You need a lot adjustment to:
- Combine lots.
- Split a lot into multiple new lots.
- Reconfigure the property lines between adjoining lots.
The number of permits you need depends on how many lots you start with. The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) will determine this during the review.
If your proposal meets code requirements, you are granted permits as a matter of right.
If your proposal does not meet code requirements, you’ll need a special exception or a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Make sure you know the legal boundaries of your property. You can find this information on the deed. You can check the exact location of property lines by hiring a licensed surveyor.
Any property owner or authorized agent of the owner can apply.
Authorized agents may include:
- Design professionals.
- Licensed expediters.
- Must include the complete listing of addresses and current owner information.
- If a property was recently sold, submit a copy of the settlement sheet or deed with the application.
- You must apply for all permits under the legal address established by the Office of Property Assessment (OPA).
If your application requires plans, they must follow plan requirements.
If you would like to:
You may request that work on your zoning application for lot line adjustment.
For all lot adjustments
You need approval from
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission
You must have this approval in order to apply. See how to get a site plan review for your project.
You’ll need your plans with stamped approval from the City Planning Commission before you make your application to L&I.
Submit your stamped plan as proof of approval when making your application at the Permit and License Center in the MSB.
Where and when
Permit and License Center
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
MSB, Public Service Concourse
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Office closes at noon on the last Wednesday of each month.
A non-refundable filing fee of $100 is applied to the permit fee. The balance of the permit fee is due once your application is approved.
Per page larger than 8.5 in. x 14 in.
Accelerated Plan Review fee (optional)
Applications for new construction that include plans are eligible for expedited review. Accelerated applications are reviewed within 5-10 business days.
- Fee: $540
- This fee must be paid when you submit your application.
- This fee is not credited toward your final permit fee.
- If your plans require more than four hours to review, you will be charged an additional fee of $135 per hour.
To apply, fill out an Accelerated Plan Review application and submit with your permit application.
Payment methods and details
Accepted payment methods
|Online through the eCLIPSE application||
|In person at the Permit and License Center in the Municipal Services Building||
|In person at the Cashier’s Station in the Municipal Services Building
(Items paid at the Cashier’s Station will be mailed within five business days.)
Checks and money orders
- Make all checks and money orders payable to the “City of Philadelphia.”
- The individual or company listed on the check must be listed on the application.
- Personal checks are accepted.
- Checks and money orders must have issue dates within 12 months of the transaction.
Reasons your check may be rejected
L&I will not accept checks that are missing depository information or are:
- Starter checks without account info
Returned payment policy
If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds:
- You authorize the City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20.
- The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.
You can apply for this approval in person at the Permit and License Center.
Applications are processed within 20 business days.
- The applicant can accelerate the application for an additional fee. Accelerated applications are reviewed within 5-10 business days.
If not approved, the applicant will receive an email stating what is missing or required.