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Zoning, planning & development

Participate in a Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hearing

Service overview

When the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) considers whether to grant a variance or special exception, members of the public can tell ZBA what they think should be done. To give input on a ZBA decision, you can:

  • Appear in person at the ZBA hearing.
  • Submit comments in writing.

Note that you are considered a party to the case only if you attend the ZBA hearing in person and fill out an appearance statement. As a party to the case, you will be notified of any decision or additional hearings. If you submit written comments but do not attend and sign in to a hearing, you are not considered a party to the case, and you will not be notified of any decision or additional hearings.

Who

Any member of the public or any community group can attend a ZBA hearing and provide comments. In addition to the right to appear at a ZBA hearing, Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) may have the responsibility of hosting a community meeting about a project before ZBA. The RCO must communicate the outcome of that meeting to ZBA.

Requirements

You do not need to sign in if you want to:

  • Attend a ZBA hearing.
  • Submit written comments.

However, you must attend in person and sign in if you want to:

  • Be considered a party to the case.
  • Receive notification of any decision or additional hearings.

Where and when

Projects before the ZBA are listed on the ZBA calendar. All hearings are held at:

One Parkway Building
1515 Arch St., Room 18-002
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Work Phone:

How

If you want to attend a ZBA hearing and comment on a case, check the ZBA calendar to see when the case will be heard. You only need to tell the hearing officer that you would like to comment on the project you are interested in. If you want to comment in writing, send your comments to:

Zoning Board of Adjustment
One Parkway Building
1515 Arch St., 18th Floor, Room 18-006
Philadelphia, PA 19102
email: rcozba@phila.gov

Include the case number and the property address.


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