Land Use & Zoning


Our experience and knowledge of the intricate rules and regulations in Philadelphia allow us to better maneuver you through the labyrinth of governmental agencies and community organizations.

When it comes to land use and zoning, we solely focus our efforts in representing clients in Philadelphia, a unique environment that presents distinct challenges.

Knowing the law is only one part of the equation in obtaining permits and licenses in Philadelphia. It also requires the ability to relate to the diverse set of interests of the people governing, residing, and doing business within city limits. This is where we come in.  Due to the extraordinary number of projects we handle, we truly understand what it takes to make your projects come to fruition.

For projects allowed by the Philadelphia Zoning Code, when you reach a standstill for some reason, we either know the person whom you should speak to at the Department of Licenses and Inspections, for example, or we know someone who knows someone who does.

If your project is not allowed by right under the Philadelphia Zoning Code, this is where we truly differentiate ourselves. Since we regularly file variance and special exception applications to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, we know what it takes to obtain special governmental relief under almost any circumstance.

Based upon our own personal experience and knowledge of previously approved projects we have handled, we anticipate what questions and concerns the community and the Zoning Board of Adjustment may have with regards to your project and we are well prepared to address them accordingly.

We are also in the forefront in taking advantage of the open source information which is available for public consumption in Philadelphia. In doing so, we are able to utilize the open source information to draw helpful conclusions which we can leverage for you.

Projects Near You

If you are contemplating whether or not to apply for special governmental relief to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a project, on the interactive map below, select the address of your property to see which projects we have previously handled near you.

Alan was instrumental in helping me obtain a commercial lease for new business, and then seamlessly transitioning into the process to get the leased premises properly zoned. These business deals can be very specific and tricky, especially if you don't have experience, and one of the most important things is to plan ahead and know what to expect. It's reassuring having someone who you can trust and you know is familiar with the processes all the way through. In the zoning process especially, I would see a clear contrast Alan and other lawyers or professionals who might be there, and it was clear that I had the right guy on my side. One of the most important things to me in a professional relationship is good communication, so I was glad that Alan was someone who I could always expect to hear back from in a reasonable amount of time. Dealing with issues where you need a lawyer is scary enough as it is, knowing that you've got someone looking out for your best interests makes all of the difference.

- Ringo Roseman, The Bagel Place

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