From the City of Philadelphia:

The Zoning Code 
The official online version of the zoning code is available here, look at Title 14 for the zoning language:

A quick reference of the code with images of project types and easy to understand diagrams may be found here: www.phila.gov

Please note that this should only serve as a general reference and does not include all of the information contained in the official zoning code. 

Zoning Map
To find the zoning map online go to: http://www.phila.gov/map
On the pop-up menu, you will have a menu of maps at your disposal.  Scroll down to "Zoning" for the zoning districts and overlays map, or to "RCO" for the Register Community Organizations map.  Take the website's tour to learn how to use the maps.

Zoning Administrative Manual
Posted on Philadelphia City Planning Commission's (PCPC) website is the Zoning Administrative Manual (ZAM). The ZAM  is your handy guide to the new zoning code. Whether you are a developer, an investor, or a concerned citizen, this step-by-step guide will help you navigate through Philadelphia's zoning process with the most up-to-date information on procedures, forms, and best practices:

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Our most recent Zoning Meeting Agenda can be viewed on our Announcement page, on Facebook, or via our epost.

The Zoning and Governmental Affairs Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. Visit our calendar for locations. All applicants are required to contact the Committee prior to attending meetings and to notify the neighbors of their presentation date.

To read more about our Committee, please click here.

Committee Chair:
Jonathan Broh | zoning@washwestcivic.org


Our forms are available below for download in both Word format (recommended) and Adobe Acrobat. If you wish to appear before the Committee, please fill out the Intake form & Flyer (see links below) and email them to zoning@washwestcivic.org.

For a Microsoft Word version of intake form, please click here.

For an Adobe Acrobat version of intake form, please click here.

For an Microsoft Word version of the flyer, please click here.


If you are applying for a zoning variance in Washington Square West you will receive a notice from The Philadelphia Planning Commission stating that you need to make a presentation to us and the contact information for our zoning chairperson. You should contact the zoning chairperson to schedule a presentation to the zoning committee which meets the 4th Tuesday of every month. One week prior to you scheduled presentation, you will need to flyer the immediate neighbor announcing the meeting. The area for flyering is a provision of Bill #130657 and is clearly shown here: www.phila.gov/CityPlanning/projectreviews.

After your presentation the zoning committee will convene in private to determine whether or not to recommend opposition of the project to the executive board. On the 2nd Tuesday of the month following the committee meeting, the board will hear the advisement of the committee and make the final vote on whether or not to oppose the project. The zoning chairperson will then write a letter to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Councilperson’s office and the planning commission advising them of the board’s decision.

Please note that it is possible for the committee to schedule special meetings or for the board to grant final voting rights to the committee to accommodate schedules in some instances.