Talk to an attorney to determine if you can win on an appeal to the Court of Common Pleas. Having had legal representation at the Zoning Board level typically increases your chances of winning on an appeal to the Court if the foundation for an appeal was laid...read more
That depends. Generally speaking, there are several ways to deal with a community group who will be against your proposal and STILL secure your variance.read more
I want to sign this commercial lease but I need a zoning variance before I can do business, so how do I handle that?
There are several ways in which to handle this situation. Call us at 215.609.4165 to explore your options.read more
We have helped dozens of applicants secure the permits and licenses to open a restaurant. Call 215.609.4165 to see if we can help you.read more
How do I change the zoning on a property that is zoned commercial, CMX-2, so I can have all apartments?
You can't change the zoning but you can get a variance to use a commercial/mixed use property exclusively for residential purposes.read more
I have a large lot that I’d like to subdivide and then build and/or sell off in parts. How do I do that?
Through a subdivision, which may or may not require a variance. Call us to explore your options at 215.609.4165.read more
The Philadelphia Housing Code prohibits property owners from leasing to more than three non-related individuals. You will need a variance or special exception to lease to a single family home to more than three unrelated individuals.read more
I own a property that is a physical duplex (or a triplex) but it is zoned RSA-5 (single family home). Can I legally rent all the units to tenants or do I need to fix the zoning?
No. You need to get the property properly zoned to secure a rental license in order to lease all the units.read more
You'll need a deed, lease or agreement of sale to demonstrate an interest in the property. You'll need interior plans drawn to scale, photos of the site in question and a clear tax certification. Finally, you will need to demonstrate that you have met with the...read more
I just received a Refusal from License and Inspection for my proposed home/addition/business. What do I do?
Speak with someone familiar with the process to determine if you should file the APPEAL to the zoning board if you should have an attorney file the Appeal.read more
If you have received a violation or letter from the department of license and inspection, your best bet is to contact us at 215.609.4165 to explore your potions.read more
While religious institutions and corporate applicants are required to be represented by an attorney before the Zoning Board, there is no such requirement for individuals. That said, the chances of securing the variances you want increase significantly when you hire a...read more
Check the Philadelphia Zoning Guide on this site to get some idea of what you are dealing with. Or call us at 215.609.4165 for an evaluation.read more
Typically, the zoning process takes about 100 to 120 days to secure a variance and/or a special exception. Incomplete plans, neighbors demands for several community meetings and prolonged negotiations can, however, make it longer.read more