Philadelphia Business Zoning Requirements

Goals

Determine the zoning regulations for a lot in Philadelphia or Montgomery County that would house a dog rescue business and a residential home.

Early Findings

Philadelphia Business Zoning Requirements

  • Locations in Philadelphia that are earmarked to house a residential property and a business can be under the RMX-2 districts.
  • These districts are mainly allocated to house both residential and mixed-use properties.
  • Single-family houses typically don't require zoning approvals.
  • However, for mixed-use properties, "a use registration permit from the Department of Licenses and Inspection or a special exception or a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment" are needed.
  • Developments in these districts should also adapt to the specific dimensions that were indicated. If not, a variance will need to be secured.
  • Businesses in Philadelphia that are involved in housing household pets also require a variance.
  • Variances are typically issued if an applicant has an evidence that the denial of the variance would cause an unnecessary difficulty that was not due to the applicant.
  • The variance must also be the minimum with the "least modification possible" that will give some relief while adhering to the Zoning Code.
  • The variance should not significantly contribute to congestion in the road and not disturb the area plan.
  • If a variance is needed, owners will need to secure a zoning or use registration permit from the Department of Licenses and Inspection.

Summary of Findings:
Our initial research provided some of the zoning regulations for a lot in Philadelphia as a whole that would house a dog rescue business and a residential home.

Proposed next steps:

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