Disclaimer: Zoning Permit requirements are changed frequently. The information in this article is up-to-date as of December 7, 2022.
What is a Zoning Permit for Lot Line Relocation?
In Philadelphia, there are several different types of zoning permits needed for certain projects. A lot adjustment permit is needed in order to combine lots, split one lot into multiple different lots, or reconfigure the property lines between adjoining lots. The number of permits needed for your project will be dependent on how many lots you have to begin with. The Department of Licenses and Inspections will determine this during their review. As long as your proposal meets code requirements, you will be granted permits. In the case that your proposal doesn't meet the code requirements, you'll need a special exception or a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. It's important to know the legal boundaries of your property, which are identified on the deed. You can also hire a licensed surveyor to check the exact location of your property lines.
Who is able to apply for a Lot Line Relocation Permit?
Anyone that is a property owner or an authorized agent of a property owner can apply for this permit. Authorized agents may be design professionals, an attorney, a contractor, or licensed expediters.
What is required for a Lot Adjustment Zoning Permit Application?
- The permit application has to include the complete listing of addresses and current owner information
- In the case that the property is not owned by a natural person or a publicly-traded company, provide the name and mailing address of either each individual with more than 49% interest in ownership of the property or the two individuals who hold the largest interest
- You must submit a copy of the settlement sheet or deed with the application if the property was recently sold
- All permits must be applied for under the legal address established by the Office of Property Assessment
- In the event that your application requires plans, they are required to follow plan requirements
- If you would like to do new construction or additions, change the use of the property, create parking, or demolish a building, you are able to request that work on your zoning application for lot line adjustment
How do I apply for a Lot Line Relocation Permit and how much will it cost?
- You are able to apply for this permit either online or in person
- If applying online, you may use the eCLIPSE system and schedule a virtual appointment if you need assistance
- If applying in person, you will need to make an appointment to visit the Permit and License Center at 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd
- A permit fee for a lot that is less than 30,000 square feet will cost $207
- There will be a record retention fee of $4 per page larger than 8.5 inches by 14 inches
- The complete balance of the permit fee is due when your application is approved
- There is also the option for an accelerated plan review fee of $1050 that will have your application reviewed within 5 business days
Deeds and registration needed for Lot Line Relocation
Once your permit has been issued, your new account must be established with the Office of Property Assessment and any new deeds must be recorded with the Department of Records. This is required within three years of the permit being issued or based on the decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
How do I appeal a Notice of Refusal or Referral on my Zoning Permit?
In the event that your application is given a Notice of Refusal or Notice of Referral, you are able to appeal to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. You have up to 30 days to invoke your right to appeal a Notice of Refusal or Referral from the date it was issued. These denials can not be extended, beyond that, you will need to submit a new application and filing fee in order to get a new refusal or referral.
If you need help with creating plans for your project, or guidance with the zoning permit process in general, reach out to a local design professional.