TITLE 14.  ZONING AND PLANNING 1
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Preface:  Bill No. 110845
Chapter 14-100.  General Provisions
§ 14-101.   Purpose.
§ 14-102.   Citation and Title.
§ 14-103.   Authority.
(1)   Authority.
(2)   Construction of Authority.
(3)   Department of Licenses & Inspections.
(4)   Zoning Board of Adjustment.
§ 14-104.   Applicability and Jurisdiction.
(1)   Applicability.
(2)   Compliance Required.
(3)   Property Owned, Leased, or Operated by Public Agencies.
§ 14-105.   Relationship to Plan Documents.
(1)   The Comprehensive Plan.
(2)   Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.
(3)   Adopted Plans Guide Discretionary Decisions.
§ 14-106.   Zoning Districts and Official Map.
(1)   Zoning Districts.
(2)   Official Zoning Map.
§ 14-107.   Determination of Boundaries.
(1)   Boundaries of Districts.
(2)   Multiple Districts or Provisions.
§ 14-108.   Relationship to Other Regulations.
(1)   Conflict.
(2)   Overlay Districts.
§ 14-109.   Relationship to Private Agreements.
§ 14-110.   Transition from Prior Regulations.
(1)   Violations Continue.
(2)   Approved Projects.
§ 14-111.   Text and Graphics.
§ 14-112.   Severability.
Chapter 14-200.  Definitions
§ 14-201.   Rules of Interpretation.
§ 14-202.   Rules of Measurement.
(1)   Average Ground Level.
(2)   Building Frontage, Width of.
(3)   Diameter Breast Height (DBH).
(3.1)   Facade Articulation Area.
(4)   Gross Floor Area.
(5)   Ground Floor.
(5.1)   Ground Floor Frontage.
(6)   Height, Building or Structure.
(7)   Lot Area.
(8)   Lot Depth.
(9)   Lot Frontage, Width of.
(9.1)   Lot Frontage in Calculating Sign Size.
(9.2)   Building Frontage in Calculating Sign Size.
(9.3)   Store Frontage in Calculating Sign Size.
(10)   Lot Width.
(11)   Net Leasable Area.
(12)   Occupied Area.
(13)   Open Area.
(14)   Public Plaza or Open Space.
(15)   Seating Space.
(15.1)   Second Floor Window Sill.
(16)   Separation or Spacing of Uses.
(17)   Setback Line, Front or Building.
(18)   Sight Triangle.
(19)   Sign Area.
(19.1)   Sign Area, Maximum.
(19.2)   Sign Height.
(19.3)   Spacing, Non-Accessory Sign.
(20)   Street Frontage, Width of.
(21)   Story.
(21.1)   Third Floor Window Sill.
(22)   Yard, Front (Depth of).
(23)   Yard, Front (Width of).
(24)   Yard, Rear (Area of).
(25)   Yard, Rear (Depth of).
(26)   Yard, Side (Width of).
§ 14-203.   Definitions.
Chapter 14-300.  Administration and Procedures
§ 14-301.   Reviewers and Decision Makers.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   City Council.
(3)   City Planning Commission.
(4)   Zoning Board of Adjustment.
(5)   Department of Licenses and Inspections.
(6)   Board of License and Inspection Review.
(7)   Historical Commission.
(8)   Art Commission.
(9)   Streets Department.
(10)   Water Department.
§ 14-302.   Procedures Summary Table.
§ 14-303.   Common Procedures and Requirements.
(1)   Authority to File Applications.
(2)   Application Materials.
(3)   Application Fees.
(4)   Consultations.
(5)   Reserved.
(6)   Zoning Permits.
(7)   Special Exception Approval.
(8)   Zoning Variances.
(9)   Conditions on Approvals.
(10)   Lapse of Permits and Approvals.
(11)   Inactive Applications.
(11A)   Registered Community Organizations.
(12)   Neighborhood Notice and Meetings.
(13)   Public Notice.
(14)   Public Hearings of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
(15)   Appeals.
(16)   Administrative Review.
§ 14-304.   Specific Procedures.
(1)   Authority to Prepare and Adopt the Comprehensive Plan.
(2)   Comprehensive and Other Plan Adoption.
(3)   Zoning Map and Text Amendments.
(4)   Amendments to Master Plans.
(5)   Civic Design Review.
(6)   Lot Adjustments.
(7)   Subdivisions and Subdivision Plats.
(8)   Designation of Historic Structure or District.
(9)   Construction, Alteration, or Demolition in a Historic Area.
§ 14-305.   Nonconformities.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Types of Nonconformities.
(3)   Exceptions.
(4)   General Requirements.
(5)   Nonconforming Uses.
(6)   Nonconforming Structures.
(7)   Nonconforming Lots.
(8)   Nonconforming Signs.
(9)   Nonconforming Parking or Site Improvements.
(10)   Reconstruction of Destroyed Structures.
§ 14-306.   Enforcement.
(1)   Enforcement.
(2)   Penalties.
Chapter 14-400.  Base Zoning Districts
§ 14-401.   Residential Districts.
(1)   General.
(2)   Allowed Uses.
(3)   Dimensional Standards.
(4)   Multiple Principal Uses and Buildings.
(5)   RMX-1 and RMX-2 Master Plans.
§ 14-402.   Commercial and Commercial Mixed-Use Districts.
(1)   General.
(2)   Allowed Uses.
(3)   Dimensional Standards.
(4)   Multiple Principal Uses and Buildings.
§ 14-403.   Industrial and Industrial Mixed-Use Districts.
(1)   General.
(2)   Allowed Uses.
(3)   Dimensional Standards.
(4)   Multiple Principal Uses and Buildings.
§ 14-404.   SP-INS, Institutional (Special Purpose) District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Use Regulations.
(3)   Area Regulations.
(4)   Height and Massing Regulations.
(5)   Off-Street Parking.
(6)   Off-Street Loading.
(7)   Accessory Signs.
(8)   Fences and Retaining Walls.
(9)   Property Lines.
(10)   Regulations Applicable to Germantown Avenue.
§ 14-405.   SP-ENT, Entertainment (Special Purpose) District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Use Regulations.
(3)   Area Regulations.
(4)   Height Regulations.
(5)   Off-Street Parking.
(6)   Parking Design.
(7)   Off-Street Loading.
(8)   Accessory Signs.
(9)   Design Standards.
(10)   Public Art.
§ 14-406.   SP-STA, Sports Stadium (Special Purpose) District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Use Regulations.
(3)   Area Regulations.
(4)   Height Regulations.
(5)   Off-Street Parking.
(6)   Off-Street Parking, Layout, and Access Conditions.
(7)   Lighting.
(8)   Landscape Buffer.
(9)   Accessory Signs.
§ 14-407.   SP-PO, Parks and Open Space (Special Purpose) District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Designations.
(3)   Use Regulations.
(4)   Area and Height Regulations.
(5)   Lighting.
§ 14-408.   SP-AIR, Airport (Special Purpose) District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Use Regulations.
(3)   Area Regulations.
(4)   Height Regulations.
(5)   Parking and Loading.
(6)   Signs.
(7)   Fences.
Chapter 14-500.  Overlay Zoning Districts
§ 14-501.   General.
(1)   Establishment.
(2)   Interpretation.
§ 14-502.   /CTR, Center City Overlay District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Height Regulations.
(4)   Setback/Build-To Regulations.
(5)   Supplemental Use Controls.
(6)   Parking and Loading Regulations.
(7)   Sign Regulations.
(8)   Special Review Areas.
(9)   Bulk and Massing Controls.
(10)   Incentive Limitations.
§ 14-503.   /NCA, Neighborhood Commercial Area Overlay District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   East Falls.
(3)   Germantown Avenue.
(4)   Main Street/Manayunk and Venice Island.
(5)   Logan Triangle.
(6)   Ridge Avenue.
(7)   Lower and Central Germantown.
(8)   North Delaware Avenue.
(9)   East Mount Airy.
(10)   Spring Garden.
(11)   Reserved.
§ 14-504.   /NCO, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District.
(1)   Purposes.
(1.1)   Permits.
(2)   Design Standards.
(3)   Planning Commission Review.
(4)   Historic District Designation.
(5)   Queen Village.
(6)   Overbrook Farms.
(7)   Central Roxborough.
(8)   Ridge Park Roxborough.
(9)   Powelton Village.
(10)   Wissahickon.
§ 14-505.   /ENV, Environmental Preservation Overlay District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Roxborough.
(3)   Fox Chase.
§ 14-506.   /NCP, North Central Philadelphia Overlay District.
(1)   Subarea A.
(2)   Subarea B.
(3)   Subarea C.
§ 14-507.   /CDO, Central Delaware Riverfront Overlay District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   District Boundaries.
(3)   River Access Streets.
(4)   Uses.
(5)   Open Area.
(6)   Building Height and Gross Floor Area.
(7)   Off-Street Parking.
(8)   Prohibited Permanent Structures.
(9)   Form and Design.
(10)   Civic Design Review.
(11)   Conflicting Regulations.
(12)   Optional Special Standards, Review, and Exemptions.
(13)   Frontages.
§ 14-508.   /DRC, Delaware River Conservation Overlay District.
(1)   Purposes.
(2)   Use Regulations.
§ 14-509.   /CAO, City Avenue Overlay District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Boundaries.
(3)   Regulations.
§ 14-510.   /WWO, Wissahickon Watershed Overlay District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   District Boundaries.
(4)   Wissahickon Watershed Overlay Map.
(5)   Setbacks from Watercourses.
(6)   Impervious Coverage Regulations.
(7)   Earth Moving Plans.
(8)   Certification and Enforcement.
§ 14-511.   /AHC, Airport Hazard Control Overlay District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Height Restrictions.
(4)   Nonconforming Uses.
(5)   Variances.
(6)   Conflicts.
§ 14-512.   /ANC, Airport Noise Compatibility Overlay District.
§ 14-513.   /TOD, Transit-Oriented Development Overlay District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Designation.
(4)   Use Regulations.
(5)   TOD Form and Design Standards.
§ 14-514.   /FNE, Far Northeast Overlay District.
(1)   Boundaries.
(2)   Use Regulations.
(3)   Roof Decks.
(4)   Height Regulations.
§ 14-515.   /NE, Northeast Overlay District.
(1)   Boundaries.
(2)   Regulations.
§ 14-516.   /WST, West Overlay District.
(1)   Boundaries.
(2)   Subarea A.
(3)   Subarea B.
§ 14-517.   /UED, Urban Experiential Display Overlay Control District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Sign Regulations.
(4)   Use Regulations.
(5)   Approval Process.
(6)   Art Commission.
(7)   Department of Licenses and Inspections.
(8)   Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
(9)   Removal or Abandonment of a UED.
§ 14-518.   /WWA, West Washington Avenue Overlay District.
(1)   Boundaries.
(2)   Use Regulations.
(3)   Additional Standards for Lots Zoned CMX-3.
§ 14-519.   /ECO, East Callowhill Overlay District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   District Boundaries.
(3)   Uses.
(4)   Building Height.
(5)   Parking and Loading.
(6)   Open Area.
(7)   Form and Design.
§ 14-520.   /NDO, Ninth District Overlay District.
(1)   Applicability.
(2)   Legislative Findings.
(3)   Area and Form Regulations: Materials.
§ 14-521.   /STM, St. Mary's Master Plan Overlay.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Drive Aisle Dimensions.
§ 14-522.   /FAO, Frankford Academy Overlay District.
(1)   Applicability.
(2)   Vehicle Access Points.
§ 14-523.   /IMA, Industrial and Manufacturing Area Overlay District.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Use Regulations.
§ 14-524.   /WOA, West Oregon Avenue Overlay District.
(1)   Boundaries.
(2)   Signs.
(3)   Parking, Landscaping and Screening.
§ 14-525.   /S9thSt Market, South Ninth Street Market Overlay District.
(1)   Applicability.
(2)   Vehicle Access Points.
Chapter 14-600.  Use Regulations
§ 14-601.   Use Categories.
(1)   General.
(2)   Residential Use Category.
(3)   Parks and Open Space Use Category.
(4)   Public, Civic, and Institutional Use Category.
(5)   Office Use Category.
(6)   Retail Sales Use Category.
(7)   Commercial Services Use Category.
(8)   Vehicle and Vehicular Equipment Sales and Services Use Category.
(9)   Wholesale, Distribution, and Storage Use Category.
(10)   Industrial Use Category.
(11)   Urban Agricultural Use Category.
§ 14-602.   Use Tables.
(1)   General.
(2)   Understanding the Use Tables.
(3)   Residential Districts.
(4)   Commercial Districts.
(5)   Industrial Districts.
(6)   Special Purpose Districts.
(7)   Exception to Use Tables for Green Roofs.
(8)   Exception to Use Tables for Certain Historic Structures.
§ 14-603.   Use-Specific Standards.
(1)   Distributor of Malt or Brewed Beverages.
(2)   Body Art Service.
(3)   Building Supplies and Equipment.
(4)   Cemetery.
(5)   Child Care.
(6)   Take-Out Restaurants.
(7)   Fresh Food Market.
(8)   Vehicle Fueling Station.
(9)   Junk and Salvage Yards and Buildings.
(10)   Parking, Non-Accessory.
(11)   Personal Care Home.
(12)   Re-Entry Facility.
(13)   Regulated Uses.
(14)   Stables.
(15)   Urban Agriculture.
(16)   Wireless Service Facilities (Freestanding Towers).
(17)   Wireless Service Facilities (Building or Tower-Mounted Antenna).
(18)   Nightclubs and Private Clubs.
(19)   Smoking Lounge.
(20)   Medical Marijuana Dispensary.
§ 14-604.   Accessory Uses and Structures.
(1)   General.
(2)   Private Residence Garages.
(3)   Accessory Parking.
(4)   Decks other than Roof Decks.
(5)   Roof Decks.
(6)   Small Wind Energy Conversion Systems.
(7)   Solar Collectors.
(8)   Satellite Dish Antennas.
(9)   Accessory Agricultural Structures.
(10)   Home Occupations.
(11)   Accessory Dwelling Units.
(12)   Trash and Recycling Storage Areas.
(13)   Limited Lodging.
(14)   Balconies.
Chapter 14-700.  Development Standards
§ 14-701.   Dimensional Standards.
(1)   General Provisions.
(2)   Residential District Dimensional Tables.
(3)   Commercial Districts Dimensional Table.
(4)   Industrial District Dimensional Table.
(5)   CMX-4 and CMX-5 Bulk and Massing Controls.
(6)   Exceptions to Dimensional Standards.
§ 14-702.   Floor Area, Height, and Housing Unit Density Bonuses.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Eligibility for Floor Area Bonuses.
(2.1)   Eligibility for Height Bonuses.
(2.2)   Eligibility for Housing Unit Density Bonuses.
(3)   Floor Area Bonus Options Summary Table.
(3.1)   Building Height Bonus Options Summary Table.
(4)   Maximum Floor Area and Height Bonus Amounts.
(5)   Public Art.
(6)   Public Space.
(7)   Mixed Income Housing.
(8)   Transit Improvements.
(9)   Underground Accessory Parking.
(10)   Green Building or Site.
(11)   Trails.
(12)   Street Extensions.
(13)   Retail Space.
(14)   Stormwater Management.
(15)   Through-Block Connection.
§ 14-703.   Form and Design.
(1)   General Purpose.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Certification.
(4)   Attached Building Design Standards.
(5)   Multi-Family Residential, Commercial, and Institutional.
§ 14-704.   Open Space and Natural Resources.
(1)   Intent.
(2)   Steep Slope Protection.
(3)   Stormwater Management.
(4)   Flood Protection.
(5)   Waterfront Setbacks.
§ 14-705.   Landscape and Trees.
(1)   On-Site Landscape and Tree Requirements.
(2)   Street Tree Requirements.
(3)   Installation and Maintenance of Landscape and Trees.
§ 14-706.   Fencing and Walls.
(1)   Applicability.
(2)   Sight Triangles.
(3)   Residential District Standards.
(4)   Commercial District Standards.
§ 14-707.   Outdoor Lighting.
(1)   Intent.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Certification.
(4)   General Standards.
(5)   Parking Area Lighting.
(6)   Canopy Lighting.
§ 14-708.   Subdivision Standards.
(1)   Intent.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Subdivision General Design Standards.
(4)   Subdivision Block and Lot Standards.
(5)   Subdivision Street Standards.
(6)   Subdivision Driveways and Easements.
Chapter 14-800.  Parking and Loading
§ 14-801.   Purpose, Applicability, and General Standards.
(1)   Purpose.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Location.
(4)   Use of Required Parking Areas for Parking Only.
(5)   Rules of Parking Measurement.
§ 14-802.   Motor Vehicle Parking Ratios.
(1)   General Provisions.
(2)   Required Parking in Residential Districts.
(3)   Required Parking in Commercial Districts.
(4)   Required Parking in Industrial Districts.
(5)   Parking for Persons with Disabilities.
(6)   Preferential Parking.
(7)   Regulations Applicable to Specific Areas.
(8)   Adjustments and Alternatives.
(9)   Off-Site Parking.
§ 14-803.   Motor Vehicle Parking Standards.
(1)   Accessory Parking Standards.
(2)   Parking Space, Drive Aisle, and Reservoir Space Standards.
(3)   Mechanical Access Parking.
(4)   Parking Design Standards.
(5)   Parking Landscape and Screening.
(6)   Electric Vehicle Supply Wiring.
§ 14-804.   Bicycle Parking Ratios and Standards.
(1)   Required Bicycle Parking Spaces.
(2)   Location of Bicycle Parking Spaces.
(3)   Security.
(4)   Regulations.
§ 14-805.   Drive-Throughs and Vehicle Stacking Areas.
(1)   General Standards.
(2)   Stacking Lanes.
§ 14-806.   Off-Street Loading.
(1)   General Requirement for All Districts Except RMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5.
(2)   RMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5 Districts.
(3)   General Design and Access Standards.
(4)   Adjustments to Loading Requirements.
§ 14-901.   Signs.
§ 14-902.   Applicability.
(1)   Applicable to All Signs.
(2)   Specific Sign Controls.
(3)   Sign Regulation Applicability Decision Tree.
§ 14-903.   When a Zoning Permit is Required.
(1)   Zoning Permit Required.
(2)   Zoning Permit Not Required; Code Conformance Required.
(3)   Zoning Permit Not Required; Code Conformance Not Required.
§ 14-904.   Accessory Sign Controls.
(1)   Controls That Apply in All Zoning Districts.
(2)   Controls Applicable to Specific Zoning Districts.
(3)   Building Identification Signs in CMX-4, CMX-5, IRMX, ICMX, and I-1 Districts.
(4)   Special Controls for Cobbs Creek, Roosevelt Boulevard, and Department of Parks and Recreation Land.
§ 14-905.   Non-Accessory Signs.
(1)   Scope.
(2)   Spacing Requirements.
(3)   Distances from Residential District Property.
(4)   Area Regulations.
(5)   Height Regulations.
(6)   Sign Face Regulations.
(7)   Illuminated, Flashing, and Revolving Signs.
(8)   Digital Billboards.
(9)   Permitted Areas.
(10)   Prohibited Areas.
(11)   Regulations Applicable to the I-95 Acquisition Corridor.
(12)   Permits.
(13)   Signs and Their Supporting Structures.
(14)   Nuisance, Unlawful, and Prohibited Signs.
(15)   Sign Requirements for Municipal Property.
(16)   State Road.
(17)   Magee Avenue.
§ 14-906.   Market Street East Sign Regulations.
(1)   District Boundaries.
(2)   Applicability.
(3)   Sign Regulations.
(4)   Criteria for Public Improvements.
(5)   Limitations.
(6)   Accessory Digital News Ticker Signs.
(7)   Sunset Provision.
§ 14-907.   1900 Market Street Digital Display Sign Regulations.
(1)   Applicability.
(2)   Exempt Provisions.
(3)   Sign Regulations.
§ 14-908.   Maintenance and Nuisance Abatement.
Chapter 14-1000.  Historic Preservation
§ 14-1001.   Public Policy and Purposes.
§ 14-1002.   Definitions.
(1)   Alter or Alteration.
(2)   Building.
(3)   Construct or Construction.
(4)   Contributing Building, Structure, Site or Object.
(5)   Demolition or Demolish.
(6)   Design.
(7)   District.
(8)   Historic Building.
(9)   Historic District, Object, Site or Structure.
(10)   Object.
(11)   Public Interior Portion.
(12)   Site.
(13)   Structure.
§ 14-1003.   Historical Commission.
(1)   Appointment.
(2)   Powers and Duties.
§ 14-1004.   Designation.
(1)   Criteria for Designation.
(2)   Notice.
(3)   Meetings.
(4)   Planning Commission Comment.
(5)   Amendment or Rescission of Designation.
(6)   Register of Historic Buildings, Structures, Sites, and Objects.
(7)   Designation of Public Interior Portions of Buildings.
§ 14-1005.   Regulation.
(1)   Building Permit Required.
(2)   Building Permit Application Referral.
(3)   Demolition Notice.
(4)   Comment Review.
(5)   Submission Requirements.
(6)   Building Permit Application Review.
§ 14-1006.   Performance of Work and Maintenance.
(1)   Inspection.
(2)   Conformity to Permit Requirements.
(3)   Maintenance Requirement.
(4)   Ordinary Maintenance and Repair.
§ 14-1007.   Enforcement.
(1)   L&I Regulations.
(2)   Violations.
(3)   Penalties.
§ 14-1008.   Appeals.
§ 14-1009.   Demolition Moratorium Along Ridge Avenue.
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Notes

1
   Bill No. 110845 (approved December 22, 2011), effective August 22, 2012, repealed former Title 14 and enacted this new Title 14. For additional explanatory information contained in Bill No. 110845, see the preface of this Title 14.