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.
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: