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Zoning, planning & development

Get a conceptual plan review

If you are planning a lot adjustment, building addition, or development project, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) recommends that you meet with staff for a conceptual plan review first.

This review is intended for projects that propose more than 5,000 square feet of new building footprint. PCPC suggests a review regardless of whether your project is by-right or needs a zoning appeal. Staff can provide guidance on:

  • Zoning code requirements.
  • Zoning approval and appeal processes.
  • Planning principles that will help your project contribute to the greater good of your block, neighborhood, and city.


You should complete the conceptual plan review before you file a zoning permit application.

This meeting is not required, and participation does not guarantee that staff will provide a favorable recommendation for your zoning appeal. However, it may help your project avoid delays during the zoning review and approval process.

After the meeting, PCPC will give you a summary of comments for your project.

To schedule a meeting, send an email to either:

Where and when

Virtual meetings are available via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Staff is available at the following times (excluding City holidays):

  • Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon

Meetings will be 30 or 60 minutes depending on the size and complexity of your project.

Submissions materials

You should provide the following electronic materials before the meeting:

  • Applicant name, address, and contact information
  • Project description
  • Existing conditions plan
  • Topographic survey and limit of earth disturbance (if located within the steep slope protection area)
  • Proposed impervious area (if located within the Wissahickon watershed overlay)
  • Proposed lot adjustment plan or subdivision plat (if applicable)
  • Proposed site plan (if applicable)
  • Proposed building elevations (if applicable)

What happens next

After your conceptual plan review, you should file a zoning permit application. Your application will be reviewed by the City and may require a number of reviews or hearings. These may include: