Zoning Overview

The Philadelphia Zoning Code regulates development within the city, ensuring that land use, site layout, and building form on every parcel in the City of Philadelphia is compatible with its surrounding context. No matter the size of the project, the same zoning code process is applied.

The Zoning Code also includes provisions for ensuring that neighbors of proposed projects are notified have an opportunity to provide input on zoning decisions that may impact them. This occurs when the project does not conform to the Zoning Code and its owner applies for a zoning variance by requesting a zoning appeal.

QVNA is the designated Registered Community Organization (RCO) by the City Planning Commission (which oversees the Zoning Code).  QVNA’s boundaries overlap those of the South Street Headhouse District (SSHD) where zoning stipulates mixed residential and commercial use.  When a variance is sought in such places, the City may designate SSHD as the coordinating RCO.  To read more about this click here.

In Queen Village, QVNA’s Zoning Committee convenes a public zoning meeting  after QVNA is notified by the City that a building permit refusal was issued for a proposed project in Queen Village. The proposed project is presented at this meeting.

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