Zoning, planning & development

Get a garage facade review

Service overview

Large parking garages can make the street seem less lively and less attractive to people on foot. For this reason, proposed garages of certain sizes and locations are subject to a garage facade review. The review considers many aspects of the proposed garage, including its:

  • Facade.
  • Size and volume.
  • Entrances and exits.
  • Building materials.
  • Lighting.
  • Overall effect on the block.

Reviews are required for proposed garages in RMX-3, CMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5 zoning districts. They’re also necessary for proposed garages of 250 spaces or more that are adjacent to residential or commercial districts. Learn more about this by reading the Philadelphia Zoning Code Quick Guide.

You can request a conceptual review in the planning stages of your project.

When you apply for a building permit, the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) will tell you if your project needs a parking garage facade review.

Who

Applicants include:

  • Developers.
  • Architects.
  • Engineers.
  • Expediters.

Where and when

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) office is located at:

1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost

There is no charge for a conceptual garage facade review. When you apply for a building permit, the cost of a garage facade review is included in its fee.

How

For a garage facade review, you must schedule an appointment with the PCPC staff. You can contact them at (215) 683-4615.

At your appointment, you’ll need to present:

  • Six printed copies of elevation drawings. These drawings should show significant dimensions and labels for materials, finishes, and colors.
  • A sheet which describes your construction materials. You should include photographs, along with the names of the manufacturers and products. Or, bring physical material samples.
  • Photographs of the existing site conditions.
  • Photographs of the adjoining buildings, if applicable.
  • Your building permit application.

After PCPC staff issues an approval, you can take the approved drawings and stamped building permit application to L&I.


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