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Zoning, planning & development

Find a City-owned building

Some City-owned properties are available for purchase. The resources described below can help you find the right property for your needs.


Businesses, organizations, and individuals interested in purchasing a City-owned property.


There are many ways to search for City-owned properties.


PHDC manages more than 5,000 properties for sale around the city. Most properties are vacant land or buildings in need of major repairs. Properties are sold at fair market value. This value is established through independent appraisal.

Properties proposed for public benefit may be available at discounted prices to nonprofits. To qualify, projects must address community needs, including:

  • Affordable housing.
  • Quality of life issues.

Residents seeking a side yard may also be eligible for discounted prices. For more details, please see the City’s Disposition Policies.

To find properties, you can:

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)

PIDC leases and sells large industrial and commercial sites throughout Philadelphia. The inventory of land includes industrial parks and the 1,200 acre Navy Yard development.

Search PIDC’s available properties.

Philadelphia County Sheriff

The Sheriff’s Office hosts monthly sales where court-ordered foreclosed properties are sold. Sheriff Sales are public auctions.

Find out more about Sheriff Sales in Philadelphia.