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Zoning, planning & development

Get a site plan review

Service overview

Certain zoning applications need a review by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC). These types of reviews include:

  • Lot line changes.
  • Open-air parking lots and landscaping.
  • Wissahickon watershed reviews.
  • Steep slope overlay reviews.
  • Primary street determination for properties fronting on multiple streets.

Who

People who need approvals from PCPC as part of their zoning permit applications.

Requirements

Most site plans must show the information from the Developers Checklist. Depending on the type of review you need, you may have to provide more details.

For lot line changes

If you want to change your lot lines or create new parcels, the plans must be reviewed by PCPC before you submit your application to L&I. Submit copies of the following online through eCLIPSE or in person:

  • A survey plan drawn by a licensed surveyor or engineer
  • A stamp by the local City Survey District, if they didn’t draw the plan
  • Existing conditions and proposed changes
  • New legal descriptions of the properties for the new deeds

Note that if the new properties do not front on a city street, an in-person review at the counter (“counter review”) may not be possible. The review can also be conducted online through eCLIPSE. Call (215) 683-4615 for information.

For open-air parking lots and landscaping

Submit the following in eCLIPSE:

  • A landscape plan or list of plants species
  • Calculations for the percentage of landscaping in the interior of a parking lot, if needed
  • Landscape buffer, if required
  • New or existing curb cuts
  • Drive aisle widths and travel directions
  • The size of the parking spaces
  • The location of the parking levels, above or below ground

You may also submit eight copies of your site plans in person.

For Wissahickon watershed reviews

Submit the following in eCLIPSE:

  • Impervious coverage calculations, existing and proposed
  • Distances to any nearby streams or swales
  • Areas with a 15% or greater slope
  • Areas with a 25% or greater slope
  • Distance to the nearest intersection, if the property is not on a corner
  • Earthmoving plan, if required

You may also submit eight copies of your site plans in person. You may also need a plan review from the Philadelphia Water Department.

For steep slope protection overlay reviews

Submit the following in eCLIPSE:

  • Existing conditions, including the site’s topographic information, retaining walls, and landscaping terrace
  • Topographic survey in 2’ intervals
  • Existing slope calculations at the construction area, including the area for underground utility connections
  • Areas with a 15% or greater slope
  • Areas with a 25% or greater slope
  • Earthmoving plan, if required

You may also submit eight copies of your site plans in person.

For primary street determination reviews

Submit the following in eCLIPSE:

  • Names of the streets that the lot touches
  • Widths of the streets that the lot touches
  • Legal status of the streets that the lot touches
  • Location of on-street parking

You may also submit eight copies of your site plans in person.

Where and when

Site plan reviews are conducted in person with PCPC staff or online through eCLIPSE. Walk-ins are accepted, but you may need to arrange an appointment if:

  • Your plans are too complicated for a counter review.
  • Your plans require a formal review.
  • Your project is very large and still in the conceptual stage.

For more information or to set up an appointment, call (215) 683-4615.

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The PCPC office is located at:

1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Cost

There are no separate costs for this review.


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