’s Station will be mailed within five business days.)

  • Check
  • Money order
  • Credit card (+2% surcharge)
  • Cash

Checks and money orders

Check requirements
  • Make all checks and money orders payable to the “City of Philadelphia.”
  • The individual or company listed on the check must be listed on the application.
  • Personal checks are accepted.
  • Checks and money orders must have issue dates within 12 months of the transaction.
Reasons your check may be rejected

L&I will not accept checks that are missing depository information or are:

  • Unsigned.
  • Expired.
  • Post-dated.
  • Starter checks without account info.

Returned payment policy

If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds:

  1. You authorize the City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20.
  2. The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.

How

You can apply for this permit in person at the Permit and License Center or online using eCLIPSE.

In person

1
Get any required pre-approvals before submitting your application to L&I.
2
Bring your completed application, application materials, and payment to the Permit and License Center.

Applications are processed within 20 business days.

The applicant can accelerate the application for an additional fee. Accelerated applications are reviewed within 5 business days.

3
If approved, the applicant will receive notice to pay the balance.

If not approved, the applicant will receive an email stating what is missing or required.

Online

1
Log in to your eCLIPSE account and apply for a permit. Upload all required documents and pay the filing fee. Upload all required documents and submit the filing fee.

If applying as a licensed professional or contractor, you must first associate your license or registration with your online account.

2
The application will go to L&I and other City departments for review and approval.

Applications are processed within 20 business days.

The applicant can accelerate the application for an additional fee. Accelerated applications are reviewed within 5 business days.

3
If approved, the applicant will receive a notice to pay the balance.

If not approved, the applicant will receive an email stating what is missing or required.

Deeds and registration

After the permit is issued, new accounts must the established with the Office of Property Assessment and any new deeds must be recorded with the Department of Records . This is required within three years of permit issuance or Zoning Board of Adjustment decision.

Appeals

If your application receives a Notice of Refusal or Notice of Referral, you may appeal to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Your right to appeal a Notice of Refusal or Referral expires 30 days from the date it was issued. These denials can not be extended. You need to submit a new application and filing fee to get a new refusal or referral.


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