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  1. Establishment.
    1. Overlay district regulations may be established or amended only in accordance with the Zoning Code text amendment procedures of § 14-304(3) (Zoning Map and Text Amendments).
    2. Overlay zoning district boundaries may be established, amended, or removed only in accordance with the zoning map amendment procedures of § 14-304(3) (Zoning Map and Text Amendments).
    3. Overlay zoning districts shall be identified in this Zoning Code by appending a forward slash (/) to the overlay district map designation.
  2. Interpretation.
    1. Overlay zoning district regulations apply in combination with underlying base zoning district regulations and all other applicable regulations of this Zoning Code. All applicable zoning code regulations apply in overlay districts, except that when overlay district standards conflict with standards that would otherwise apply under this Zoning Code, the regulations of the overlay zoning district govern. When two or more overlay district provisions conflict, the stricter provision shall govern, unless otherwise specified.
    2. All development within an overlay district must also comply with the requirements of Chapter 14-1000 (Historic Preservation), as applicable.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by Bill No. 140906-A which became a law on April 9, 2015.
  1. Purpose.

    The /CTR, Center City Overlay district is established in order to preserve the existing character and encourage the revitalization of the Center City area.
  2. Applicability.
    1. District Boundaries.

      The /CTR Overlay district, beginning at its northwest boundary and proceeding east, is the area bounded by Poplar Street, 6th Street, West Girard Avenue, Frankford Avenue, North Delaware Avenue, Beach Street, East Columbia Avenue, the Delaware River, Reed Street, Front Street, Washington Avenue, Grays Ferry Avenue, Ellsworth Street, and the Schuylkill River, as shown on the /CTR Overlay district map for illustrative purposes only.

    2. Area Boundaries.

      The standards and regulations of this section apply to the areas within the /CTR Overlay district set forth as follows:
      1. Benjamin Franklin Parkway Area.

        The Benjamin Franklin Parkway Area, beginning at its southwest boundary and proceeding east, is bounded by the Schuylkill River, John F. Kennedy Boulevard, North 23rd Street, Arch Street, North 22nd Street, Walden Street, North 21st Street, Cuthbert Street, North 19th Street, Arch Street, North 18th Street, Vine Street, Franklin Town Boulevard, North 17th Street, Brandywine Street, North 21st Street, Fairmount Avenue, North 22nd Street, and Aspen Street, following a line extending from the center line of Aspen Street west to the Schuylkill River.
      2. Broad Street Area.

        The Broad Street Area consists of:
        1. South: Lots fronting on Broad Street between South Penn Square and Washington Avenue.
        2. North: Lots fronting on Broad Street between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Poplar Street.
        3. Mid-North: Lots fronting on Broad Street between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Spring Garden Street.
        4. Central: Lots fronting on Broad Street between South Street and Spring Garden Street.
        5. Mid-South: Lots zoned CMX-5 in the area bounded by Spruce Street, Juniper Street, Cypress Street, Watts Street, Pine Street and Broad Street.
      3. Center City Commercial Area.

        The Center City Commercial Area consists of any lot fronting on or located within 200 ft. of any of the following streets:
        1. Chestnut Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River.
        2. Walnut Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River.
        3. Broad Street between South Penn Square and Washington Avenue.
        4. Market Street between Front Street and Fifth Street.
      4. City Hall Area.

        The City Hall area is the area bounded by Arch Street, 16th Street, Chestnut Street, and 13th Street.
      5. City Hall Sign Area.

        The City Hall sign area consists of City Hall, lots fronting on any street bounding City Hall, and lots fronting on Broad Street from Arch Street to Chestnut Street.
      6. City Hall View Corridor, Northeast.

        City Hall View Corridor, Northeast is the area not more than 260 ft. on either side of the line bearing north 59 degrees 51 minutes 20 seconds east, beginning at City Hall Tower, and within the area bounded by the south side of Spring Garden street to the north and the west side of 4th street to the east.
        1. Northeast 1: The portion of the City Hall View Corridor, Northeast within 100 ft. on either side of the line bearing north 59 degrees 51 minutes 20 seconds east as measured through the center line of City Hall Tower.
        2. Northeast 2: The portion of the City Hall View Corridor, Northeast that is more than 100 ft. from the line bearing north 59 degrees 51 minutes 20 seconds east as measured through the center line of City Hall Tower.
      7. City Hall View Corridor, Southeast.

        City Hall View Corridor, Southeast is:
        1. Southeast 1: The area which lies between the line bearing south 54 degrees 45 minutes 29 seconds east and the line bearing south 53 degrees nine minutes 45 seconds east, and which is at least 7,165 ft. from that point on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps designated as N240740, E2719920 on the Pennsylvania State Plane Coordinate South Zone Map.
        2. Southeast 2: The area which lies between the line bearing south 53 degrees nine minutes 45 seconds east and the line bearing south 48 degrees 49 minutes 59 seconds east, and which is at least 7,165 ft. from that point on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps designated as N240740, E2719920 on the Pennsylvania State Plane Coordinate South Zone Map.
      8. Chestnut and Walnut Street Area.

        The Chestnut and Walnut Street Area consists of lots fronting on Chestnut or Walnut Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River and is further subdelineated as follows:
        1. East: The portion of the Chestnut and Walnut Street Area that is east of 7th Street.
        2. West: The portion of the Chestnut and Walnut Street Area that is west of 7th Street.
      9. Chinatown Area.

        The Chinatown area is the area bounded by Vine Street, the west edge of the Center City Commuter Connection Tunnel east of Ninth Street, Arch Street, and 11th Street; and lots with frontage on Camac Street between Vine Street and Race Street. The Chinatown area is further subdelineated as follows:
        1. North: The portion of the Chinatown Area that is north of the rear lot lines of lots fronting on the north side of Arch Street between 9th Street and 10th Street, and north of Appletree Street between 10th Street and 11th Street.
        2. South: The portion of the Chinatown Area that is bounded by Race Street, the westerly edge of the Center City Commuter Connection Tunnel east of 9th Street, Arch Street, and 11th Street.
      10. Convention Center Area.

        The Convention Center Area consists of lots fronting on Broad Street between Race Street and Arch Street.
      11. Independence Hall Area.

        The Independence Hall Area consists of Independence Mall and Independence National Historic Park, as defined by the U.S. National Park Service and shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only, and lots adjacent to the boundaries of the Independence Mall and Independence National Historic Park.

      12. John F. Kennedy Boulevard Area.

        The John F. Kennedy Boulevard Area consists of lots fronting on John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 15th Street and the Schuylkill River.
      13. Locust Street Area.

        The Locust Street Area consists of lots fronting on Locust Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River.
      14. Logan Square Area.

        The Logan Square area consists of Logan Square and lots fronting on any street bounding Logan Square.
      15. Market Street Area.

        The Market Street Area consists of lots fronting on Market Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River and is further subdelineated as follows:
        1. East: The portion of the Market Street Area between Front Street and 5th Street.
        2. West: The portion of the Market Street Area between 15th Street and the Schuylkill River.
      16. Minimum Building Height Area.

        The Minimum Building Height Area consists of lots on the south side of any of the following streets:
        1. John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 15th Street and the Schuylkill River.
        2. Market Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River.
        3. Sansom Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River, except within 130 ft. east of the east side of Broad Street or within 130 ft. west of the west side of Broad Street.
        4. Locust Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River, except within 100 ft. east of the east side of Broad Street or within 230 ft. west of the west side of Broad Street.
        5. Spruce Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River, except within 100 ft. east of the east side of Broad Street or within 230 ft. west of the west side of Broad Street.
      17. Old City Residential Area.

        The Old City Residential area is bounded by Spring Garden Street, 2nd Street, Callowhill Street, 6th Street, Vine Street, 5th street, Walnut Street, Front Street, a line extending from the north street line of Market Street to the Delaware Expressway, the Delaware Expressway, Wood Street and Christopher Columbus Boulevard. The Old City Residential area is further subdelineated as follows:
        1. Central: the area bounded by Wood Street, 6th Street, Vine Street, the east street line of 5th Street, the north property line of all properties fronting on the north side of Market Street, and the Delaware Expressway.
        2. Bridge Approach: the area bounded by 3rd Street, New Street, the west side of I-95, and Race Street.
      18. Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Control Area.

        The Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Control Area consists of (a) any lot with frontage on Arch Street, John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Market Street, Chestnut Street, Sansom Street, Walnut Street, Locust Street, Spruce Street, Pine Street, Lombard Street, or South Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River; and (b) any lot with frontage on Broad Street between South Penn Square and Washington Avenue.
      19. Parkway Buffer Area.

        The Parkway Buffer area is:
        1. Northwest: the area within the boundary lines of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway or Logan Square and within 200 ft. of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway or Logan Square, between Fairmount Park and 18th Street.
        2. Southeast: the area within the boundary lines of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and within 200 ft. of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between Broad Street and 18th Street.
      20. Residential Parking Control Area.

        The Residential Parking Control Area is the portion of the /CTR Overlay district that is south of Chestnut Street.
      21. Rittenhouse Square.

        The Rittenhouse Square area is the area within 425 ft. of the street frontages of Rittenhouse Square.
      22. South Street/Head House Square Area.

        The South Street/Head House Square area consists of all lots within the area depicted on the South Street/Head House Square Area map and is further subdelineated as follows:
        1. Central: The portion of South Street/Head House Square Area that fronts on South Street.

      23. Southwark National Historic District.

        The Southwark National Historic District boundaries are: beginning at the southwest corner of Front and Lombard Streets and continuing south along the west side of Front Street to Catherine Street; then east on Catherine Street to the rear property lines of the houses on the east side of Front Street (from Catherine Street to Queen Street); then south along these property lines to the rear property lines of the houses on the north side of Queen Street; then extending along these lines east to Delaware Avenue; then south along Delaware Avenue to Washington Avenue; then west along Washington Avenue to the Northwest corner of 5th Street and Washington Avenue; then north along the west side of 5th Street (including all those buildings located on the west side of 5th Street) to the southwest corner of 5th Street and Lombard Street; then east along the south of Lombard Street (including all those buildings or the south side of Lombard Street) to the southwest corner of Front and Lombard Streets, the place of beginning, being that area which is designated as a historical area on the National Register of Historic Places on the 19th of May, 1972.
      24. Spruce Street Area.

        The Spruce Street Area consists of lots fronting on Spruce Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River and is further subdelineated as follows:
        1. East: The portion of the Spruce Street Area between Front Street and Broad Street.
      25. Vine Street Area.

        The Vine Street Area is bounded by Spring Garden Street (extended); the Schuylkill River; Race Street (extended); and the Delaware River.
      26. Washington Square.

        The Washington Square area is the area within 150 ft. of the street frontages of Washington Square.
      27. South Street West.

        The South Street West area is bounded by South Street, 15th Street, Kater Street, and 16th Street.
      28. Market Street East Retail Area.

        The Market Street East Retail Area is:
        1. North: The area bounded by Market Street, 8th Street, Filbert Street, and 11th Street.
        2. South: The area bounded by Market Street, 12th Street, Ludlow Street (extended), and 11th Street.
      29. Center City Commercial District Control Area.

        The Center City Commercial District Control Area shall include all lots within the area bounded by the south side of Spring Garden Street (excluding lots with street frontages on the south side of Spring Garden Street from Broad Street to the Schuylkill River), the Delaware River, both sides of South Street (extended), and the Schuylkill River.
      30. Center City Residential District Control Area.

        The Center City Residential District Control Area shall include all lots within the area bounded by the south side of Spring Garden Street (excluding lots with street frontages on the south side of Spring Garden Street from Broad Street to the Schuylkill River), the Delaware River, Washington Avenue (extended), and the Schuylkill River.
      31. Rittenhouse Square Residential Area.

        The Rittenhouse Square Residential Area includes all properties on both sides of the street known as Rittenhouse Square (located between Spruce Street and Locust Street) between 20th street and 21st street.
      32. Society Hill Area.

        The Society Hill Area is bounded by Walnut Street, 8th Street, Lombard Street, and the Delaware River.
    3. Additional Regulations Elsewhere.

      The bulk and massing controls of § 14-701(5) (CMX-4 and CMX-5 Bulk and Massing Controls) may apply to certain CMX-4 and CMX-5-zoned lots located in the /CTR Overlay district.
    4. /CTR Summary Table.

      Table 14-502-1, below, summarizes the standards and regulations of this § 14-502 (/CTR, Center City Overlay District). In the event of conflict between the provisions of Table 14-502-1 and the text of this Zoning Code, the text shall govern.

      Table 14-502-1: /CTR Summary Table
      Area Height Controls Setback / Build-To Controls Supple- mental Use Controls Parking & Loading Controls Sign Controls Special Review Controls Bulk and  Massing Controls
      Benjamin Franklin Parkway Area § 14-502(3)(d) § 14-502(6)(a)
      Broad Street Area
      South § 14-502(5) § 14-502(6)(a);
      § 14-502(6)(f)
      § 14-502(8)(a)
      North § 14-502(3)(k)
      Mid-North § 14-502(3)(k) § 14-502(6)(b)
      Central § 14-502(4)(a) § 14-502(6)(e)
      Mid-South § 14-502(5) § 14-502(6)(i)
      Center City Commercial Area § 14-502(7)(b)
      Center City Commercial District Control Area § 14-502(3)(l) § 14-502(5) § 14-502(9)(c)
      Center City Residential District Control Area § 14-502(4)(c)
      City Hall Area § 14-502(3)(a)
      City Hall Sign Area § 14-502(7)(k)
      City Hall View Corridor, Northeast § 14-502(3)(b)
      City Hall View Corridor, Southeast § 14-502(3)(c)
      Chestnut and Walnut Street Area § 14-502(3)(k) § 14-502(4)(a) § 14-502(6)(a);
      § 14-502(6)(f)
      § 14-502(8)(a)
      East § 14-502(5)
      West § 14-502(5)
      Chinatown Area § 14-502(5) § 14-502(6)(f)
      North § 14-502(3)(i)
      South § 14-502(7)(i)
      Convention Center Area § 14-502(7)(a)
      Independence Hall Area § 14-502(3)(g) § 14-502(4)(b) § 14-502(7)(g) § 14-502(8)(b)
      John F. Kennedy Boulevard Area § 14-502(4)(a)
      Locust Street Area § 14-502(4)(a) § 14-502(6)(a)
      Logan Square Area § 14-502(7)(l)
      Market Street Area § 14-502(6)(a);
      § 14-502(6)(e)
      East § 14-502(5) § 14-502(8)(a)
      West § 14-502(4)(a)
      Market Street East Retail Area
      North § 14-502(7)(m)
      South § 14-502(7)(n)
      Minimum Building Height Area § 14-502(3)(j)
      Old City Residential § 14-502(5) § 14-502(6)(f)
      Central § 14-502(3)(h)
      Bridge Approach § 14-502(9)(a)
      Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Control Area § 14-502(6)(d)
      Parkway Buffer § 14-502(6)(f) § 14-502(7)(c) § 14-502(8)(b)
      Northwest § 14-502(3)(e)
      Southeast § 14-502(3)(f)
      Residential Parking Control Area § 14-502(6)(c)
      Rittenhouse Square § 14-502(7)(j)
      Society Hill § 14-502(5)
      South Street/Head House Square § 14-502(5) 218
      Central § 14-502(4)(a) § 14-502(6)(a)
      South Street West § 14-502(6)(h) § 14-502(9)(b)
      Southwark National Historic District § 14-502(7)(h)
      Spruce Street Area § 14-502(4)(a)
      East § 14-502(6)(a)
      Vine Street Area § 14-502(7)(e)
      Washington Square § 14-502(7)(f)
  3. Height Regulations.

    The following height regulations apply to the areas set forth in each subsection. To the extent a property is subject to a height maximum set forth in this § 14-502(3) (Height Regulations) and a height maximum set forth elsewhere in this Code, the smaller maximum shall apply. Except for the City Hall area, the accompanying height control maps are for illustrative purposes only.
    1. City Hall.The maximum height within the City Hall area is identified on Height Control Area Map 1.A.
    2. City Hall View Corridor Northeast.

      (See Height Control Area Map 1.B.) The maximum height (measured from zero ft. City Datum) within the City Hall View Corridor Northeast area is as follows:
      1. Northeast 1: 330 ft.
      2. Northeast 2: The maximum height increases from 330 ft. along a 45 degree recession plane from the outer edge of Northeast View Corridor 1 to the outer edge of Northeast View Corridor 2, such that the maximum height at the outer edge of Northeast View Corridor 2 is 490 ft.
    3. City Hall View Corridor Southeast.

      (See Height Control Area Map 1.C.) The maximum height (measured from zero ft. City Datum) within the City Hall View Corridor Southeast area shall be determined by the following formulas, where "d" is the horizontal distance in feet from the point on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps designated as N240740, E2719920 on the Pennsylvania State Plane Coordinates South Zone Map, to the point of the building closest to such point on the steps.
      1. Southeast 1: (d x 0.05705) + 90 ft.
      2. Southeast 2: (d x 0.02586) + 90 ft.



    4. Benjamin Franklin Parkway Area.
      1. The maximum height within the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Area, except as provided in § 14-502(3)(d)(2) below, is 125 ft. (See Height Control Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only). This 125-foot height limit does not apply to monuments, belfries, cupolas, minarets, pinnacles, gables, spires, or ornamental towers not intended for human occupancy, provided that the total height of the structure and excepted items does not exceed a maximum height of 209 ft.
      2. The maximum height within the area bounded by 23rd Street, John F. Kennedy Boulevard, the Schuylkill River, and the center line of the right-of-way of SEPTA is 500 ft. The maximum height within the area bounded by 23rd Street, the center line of the right-of-way of SEPTA, the Schuylkill River, and Cherry Street is 300 ft. These 500-foot and 300-foot height limits do not apply to penthouses or roof structures for the housing of elevators, stairways, tanks, ventilating fans, heating and cooling towers, or similar equipment required to operate and maintain the building.
    5. Parkway Buffer Area, Northwest.

      This § 14-502(3)(e) applies to the Northwest Parkway Buffer Area (See Height Control Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).
      1. Religious Assembly.

        Buildings used for religious assembly (e.g., churches and temples) fronting on or facing toward the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are exempt from this § 14-502(3)(e) (Parkway Buffer Area, Northwest).
      2. Main Cornice Line.

        The maximum height of the main cornice line may not exceed the width of the building facade fronting on the Parkway Drive or facing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway or Logan Square. In no case may the height of the main cornice line exceed the following:
        1. Properties with street frontage on Parkway Drive or Logan Square: 80 ft.
        2. Properties between 20th Street and Fairmount Park, but without frontage on Parkway Drive: 160 ft.
      3. Above the Cornice Line.

        No portion of the building, except pediment or attic wall, may exceed the height of the cornice, unless the portion above the cornice recedes from the plane of each building wall face at least as far as said portion extends above the cornice line. In no case may the height of any portion of a building exceed the following:
        1. Properties between Fairmount Park and the Crescent: 100 ft.
        2. Properties between the Crescent and 18th Street: 160 ft.
        3. Properties between 20th Street and Fairmount Park: 180 ft.

    6. Parkway Buffer Area, Southeast.

      This § 14-502(3)(f) applies to the Southeast Parkway Buffer Area (See Height Control Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).
      1. Religious Assembly.

        Buildings used for religious assembly (e.g., churches and temples) fronting on or facing toward the Parkway are exempt from this § 14-502(3)(f) (Parkway Buffer Area, Southeast).
      2. Main Cornice Line.

        The maximum height of the main cornice line shall be three times the width of the building facade fronting on or visible at ground level within the boundaries of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In no case may the height of the main cornice line exceed the following:
        1. Between Broad and 17th Streets: 230 ft.
        2. Between 17th and 18th Streets: 200 ft.
      3. Above the Cornice Line.

        No portion of the building, except pediment or attic wall, may exceed the height of the cornice, unless the portion above the cornice recedes from the plane of each building wall face at least as far as said portion extends above the cornice line. In no case may the height of any portion of a building exceed the following:
        1. Between Broad and 17th Streets: 268 ft.
        2. Between 17th and 18th Streets: 245 ft.
    7. Independence Hall Area.

      This § 14-502(3)(g) applies to the Independence Hall Area (See Height Control Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only).
      1. The building height limitations of this subsection shall not apply to the following portions of Independence National Historical Park:
        1. Old Christ Church;
        2. Franklin Court; or
        3. South of Walnut Street, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, except for any building with street frontage on Walnut Street.
      2. No building or portion of the exterior of a building in the Independence Hall Area shall be constructed, reconstructed, erected, or altered if the proposed construction, reconstruction, erection, or alteration will exceed 45 ft. in height, measured to any cornice line within 25 ft. of the established building line. Any chimney, penthouse, or other structure, whether attached to a building by its own weight or otherwise, shall be considered to be part of that building, and, within 25 ft. of the established building line, shall not exceed in height above the cornice line of the building the amount of its setback from the established building line.
    8. Old City Residential Area, Central.

      Except for the Bridge Approach area, as defined in subsection (2)(b)(17)(b), above, the maximum height within the Central Old City Residential Area shall be 65 ft.(See Height Control Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only).
    9. Chinatown Area, North.

      The maximum height within the North Chinatown Area shall be 65 ft. Additions to buildings in existence on August 8, 1989 that do not increase the gross floor area of the building by more than 100% may be built to a height not to exceed the height of the existing building. (See Height Control Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only.)
    10. Minimum Building Height Area.

      Buildings located on lots that are zoned RMX-3, CMX-4, or CMX-5 in the Minimum Building Height Area shall have a minimum height of 25 ft. (See Height Control Area Map 4 for illustrative purposes only).
    11. Chestnut/Walnut/Broad Street Cornice Controls.

      The main cornice line on any building in any of the following areas may not be less than 25 ft. above the sidewalk level (See Height Control Area Map 4 for illustrative purposes only).
      1. Chestnut and Walnut Street Area.
      2. Commercially-zoned lots located in the Mid-North Broad Street Area.




    12. Center City Commercial District Control Area.

      For lots zoned CMX-2, the maximum height shall be 55 ft., provided that:
      1. The lot has frontage on at least three streets, with two intersecting streets that have a minimum width of 50 ft.; and
      2. For portions of any structure above 38 ft. in height, the occupied area shall not exceed:
        1. For lots that cover less than an entire block: 30% of the total area of the block.
        2. For lots that cover an entire block: 60% of the total area of the block; and
      3. For any lot frontage facing a street of 35 ft. or less in width, the first 9 ft of lot depth shall have a maximum building height of 38 ft.
  4. Setback/Build-To Regulations.

    The following setback/build-to regulations apply to the areas described in each subsection (See Setback/Build-to Regulations Area map for illustrative purposes only.)
    1. Build-To Area.

      Buildings must extend to the street line for at least 65% of the lot frontage in the following areas:
      1. RMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5 lots in the:
        1. Chestnut and Walnut Street Area;
        2. Locust Street Area;
        3. Spruce Street Area;
        4. John F. Kennedy Boulevard Area;
        5. West Market Street Area.
      2. Commercially-zoned lots in the Central Broad Street Area.
      3. All lots in the Central South Street/Head House Square Area.
    2. Independence Hall Area.

      No building or portion of the exterior of a building in the Independence Hall Area shall be constructed, reconstructed, erected, or altered if the proposed construction, reconstruction, erection, or alteration will extend beyond any building line established as of July 29, 1954 or thereafter.

    3. Center City Residential District Control Area.
      1. For lots zoned RSA-5 or RM-1 the minimum lot size shall be 1,080 sq. ft., provided that:
        1. The lot meets the minimum lot width requirement of the zoning district;
        2. The lot does not contain a historic building and is not located within a historic district, as defined in § 14-203 (Definitions); and
        3. The lot is not located in a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District as provided in § 14-504 (/NCO, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District).
      2. Lots zoned RM-1 with a lot size of at least 1,600 sq. ft. may be divided into two lots with a minimum lot size of 800 sq. ft., provided that:
        1. At least 75% of lots adjacent to the lot to be divided are 1,000 sq. ft. or less;
        2. Each of the lots created meets the minimum lot width requirement of the zoning district;
        3. There are no existing buildings on the lot;
        4. The lot does not contain a historic building and is not located within a historic district, as defined in § 14-203 (Definitions); and
        5. The lot is not located in a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District as provided in § 14-504 (/NCO, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District).
  5. Supplemental Use Controls.

    For the purposes of this § 14-502(5) (Supplemental Use Controls), the following supplemental use controls apply to the areas listed in Table 14-502-2 and Table 14-502-3.
    1. Use Table 14-502-2.

      Principal uses are allowed within the Center City Overlay District in accordance with the use regulations of the underlying zoning district, except as provided in Table 14-502-2 (See accompanying Supplemental Use Controls Area Map for illustrative purposes only). Uses classified as accessory uses are not regulated by the use table. Accessory uses are permitted in conjunction with allowed principal uses, provided they comply with all applicable regulations of § 14-603 (Use-Specific Standards) and § 14-604 (Accessory Uses and Structures).
      1. Use Classification System.

        For the purpose of this zoning code, uses are classified into use categories and subcategories. These are described and defined in § 14-601. Use categories and subcategories are identified in the first column of the use tables.
      2. Special Exceptions.

        Uses identified with an "S" in Table 14-502-2 may be allowed if reviewed and approved in accordance with the special exception procedures in § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval). Uses approved by special exception are subject to compliance with any use-specific standards identified in the final column of the use table and all other applicable standards of this zoning code.
      3. Prohibited Uses.

        Uses identified with an "N" are expressly prohibited.
      4. Use-Specific Standards.

        The "use-specific standards" column of the use table identifies use-specific standards that apply to some uses. Unless otherwise expressly stated, compliance with such standards is required regardless of whether the use is permitted as-of-right or requires special exception approval. Numbers in brackets [#] also refer to use-specific standards that apply to some uses. These standards are listed as table notes immediately preceding the table.
      5. No Overlay-Specific Regulations.

        A blank cell indicates that no overlay specific regulations apply to a use and the use is subject only to the use regulations of the underlying zoning district.
      6. Notes for Table 14-502-2.
        1. [1] Utilities and services, basic uses require special exception approval on lots fronting on Chestnut or Walnut Street between Broad Street and 20th Street.
        2. [2] Permitted on the ground floor, provided it is staffed; otherwise prohibited.
        3. [3] Prohibited on the ground floor.
        4. [4] Does not apply to Residentially-zoned lots.
        5. [5] Permitted for lots within the Broad Street Area, Mid-South, provided that this provision shall expire on January 1, 2020 for lots located entirely within the area bounded by Watts Street, Pine Street, Broad Street, and Cypress Street (extended).
        6. [6] For lots zoned CMX-2, there shall be no maximum number of dwelling units and a minimum of 360 sq. ft. of lot area is required per dwelling unit. Whenever the calculation of permitted number of dwelling units results in a fraction of a dwelling unit, then the number of permitted dwelling units shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number.
        7. [7] Reserved.
        8. [8] The following uses shall not be permitted in the Rittenhouse Square Residential Area:
          1. Group living; provided that this prohibition shall not apply to Personal Care Homes, which use shall be controlled by the underlying zoning of a property.
          2. Housing, not owner-occupied, rented only to students (as defined by § 14-203(325) (Student)) or the marketing of which include the phrases student housing, student living, student apartments, or other such terms suggesting rentals are available only to students or is directed primarily to students.
        9. [9] Notwithstanding any other provision of the Center City Overlay District, the minimum lot area per dwelling unit shall be calculated according to the provisions of § 14-602 (Use Tables), except that the Green Roofs provisions set forth in Table Note [1] of Table 14-602-1 and Table Note [2] of Table 14-602-2 shall not apply.

          Table 14-502-2: Supplemental Use Controls in the Center City Overlay District
          Center City Commercial District Control Area
          Chestnut and Walnut Street Area, East Chestnut and Walnut Street Area, West Broad Street Area, South Broad Street Area, North Chinatown Area Old City Residential Area Society Hill Area South Street/ Head House Square Area Rittenhouse Square Residential Area Use-Specific Standards
          N = Not allowed (expressly prohibited) | S = Special exception approval required | Blank = No overlay-specific regulations apply
          See § 14-502(5)(a)(6) (Notes for Table 14-502-2) for information pertaining to bracketed numbers (e.g., "[2]") in table cells.
          Public, Civic, and Institutional Use Category
          Utilities and Services, Basic [1] N N
          Residential Use Category
          Household Living [6] [9] [8]
          Retail Sales Use Category
          Adult-oriented Merchandise N N N N N
          Retail Sales of Consumer Goods, Furniture, Appliances, and Equipment (as noted below)
          Drug Paraphernalia Sales N N N N N N § 14-603(13)
          Gun Shop N N N N N N §
          14-603(13)
          Commercial Services Use Category
          Adult-Oriented Service N N N N N §
          14-603(13)
          Assembly and Entertainment N N N §
          14-603(13); §
          14-603(18)
          Eating and Drinking Establishments (except as noted below) S[4] S[4][5] S[4] §
          14-603(6)
          Take-Out Restaurant S S S N S[4] S §
          14-603(6)
          Financial Services (except as noted below) [2]
          Personal Credit
          Establishment
          N N N N N §
          14-603(13)
          Parking N N N[5] N N
          Personal Services (except as noted below) N
          Body Art Service N N N N N N §
          14-603(2); §
          14-603(13)
          Fortune Telling Service [3] [3] [3] [3] [3] [3]
          Vehicle and Vehicular Equipment Sales and Services Use Category
          All Uses N N N N N N N
          Wholesale, Distribution, Storage Use Category
          All Uses N N N N N N


    2. Prohibited Accessory Uses and Structures.

      Accessory uses and structures identified with an "N" in Table 14-502-3 are expressly prohibited (See accompanying Supplemental Use Controls Area Map for illustrative purposes only).
      Table 14-502-3: Prohibited Accessory Uses and Structures in the /CTR Overlay District
      Accessory Use or Structure Chestnut and Walnut Street Area, East Chestnut and Walnut Street Area, West Broad Street Area, South Chinatown Area Old City Residential Area South Street/Head House Square Area Market Street Area, East
      Kiosks N N N N N N
      Outdoor sales and storage, including outdoor use of coin-operated machines that dispense food or drink N N N N N N
      Any accessory speaker or audio device that causes music or voices to reach the sidewalk area, public arcade, or public entranceway to a building, that is adjunct to any permitted retail use, used to advertise merchandise sold, and/or used to call public attention to the uses of the premises. N N N N
    3. Permitted Accessory Uses and Structures.

      In addition to those accessory uses and structures permitted in the underlying zoning district, roof decks shall be permitted for non-residential uses within the Broad Street Area, Mid-South, provided that this § 14-502(5)(c) shall expire on January 1, 2020.
  6. Parking and Loading Regulations.

    The following parking regulations apply to the areas described in each subsection.
    1. Motor Vehicle Ingress and Egress Restrictions.

      Vehicular ingress and egress is prohibited to and from the following: (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 1 for illustrative purposes only):
      1. Market Street within the Market Street Area;
      2. Chestnut Street and Walnut Street within the Chestnut and Walnut Street Area;
      3. Locust Street within the Locust Street Area, except the portion between the west side of Juniper Street and the east side of 15th Street.
      4. Spruce Street within the Spruce Street Area, East, except for lots within the Broad Street Area, Mid-South; and
      5. Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
      6. Accessory parking and loading and trash storage areas or structures in any of the following areas:
        1. South Street within the South Street/Head House Square Area, Central; and
        2. Broad Street within the Broad Street Area, South, except for lots designated "CMX-5" on the east side of Broad Street, between Spruce Street and Pine Street.

    2. Broad Street Area, Mid-North.

      (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 2.) Required parking for all commercially-zoned properties in the Mid-North Broad Street Area must be located either on the same lot or on a lot (where non-accessory parking is a permitted use) within 1,000 ft.
    3. Residential Parking Control Area.

      (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only.)
      1. Off-street parking shall not be provided for any one-family or two-family use located in the Residential Parking Control Area, except for parking accessed by a shared driveway or rear alley, which is permitted but not required. Common parking areas may be located on one or more of the properties for which parking is provided, or on a property that is separated from those properties by an alley, shared driveway, or similar kinds of passageways.
      2. Parking garages with a capacity over 500 vehicles are prohibited on all lots except those fronting on Broad Street.
    4. Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Controls.

      (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only.) The ground floor of any parking garage, other than those accessory to a single- or two-family dwelling, in the Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Control Area must be occupied by an office, retail sales, commercial services, or public, civic, and institutional use; except that regulated uses, as set forth in § 14-603(13) (Regulated Uses), shall be prohibited. This requirement applies only along these designated street frontages and does not apply to areas occupied by entrances, exits, or waiting areas.

    5. Loading and Trash Storage Area Restrictions.

      Loading and trash storage areas that are located in the Central Broad Street Area or in Market Street Area and that have vehicular ingress and/or egress on Broad Street or Market Street, are prohibited unless a special exception permit is obtained pursuant to § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval). (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only).
    6. Accessory Parking Lot Restrictions.
      1. Accessory parking lots are prohibited in the following areas (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only):
        1. Chestnut and Walnut Street Area;
        2. Broad Street, South;
        3. Chinatown Area;
        4. Old City Residential Area;
      2. Accessory parking lots are prohibited in the Parkway Buffer Area unless a special exception permit is obtained pursuant to § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval). (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only).

    7. Parking Regulations for Certain Commercial Uses.

      In the Center City Commercial Area (see Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 4 for illustrative purposes only), movie theaters shall be exempt from minimum parking requirements.

    8. South Street West Area.
      1. The requirement of § 14-803(2)(c) Motor Vehicle Parking Standards – Reservoir Space is not applicable for lots zoned CMX-3 located within the South Street West area.
      2. The provision for off-street loading required for buildings on a property that is abutting two or more streets in accordance with Table 14-806-1 is not applicable for lots zoned CMX-3 located within the South Street West area.
      3. The requirement of a 24 feet wide minimum aisle width of Table 14-803-1, Dimensional Standards for Parking Spaces and Aisles, shall be reduced to 20 feet in the South Street West area.
    9. Broad Street Area, Mid-South.

      The following requirements apply to lots within the Broad Street Area, Mid-South, provided that this § 14-502(6)(i) shall expire on January 1, 2020 for lots located entirely within the area bounded by Watts Street, Pine Street, Broad Street, and Cypress Street (extended).
      1. The minimum width for parking aisles shall be 16 ft.
      2. Notwithstanding the provisions of Table 14-806-2 (Off-Street Loading in RMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5), a minimum of one loading space shall be provided for every 450,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area.
      3. Loading spaces are not required to meet the requirements of Table 14-806-3 (Required Loading Space Dimensions).
      4. Loading spaces are not required to meet the requirements of § 14-806(2)(d) (Ingress and Egress).
      5. Notwithstanding the provisions of Table 14-802-2 (Required Parking in Commercial Districts), the minimum number of parking spaces required for multi-family household living shall be one parking space for every ten units.
    10. Rittenhouse Square.

      Developments on corner lots zoned CMX-4 in the Rittenhouse Square Area that include off-street loading spaces and underground parking shall provide at least one means of vehicular ingress or egress on each property frontage of 200 ft. or more along streets with a width of 40 ft. or more.
  7. Sign Regulations.

    The following sign regulations apply to the areas described in each subsection.
    1. Convention Center Area.

      (See Sign Regulations Area Map 1 for illustrative purposes only.)
      1. Art Commission Approval.

        No person may erect or maintain any sign within this area unless approved by the Art Commission. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.
      2. Regulations.

        Buildings occupying 50% or more of the total area of the block and having 50% or more of their frontage on Broad Street are, notwithstanding any other provisions of this Zoning Code, permitted to erect a system of accessory signs, including building identification signs, directional signs, freestanding signs, and temporary signs, not to exceed a combined total of 15 sq. ft. of sign area for each lineal foot of frontage along a public street line.
    2. Center City Commercial Area.
      1. Art Commission Approval.

        No sign may be erected or maintained in the Center City Commercial Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 1 for illustrative purposes only) unless approved by the Art Commission. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.
      2. Prohibited Signs.
        1. Non-accessory signs are prohibited.
        2. Animated illumination is prohibited.
        3. Projecting signs are prohibited except on properties fronting Market Street between Front Street and 5th Street.
    3. Parkway Buffer Area.
      1. Review.

        No person may erect or maintain any sign in the Parkway Buffer Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 1 for illustrative purposes only) unless the sign complies with all applicable requirements of this Zoning Code and any applicable regulations of the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and has been approved by the Art Commission. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.
      2. Repair and Maintenance.

        No sign may be altered or moved in any substantial manner unless it is made to comply with all the requirements of this § 14-502(7)(c) (Parkway Buffer Area).
    4. Reserved.
    5. Vine Street Area.

      Allowable signs in the Vine Street Area are limited to the following (See Sign Regulations Area Map 1):
      1. Wall Signs.

        Accessory and non-commercial wall signs are permitted at a ratio of two sq. ft. of sign area per lineal foot of street frontage. The top of such wall signs may not extend above the bottom of the second floor of the building on which it is located.
      2. Freestanding Signs.

        Accessory and non-commercial freestanding signs are permitted at a height not to exceed 15 ft. Freestanding signs are permitted a maximum of two sign facings and a maximum of 16 sq. ft. for each sign facing.
      3. Building Identification Signs.

        Building identification signs and non-commercial signs that are located above the bottom of the second floor are permitted upon approval by the Art Commission. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed. The approval of the Art Commission must take into account the impact of the proposed signage on the skyline and view corridors of Center City and the visual aesthetics of the area. The Art Commission shall not approve any sign contrary to the goals and objectives of this Zoning Code.
      4. Projecting Signs.

        Within the area bounded by 9th Street, Winter Street, 11th Street, and Race Street projecting accessory and projecting non-commercial signs are permitted at a ratio of two sq. ft. of sign area per lineal foot of street frontage. Such signs are in addition to the signs permitted in § 14-502(7)(e)(1) through § 14-502(7)(e)(3) and are subject to Art Commission approval. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.
      5. Temporary Signs.

        Temporary non-commercial signs and real estate signs are permitted, so long as such signs do not exceed a total gross area of 25 sq. ft.

    6. Washington Square Area.

      No sign may be erected or maintained in the Washington Square Area unless approved by the Art Commission (See Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only). The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed. This provision does not apply to signs lawfully and permanently in place before January 1, 1992.
    7. Independence Hall Area.
      1. No sign or other advertising structure or device may be erected or maintained on or extending over any portion of a street that is contiguous to a lot located in the Independence Hall Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only). This provision does not apply to any sign placed on the front of any building giving in words and/or numerals the name and brief description of the nature of the business or businesses transacted in the building, provided that:
        1. The sign does not exceed 10 sq. ft. in area and does not project more than 12 in. from the face of the building; or
        2. It is expressly authorized by the Art Commission as not being inconsistent with the harmony, style, and architectural/historical character of the area.
      2. No billboard, roof sign, or other advertising structure or device may be erected or maintained within 150 ft. of any portion of a street that is contiguous to a lot located in the Independence Hall Area unless L&I determines that the proposed sign:
        1. Complies with all other applicable requirements of this Zoning Code, and
        2. Has been approved by the Art Commission as complying with the intent of this subsection of insuring the preservation of the historical character of and spirit of this national shrine and a style in harmony with its buildings.
    8. Southwark National Historic District.

      Temporary and permanent freestanding signs and sign with animated illumination or digital displays are prohibited within the Southwark National Historic District (see Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).
    9. Chinatown Area, South.

      Non-accessory signs are prohibited in the South Chinatown Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).
    10. Rittenhouse Square.

      No signs may be erected within the Rittenhouse Square Area (see Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only) unless approved by the Art Commission. This provision does not apply to signs in place before January 1, 1950.
    11. City Hall Sign Area.



      No person shall erect or maintain any sign extending beyond the building line within the City Hall Sign Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).
    12. Logan Square Area.

      No person shall erect or maintain any sign extending beyond the building line within the Logan Square Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).

    13. Market Street East Retail Area, North.

      Notwithstanding the provisions of Table 14-904-1, the provisions of this § 14-502(7)(m) shall apply to accessory wall signs, accessory projecting signs, and accessory marquee signs in the Market Street East Retail Area, North, unless otherwise permitted by § 14-906 (Market Street East Sign Regulations).
      1. Sign Area.

        The maximum sign area for a building or several interconnected buildings shall be determined based on the frontage of the building or interconnected buildings. The area of signage allowed for a building or interconnected buildings may be combined and placed on a single frontage or multiple frontages provided:
        1. The maximum sign area for the ground floor shall be 2 sq. ft. per linear foot of ground floor frontage.
        2. The maximum sign area for the 2nd floor shall be 0.5 sq. ft. per linear foot of ground floor frontage, provided:
          1. Signs shall only be along the Market Street frontage or within 80 ft. of the street line of Market Street and;
          2. Signs shall only be above a window and shall not exceed the width of the window by more than 1 ft. on either or both sides.
        3. The maximum sign area above the 2nd floor shall be 2 sq. ft. per linear foot of ground floor frontage, provided that no portion of any sign shall be more than 50 ft. from the nearest intersection of two streets, except that:
          1. Signs along the frontage of Market Street between 9th Street and 10th Street may be located up to 200 ft. from 9th Street if an edge of each sign is no more than 100 ft. from 9th Street; and may be located up to 125 ft. from 10th Street, if an edge of each sign is no more than 20 ft. from 10th Street; and
          2. Signs along the frontage of Market Street between 8th Street and 9th Street may be located up to 100 ft. from 9th Street.
      2. Sign Height.
        1. The maximum height of any sign on the ground floor shall be the 2nd floor window sill of the respective building frontage (or no more than 3 ft. above the floor line of the 2nd floor if there is no window) provided no sign shall extend above the roof line. Any sign below the 2nd floor window sill (or less than 3 ft. above the floor line of the 2nd floor if there is no window) shall be considered a ground floor sign.
        2. The maximum height of any sign on the 2nd floor shall be the 3rd floor window sill of the respective building frontage (or no more than 3 ft. above the floor line of the 3rd floor if there is no window) provided no sign shall extend above the roof line. Any sign below the 3rd floor window sill (or less than 3 ft. above the floor line of the 3rd floor if there is no window) shall be considered a 2nd floor sign.
        3. The maximum height of any sign above the 2nd floor shall not extend above the roof line of the respective building frontage.
      3. Sign Size.
        1. The maximum size of each sign located on the ground floor or 2nd floor shall be 150 sq. ft.
        2. The maximum size of each sign above the 2nd floor shall be 500 sq. ft, except one 600 sq. ft. sign may be permitted along the frontage of Market Street between 9th Street and 10th Street.
      4. Signs on Portions of a Building over a Street.

        Signs may be located on any frontage of a portion of a building that is located over a street, provided signs meet all other applicable sign requirements of the respective floor to which that portion of the building connects. Such signs shall count toward the maximum sign area for that respective floor as provided in § 14-502(7)(m)(1) (Sign Area). This subsection does not eliminate the need for any applicable sign approval, including an authorizing ordinance, that is otherwise required to authorize a projection or encroachment over a street on the City Plan.
    14. Market Street East Retail Area, South.

      Notwithstanding the provisions of Table 14-904-1, the provisions of this § 14-502(7)(n) shall apply to 2nd floor accessory wall signs, accessory projecting signs, and accessory marquee signs in the Market Street East Retail Area, South, unless otherwise permitted by § 14-906 (Market Street East Sign Regulations).
      1. Signs shall be permitted on the 2nd floor, provided:
        1. The maximum sign area for the 2nd floor shall be 2 sq. ft. per linear foot of ground floor frontage, but no single sign shall exceed 75 sq. ft.
        2. The maximum height of any sign on the 2nd floor shall be the 3rd floor window sill of the respective building frontage (or no more than 3 ft. above the floor line of the 3rd floor if there is no window), provided no sign shall extend above the roof line.
        3. No sign on the 2nd floor shall extend more than 3 ft. below the floor line of the 2nd floor.
  8. Special Review Areas.

    The following special review requirements apply to the areas described in each subsection below are shown on the Special Review Areas map for illustrative purposes only.
    1. Planning Commission Review.

      L&I shall not issue a building permit for the erection of a building or alteration of a facade in the Chestnut and Walnut Street Area, South Broad Street Area, or East Market Street Area until the Commission has reviewed plans of the facade and determined that the proposed facade, in the opinion of the Commission, is in harmony with Center City's historic commercial area and pedestrian-oriented environment. The Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.
    2. Art Commission Approval Area.
      1. Parkway Buffer.

        L&I shall not issue a building permit for the erection or alteration of any building or other construction, including open spaces, in the Parkway Buffer Area until the Art Commission has approved the application. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.
      2. Independence Hall Area.

        L&I shall not issue a building permit for the erection or alteration of any building or other construction, including open spaces, in the Independence Hall Area until the Art Commission has reviewed the application and determined that the proposed building would, in the opinion of the Art Commission, not be contrary to the preservation of the historical character of and conformity to the style and spirit of this national shrine with respect to appearance, color, and materials and the architectural style and design of the exterior of the proposed building. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.

  9. Bulk and Massing Controls.

    The following bulk and massing regulations apply to the areas described in each subsection below.
    1. Old City Residential Area, Bridge Approach.

      Lots zoned CMX-3 in the Old City Residential Bridge Approach:
      1. Shall be eligible for the floor area bonuses provided in § 14-702. These bonuses may be used in combination to earn additional floor area ratio up to 250% of the lot area.
      2. May be occupied by buildings up to 100% of the lot area.
      3. Shall not require side yards.
    2. South Street West.

      Lots zoned CMX-3 in the South Street West area:
      1. The maximum occupied area for lots zoned CMX-3 located within the area shall be one hundred percent (100%) of the area of the lot.
    3. Center City Commercial District Control Area.
      1. Lots zoned CMX-3 in the Center City Commercial District Control Area shall be eligible for floor area bonuses as provided § 14-702 (Floor Area and Height Bonuses).
    4. Rittenhouse Square.

      Lots zoned CMX-4 in the Rittenhouse Square Area:
      1. Shall be eligible for the Mixed Income Housing Bonus in the amount permitted for the CMX-5 district, provided the Mixed Income Housing complies with all other standards contained in § 14-702(7) and;
      2. Shall have a maximum allowed base floor area ratio of seven hundred and fifty percent (750%) of the area of the lot; and
      3. May include roof decks constructed up to the extreme front building line.
  10. Incentive Limitations.
    1. In the Society Hill Area, the provisions of § 14-603(7) ("Fresh Food Market") shall not apply.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by the following:

Bill No. 120430-A (approved January 14, 2013)
Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013)
Bill No. 130255-A (approved June 25, 2013)
Bill No. 130764 (approved December 18, 2013)
Bill No. 130804 (approved December 18, 2013)
Bill No. 140009 (approved March 31, 2014)
Bill No. 130908-A (approved March 31, 2014)
Bill No. 140439 (approved August 5, 2014)
Bill No. 140857 (approved December 19, 2014)
Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015)
Bill No. 150379 (approved June 18, 2015)
Bill No. 140519-AAA (approved October 27, 2015)
Bill No. 150766 (approved December 8, 2015)
Bill No. 160526 (approved June 28, 2016)
Bill No. 160096 (approved May 10, 2016)
Bill No. 160073 (became law May 19, 2016)
Bill No. 160718 (became law May 4, 2017)
Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017)
Bill No. 170498 (approved August 1, 2017)
Bill No. 180911 (approved January 3, 2019)
  1. Purpose.

    /NCA, Neighborhood Commercial Area Overlay districts are intended to preserve the integrity of neighborhood commercial areas and to promote and help guide appropriate commercial development.
  2. East Falls.
    1. Applicability.

      The requirements of this East Falls /NCA overlay district apply to all properties zoned CMX-2, CMX-2.5, or CMX-3 within the area bounded by the former Weightman Street, Ridge Avenue, School House Lane, SEPTA Railroad, Calumet Street, Warden Drive, Midvale Avenue, Cresson Street, Indian Queen Lane, SEPTA Railroad, the Roosevelt Boulevard Extension, and the Schuylkill River, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

    2. Setback from Kelly Drive.

      For lots with street frontage on Kelly Drive, buildings erected on or after December 21, 1999, shall set back a minimum of 25 ft. from the street line of Kelly Drive. Such set back area shall include a landscape area along the entire Kelly Drive frontage that complies with all of the following requirements:
      1. The landscape area must be at least 18 ft. wide;
      2. Plants installed in the landscape area shall be at least three ft. tall at the time of planting and shall be spaced no more than six ft. apart, measured between the centers of plantings;
      3. The type of plant material shall be selected from a list of types, sizes of species of plants, and number of plants that are appropriate to achieve adequate screening and appropriate for the location. This list shall be prepared and maintained by the Commission in conjunction with DPR; and
      4. The required screening shall be maintained in a manner to ensure its survival. In the event that any plant dies, it shall be replaced at the required ratio.
    3. Parking.
      1. All required parking for non-residential uses must be located either on:
        1. the same lot as the principal use;
        2. on a lot abutting the principal use, regardless of whether parking is a permitted use on the abutting lot; or
        3. on a non-abutting lot that is within 1,000 ft. and upon which parking is a permitted use, provided that a special exception approval is obtained from the Zoning Board pursuant to § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval).
      2. Off-street parking is not allowed between any building line and the street line on lots fronting Ridge Avenue, Kelly Drive, East River Drive, Calumet Street, or Midvale Avenue.
    4. Curb Cuts.
      1. Curb cuts are prohibited on Kelly Drive; and
      2. Permitted curb cuts are limited to one curb cut per 100 lineal ft. of lot frontage.
    5. Building Height.

      Buildings in the CMX-3 district must have a minimum building height of 25 ft.
    6. Use Regulations.
      1. In addition to any uses prohibited by the underlying zoning, the following uses are prohibited:
        1. Nightclubs and Private Clubs.
        2. All uses within the Vehicle and Vehicular Equipment Sales and Services Use Category.
        3. All uses within the Wholesale, Distribution, and Storage Use Category.
      2. Take-Out Restaurants shall require a special exception in the CMX-3 district.
      3. Buildings in the CMX-2.5 district with frontage along Midvale Avenue or Ridge Avenue must contain a non-residential use along 100% of the ground floor frontage within the first 30 ft. of building depth, measured from the front building line, only along the Midvale Avenue and Ridge Avenue frontages.
      4. Buildings in the CMX-3 district with frontage along Ridge Avenue must contain a non-residential use along at least 50% of the ground floor frontage within the first 30 ft. of building depth, measured from the front building line, only along the Ridge Avenue frontage.
      5. In the CMX-2 and CMX-2.5 districts, the number of permitted dwelling units is as follows, provided that, whenever the calculation of permitted number of dwelling units results in a fraction of a dwelling unit, then the number of permitted dwelling units shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number.
        1. A minimum of 480 sq. ft. of lot area is required per dwelling unit for buildings less than or equal to 38 ft. in height, except if the green roof conditions set forth in § 14-602(7) are met, then a minimum of 360 sq. ft. of lot area is required per dwelling unit.
        2. A minimum of 360 sq. ft. of lot area is required per dwelling unit for buildings greater than 38 ft. in height, but less than or equal to 45 ft. in height.
        3. A minimum of 270 sq. ft. of lot area is required per dwelling unit for buildings greater than 45 ft. in height.
  3. Germantown Avenue.
    1. Applicability.

      The requirements of this Germantown Avenue /NCA overlay district apply to all commercially-zoned properties (except for properties zoned CMX-1) fronting on Germantown Avenue between Chestnut Hill Avenue and Cresheim Valley Drive, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

    2. Height.

      Buildings in the Germantown Avenue /NCA Overlay district may not exceed 38 ft. in height, except that buildings on corner lots with frontage on two or more streets may be up to 45 ft. in height.
    3. Limitations on Floor Area Used For Commercial Purposes.

      The maximum amount of net leasable area for uses other than residential, parks and open space, and public, civic, and institutional uses shall be:
      1. In buildings erected after December 28, 1995: 4,000 sq. ft.
      2. In buildings erected on or before December 28, 1995: The greater of 4,000 sq. ft. and the amount of net leasable area existing on December 28, 1995. Any net leasable area used for commercial purposes in excess of 4,000 sq. ft. shall be considered nonconforming.
    4. Building Width.

      The maximum width of a building frontage along Germantown Avenue for any newly erected building or existing building to which an addition is added after December 28, 1995, shall be 30 ft.
  4. Main Street/Manayunk and Venice Island.
    1. Applicability.

      The Main Street/ Manayunk and Venice Island /NCA district applies to the four subareas set forth below, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.
      1. Subarea A.

        All lots located in the area bounded by Shurs Lane, the rear property line of the properties fronting on the northeast side of Cresson Street, Gay Street, the rear property line of the properties fronting on the northeast side of Baker Street, Leverington Avenue, and the Manayunk Canal.
      2. Subarea B.

        All lots located in the area bounded by the SEPTA Norristown Railroad, Shurs Lane, the Schuylkill River, and a line described as follows: beginning at a point on easterly side of the Schuylkill River; then extending from said point north 29 degrees 47 minutes 19 seconds east, the distance of 105 ft. 3 1/2 in. to a point, then extending north 60 degrees 12 minutes 41 seconds west, the distance of 46 ft. 7 3/4 in. to a point, then extending north 29 degrees 47 minutes 19 seconds east, the distance of 140 ft. 10 in. to a point, then extending south 60 degrees 12 minutes 41 seconds east, the distance of 92 ft. 0 in. to a point, then extending north 29 degrees 47 minutes 19 seconds east, the distance of 60 ft. 0 in. to a point, then extending north 29 degrees 47 minutes 19 seconds east, the distance of 92 ft. zero in. to a point, then extending north 60 degrees 12 minutes 41 seconds east, the distance of 57 ft. 0 in. to a point located on the westerly side of Main Street, then extending north 60 degrees 12 minutes 41 seconds east and crossing the bed of Main Street to a point on the SEPTA Norristown Railroad.
      3. Subarea C.

        All lots located southeast of a line beginning at a point located along the southeasterly side of the Manayunk Canal measuring approximately 540 ft. northwest of the northwesterly side of Leverington Street then extending the following bearings and distances: south 44 degrees 12 minutes 50 seconds east 107 and seven-tenths ft. and south 49 degrees 25 minutes 50 seconds west 57 and three-tenths ft. to the northeasterly side of Flat Rock Road; then along that side of Flat Rock Road approximately 88 ft.; then south 59 degrees 7 minutes 50 seconds west to the northeasterly bank of the Schuylkill River; and bounded by the Schuylkill River and the Manayunk Canal; excluding all lots located in Subarea D.
      4. Subarea D.

        All lots governed by that certain approved RMX-2 Master Plan for 1 Leverington Avenue on Venice Island for the area generally bounded on the northeast by the Manayunk Canal, on the southeast by Green Lane, on the southwest by the Schuylkill River, and on the northwest by Leverington Avenue with a straight line extending from Leverington Avenue to the Schuylkill River, which Master Plan is on file with the Chief Clerk's Office.

    2. Height.

      The following standards apply in Subareas A and B:
      1. The height of a building may not exceed 38 ft.
      2. Additions to buildings in existence on July 1, 1997 that do not increase the gross floor area of the building by more than 10% may be built to a height not to exceed the existing building.
    3. Setbacks.
      1. Any building erected on or after July 1, 1997 on Main Street or Ridge Avenue within Subarea B shall have no building setback, but when a retaining wall already exists, a setback for the purpose of preserving such a wall is allowed.
      2. The following setback requirements apply within Subarea C:
        1. All structures less than 25 ft. in height must set back from the railroad right-of-way a distance at least equal to the height of the structure but in no case less than 10 ft.
        2. All structures 25 ft. or more in height must set back from the Manayunk Canal no less than 25 ft. and from the railroad right-of-way no less than 10 ft.
        3. All open air parking, loading or driveways must set back from the railroad right-of-way no less than 10 ft.
        4. All lots must provide an unencumbered waterfront setback with a minimum average width of eight ft. but in no case less than five ft. in width from the top of the bank of the Schuylkill River to allow for unrestricted public access to the river's edge.
        5. Within the required setback from the top of the bank of the Schuylkill River, all newly erected buildings must provide a public access trail for the entire river frontage of the lot. L&I shall not issue a zoning permit until the Planning Commission has reviewed the plans of the trail and determined that the proposed trail is consistent with the character of the adjacent area and promotes pedestrian safety and accessibility. Upon completion of construction, the trail must be dedicated to the City, which will be responsible for its ownership and maintenance as a public pedestrian right-of-way.
    4. Parking in Subareas A and B.

      Parking for eating and drinking establishments and nightclubs and private clubs in Commercial districts located in Subareas A and B shall meet the following standards notwithstanding any other parking requirements set forth in this Zoning Code.
      1. The number of required parking spaces shall be determined by the legal occupancy (pursuant to the Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code) of the use as follows:

        Use Spaces Required
        Eating and Drinking establishments 1 space per 4 occupants
        Nightclubs and Private Clubs 1 space per 2 occupants
      2. All required parking shall be located either on:
        1. the same lot as the eating and drinking establishment or nightclub and private club; or
        2. a different lot provided that a special exception approval is obtained from the Zoning Board pursuant to § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval) and (i) the lot is located within Subarea A or Subarea B; (ii) parking is a permitted non-accessory use; (iii) the lot is located within 1,000 ft. of the eating and drinking establishment, nightclub or private club; and (iv) the applicant has entered into a signed agreement with the lot owner to use the lot for non-accessory parking.
    5. Parking in Subarea C.

      For every dwelling unit created in Subarea C after December 30, 1999, there must be provided one off-street parking space in accordance with the following schedule:

      Use Spaces Required
      Efficiency and 1-bedroom Units 1 space per unit
      Additional Bedrooms 1 space per bedroom
    6. Setback and Landscaping in Subarea D.
      1. All lots must provide an unencumbered waterfront setback with a minimum average width of eight ft. but in no case less than five ft. in width from the top of the bank of the Schuylkill River to allow for unrestricted public access to the river's edge; and the provisions of § 14-704(5) (Waterfront Setbacks) shall not apply.
      2. Landscaping shall be governed by the provisions of the applicable Master Plan; and the provisions of § 14-705 (Landscaping and Trees) shall not apply.
    7. Additional Regulations.

      Section PM-804.2 of the Property Maintenance Code sets forth historic area standards for substantial portions of the Main Street/Manayunk and Venice Island /NCA district, as delineated by Section PM-803.1.2 of the Property Maintenance Code.
  5. Logan Triangle.
    1. Applicability.

      The Logan Triangle /NCA district applies to two subareas set forth below, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.
      1. Subarea A.

        All lots located in the area bounded by Roosevelt Boulevard, Wingohocking Street, 11th Street, and Courtland Street.
      2. Subarea B.

        All lots located in the area bounded by Roosevelt Boulevard, 9th Street, Wyoming Street, and 7th Street.

    2. Use Regulations.
      1. In Subarea A, Assembly and Entertainment Uses shall be permitted by right, except for Amusement Arcades, Casinos, Nightclubs and Private Clubs, and Pool or Billiards Rooms.
      2. In Subarea B, Vehicle Fueling Stations shall be permitted by right.
    3. Parking and Loading.
      1. In Subarea B, notwithstanding any maximum width set forth elsewhere in this Code, including the provisions of § 14-603(8)(h), § 14-803(4)(a), and § 14-803(4)(b), the width of any curb cut along 9th Street or Wyoming Street may be up to 24 feet and such curb cuts may be for ingress, egress or both.
      2. In Subarea B, a minimum of 100 linear feet shall be provided between curb cuts.
  6. Ridge Avenue.
    1. Applicability.

      The requirements of this Ridge Avenue /NCA district apply to lots with frontage on Ridge Avenue within CMX-2, CMX-2.5, or CMX-3 zoning districts situated within the area bounded by Hermitage Street, Pechin Street, Fountain Street, Pechin Street, Paoli Avenue, Ridge Avenue, Livezey Street, Valley Avenue, Henry Avenue, Fountain Street (Extended), Hazelwood Street, Acorn Street, Lawnton Street, Green Lane, Jannette Street, Monastery Avenue, Houghton Street (extended), Barnes Street, Quentin Street, Salaignac Street, Righter Street, Osborn Street, Manayunk Avenue, Sumac Street (extended), Cresson Street (extended), Vassar Street, Terrace Street, Dawson Street, Manayunk Avenue, Salaignac Street, Pechin Street, Hermit Street, and Mitchell Street, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

    2. Limitations on Floor Area Used For Commercial Purposes.

      The maximum amount of net leasable area used for commercial purposes in buildings erected after February 9, 2011 shall not exceed 8,000 sq. ft.
    3. Facade Controls.

      L&I shall not issue a building permit until the Commission has reviewed plans of the facade and has determined that the proposed facade is in compliance with all of the following:
      1. At least 65% of ground floor building facades of commercial storefronts shall be clear glass. Reflective, frosted, or tinted glass does not count towards this percentage;
      2. The sill height of first floor commercial storefront windows on Ridge Avenue shall be no more than two ft. six in. above the ground floor level;
      3. Public entrance doors of commercial storefronts shall be at least 50% glazed or transparent when fronting on a public right-of-way. In the case of corner lots, this applies to any side fronting a public right-of-way;
      4. Outdoor lighting shall not include flood lighting, high-pressure sodium lamps, or flashing lights;
      5. Awnings shall not project more than 4 ft. into the public right-of-way, provided that nothing in this Section shall relieve a property owner from the requirement of an encroachment ordinance; and
      6. Mechanical systems shall be set back at least 10 ft. from the street line.
    4. Signs.
      1. The following signs shall be prohibited:
        1. Internally illuminated signs and awnings.
        2. Animated illumination signs.
        3. Digital display.
        4. Freestanding signs.
        5. Non-accessory signs.
      2. The maximum area of signs shall be either 40 sq. ft. total per building frontage or the maximum area allowed in Table 14-904-1 (Accessory Sign Controls for Specific Zoning Districts), whichever is more restrictive.
      3. Where permitted, only one window sign can be placed in each window located above the first floor.
      4. The total area of window signs on doors shall not exceed 10% of the total transparent glazed area of all glass doors.
    5. Height.

      Buildings in the CMX-2.5 or CMX-3 district may not exceed 45 ft. in height.
    6. Use Regulations.
      1. Prohibited Uses.

        In addition to uses prohibited under base zoning, the following uses shall also be prohibited:
        1. Freestanding tower wireless service facilities.
        2. Moving and storage facilities.
        3. Personal care homes.
        4. Non-accessory parking.
        5. Drive-throughs.
      2. Special Exceptions.

        In addition to uses requiring a special exception under base zoning, the following uses shall also require a special exception:
        1. Business and professional offices.
        2. Business support.
        3. Group day care.
        4. Research and development.
        5. Medical, dental, and health practitioner offices.
        6. Take-out restaurants.
      3. For buildings in the CMX-3 district, at least 75% of ground floor frontage along Ridge Avenue must be occupied by a commercial use.
    7. Parking.
      1. Accessory parking shall be provided in a surface lot, not a garage.
      2. All required parking shall be located either:
        1. On-site; or
        2. On another lot, provided that the applicant has entered into a signed agreement with that lot's owner and provided:
          1. That lot shares at least one property line with the lot where the principal use is located, or
          2. That lot is within 1,000 ft. of the lot where the principal use is located.
      3. Parking for residential units in the CMX-2.5 district shall meet the following standards, notwithstanding any other parking requirements set forth in this Zoning Code.

        Minimum Required Parking Spaces
        (spaces per unit)
        Residential Use Category (as noted below)
        Household Living (as noted below)
        5 units or less 0
        Greater than 5 units 3/10
      4. Off-street surface parking and loading shall not be located between the building line and street line along Ridge Avenue.
  7. Lower and Central Germantown.
    1. Applicability.

      The requirements of this Lower and Central Germantown /NCA Overlay district apply to the area bounded by Old Stenton Avenue, Logan Street, Belfield Avenue, Baynton Street, Walnut Lane, Wayne Avenue, Rittenhouse Street, Morris Street, and Berkley Street, as shown on the following Lower and Central Germantown map for illustrative purposes only.

    2. Prohibited Uses.
      1. The following uses shall be prohibited in Commercial districts:
        1. Barber and/or beauty shops;
        2. Manicure/nail salons;
        3. Retail sales of beauty products and/or wigs;
        4. Retail sales of telecommunications equipment as a principal use, including, but not limited to, retail sales of cellular phones and pagers;
        5. Retail sales of variety/general store merchandise in a store less than 7,500 sq. ft. in size; and
        6. Furniture stores.
      2. The following uses shall be prohibited as a principal use in any Residential district and as an accessory home occupation in any zoning district:
        1. Barber and/or beauty shops;
        2. Manicure/nail salons.
  8. North Delaware Avenue.
    1. Applicability.

      The requirements of this North Delaware Avenue /NCA Overlay district apply to commercially zoned properties within the area bounded by Spring Garden Street, the Delaware River, Lehigh Avenue, Frankford Avenue, Girard Avenue, and 5th Street, as shown on the following North Delaware Avenue map for illustrative purposes only.

    2. Use Regulations.
      1. Assembly and entertainment uses and the expansion or extension of assembly and entertainment uses shall be prohibited.
      2. Eating and drinking establishments shall be permitted by special exception, except within the area bounded by Spring Garden Street, Front Street, the Delaware Expressway (I-95), Lehigh Avenue, and the Delaware River, where the underlying zoning shall control.
  9. East Mount Airy.
    1. Applicability.

      The requirements of this East Mount Airy /NCA Overlay district apply to all properties zoned CMX-1 within the area bounded by Fayette Street, East Vernon Road, Michener Avenue, and Greenwood Street.
    2. Use Regulations.
      1. Medical, Dental, and Health Practitioner uses are prohibited.
      2. Sundries, Pharmaceutical, and Convenience Sales uses are prohibited.
  10. Spring Garden.
    1. District Boundaries.

      The requirements of this Spring Garden /NCA Overlay district apply to all properties in the area bounded by Spring Garden Street, Broad Street, Callowhill Street, and 18th Street, including properties on both sides of such streets.
    2. Use Regulations.
      1. Personal Credit Establishment uses and the expansion or extension of such uses shall be prohibited.
  11. Reserved.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by the following:

Bill No. 120656-AA (approved February 6, 2013)
Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013)
Bill No. 130255-A (approved June 25, 2013)
Bill No. 130634 (approved December 4, 2013)
Bill No. 130655 (approved December 4, 2013)
Bill No. 130770 (became law December 5, 2013)
Bill No. 130804 (approved December 18, 2013)
Bill No. 130908-A (approved March 31, 2014)
Bill No. 140098 (approved May 14, 2014)
Bill No. 140416 (approved August 5, 2014)
Bill No. 140437-A (approved June 19, 2014)
Bill No. 140519-AAA (approved October 27, 2015)
Bill No. 140857 (approved December 19, 2014)
Bill No. 140804 (approved December 19, 2014)
Bill No. 140864 (approved December 19, 2014)
Bill No. 140906-A (became law April 9, 2015)
Bill No. 150091 (approved April 21, 2015)
Bill No. 150379 (approved June 18, 2015)
Bill No. 150505 (approved December 1, 2015)
Bill No. 150858 (approved December 23, 2015)
Bill No. 160073 (became law May 19, 2016)
Bill No. 160096 (approved May 10, 2016)
Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015)
Bill No. 160302-A (approved June 20, 2016)
Bill No. 160330-A (approved October 4, 2016)
Bill No. 160718 (became law May 4, 2017)
Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017)
Bill No. 170399 (approved July 11, 2017)
Bill No. 170498 (approved August 1, 2017)
Bill No. 161104 (approved August 29, 2017)
Bill No. 170960 (approved January 23, 2018)
Bill No. 170997-A (approved February 14, 2018)
Bill No. 180008-A (approved December 11, 2018)
Bill No. 180135 (approved April 18, 2018)
Bill No. 180501 (approved July 18, 2018)
Bill No. 180510 (approved July 18, 2018)
Bill No. 180908 (approved December 11, 2018)
Bill No. 180911 (approved January 3, 2019)
Bill No. 120430-A (approved January 14, 2013)
Bill No. 120431 (effective August 22, 2012)
Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013)
Bill No. 130255-A (approved June 25, 2013)
Bill No. 130274 (approved June 25, 2013)
Bill No. 130636 (approved January 8, 2014)
Bill No. 130763 (approved January 8, 2014)
Bill No. 130411 (approved April 23, 2014)
Bill No. 130764 (approved December 18, 2013)
Bill No. 130804 (approved December 18, 2013)
Bill No. 130908-A (approved March 31, 2014)
Bill No. 140009 (approved March 31, 2014)
Bill No. 140439 (approved August 5, 2014)
Bill No. 140856 (effective July 1, 2015)
Bill No. 140906-A (became law April 9, 2015)
Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015)
Bill No. 150285 (approved June 18, 2015)
Bill No. 150722 (approved December 23, 2015)
Bill No. 150766 (approved December 8, 2015)
Bill No. 160330-A (approved October 4, 2016)
Bill No. 160335 (approved June 28, 2016)
Bill No. 160526 (approved June 28, 2016)
Bill No. 160920 (approved December 20, 2016)
Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017)
Bill No. 170006 (approved May 1, 2017)
Bill No. 170017 (approved March 13, 2017)
Bill No. 170162 (approved July 11, 2017)
Bill No. 170469 (approved July 11, 2017)
Bill No. 170498 (approved August 1, 2017)
Bill No. 170902-A (approved December 12, 2017)
Bill No. 170986 (approved January 3, 2018)
Bill No. 170997-A (approved February 14, 2018)
Bill No. 180346-A (approved July 18, 2018)
Bill No. 180510 (approved July 18, 2018)
Bill No. 181064-A (approved May 15, 2019)
Bill No. 180911 (approved January 3, 2019)
  1. Purposes.

    The /NCO, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay district is intended to:
    1. Promote the public welfare of the City by encouraging conservation and preservation through the revitalization of the physical environment that is unique to a specific neighborhood;
    2. Provide a reasonable degree of control over the alteration and improvement of the exterior facades of existing buildings and the design of new construction to preserve the aesthetic fabric of these areas, without modifying the availability of permitted and special exception uses in the neighborhood pursuant to Chapter 14-600 (Use Regulations);
    3. Enhance the City's attractiveness as a place to live, work, and enjoy its cultural, social, and historical opportunities and also to foster a renewed feeling of pride in one's neighborhood;
    4. Complement the goals of the Commission and the Historical Commission as they seek to develop, revitalize, preserve, and conserve the many diverse and historic neighborhoods of the City; and
    5. Promote building improvements and maximize the economic, social, and educational value of neighborhood transformation.
  2. Design Guidelines.

    The design guidelines adopted as part of each /NCO district may address building and site design, but may not address the availability of permitted and special exception uses pursuant to Chapter 14-600 (Use Regulations), related to any of the following:
    1. Alterations to architectural features of existing buildings that are visible from a public street;
    2. The new construction or expansion of a building; and
    3. Construction of a new building or use of a vacant property after substantial demolition of an existing building on a property.
  3. Planning Commission Review.
    1. No building permit shall be issued to construct a building or alter the exterior of a building that is visible from a public street until the Commission has reviewed the application and confirmed that it complies with all regulations applicable to the applicable /NCO district area.
    2. If the Commission does not make a written decision to approve or deny the building permit application within 30 days of the date that it receives an application, the Commission will be deemed to have approved the application without conditions.
    3. The Commission's decision shall not be subject to appeal separately from an appeal to the Board of License and Inspection Review of L&I's decision on the building permit application.
  4. Historic District Designation.
    1. In the event any portion of an approved /NCO district is included in a historic district designated by the Historical Commission pursuant to Chapter 14-1000 (Historic Preservation), all design or development standards and all review and approval procedures listed in this § 14-504 (/NCO, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District) shall be of no further force or effect for the portion of the /NCO included within the historic district, except as indicated in § 14-504(4)(b) below.
    2. § 14-504(4)(a) above shall not apply to any property within the historic district that is not individually designated in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and upon which no building or structure (not including foundations, parking kiosks, storage sheds, fences, walls, and gates) exists at the time of designation of the historic district.
  5. Queen Village.
    1. District Boundaries.

      The Queen Village /NCO district contains the area bounded by the north side of Washington Avenue, the properties on the north side of Bainbridge Street (inclusive), the east side of 6th Street and the west side of Front Street, except for any property within the South Street/Head House Square area set forth in § 14-502(2)(b)(22), as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

    2. Area Regulations for Residential Structures.

      These regulations will apply to residentially-zoned properties, regardless of use, and to properties that are permitted by L&I for exclusive residential use.
      1. Building Setback Line.

        Buildings with legal street frontage must have no front setback, except buildings with one street frontage of 20 ft. or more and buildings on corner lots may have front setbacks from all street frontages only if a fence wall is constructed upon the property line where the setback is used, and the space between the fence wall and the building contains at least one tree as approved in the DPR plantings list.
      2. Height Regulations.

        On streets with a width of 21 ft. or less, including the cartway and legal sidewalks, new construction may not exceed 22 ft. in height to a cornice line, before either:
        1. Recessing on a plane, a minimum of 45 degrees, to the maximum height allowable in the underlying zoning district or any applicable zoning overlay district; or
        2. Stepping back from the front property line eight ft. to a vertical wall that may extend to the maximum height allowable in the underlying zoning district or any applicable zoning overlay district.
    3. Design Guidelines for Residential Structures.

      These regulations will apply to residentially-zoned properties, regardless of use, and to properties that are permitted by L&I for exclusive residential use.
      1. Requirements for Both New Construction and Alterations.
        1. Where street frontage of a new building exceeds 20 ft. on a single street or where an existing building is extended to exceed 20 ft. on a single street, the facade facing that street must be broken up by offset planes, roofline variations, or other architectural features including, but not limited to, bay windows or setbacks.
        2. Residential buildings must have a habitable room on the front of the first floor. A habitable room shall be defined as in the Property Maintenance Code, Section PM-202.0.
        3. New utility meters must be hidden from view from the street frontage.
      2. Windows.

        Windows along the street front of first floor habitable rooms must comply with the following:
        1. Have a maximum height of four ft. six in. from the bottom windowsill to the sidewalk;
        2. The overall window height must be at least four ft. from sill to head; and
        3. The minimum aggregate width of the window, in lineal ft., must be at least 33% of the total lineal frontage of the first floor.
      3. Parking.
        1. Front garages will only be permitted where there is a habitable room on the first floor and the window requirements for that habitable room are met.
        2. Open-air parking spaces may not be visible from the street frontage.
        3. New curb cuts may not exceed 10 ft. in width for a single space, and 20 ft. for a double space.
        4. For new construction of two or more units within a row, parking spaces or garages must be placed directly adjacent to one another, except where the Commission determines it impracticable.
      4. Roof Decks.

        Roof decks must be setback at least eight ft. from the front property line, or a parapet at least 42 in. high may be used to enclose the front of the deck.
      5. Materials.
        1. Vinyl, stucco, or cement board siding may not be used on the front facade of a building, with the exception of garage doors, main doors, and fenestration.
        2. Projecting bay windows that face a street may not be constructed of stucco.
        3. Parking lots may not be constructed of asphalt or slab concrete paving materials.
        4. Rear walls of buildings must be faced with masonry materials, including stucco, but if the rear of a structure is visible from a street, the material used must be consistent with the front facade of the building.
        5. Railings for roof decks may be up to 50% opaque and may not be constructed of unfinished wood.
        6. Fences may not be constructed of unfinished wood or chain link fencing materials.
        7. A light illuminating the sidewalk must be installed adjacent to the front door of all newly constructed front facades. The illumination must be controlled via a timer.
    4. Design Guidelines for Commercially-Zoned and Industrially-Zoned Structures.

      The regulations of this § 14-504(5)(d) will apply to commercially- or industrially-zoned properties other than properties permitted by L&I for exclusive residential use. They apply to new construction and alterations.
      1. Building Setback Line.

        Buildings with legal street frontage may not have front setbacks.
      2. Parking and Loading.

        New off-street parking and loading areas must not be visible from the main street frontage.
      3. Materials.

        The materials used in the construction of a new structure or facade must be of similar material to that used on the nearest residential structures fronting on the same street as the property under review.
  6. Overbrook Farms.
    1. Purpose.

      The Overbrook Farms /NCO district is established in order to preserve and protect this area of the city. It is recognized that this section of the city, located primarily within the Overbrook Farms National Historic District, is a unique mixed-use, neighborhood-oriented retail district containing residential uses and retail uses interspersed at street level and upper floor residential uses. There is a need to establish special sign and building controls to protect the unique character of the district, foster the preservation of buildings in accordance with its special character, and encourage new compatible development.
    2. Applicability.

      The requirements of this Overbrook Farms /NCO district apply to all lots within the boundaries shown on the following map.

    3. Additional Permitted Uses.

      On RSA-3-zoned lots fronting on 63rd Street, office and financial services uses, except for personal credit establishments, are permitted in addition to uses allowed by the underlying zoning.
    4. Design Standards.

      The Overbrook Farms design standards of this subsection apply to all properties within Overbrook Farms /NCA Overlay district except for those properties fronting on City Avenue between Drexel Road and Overbrook Avenue.
      1. Building Standards.
        1. Original materials, including storefronts, windows, walls, cornices, bays, and roofs of buildings, shall be repaired or replaced with materials or details similar to the original materials.
        2. The design of new buildings shall be consistent with the character defining features of the Overbrook Farms National Historic District, in terms of massing, vertical and horizontal articulation, proportion of window openings to wall area, and building materials.
  7. Central Roxborough.
    1. Purpose.

      The Central Roxborough/NCO intends to protect the existing walkable character of the frontages in the Central Roxborough section of Philadelphia. Walkability serves the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens by providing human-scaled design, interesting and pedestrian friendly facades, and "eyes on the street," all in close proximity to useful commercial destinations, parks, and transit.

      These blocks and streets were selected for their relatively intact historic pattern. The design of new buildings should be consistent with the character-defining features of this overlay district, in terms of massing, vertical and horizontal articulation, fenestration proportions, and building materials.
    2. Applicability.

      The Central Roxborough/NCO applies to properties in the area generally bounded by Gates Street (both sides), Ridge Avenue, Hermitage Street, Manayunk Avenue (both sides), Green Lane (both sides), Dexter Street (both sides), Lyceum Avenue, Manayunk Avenue (both sides), Roxborough Avenue (both sides), Ridge Avenue, Dupont Street (both sides), Lawnton Street, Green Lane, Jannette Street, Monastery Avenue, and Henry Avenue, except for the parcels located in the Ridge Avenue/NCA, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

    3. Area and Form Regulations for Residential Structures.

      These regulations shall apply to residentially-zoned properties and to properties permitted by L&I for exclusive residential use.
      1. Building Setback Line.

        The front setback shall be no further from the street than the furthest front facade of the principal building on either of the two immediately abutting lots, and shall be located no closer to the primary street than the closest front facade of the principal building on either of the two immediately abutting lots. If both of the immediately abutting lots are vacant, then the setback range shall be based on the building that is closest to the subject property and on the same blockface. Where there are not a sufficient number of lots that meet these criteria to establish a front setback, the front setback shall adhere to the standards set by the underlying zoning district.
      2. Building Height.

        If at least one abutting lot on either side of a house contains only two stories of habitable space, the stories above the second story of the house shall be set back an additional eight ft. from the minimum required setback; except this requirement shall not apply to corner lots.
      3. Design Standards.
        1. The principal building shall have a habitable room on the front of the first floor with at least one window facing the street. A habitable room shall be defined as in the Property Maintenance Code, Section PM-202.0.
        2. Porches are permitted on all blocks and may be located in the required front setback. Porches shall be required if at least one of the immediately abutting lots contains a porch. Porches shall be a minimum of 5 ft. in depth, as measured from the front wall of the enclosed main structure, out toward the front property line.
        3. New utility meters and HVAC equipment located on frontages shall be screened with landscaping, fences, or walls. Any other utility structures and their conduits facing a frontage shall be painted to match the wall or otherwise have their visibility minimized. This provision shall not apply to satellite dishes less than one meter in diameter or window air conditioning units.
        4. Flush mounted windows shall be prohibited. Sills must project from the wall a minimum of one inch.
      4. Impervious Surface Coverage.

        The impervious coverage for front yards shall not exceed 30% of the area of the front yard. Porches shall be excluded from the front yard impervious coverage total.
      5. Materials.
        1. For new construction, the following front building facade materials shall be prohibited - vinyl siding, aluminum siding, and synthetic stucco.
        2. Retaining walls and garden walls located along a street frontage shall not be constructed of concrete masonry units (CMUs) unless capped and covered with stone, cultured stone, stucco, or brick.
        3. Fences or fence walls located along a street frontage shall be iron, stone, cultured stone, stucco, brick, painted wood, or finished wood. Chain link and vinyl fences are prohibited on frontages.
        4. Windows in masonry, brick, brick veneer, or stone veneer walls, with or without stucco veneer, shall be inset a minimum of three inches.
      6. Parking.
        1. Parking in the front yard and front loaded parking garages shall be prohibited.
        2. Curb cut width shall be limited to 12 ft.
    4. Area and Form Regulations for Commercial Structures.

      These regulations shall apply to commercially or residentially zoned properties used for retail sales or an eating and drinking establishment.
      1. The front entrance shall have a zero-step entry at the front door.
      2. Street frontage shall have minimum 50% clear glass on the facade between the area 2 ft. and 10 ft. above the sidewalk. This shall apply to the first 10 ft. horizontally from the corner of each facade of a corner property, and to the entirety of the width of a mid-block property.
      3. Awnings, if provided, shall be a minimum of 3 ft. in depth, as measured from the front facade of the building to the curb line.
  8. Ridge Park Roxborough.
    1. Applicability.

      The Ridge Park Roxborough/NCO applies to properties in the area generally bounded by Ridge Avenue, Paoli Avenue, Silverwood Street, Parker Avenue (including, for the first 1,357 ft. from Silverwood Street, both sides of Parker Avenue), Smick Street, Fountain Street, Fowler Street, Hermitage Street, Wilde Street, Leverington Street, Silverwood Street, Hermitage Street, Manayunk Avenue (extended), Gates Street, Pechin Street, and Fountain Street, except for the parcels with frontage upon Ridge Avenue, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

    2. Area and Form Regulations for Residential Structures.

      These regulations shall apply to residentially-zoned properties and to properties permitted by L&I for exclusive residential use.
      1. Building Setback Line.

        The front setback shall be no further from the street than the furthest front facade of the principal building on either of the two immediately abutting lots, and shall be located no closer to the primary street than the closest front facade of the principal building on either of the two immediately abutting lots. If both of the immediately abutting lots are vacant, then the setback range shall be based on the building that is closest to the subject property and on the same blockface. Where there are not a sufficient number of lots that meet these criteria to establish a front setback, the front setback shall adhere to the standards set by the underlying zoning district.
      2. Building Height.

        If at least one abutting lot on either side of a residential building contains only two stories of habitable space, the stories above the second story of the building shall be set back an additional eight ft. from the minimum required setback; except this requirement shall not apply to corner lots.
      3. Design Standards.
        1. Residential buildings shall have a habitable room on the front of the first floor with at least one window facing the street. A habitable room shall be defined as in the Property Maintenance Code, Section PM-202.0.
        2. Porches are permitted on all blocks and may be located in the required front setback. Porches shall be required if at least one of the immediately abutting lots contains a porch. Porches shall be a minimum of 5 ft. in depth, as measured from the front facade of the enclosed main structure, out toward the front property line.
        3. New utility meters and HVAC equipment located on frontages shall be screened with landscaping, fences, or walls. Any other utility structures and their conduits facing a frontage shall be painted to match the wall or otherwise have their visibility minimized. This provision shall not apply to satellite dishes less than one meter in diameter or window air conditioning units.
        4. Flush mounted windows shall be prohibited along street frontages. Sills must project from the wall a minimum of one inch.
      4. Impervious Surface Coverage.

        The impervious coverage for front yards shall not exceed 30% of the area of the front yard. Porches shall be excluded from the front yard impervious coverage total.
      5. Materials.
        1. For new construction, the following front building facade materials shall be prohibited – vinyl siding, aluminum siding, and synthetic stucco.
        2. Retaining walls and garden walls located along a street frontage shall not be constructed of concrete masonry units (CMUs) unless capped and covered with stone, cultured stone, stucco, or brick.
        3. Fences or fence walls located along a street frontage shall be iron, stone, cultured stone, stucco, brick, painted wood, or finished wood. Chain link and vinyl fences are prohibited on frontages.
        4. Windows in masonry, brick, brick veneer, or stone veneer walls, with or without stucco veneer, shall be inset a minimum of three inches.
      6. Parking.
        1. Parking in the front yard and front loaded parking garages shall be prohibited.
        2. Curb cut width shall be limited to 12 ft.
  9. Powelton Village.
    1. Applicability.

      The Powelton Village /NCO applies to the properties bounded by 35th Street, Spring Garden Street, 31st Street, Powelton Avenue, 32nd Street, Summer Street, Natrona Street, Powelton Avenue, 34th Street, and Lancaster Avenue, as shown on the following map ("Zone 1") for illustrative purposes only; and to the properties bounded by 39th Street, Spring Garden Street, 35th Street, Lancaster Avenue, 36th Street, Warren Street, 37th Street, Lancaster Avenue, Powelton Avenue, 38th Street, and Lancaster Avenue, as shown on the following map ("Zone 2") for illustrative purposes only.



    2. Area and Form Regulations for Residential Structures.

      These regulations shall apply to residentially-zoned properties and to properties permitted by L&I for exclusive residential use.
      1. Building Setback Line.

        Where a new building is attached to an existing structure, the setback of the primary facade of the new structure shall match the setback of the primary facade of the existing adjacent structure, unless a greater setback is required by the Zoning Code.
      2. Building Height.

        Notwithstanding other sections of the Zoning Code, the height of a new structure shall be limited to three stories, and thirty-five (35) feet.
      3. Fenestration.
        1. For all new construction, windows along the street frontage of the first floor shall:
          1. have an overall window height of at least five feet from sill to head, and;
          2. have a minimum aggregate width, in lineal feet, of at least 25% of the total lineal frontage of the first floor.
        2. Where a building permit is required, replacement windows on existing structures facing a public right-of-way shall maintain at least 90% of the glazing for the windows that they replace.
        3. Where a building permit is required, flush mounted windows shall be prohibited for all facades or portions of facades with masonry exteriors. In such facades, windows shall be inset a minimum of two inches from the exterior face. For all other facade materials, windows must either be recessed a minimum of two inches from the exterior face or they must include a head and sill or window surround of a contrasting material projecting from the adjacent exterior face of the facade by at least one inch.
      4. Utilities.

        New utility meters and HVAC equipment located on frontages shall be screened with landscaping, fences, or walls. Any other utility structures and their conduits facing a frontage shall be painted to match the wall or otherwise have their visibility minimized. This provision shall not apply to satellite dishes less than one meter in diameter or window air conditioning units.
      5. Impervious Coverage.

        The impervious coverage for front and rear yards shall not exceed fifty percent (50%). Open, roofed porches shall be excluded from this calculation.
      6. Screening of Refuse Containers.

        It is encouraged that new multifamily buildings provide interior trash storage areas, or exterior screened enclosures attached permanently to the building and installed into the ground so that waste receptacles are not visible from the public right-of-way. Such storage areas and enclosures shall not be permitted in the required front setback of a property or within the public right-of-way.
      7. Cornices.

        New semi-detached buildings shall include a cornice where the existing, attached structure includes a cornice. The depth, height and alignment of the new cornice shall match that of the existing, adjacent structure.
      8. Porches.
        1. Where a new building is attached to an existing structure that includes a porch, the new structure shall also include a porch. The new porch must match the existing depth, roofline, and floorline of the existing adjacent porch.
        2. Existing porches at the front of a building shall not be enclosed to make interior living space, unless enclosed with at least 80% of facade consisting of transparent glass.
        3. Accessible or visitable units are exempt from the requirements of this subsection (8).
      9. Materials.
        1. For new construction, the following building facade materials shall be prohibited on any facade that is visible from a public right-of-way – vinyl siding, horizontal aluminum siding, highly textured stucco, exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS), and concrete masonry units (CMU).
        2. Retaining walls and garden walls located along a street frontage shall not be constructed of concrete masonry units (CMUs) unless capped and covered with stone, cultured stone, stucco, or brick.
        3. Fences or fence walls located along a street frontage shall not be constructed of chain link or concrete masonry units (CMU).
        4. New porches or decks erected in the front yard shall not be constructed of unpainted, pressure treated wood.
        5. Projecting bay windows that face a street may not be constructed of stucco.
    3. Area and Form Regulations for Commercial Structures.

      These regulations shall apply to commercially-zoned properties, unless covered by subsection (b).
      1. Building Facades.

        For all new construction and for all facade alterations that require a building permit, where a street frontage of a new building or building subject to facade alteration exceeds 20 feet on a single street, the facade facing that street shall be broken up by at least one offset plane making up at least 15% of that facade. Architectural features including, but not limited to, bay windows, cornices, recesses, overhangs, and any other variations in planes with a minimum dimension of at least 18 inches, from the primary facade plane, may be used to meet this requirement.
      2. Fenestration.
        1. For new construction, windows of first floor habitable space, as defined in the Property Maintenance Code - Section PM-202, that face a street frontage shall:
          1. have an overall window height of at least six feet from sill to head, and;
          2. at the primary facade, have a minimum aggregate width in lineal feet of at least 66% of the total lineal frontage of the first floor.
      3. Utilities.

        New utility meters and HVAC equipment located on frontages shall be screened with landscaping, fences, or walls. Any other utility structures and their conduits facing a frontage shall be painted to match the wall or otherwise have their visibility minimized. This provision shall not apply to satellite dishes less than one meter in diameter or window air conditioning units.
      4. Materials.

        For new construction, the following front building facade materials shall be prohibited – vinyl siding, horizontal aluminum siding, highly textured stucco, exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS), and concrete masonry units (CMU).
  10. Wissahickon.
    1. Purpose.

      The Wissahickon /NCO intends to protect the existing walkable and aesthetic character of the Wissahickon section of Philadelphia. Walkability serves the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens by providing human-scaled design, interesting and pedestrian friendly facades, and "eyes on the street," all in close proximity to useful commercial destinations, parks, and transit.

      These blocks and streets were selected for their relatively intact historic pattern. The design of new buildings should be consistent with the character-defining features of this overlay district in terms of massing, vertical and horizontal articulation, fenestration proportions, and building materials.
    2. Applicability.

      The Wissahickon /NCO applies to properties in the area bounded by Henry Avenue, Hermit Street, Ridge Avenue, and the Wissahickon Creek, except for the parcels located in the Ridge Avenue /NCA, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

    3. Area and Form Regulations for Residential Structures.

      These regulations shall apply to residentially-zoned properties and to properties permitted by L&I for exclusive residential use.
      1. Building Setback line.

        The front setback shall be no further from the street than the furthest front facade of the principal building on either of the two immediately abutting lots, and shall be located no closer to the primary street than the closest front facade of the principal building on either of the two immediately abutting lots. If both of the immediately abutting lots are vacant, then the setback range shall be based on the building that is closest to the subject property and on the same blockface. Where there are not a sufficient number of lots that meet these criteria to establish a front setback, the front setback shall adhere to the standards set by the underlying zoning district.
      2. Building Height.
        1. If at least one abutting lot on either side of a house contains only two stories of habitable space, the stories above the second story of the house shall:
          1. Be set back an additional eight ft. from the minimum required setback; or
          2. Incorporate a front facade mansard roof with a minimum slope of 15 degrees measured from the vertical plane of the front facade and a maximum dormer width of 7 ft., aligned on-center with second story windows below.
        2. In no instance shall the maximum height of a house be greater than any house on an abutting lot with the same frontage that contains three stories of habitable space.
      3. Design Standards.
        1. The principal building shall have a habitable room on the front of the first floor with at least one entryway and one window facing the street. A habitable room shall be defined as in the Property Maintenance Code, Section PM-202.0.
        2. Porches are permitted on all blocks and may be located in the required front setback. Porches shall be required if at least one of the immediately abutting lots with the same frontage contains a porch. Porches shall be a minimum of 5 ft. feet in depth, as measured from the front wall of the enclosed main structure, out toward the front property line.
        3. New utility meters and HVAC equipment located on frontages shall be screened with landscaping, fences, or walls. Any other utility structures and their conduits facing a frontage shall be painted to match the wall or otherwise have their visibility minimized. This provision shall not apply to satellite dishes less than one meter in diameter or window air conditioning units.
        4. Flush mounted windows shall be prohibited. Sills must project from the wall a minimum of two inches.
      4. Impervious Surface Coverage and Landscaping.

        1. The impervious coverage for front yards shall not exceed 30% of the area of the front yard. Porches shall be excluded from the front yard impervious coverage total. The remainder of the area shall consist of planted material.
        2. A street tree is required, in accordance with requirements of the City of Philadelphia Streets Department and the Fairmount Park Commission.
      5. Materials.
        1. For new construction, the following front facade materials shall be prohibited: vinyl siding, aluminum siding, fiber cement siding, stone veneer, metal panels, and synthetic stucco.
        2. Retaining walls and garden walls located along a street frontage shall not be constructed of concrete masonry units (CMUs) unless capped and covered with stone, cultured stone, stucco, or brick.
        3. Fences or fence walls located along a street frontage shall be iron, stone, cultured stone, stucco, brick, painted wood, or finished wood. Chain link and vinyl fences are prohibited on frontages.
        4. Windows in masonry, brick, brick veneer, or stone veneer walls, with or without stucco veneer, shall be inset a minimum of three inches.
      6. Parking.
        1. Parking in the front yard and front loaded parking garages shall be prohibited, except when all immediately abutting lots with the same frontage contain structures with an existing front loaded garage. In such instances, a front loaded parking garage shall be permitted provided it complies with all other applicable standards of this Zoning Code.
        2. Curb cut width shall be limited to 12 feet.
    4. Area and Form Regulations for Commercial Structures.

      These regulations shall apply to commercially or residentially zoned properties used for commercial purposes.
      1. Store frontages shall have a zero-step entry at the front door.
      2. Store frontages shall have minimum 50% clear glass on the facade between the area 2 ft. and 10 ft. above the sidewalk.
      3. Awnings on store frontages, if provided, shall be a minimum of 3 ft. in depth, as measured from the front facade of the building to the curb line.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by the following:

Bill No. 120430-A (approved January 14, 2013)
Bill No. 140864 (approved December 19, 2014)
Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015)
Bill No. 150858 (approved December 23, 2015)
Bill No. 170006 (approved May 1, 2017)
Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017)
Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017)
Bill No. 170399 (approved July 11, 2017)
Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017)
  1. Purpose.

    The /ENV, Environmental Preservation Overlay District is intended to preserve certain natural and scenic areas of the City for the benefits they provide to residents, visitors, and wildlife.
  2. Roxborough.
    1. Applicability.

      The boundaries of the Roxborough /ENV overlay district, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only, are as follows: beginning at the intersection of the Philadelphia-Montgomery County Line and Hagy's Mill Road (extended); then south 72 degrees 37 minutes one second east, the distance of 561 ft. and five and one-half in. to a point on Spring Lane; then south 39 degrees 28 minutes one second east, the distance of 66 ft. and four and three-eighths in. to a point on the northwesterly side of a 20 ft.-wide easement; then south 49 degrees 22 minutes 59 seconds west, along said easement, the distance of 845 ft. one and three-quarter in. to a point; then south 46 degrees 32 minutes 10 seconds west, the distance of 691 ft. and eight and three-eighths in. to a point; then south 44 degrees 41 minutes 14 seconds west, the distance of 432 ft. and four and one-third in. to a point; then north 76 degrees 46 minutes 23 seconds west, the distance of 29 ft. and five inches to a point; then south 50 degrees 11 minutes 30 seconds west the distance of 24 ft. eight and one- eighth in. to a point; then south 32 degrees 28 minutes 46 seconds east, the distance of 250 ft. and eight and one-eighth in. to a point; then south 57 degrees 31 minutes 14 seconds west, the distance of 278 ft. and three and five-eighths in. to a point; then south 32 degrees 28 minutes 46 seconds east, the distance of 313 ft. and one-half in. to a point; then south 52 degrees 30 minutes zero seconds west, the distance of 857 ft. and seven and seven-eighths in. to a point; then northwestwardly on an arc of a circle curving to the right with a radius of 15,547 ft. and two and three-quarters in., the distance of 145 ft. and nine and five-eighths in. to a point; then continuing northwestwardly on an arc of a circle curving to the right with a radius of 1,585 ft. and seven and three-quarters in., the arc distance of 256 ft. and 11 and one-half in. to a point; then north 57 degrees 21 minutes seven seconds east, the radial distance of nine ft. and 11 and three-quarters in. to a point; then continuing northwestwardly on an arc of a circle curving to the right with a radius of 1,575 ft. and eight in., the arc distance of 227 ft. and five in. to a point; then north zero degrees 51 minutes 33 seconds west, the distance of 51 ft. nine and three-quarters in. to a point; then continuing northwestwardly on an arc of a circle curving to the right with a radius of 1,555 ft. and eight and five-eighths in., the arc distance of 102 ft. and 11 and seven-eighths in. to a point on the Philadelphia-Montgomery County Line; then north 43 degrees 13 minutes 47 seconds east, al
    2. Regulations.
      1. The uses permitted in the Roxborough /ENV overlay district shall be restricted to natural resources preservation; except non-commercial urban agriculture shall be permitted within the boundaries of the community gardens existing on November 10, 2010 which are approximately located along the Philadelphia-Montgomery County Line beginning at Hagy's Mill Road and which are depicted for illustrative purposes only on the following map.
      2. Any increase in size of non-commercial urban agriculture uses beyond the boundaries of community gardens existing on November 10, 2010, depicted for illustrative purposes only on the following map, shall be prohibited.

  3. Fox Chase.
    1. Applicability.

      The Fox Chase /ENV overlay district shall include the area bounded by Pennypack Creek, Pine Road, Shady Lane, and the Philadelphia-Montgomery County Line, generally known as Fox Chase Farm and shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.
    2. Regulations.

      The uses permitted in the Fox Chase /ENV overlay district shall be restricted to uses in the parks and open space use category, educational facilities and non-commercial urban agriculture uses.

  1. Subarea A.
    1. Purposes.

      The /NCP, North Central Philadelphia Overlay district is established to help:
      1. preserve and protect the area from the conversion of houses into multi-family buildings that have the potential to destabilize the area;
      2. sustain and promote single-family residential uses;
      3. prevent declining property values;
      4. discourage nonresidential parking as a main use; and
      5. foster the preservation and development of this section of the City in accordance with its special character.
    2. District Boundaries.

      The Subarea A /NCP district regulations apply to all residentially-zoned properties within the following areas, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only:
      1. Beginning at its northwest boundary and proceeding east, the area bounded by Cecil B. Moore Avenue, 12th Street, Oxford Street, 11th Street, Cecil B. Moore Avenue, 9th Street, Master Street, 11th Street, Stiles Street, 12th Street, Flora Street, and 13th Street.
      2. All properties fronting on the west side of 13th Street between Jefferson Street and Oxford Street.
      3. The area bounded by 13th Street, Susquehanna Avenue, 11th Street, and Diamond Street.
      4. The area bounded by Girard Avenue, Watts Street, Parish Street, Park Street, Brown Street and 12th Street.

    3. Use Regulations.

      1. Multi-family buildings;
      2. Rooming houses;
      3. Boarding houses;
      4. Housing, not owner-occupied, for students (as defined by § 14-203(325) (Student)); and
      5. Fraternity and sorority houses.
  2. Subarea B.
    1. District Boundaries.

      The Subarea B /NCP district regulations apply to all CMX-4-zoned properties in the area bounded by Cecil B. Moore Avenue, 11th Street, Montgomery Avenue, and 12th Street, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

    2. Regulations.
      1. Individual dwelling units in multi-family residential buildings may house up to four persons unrelated by blood, marriage, adoption, or foster-child status.
      2. The maximum floor area ratio shall be 650% of lot area.
      3. Additional gross floor area, as set forth in § 14-702 (Floor Area Bonuses), shall be prohibited.
      4. Residential buildings containing 25 or more dwelling units shall provide at least one parking space for every three dwelling units.
      5. Accessory parking lots shall be permitted by right.
    3. Sunset Provision.

      The provisions of this § 14-506(2) (Subarea B) shall expire on December 31, 2016.
  3. Subarea C.
    1. District Boundaries.

      The Subarea C /NCP district regulations apply to all RM-1 lots within the area bounded by 20th Street, Margie Street, Glenwood Avenue, 20th Street, Ridge Avenue, College Avenue, 20th Street, Girard Avenue, Ninth Street, and Lehigh Avenue, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

    2. Permitted Number of Dwelling Units.

      A minimum 425 sq. ft. of lot area is required per dwelling unit. Whenever the calculation of permitted number of dwelling units results in a fraction of a dwelling unit, then the number of permitted dwelling units shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number.
    3. Required Parking.

      Parking shall not be required for the first three dwelling units, and thereafter, shall be required at a ratio of three parking spaces for every ten dwelling units.
    4. Temporary Real Estate Sign Regulations.
      1. All signs located on a property advertising the availability of rental units shall be removed within seven (7) days following the rental, lease, or occupancy of the last available unit in the property.
      2. No such sign shall be artificially illuminated.
      3. The erection of such signs on properties upon which there are no vacancies is prohibited.
      4. No such sign shall exceed a maximum gross area of twenty-five (25) square feet.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by the following:

Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013)
Bill No. 120656-AA (approved February 6, 2013)
Bill No. 130655 (approved December 4, 2013)
Bill No. 130763 (approved January 8, 2014)
  1. Purpose.

    The Central Delaware Riverfront Overlay District is intended to connect the public and neighborhoods to the waterfront; promote sound economic development; preserve and create jobs; support diverse, walkable neighborhoods; and preserve and renew historic and natural resources.
  2. District Boundaries.

    The Central Delaware Riverfront Overlay District shall consist of all lots, except for lots zoned I-P, located in the area bounded by Allegheny Avenue; the pierhead line of the Delaware River, as established by the Secretary of War on September 10, 1940; Oregon Avenue; and the east side of Interstate 95, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

  3. River Access Streets.

    For the purposes of this § 14-507, "river access streets" shall mean the following streets:
    1. Dickinson Street.
    2. Washington Avenue.
    3. Christian Street.
    4. Race Street.
    5. Callowhill Street.
    6. Spring Garden Street.
    7. Frankford Avenue.
    8. Columbia Avenue.
  4. Uses.
    1. Non-accessory surface parking lots are prohibited on lots with frontage on Delaware Avenue, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, or a river access street.
    2. Uses in the vehicle and vehicular equipment sales and services category are prohibited on lots with frontage on Delaware Avenue, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, or a river access street; except personal vehicle sales and rental shall be permitted west of Delaware Avenue or Christopher Columbus Boulevard provided that:
      1. The use is an automobile showroom in an enclosed structure;
      2. Accessory surface parking is not located between any street frontage and the principal structure; and
      3. Service areas for vehicle repair and maintenance shall be prohibited.
    3. On lots with frontage along any of the following, one or more of the uses provided in subsection (d), below, shall occupy 75% of the length of such ground floor frontage; except where a lot fronts on two or more of the following, this requirement shall apply only to the longest such ground floor frontage; and provided that nothing in this subsection (c) shall require or permit a use not otherwise permitted on the lot:
      1. A river access street, as set forth in § 14-507(3), above.
      2. Christopher Columbus Boulevard between Washington Avenue and Spring Garden Street; or
      3. The Delaware River between Washington Avenue and Spring Garden Street.
    4. Permitted Ground Floor Uses.
      1. Retail sales;
      2. Commercial services;
      3. Eating and drinking establishments;
      4. Lobbies of multi-family residences, hotels, live theaters, cinemas, or structured garages;
      5. Libraries, museums, galleries, or exhibition space;
      6. Post offices;
      7. Public open space, enclosed public space, enclosed public gardens, public rooms, through-block pedestrian connections;
      8. Entrances to public transit stations;
      9. Residences;
      10. Personal vehicle sales and rental, as provided in subsection (b), above.
  5. Open Area.

    The minimum open area for lots greater than 5,000 sq. ft. with frontage on the Delaware River shall be 40% of the total lot area. Any unoccupied waterfront setback required by this Zoning Code shall count towards the required open area.
  6. Building Height.
    1. The minimum building height shall be 25 ft.
    2. For base zoning districts that are regulated by a maximum floor area ratio in § 14-701 (Dimensional Standards), the maximum building height shall be 100 ft., unless additional building height has been earned pursuant to § 14-702 (Floor Area and Height Bonuses).
  7. Off-Street Parking.
    1. For lots fronting on Delaware Avenue, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, or a river access street, as set forth in subsection (3):
      1. No more than one curb cut shall be permitted along any street frontage provided, that
      2. Where a river access street has been extended to intersect with the Delaware River, such extended river access street shall not be considered a curb cut for the purposes of this § 14-507(7);
      3. Off-street parking shall not be located in the front yard.
    2. Non-accessory and accessory above-ground structured parking shall be permitted by right, provided that an architectural or landscaped screening device is applied to each facade that faces a public street, park, or trail and is approved by the Commission for appropriateness with the surrounding neighborhood character. Required accessory parking in an above-ground structure that meets the requirements of this subsection (b) shall be excluded from the calculation of gross floor area; any parking provided in addition to the required accessory parking shall count towards the calculation of gross floor area.
  8. Prohibited Permanent Structures.

    Where a river access street, if extended, would intersect with the Delaware River, no permanent structure shall be constructed within the right-of-way of the extension of such street. For the purposes of this section, if the right-of-way has a width of greater than 70 feet, the right-of-way shall be deemed to include only a 70 foot wide path located entirely within the boundaries of the street, as extended. If a single person or entity owns the entire extension of the street within the boundaries of this Overlay District, then such owner shall designate where the 70 foot wide path shall be located, so long as it is located entirely within the boundaries of the street, as extended, and, so far as practicable, runs parallel to such boundaries. If a single person or entity does not own the entire extension of the street, the 70 foot wide path shall be located equidistant from each of the two outer edges of the street, as extended.
  9. Form and Design.

    Single-story buildings containing at least 10,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area of which 75 percent is occupied by a single use shall comply with the following. For the purposes of this section, intermediate floor levels such as mezzanines shall not count as a story.
    1. Facade articulation is required for each building facade that faces directly onto a public street, park, or trail. Between the average ground level and a height of 25 ft., a minimum of 50% of the wall area must include one or more of the following features:
      1. Ornamental and structural detail;
      2. Projections, recesses, or other variations in planes; or
      3. Transparent windows or other transparent glazed area.
    2. For every 10,000 sq. ft. of building area, there shall be 500 sq. ft. of public plaza in proximity to at least one of the building entrances. Public plaza space required by this subsection (b) shall count towards the required open area, but shall not be eligible for the additional floor area ratio or building height bonus that may be earned for the provision of additional public open space, as provided in § 14-702(6). Bicycle parking required by § 14-804(1) (Required Bicycle Parking Spaces) shall be located in the public plaza. The public plaza(s) shall have a minimum of 1 bench and 1 tree per 250 sq. ft. of public plaza. Vehicular traffic and loading are prohibited from accessing required public plazas.
  10. Civic Design Review.
    1. Applicability.

      For any development that fronts on Delaware Avenue, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, the Delaware River, or a river access street, as set forth in § 14-507(3), above, and is subject to civic design review under § 14-305(4)(b), the Civic Design Review Committee shall consider, in addition to the criteria set forth at § 14-304(5)(f), the criteria set forth at § 14-507(10)(b).
    2. Criteria.
      1. Whether the building has transparent windows or other transparent glazed area covering at least 50% of the ground floor facade.
      2. Whether the sidewalk widths along river access streets are consistent with the Philadelphia Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan.
      3. Whether the project supports current or future public access to the waterfront.
  11. Conflicting Regulations.

    Notwithstanding § 14-501(2) (Interpretation), when the provisions of this § 14-507 are in conflict with the provisions of § 14-405, SP-ENT, Entertainment (Special Purpose) District, the provisions of § 14-405 shall apply.
UpCodes note:

Bill No. 120431 (effective August 22, 2012)
Bill No. 130274 (approved June 25, 2013)
Bill No. 170017 (approved March 13, 2017)
  1. Purposes.

    The purpose of the /DRC, Delaware River Conservation Overlay district is to further enhance the quality of life in Philadelphia by promoting and protecting a system of parks and trails along the North Delaware River called the "Delaware River Greenway."
    1. Boundaries.

      The boundaries of the district are the south side of Allegheny Avenue on the south; the Philadelphia/Bucks County line on the north; the western Bulkhead Line of the Delaware River as amended by the Secretary of War on September 10, 1940 on the east; and a line 50 ft. west of the eastern boundary on the west, as shown on the map on the following page for illustrative purposes only.
    2. If, due to erosion, accretion, or human activity, the top of the west bank of the Delaware River has substantially moved away from the western Bulkhead Line, then the most westerly line along the top of the west bank is the eastern boundary of this district. Any discrepancies between the physical top of the bank and Bulkhead Line along the west bank of the Delaware River will be surveyed by the District Surveyor, and the Board of Surveyors of the Streets Department will keep the survey on file and available for public inspection.







  2. Use Regulations.

    The following uses are prohibited within the /DRC Overlay district:
    1. Freestanding accessory advertising signs.
    2. Non-accessory advertising signs.
    3. Any new structures, other than as necessary to support a use permitted by § 14-704(5) (Waterfront Setbacks).
UpCodes note: This section was amended by Bill No. 120654 (approved December 11, 2012).
  1. Purpose.

    The special land use and zoning controls of the /CAO, City Avenue Overlay district address the following specific purposes:
    1. Support new pedestrian-active and transit-friendly high density commercial, institutional, and residential uses, by requiring pedestrian-oriented access from a public street;
    2. Encourage a mix of commercial, institutional, and residential uses;
    3. Enhance the physical context of the district, for both pedestrians and transit users, by minimizing pedestrian-vehicular conflicts, by limiting the number, width, and location of driveways, and encouraging the renovation and erection of buildings that provide direct connections to the street and sidewalk;
    4. Enhance the visual character and identity of the district through appropriate design standards relating to site layout, building scale and design, landscape design, and signage;
    5. Discourage dependence on automobile use by promoting alternate modes of transportation, thereby reducing traffic congestion;
    6. Encourage the development of shared parking and attractive and convenient off-street parking facilities, to reduce on-street congestion and facilitate vehicular and pedestrian circulation; and
    7. Protect existing residential neighborhoods that abut the district.
  2. Boundaries.

    The City Avenue Overlay district applies to all lots within the boundaries shown on the following two maps in § 14-509(2) (Boundaries).
    1. Village Center Area.

    2. Regional Center Area.

  3. Regulations.
    1. Occupied Area and Impervious Cover.
      1. The occupied area shall be limited to 80% of the lot area.
      2. In the Regional Center, impervious cover shall be limited to 80% of the lot area.
      3. In the Village Center, impervious cover shall be limited to 85% of the lot area.
    2. Front Setback.

      The following front setback requirements apply:
      1. The front setback line shall be situated parallel to the street frontage lot line, within the depth of the lot.
      2. For a corner lot, the required front setback on each lot frontage that is immediately adjacent to a residential use in a Residential district shall be at least equal in depth to the required front setback on the immediately adjacent residential lot.
      3. In the Regional Center, buildings fronting City Avenue shall be located a minimum of 25 ft. and a maximum of 40 ft. from the street curb edge. Buildings fronting other streets shall be located a minimum of 20 ft. and a maximum of 30 ft. from the street curb edge.
      4. In the Village Center, buildings shall be located a minimum of 20 ft. and a maximum of 30 ft. from the street curb edge.
      5. The primary pedestrian access point shall be located on street frontage.
      6. Surface parking areas, parking structures, and driveways are prohibited between the building and the front lot line. Driveways giving access to surface parking areas or structures elsewhere on the lot may cross portions of the front setback area on either side of the front facade of the building.
      7. Unless otherwise required by this section, fencing, hedges, and other continuous barriers are prohibited between the curbline and the front setback line.
      8. In the Regional Center, the location of the face of the building may be extended up to 20 ft. further from the street curb if the additional area is used as a public gathering space or for outdoor dining.
    3. Side Yards.

      There is no required minimum side yard. If a side yard is provided, it must be a minimum width of 10 ft.
    4. Rear Yards.
      1. Except as provided in § 14-509(3)(d)(2) below, for a building used for commercial purposes located on a lot that backs up to a commercially zoned lot, a rear yard is not required.
      2. Residential buildings shall have a minimum rear yard depth of 15 ft., except where residential uses are located above parking or commercial uses, in which case the residential portion of the building shall be setback a minimum 15 ft. from the rear lot line.
      3. For a building located on a lot that backs up to a residentially zoned lot, a rear yard setback of 15 ft. is required. The lot must also comply with the minimum buffer requirements set forth in § 14-509(3)(i) (Buffer Area) as applicable.
    5. Lot Width.
      1. There is no minimum lot width.
      2. Where development is proposed on any existing lot wider than 600 ft., the developer is encouraged to provide a public access vehicular and pedestrian way through the lot such that the lot frontage between each street and the public access way does not exceed 600 ft.
    6. Floor Area Ratio.
      1. Basic Floor Area Ratio.

        Notwithstanding the provisions of § 14-701 (Dimensional Standards) applicable to the base zoning district, the maximum floor area ratio of a building in the /CAO overlay district shall not exceed:
        1. 375% of the lot area for a building that contains a residential use and a retail sales, office, or commercial services use, provided that the retail sales, office, or commercial services use occupies a minimum 75% of the ground floor area of the building; or
        2. 350% of the lot area for all other buildings.
      2. Additional Floor Area Ratio.
        1. An additional gross floor area of up to 50% of the lot area may be earned for the provision of public open space that meets the criteria described in § 14-702(6)(a) (Criteria for Open Space, Public Parks, and Public Plazas).
        2. An additional gross floor area of up to 50% of the lot area may be earned for the provision of underground parking and loading that meets the criteria described in § 14-702(9)(a) (Criteria).
    7. Building Height.
      1. The minimum height of any building shall be 25 ft. above grade.
      2. Except as provided in § 14-509(3)(g)(2)(d) below, the maximum height of any building in the Regional Center shall be as follows:
        1. The maximum height of any building not within the area identified on the Maximum Height Map shall be 120 ft.
        2. The maximum height of any building within the area identified on the Maximum Height Map shall be 300 ft.
        3. The maximum height of any building in the Village Center shall be 65 ft., as measured from the average grade of the parcel, except as provided in § 14-509(3)(g)(2)(d) below.
        4. A penthouse for elevators, stairways, or mechanical equipment shall not be included in measuring the height of a building containing both commercial and either residential or hotel uses if the enclosed area occupies less than 50% of the floor area of the story below and is set back a minimum of 20 ft. from the exterior walls of the building.

    8. Building Bulk and Spacing.
      1. Buildings that incorporate portions of varying height are encouraged.
      2. For buildings 45 ft. or less in height, the maximum diagonal dimension of the building footprint shall be 420 ft. The minimum spacing between the building and another building that is 45 ft. or less in height shall be 30 ft.
      3. For buildings over 45 ft. and up to 65 ft. in height, the maximum diagonal dimension of the building footprint shall be 375 ft. The spacing between the building and another building that is 65 ft. in height or less shall be no less than the height of the lower building, but in no case less than 30 ft.
      4. For buildings over 65 ft. and up to 120 ft. in height, the maximum diagonal dimension of the building footprint shall be 320 ft. The spacing between the building and another building that is 120 ft. in height or less shall be no less than the height of the lower building, but in no case less than 60 ft.
      5. For buildings over 120 ft. and up to 200 ft. in height, the maximum diagonal dimension of the building footprint shall be 250 ft. The spacing between the building and another building that is 200 ft. in height or less shall be no less than the height of the lower building, but in no case less than 60 ft.
      6. For buildings over 200 ft. and up to 300 ft. in height, the maximum diagonal dimension of the building footprint shall be 210 ft. The maximum gross floor area shall be no greater than 15,000 sq. ft. The spacing between the building and another building that is 200 ft. in height or less shall be 200 ft. Minimum spacing between the building and another building that is greater than 200 ft. shall be no less than the height of the lower building, but in no case less than 60 ft.
      7. For an "L"-shaped building, the diagonal dimension shall be measured between the two points of the "L" furthest from one another.
      8. Minimum spacing between buildings requirements shall not apply when the two adjacent buildings are any of the following: college or university uses or in SP-INS districts.
    9. Buffer Area.
      1. Where a development is adjacent to a residential use in a residential zoning district, there shall be a buffer area between the development and the residential use. The minimum depth of the buffer, measured between the building and the lot line, shall be as follows:
        1. In the Regional Center, 20 ft.
        2. In the Village Center, 10 ft.
      2. The buffer area shall be planted with trees and shrubs.
      3. There may not be more than one combined vehicular entrance and vehicular exit through the buffer area to any street, except for corner lots which may have one combined entrance and exit on each street.
    10. Required Amount of Parking.

      Parking for new and altered structures within the City Avenue Overlay district shall be calculated by using the values noted below.

      Land Use Minimum Required Parking Maximum Allowed Parking
      Theater 0 1 / 5 seats
      Hotel 1 / 2 rooms 1 / 1 room
      Residential 1 / unit N/A
      All Other Permitted Uses 0 4 / 1,000 sq. ft. of net leasable area
    11. On-Site Parking Standards.
      1. Surface parking and loading shall not extend more than 60 ft. in width along any street frontage.
      2. Only one curb cut/driveway is permitted on each street frontage of each lot. Maximum curb cut/driveway width is 24 ft. Where a lot has frontage on two streets, principal access shall not be from City Avenue.
      3. Surface parking lots and exterior loading areas shall be placed between the structure and a rear lot line, but not located in the buffer zone. On a corner lot, if the Commission determines that it would be impractical to place surface parking or exterior loading behind the buildings, the Commission may authorize placement elsewhere, but not on City Avenue.
      4. Where a parking garage is constructed on a lot adjacent to City Avenue and there is no primary structure between that parking garage and the City Avenue frontage, the full height of the parking garage facade facing City Avenue shall be occupied by uses in the residential, office, retail sales, commercial services or public, civic, or institutional use categories.
    12. Drive-Throughs.
      1. In the Regional Center, drive-throughs for commercial uses shall be prohibited.
      2. In the Village Center, drive-throughs for commercial uses shall be prohibited, except where the drive-through is located at the rear of the building, and ingress/egress to the lot is limited to one curb cut.
    13. Off-Site Parking.

      Off-site parking as an accessory use is permitted in the City Avenue Overlay district subject to the regulations set forth below.
      1. When land uses on adjacent lots within the district create shared parking areas with circulation paths and access points that are under common ownership or controlled by a reciprocal easement agreement, the collective parking requirements for development on those properties may comply with the required parking values listed in § 14-509(3)(j) (Required Amount of Parking). Documentation confirming the ownership and/or management arrangement shall be submitted to L&I at the time of zoning application. The documentation must demonstrate a commitment for the use of the off-site shared parking and the zoning permit or other City approval may be limited to the duration of that commitment.
      2. Required parking may be provided off-site, provided:
        1. Off-site parking must be within 1,000 ft. of the development using a sidewalk or other public pedestrian way continually accessible to the public, measured from lot line to lot line;
        2. Both the development and the parking facility comply with the design standards within this section;
        3. An easement agreement or other documentation that the private parking facility owner agrees to make the spaces available to the proposed off-site development shall be submitted to L&I with the zoning application. The off-site parking spaces may not be designated as required parking for some other use. The documentation must demonstrate a commitment for the use of the off-site shared parking; and
        4. The off-site parking must be otherwise permitted as a principal use by this Code on the lot where it is located.
    14. Auto-Share Parking Spaces.

      Auto-share parking spaces shall be provided for all developments containing over 100 residential units or 100,000 sq. ft. of commercial space at the rate of at least one auto-share space per 100 units or one auto-share space per 100,000 sq. ft. of commercial space. Such auto-share space may be counted toward meeting total parking requirements under § 14-509(3)(j) (Required Amount of Parking). For every auto-share space provided for a residential or hotel use, the total required parking under § 14-509(3)(j) (Required Amount of Parking) may be reduced by four spaces, up to 40% of the total required spaces.
    15. Loading.

      Areas used for loading or trash collection purposes shall either be:
      1. located indoors; or
      2. located no closer than 50 ft. from any residential zoning district and located outside of the buffer zone, provided that the area shall be screened from public view.
    16. Awnings.

      These standards apply to awnings.
      1. Length: Awnings shall not exceed 20 ft. in horizontal length and be centered within architectural elements, such as doors or columns.
      2. Projection: Awnings shall not project more than three to six ft. into the public right-of-way. All awnings must be a minimum of three ft. from the curb line.
      3. Mounting Height: The bottom of awnings shall be at least eight ft. above grade or sidewalk.
      4. Design. On multi-tenant facades, awning heights, projections, and style of awning shall be similar.
    17. Signs.
      1. Accessory wall and projecting signs shall be limited to one sign per tenant and be of the following maximum size along each building frontage:
        1. Wall sign: 65 sq. ft. The total area of all wall signs per building on any property within the District may not exceed the limits established for CMX-2 and CMX-2.5 zones delineated in Table 14-904-1.
        2. Projecting sign: 25 sq. ft.
      2. Accessory Freestanding signs shall be limited to one sign of a maximum size of 50 square feet along each building frontage.
    18. Development Design Standards.

      No building permit shall be issued unless the site layouts and landscape plans have been reviewed and approved by the Commission for conformance with the development design standards set forth in this § 14-509(3)(r) (Development Design Standards). The Commission may grant exemptions from a strict interpretation of the design standards, where the Commission finds that conformance with the design standards is impractical. The Commission shall have 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval shall be presumed. The Commission shall not issue any approval under this subsection unless the Art Commission has first issued any approvals required under applicable law.
      1. Applicability.

        All new, expanded and rehabilitated buildings (where such expansion or rehabilitation is equal to or exceeds 50% of the existing area of the building) shall comply with the design standards.
      2. Public Walkways.

        Public walkways shall have a minimum width of 14 ft. and may be provided both within the street right-of-way and within the lot line.
      3. Street Trees.

        All development in the /CAO overlay district shall satisfy the street tree requirements of § 14-705(2) (Street Tree Requirements), if applicable.
      4. Utilities.

        For all new developments, electric, cable, and telephone service connections from the main utility line shall be installed underground, from the nearest existing utility pole, unless the Commission determines that underground service would be impractical.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013), Bill No. 120430-A (approved January 14, 2013), and Bill No. 130879 (approved November 12, 2014).
  1. Purpose.

    Development within the Wissahickon Watershed has led to increased flooding of the Wissahickon Creek and its tributaries and has increased the hazards of erosion, siltation, and channel enlargement within the Wissahickon Watershed. To prevent such adverse conditions and the degradation of the environment, it is necessary to impose environmental regulations to protect the health, safety, and general welfare, to improve water quality, and to achieve environmentally sound land development within the Wissahickon Watershed.
  2. Applicability.

    The /WWO district regulations apply during and after construction and to all construction site clearing and earth moving within the Wissahickon Watershed and will promote a regional approach to the protection of the Wissahickon Watershed.
  3. District Boundaries.

    These special environmental regulations apply within the boundaries of the /WWO, Wissahickon Watershed Overlay district, encompassing the area generally bounded by Ridge Avenue, Schoolhouse lane, Germantown Avenue, Mount Airy Avenue, and the Montgomery County Line, as shown on Wissahickon Watershed Overlay Map of § 14-510(4) (Wissahickon Watershed Overlay Map).
  4. Wissahickon Watershed Overlay Map.The Commission shall maintain the official Wissahickon Watershed Overlay map and make the map available to the public for inspection during normal business hours. The following map is provided for illustrative purposes only.

  5. Setbacks from Watercourses.

    There shall be no new impervious ground cover constructed or erected within 200 ft. of the bank of a stream or within 50 ft. of the center line of a swale within the /WWO overlay district. Streams and Swales that have been buried in sewer pipe, or in an artificial, concrete and stone channel, shall be excluded.
  6. Impervious Coverage Regulations.
    1. Basic Impervious Coverage.

      The Commission shall establish, by regulation, an Impervious Coverage Map designating land areas within the /WWO overlay district as one of five categories of impervious coverage in order to prevent and control floods of the Wissahickon Creek. No building, paving, street, or other impervious ground cover may be constructed or placed on any property within the watershed in excess of the requirements of the following table:

      Category Limit of impervious ground coverage
      1 20%
      2 27%
      3 35%
      4 45%
      5 No limit, see § 14-510(6)(b)
    2. Category 5 Requirements.

      There is no percentage limitation of impervious ground coverage on land deemed to be developed or otherwise disturbed from its natural state, provided that lots larger than one-half acre may be further developed only as follows:
      1. The increased surface water runoff leaving the site must not adversely affect adjacent property.
      2. The method of handling runoff on the site must be in accord with sound engineering practices and must not significantly accelerate on-site erosion.
      3. Such development must not significantly diminish the infiltration capacity of the site.
    3. Additional Impervious Coverage.

      Additional impervious coverage in excess of the coverage permitted by § 14-510(6)(a) (Basic Impervious Coverage), above, may be permitted by the Commission, after review and comment by the Water Department and other appropriate City agencies according to the following criteria:
      1. Stormwater leaving the property shall be substantially similar in effect to that under the basic impervious coverage limitation under § 14-510(6)(a) (Basic Impervious Coverage).
      2. Stormwater countermeasures shall not require excessive or significant maintenance.
      3. Design of stormwater countermeasures must take account of stormwater runoff that enters the property from adjacent land.
      4. The method of handling runoff on the site must be in accord with sound engineering practices and must not significantly accelerate on-site erosion.
      5. Such development must not significantly diminish the infiltration capacity of the site.
    4. Aggregate of Impervious Coverage in Subdivisions.

      Coverage may be aggregated to any section of a subdivision provided that an equal amount is withdrawn from remaining sections and provided further that such aggregation will not cause any significant additional erosion or channel enlargement to any portion of a surface water body greater than that allowed prior to aggregation. Any such aggregation provisions must be included within the approved plan of subdivision (see § 14-304(7) (Subdivisions and Subdivision Plats).
  7. Earth Moving Plans.
    1. No earth moving activity will be permitted within the watershed unless done in accordance with approved earth moving plans. These plans must be prepared by a licensed professional engineer in accordance with regulations approved by the Commission and must set forth the measures by which erosion and sedimentation are controlled. Such plans must be filed with and approved by the Commission except as follows:
      1. Where the site is designated as being within Category 5 on the Impervious Coverage Map; or
      2. Where the earth moving or additional impervious coverage will be less than 500 sq. ft.
    2. A professionally-sealed earth moving plan must be maintained on site for the duration of earth moving and construction and must be available for inspection as deemed necessary by the Commission.
    3. Where the Commission finds earth moving plans are not in accordance with its regulations, it may require the filing and approval of revised plans.
  8. Certification and Enforcement.

    L&I shall not issue any zoning or building permits unless the Commission has certified to L&I that the proposed development conforms to the requirements of this section. The Commission has a maximum of 45 days after all required documents are received to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by Bill No. 130764 (approved December 18, 2013), Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015), and Bill No. 180346-A (approved July 18, 2018).
  1. Purpose.

    This § 14-511 is intended to recognize the importance of preventing hazards to aircraft navigation that may result from the height of structures in areas surrounding airports within the City. The regulations create the appropriate zones and applicable boundaries where height restrictions for structures or uses of land will be limited so as not to obstruct the airspace required for aircraft landing or taking off from runways, or would otherwise be hazardous to aviation operations during landing or take-off. The limitations intended to mitigate such obstructions are established in order to protect the safety and general welfare of the traveling public, as well as to protect the safety and general welfare of property and occupants of land in the vicinity of the airports and to continue to foster economic growth for the region.
  2. Applicability.

    The provisions of this § 14-511 shall apply throughout the City.
  3. Height Restrictions.

    No building, structure, or other object shall exceed the height limitations as provided by Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) – Federal Aviation Regulations (F.A.R.) Part 77: Objects Affecting Navigable Airspace (14 C.F.R. § 77.1 to 77.75) and all of its referenced standards and Advisory Circulars, as they may be amended or added from time to time. Runways referenced in the foregoing shall include all of the following:
    1. At Philadelphia International Airport, Runway Nos. 8, 17, 26, 27L, 27R, 35.
    2. At Northeast Philadelphia Airport, Runway Nos. 6, 15, 24, 33.
  4. Nonconforming Uses.
    1. Marking and lighting: Upon notice from L&I, the owner of any nonconforming structure that has an adverse effect on air navigational safety as determined by the Federal Aviation Administration shall install obstruction markers or lights as deemed necessary by the FAA, so that the structures become more visible to pilots. All costs to maintain and operate such markers or lights shall be borne by the owner of the nonconforming structure.
    2. No person shall rebuild, replace, or substantially alter any nonconforming structure or other object if, in doing so, the new or altered structure or object would present a greater hazard to air navigation, as determined by the Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia International Airport or his or her designee, than the prior, unaltered structure or object presented at the time of adoption of this § 14-511.
  5. Variances.
    1. No variance from the provisions of this § 14-511 shall be issued unless, in addition to satisfying the requirements of § 14-303(8) (Zoning Variances):
      1. The applicant submits with the application for a variance:
        1. A map or drawing showing the location of the property in relation to the airport imaginary surfaces. L&I shall provide the applicant with appropriate base maps upon which to locate the property;
        2. Elevation profiles and a site plan, both drawn to scale, including the location and height of all existing and proposed structures, measured in feet above mean sea level;
        3. Documentation that a completed FAA Form 7460-1 has been filed with the FAA, along with either a copy of the Form or a printout documenting the relevant information;
        4. A determination from the Federal Aviation Administration as to the effect of the proposal on the operation of aircraft navigation facilities and the safe, efficient use of navigable airspace. In no instance shall a variance issue if it would allow for a development in violation of any applicable federal regulation; and
        5. Notice to the Philadelphia Division of Aviation at least fifteen days prior to the public hearing on the variance request, in a form satisfactory to the Philadelphia Division of Aviation. The Zoning Board shall give substantial weight to any concerns expressed by the Philadelphia Division of Aviation regarding interference with aviation safety.
      2. Prior to issuing any variance, the Zoning Board, through L&I, shall give the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 30 days notice of the Zoning Board's intent to issue the variance, in such form as the Department of Transportation shall require. The Zoning Board may require further documentation from the applicant, if required by the Department of Transportation.
  6. Conflicts.

    In the event of a conflict between any provision of this § 14-511 and any other provision of this Title, the more restrictive provision shall control.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015).
  1. Purpose.

    The /TOD, Transit-Oriented Development Overlay District, including the development, use, and parking standards of this section, is intended to encourage compact urban growth patterns, opportunities for increased transportation mode choice, reduced reliance on the automobile, and a safe and pleasant pedestrian environment. The regulations help ensure an attractive streetscape, a functional mix of complementary uses and provision of amenities that support the use of transit, bicycles, and pedestrian facilities.
  2. Applicability.

    The /TOD, Transit-Oriented Development Overlay District standards of this section shall apply to new construction and expansions of more than 30% of gross floor area on lots located within the /TOD Transit-Oriented Development Overlay Districts designated in § 14-513(3) (Designation).
  3. Designation.

    Any lot that meets the conditions set forth in subsection § 14-513(3)(b) shall be subject to the /TOD, Transit-Oriented Development Overlay District rules of this Section.
    1. Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Transit Station, Designated.

      The following transit stations are designated as Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Transit Stations. Any renaming of a station shall not affect its designation herein.
      1. 46th Street Station (Market-Frankford Line).
      2. Erie-Torresdale Station (Market-Frankford Line).
      3. Allegheny Station (Market-Frankford Line).
      4. Spring Garden Station (Market-Frankford Line).
    2. Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Lots, Designated.

      The /TOD Transit-Oriented Development Overlay District shall include any lot lying in whole or in part within 500 linear feet of any entrance to, or exit from, a TOD Transit Station. The Commission shall maintain a map of all TOD Overlay Districts and shall be responsible for determining whether a given lot lies within the /TOD Overlay District.
  4. Use Regulations.

    Notwithstanding the provisions of this Zoning Code, lots located in any /TOD Overlay District shall comply with the following use regulations.
    1. Non-Accessory Parking Garages.

      Where non-accessory parking garages are otherwise permitted by the base zoning district, non-accessory parking garages shall require a special exception.
    2. Active Ground-Floor Uses.

      If permitted under the base zoning district, at least one of the following uses is required on the ground floor of any building along the primary frontage:
      1. Retail sales;
      2. Commercial services;
      3. Public, civic, and institutional uses;
      4. Office uses; or
      5. Enclosed public space, enclosed gardens, public rooms, through-block connections.
    3. Prohibited Uses and Development.

      The following uses are prohibited:
      1. Vehicle and vehicular equipment sales and services uses;
      2. Wholesale, distribution, and storage uses;
      3. Non-accessory surface parking; and
      4. Drive-throughs.
    4. For any lot within a CMX-1, CMX-2, CMX-2.5, or RM-1 district, the maximum number of dwelling units permitted is increased by 50%.
  5. TOD Form and Design Standards.
    1. Dimensional Standards.
      1. Properties in a zoning district where Table 14-701-2 (Dimensional Standards for Higher Density Residential Districts) or Table 14-701-3 (Dimensional Standards for Commercial Districts) allows a maximum height of 38 ft. are subject to a maximum height of 45 ft.
      2. Properties in a CMX-3, CMX-4, CMX-5, or RMX-3 district are subject to a base maximum floor-area ratio that is 30% greater than that indicated in § 14-701 (Dimensional Standards).
      3. The minimum building height shall be 25 ft.
      4. New buildings must be built to the street line at ground level, along at least 80% of the primary street frontage, excluding curb cuts.
    2. Parking. 295

      The following standards apply in all /TOD Overlay Districts:
      1. Accessory parking shall be required as follows: the lesser of (a) the required minimum for the proposed use, as adjusted by subsection (2), below; or (b) the number of accessory parking spaces in existence prior to the proposed use.
      2. Reductions in Parking Minimums.
        1. For lots within a CMX-4, CMX-5, RMX-3, or RM-4 district, any parking requirement otherwise applicable under § 14-802(2) (Required Parking in Residential Districts) or § 14-802(3) (Required Parking in Commercial Districts) is reduced by five spaces or by 50%, whichever reduction is greater.
        2. For lots within any other base zoning district, any parking requirement otherwise applicable under § 14-802(2) (Required Parking in Residential Districts), § 14-802(3) (Required Parking in Commercial Districts) or § 14-802(4) ( Required Parking in Industrial Districts) is reduced by five spaces.
      3. Accessory surface parking lots and accessory parking garages are prohibited between the principal structure and the street frontage.
      4. Accessory and non-accessory parking garages must have active ground floor uses as listed in § 14-513(4)(b), above.
      5. For non-residential uses, any accessory parking requirement otherwise applicable under § 14-802 may not be exceeded by more than 50%.
      6. For residential uses, no more than one auto parking space may be provided per every two housing units, rounding up to the nearest whole number.
      7. No more than one curb cut may be permitted along each street frontage of a property; provided, however, that a second curb cut may be permitted if a minimum of 200 linear ft. is provided between each curb cut.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by:

Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013)
Bill No. 170162 (approved July 11, 2017)
Bill No. 170986 (approved January 3, 2018)
Bill No. 180008-A (approved December 11, 2018)
  1. Boundaries.

    The Far Northeast Overlay District applies to I-1 and I-2 lots located within any division of the 56th Ward, 58th Ward, 63rd Ward, or 66th Ward, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.
  2. Regulations.

    Commercial vehicle repair and maintenance, commercial vehicle sales and rentals, vehicle fueling station, personal vehicle repair and maintenance, personal vehicle sales and rentals, and vehicle paint finishing shop uses are prohibited.

UpCodes note: This section was amended by:

Bill No. 130634 (approved December 4, 2013)
Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015)
  1. Boundaries.

    The Northeast Overlay District applies to lots located within:
    1. All divisions of the 41st Ward; divisions 1-6 , 12, 15, 20, 23 and 25 of the 45th Ward; divisions 7-22 of the 54th Ward; all divisions of the 55th Ward; all divisions of the 57th Ward; divisions 17, 21-22, and 24-26 of the 62nd Ward; all divisions of the 64th Ward; and all divisions of the 65th Ward, as shown for illustrative purposes only on the following Map A;
    2. All divisions of the 56th Ward, 58th Ward, 63rd Ward, and 66th Ward, as shown for illustrative purposes only on the following Map B.

      Map A



      Map B

  2. Regulations.
    1. Medical Dental and Health Practitioner (Solo Practitioner and Group Practitioner) uses are prohibited in CMX-1, CMX-2, CMX-2.5, CMX-3, CMX-4, CMX-5, CA-1, CA-2, IRMX, ICMX, I-1, and I-2 districts.
    2. The standards of this § 14-515(2)(b) apply to lots zoned I-1 and located in the area described in § 14-515(1)(a).
      1. Equipment and materials storage yards and buildings uses are prohibited.
      2. The maximum occupied area shall be 75% of the lot.
      3. The maximum floor area ratio shall be 225% of the lot area.
      4. The minimum requirements for front yards, side yards, and rear yards shall be the larger of either those required for any abutting residential district on the abutting side of the lot or the following requirements.
        1. The minimum front yard depth shall be 50 ft. if abutting a residential or SP-PO district, otherwise the minimum front yard depth shall be 20 ft.
        2. Two side yards shall be provided with a minimum width of 50 ft. each if abutting a residential or SP-PO district, otherwise the minimum width of each side yard shall be 12 ft.
        3. The minimum rear yard depth shall be 50 ft. if abutting a residential or SP-PO district, otherwise the minimum rear yard depth shall be at least 12 ft.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by:

Bill No. 130770 (became law December 5, 2013)
Bill No. 150766 (approved December 8, 2015)
  1. Boundaries.

    The West Overlay District applies to lots located within the following subareas set forth below:
    1. Subarea A.

      The area bounded by Powelton Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, 37th Street, Warren Street, 36th Street, Filbert Street and 38th Street.
    2. Subarea B.

      The area bounded by 32nd Street, Market Street, 31st Street (extended), Chestnut Street, 30th Street, and Arch Street (extended), excluding all portions of the railyard currently owned by Amtrak.
  2. Subarea A.

    The following standards apply to Subarea A of the West Overlay District.
    1. Use Regulations.
      1. For properties zoned CMX-4 located in the West Overlay District, special exception approval shall not be required for portions of a parking garage that are located above ground level.
    2. Dimensional Standards.
      1. The maximum floor area ratio for lots zoned CMX-4 located within the West Overlay District shall be seven hundred and fifty percent (750%) of the area of the lot. Within this area, no floor area bonuses pursuant to § 14-702 shall be available. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 14-202(4)(a)(9), within this area, floor area attributable to parking in above ground public and private parking garages shall not be included in the allowable gross floor area calculation of such facilities.
      2. The maximum height for lots zoned CMX-4 and located within the West Overlay District shall be as follows:
        1. Drawing an imaginary line from the west end of Warren Street (at the proposed extension of 37th Street) along the center of the bed of the former Warren Street to 38th Street, the maximum building height to the north of that line shall be no higher than 65 feet for a distance of 10 feet from and parallel to Powelton Avenue and Lancaster Avenue and thereafter, no higher than 75 feet for the remaining portion of the area bounded by 38th Street, Powelton Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, 37th Street (and the proposed extension of 37th Street) and the bed of the former Warren Street;
        2. For lots with frontage on the south side of Warren Street between 36th Street and 37th Street, the maximum building height shall be 65 feet for the first 50 feet of depth on a line measured parallel to Warren Street.
  3. Subarea B.

    The following standards apply to Subarea B of the West Overlay District.
    1. Use Regulations.
      1. For lots zoned CMX-5, special exception approval shall not be required for portions of a parking garage that are located above ground level.
      2. Any portion of the ground floor facade of a parking garage that abuts a sidewalk or a public space along 30th Street, 31st Street north of Market Street, 32nd Street, Chestnut Street, John F. Kennedy Boulevard, or Market Street must be occupied by an office, retail sales, commercial services, or public, civic, and institutional use; except that regulated uses, as set forth in § 14-603(13) (Regulated Uses), shall be prohibited. This requirement applies only along these designated street frontages and does not apply to areas occupied by entrances, exits, or waiting areas.
      3. For all lots zoned CMX-5, the following provisions will apply:
        1. The maximum floor area ratio is increased to 1,600% of the lot area.
        2. The provisions for additional floor area as stated in § 14-702(4)(e) shall apply.
    2. Parking and Loading.
      1. The limitation set forth in § 14-802(9)(a), relating to maximum distance of off-site accessory parking, shall not apply.
      2. For properties zoned CMX-5, loading requirements under § 14-806 (Off-Street Loading) may be modified or waived upon a determination by the Streets Department and the Commission that compliance with the existing requirements is impractical. The applicant shall provide the Streets Department and the Commission with any requested documentation of those constraints that would preclude the provision of loading as required by § 14-806 (Off-Street Loading) before the approval of any modification or waiver.
    3. Signs.
      1. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 14-904 (Accessory Sign Controls), for lots zoned CMX-5 located in the area bounded by 30th Street, Market Street, 31st Street (extended), and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, accessory digital display wall, projecting, and marquee signs shall be allowed, provided:
        1. The sign face shall not extend higher than the height of the building facade to which the sign is attached.
        2. Signs shall be located only on one facade of the building.
UpCodes note:

This section was amended by Bill No. 140437-A (approved June 19, 2014), Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015), and Bill No. 161104 (approved August 29, 2017).
  1. Purpose.
    1. /UED, Urban Experiential Display Overlay Control districts are intended to encourage the orderly development, placement, and usage of two and three-dimensional digital accessory, non-accessory and public service displays, including placement on individual lots, and to preserve the integrity of commercial areas and abate or reduce any detrimental impacts to residential areas and uses.
  2. Applicability.
    1. The /UED, Urban Experiential Display Overlay Control District, shall consist of the area bounded by Arch Street, Broad Street (including east side only), Race Street, Juniper Street (extended), Arch Street, 12th Street, Chestnut Street, Juniper Street, Spruce Street, Broad Street (including east side only), South Penn Square (including north side only), 15th Street (including east side only) and Arch Street, including both sides of all included and bordering streets, unless otherwise specified.
    2. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, to the extent any provision of this Section 14-517 ("/UED, Urban Experiential Display Overlay Control District") conflicts with any other provision of this Code, the provision of this Section shall control.
    3. Urban Experiential Displays are permitted only within Permitted Areas set forth in § 14-517(2)(e). Boundaries of Permitted Areas should be so designated to afford a reasonable line of division between the Permitted Area and adjacent uses consistent with carrying out the purposes and scope of the Zoning Code.
    4. Urban Experiential Displays are only permitted in the base Zoning Districts of CMX-4 and CMX-5 Commercial Zoning Districts.
    5. Permitted Areas.

      Within the /UED Overlay Control District, Urban Experiential Displays are only permitted in the following specific Permitted Areas:
      1. Convention Center Area: On the east side of North Broad Street, between Arch Street and Race Street.
      2. Reading Terminal Area: North 12th Street, between Arch Street and Filbert Street.
  3. Sign Regulations.
    1. Urban Experiential Displays are defined at § 14-203(345.1).
    2. The following provisions of this Title shall not apply to Urban Experiential Displays within the Urban Experiential Display Overlay Control District:
      1. Chapter 14-900 (Signs).
      2. Any provision that restricts or otherwise regulates accessory or non-accessory signs.
    3. Urban Experiential Displays are considered a use and a structure; and are permitted on a lot in addition to any other permitted principal or accessory uses and structures; provided, however, that no more than one UED is permitted on a single lot. No UED may be placed on a vacant lot or on a lot containing as its principal use a surface parking lot.
    4. Gross Floor Area.

      The spatial area of an Urban Experiential Display shall not be included when calculating gross floor area.
    5. Lot Coverage.

      The spatial area of an Urban Experiential Display shall not be included when calculating lot coverage.
    6. Yards.

      Front, side, and rear yard setbacks shall not apply to Urban Experiential Displays.
    7. Separation Requirements.
      1. No Urban Experiential Display shall be located within 900 feet of another Urban Experiential Display.
      2. Spacing between sign structures shall be measured as a straight-line distance between the edges of each sign face closest to each other.
    8. Height.

      An Urban Experiential Display shall not exceed a height of 58 feet to the top of the Display, if attached to an existing structure; or 45 feet, if freestanding. Height shall be measured from the average ground level where the Display is located. The bottom edge of any UED that is attached to an existing structure shall not be situated less than 15 feet above the average ground level where the Display is located.
    9. Projections and Encroachments.
      1. Urban Experiential Displays are permitted to project over, or encroach upon, a city sidewalk or right-of-way. Such projections and encroachments must be reviewed and approved by the Streets Department.
      2. This Section does not eliminate the need for an Ordinance by City Council that is otherwise required to authorize a projection or encroachment where applicable.
      3. No UED shall obstruct, in whole or in part, any windows on any structure located on the same lot at the time of the UED's construction.
    10. Distance Requirements.

      No Urban Experiential Display shall be located within the following:
      1. 500 feet of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Vine Street Expressway, Route 76, Route I-95.
      2. 500 feet of any Residential or SP-PO Zoning District.
    11. Size Requirements.

      An Urban Experiential Display shall have a minimum video display area of 1,500 square feet, and shall be limited to a maximum video display area of 2,500 square feet for free standing UEDs, and 3,500 square feet for UEDs attached to another structure.
    12. Urban Experiential Displays are permitted to be internally or externally illuminated (subject to subsection (p)(2), below); have digital display; have video display or projections; contain scrolling, continuous, intermittent, flashing, illuminated, animated, video or audio streaming messages, displays, colors, figures and the like; have live video and audio feed; have changeable copy, messages and display; have interactive display video and audio; or be mechanically revolving, or moving horizontally or vertically, or have the appearance of such. Audio shall not be audible without the aid of an assistive listening device such as a smartphone.
      1. An Urban Experiential Display may be operated between the hours of 6:00 am and 12:00 am or at other time periods approved by the City Planning Commission.
      2. Primary illumination of the Urban Experiential Display shall be internal and shall use ambient light sensors to automatically reduce the intensity of the illumination during periods of darkness.
    13. Illuminance Requirements.
      1. UEDs at all times shall operate at a level that does not exceed 0.3 (fc) foot-candles of light above the ambient light levels.
      2. The measurement of Illuminance shall be conducted by either a professional lighting consultant or an employee of The City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, hereinafter referred to as (Lighting Inspector) as measured using a properly calibrated low-level foot-candle metering device with two decimal place capability, hereinafter referred to as (Illuminance Meter) at a height of five feet above the grade at a preset distance depending on the area of the UED. The distance away from the UED, hereinafter defined as the (Illuminance Measurement Distance), shall be calculated as follows:



        Directional UED Area is defined as the surface area of a UED that is primarily visible from one direction. When a measurement from the required distance is obstructed by private property, a building, or other permanent structure, the measurement shall be taken from the furthest possible perpendicular extent.
      3. In order to determine the Ambient Light Level the Lighting Inspector shall have two methodologies in order to determine the Ambient Light Level. The methodology of choice is at the sole discretion of the Lighting Inspector.
        1. UED Inactive - The Lighting Inspector upon twenty four (24) hour notice to the UED operator can require the UED operator to extinguish the UED, defined as ceasing to display any visual communication from the UED, for one hour. With the UED extinguished the Lighting Inspector shall position the Illuminance Meter at an elevation of five (5) feet above the grade at the Illuminance Measurement Distance. Immediately following the Ambient Light Level reading the UED should be made operational so that the Lighting Inspector can take the Illuminance Measurement of the UED in order to determine compliance.
        2. UED Active - The Lighting Inspector shall aim the Illuminance Meter toward the UED but place an opaque black sheet of material that is of an appropriate sign to obstruct the light from the UED. A material size of twelve inches high by forty inches is recommended but subject to the discretion of the Lighting Inspector. The material should be a distance of ten (10) feet away from the Lighting Inspector in between the UED and the Lighting Inspector. Please see Diagram A below.

          Diagram A: Measuring Ambient Light Level

      4. In order to determine the UED Illuminance level the Lighting Inspector shall position the Illuminance Meter at the Measurement Distance. The Lighting Inspector shall be positioned at an angle to the display of not greater than seven (7) degrees from perpendicular to the Directional UED Area. The Lighting Inspector shall aim the Illuminance Meter towards the UED.
      5. The Illuminance of a UED shall be considered compliant with the Illuminance requirements of this subsection if the difference between the ambient light measurement and the operating UED light measurement is 0.3 foot-candle or less.
    14. Luminance Requirements.
      1. UEDs shall operate at a maximum of seventy five hundred (7500) nits during day time hours (dawn to dusk) and shall operate at a maximum of five hundred (500) nits during night time hours (dusk to dawn).
      2. The measurement of Luminance shall be conducted by either a professional consultant or an employee of The City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, hereinafter referred to as (Lighting Inspector), as measured using a properly calibrated Luminance Meter set to measure candela per meter squared.
      3. If measuring during day time hours (dawn to dusk), the Lighting Inspector shall conduct the measurement within a time frame of at least thirty (30) minutes after dawn and thirty (30) minutes before dusk. If measuring during night time hours (dusk to dawn), the Lighting Inspector shall conduct the measurement within a time frame of at least sixty (60) minutes after dusk but sixty (60) minutes before dawn.
      4. The Lighting Inspector shall be positioned completely perpendicular to the surface area of the UED, defined as being located at a ninety (90) degree angle to the UED both horizontally and vertically at a distance not less than fifty (50) feet away from the UED and not more than two hundred and fifty (250) feet away from the UED. Each Luminance Meter comes with a measurement area represented by two circles, a larger field of view circle and a smaller target area circle inside the view finder. The Lighting Inspector shall position the target area circle so it falls entirely within the brightest copy area of the UED that is being measured, as outlined in Diagram B below. The Lighting Inspector shall take the measurement by pulling the Luminance Meter trigger.

      5. In the event that the Light Inspector cannot physically position themselves perpendicular to the UED and at a distance of two hundred and fifty (250) feet given the constraints of the built environment then the Illuminance Requirements in section (n) above shall exclusively control.
    15. The operator of an Urban Experiential Display shall not permit communication copy on the UED that utilizes a background color, defined as the color of the communication copy behind the graphics, images, and logos occupying more than 50% of the sign face, that is white.
    16. Each Urban Experiential Display shall be formatted and programmed to provide the following categories of communication:
      1. City of Philadelphia communication at a minimum of 8% of the operational hours.
      2. Content provided by and promoting non-profit organizations at a minimum of 8% of the operational hours.
      3. Originally created content at a minimum of 11% of the operational hours. Originally Created Content shall not include any commercial messaging. Originally Created Content is defined as time sensitive information and infotainment that is relevant to the public that lives, works, and visits the City. Originally Created Content shall be updated at a minimum of once every seventy-two hours. No piece of Originally Created Content shall appear on a UED on more than one day out of every thirty days. Examples of Originally Created Content may include, but need not be limited to, the following:
        1. local, regional, and national news;
        2. local, regional, and national weather;
        3. local, regional, and national financial information;
        4. entertainment information such as television, movie, theatrical, and book reviews;
        5. food and restaurant information including reviews, cooking tips, and recipes;
        6. technology advancements and reviews;
        7. travel destination information and destination compilations, e.g., top beach destinations;
        8. local and regional job information including employment opportunities in the Philadelphia Region.
      4. National Amber Alert System displays and messages as the National Amber Alert System provides such alerts that are applicable to the location of each UED.
      5. The percentages set forth in subsections (1), (2) and (3), above, shall apply on a per-hour basis.
    17. Each UED shall be designed and constructed utilizing a minimum of three types of Visual Communication Technology. Visual Communication Technology shall mean any type of lighting element that, when operational, is able to communicate a visual message. Visual Communication Technology may include but need not be limited to the following types:
      1. Dual In-Line Packaged LED
      2. Surface Mount Diode LED
      3. Chip On Board LED
      4. Fiber Optic LED
      5. Internally Illuminated Lexan
      6. Intense Pulsed Light Technology
      7. Outdoor Projection Technology
      8. Outdoor Projection Video-Mapping Technology
      9. Holographic Technology
      10. 3D Holographic Technology.
    18. Each UED operator shall be required to invest a minimum of $2,000,000.00 into the physical construction of each UED (Minimum Investment). This Minimum Investment shall not include items not part of the physical construction such as design, concept, and engineering costs.
  4. Use Regulations.

    Regulated uses (as defined in § 14-603(13) (Regulated Uses)) are not permitted in the District unless otherwise expressly stated.
  5. Approval Process.

    No zoning permits for Urban Experiential Displays shall be issued unless the applicant shall have first submitted to the City Planning Commission, and the City Planning Commission, after receipt of a recommendation from the Civic Design Review Committee, shall have:
    1. Submitted to the Art Commission a recommendation regarding the proposed design and placement of the UED. The City Planning Commission's recommendation shall reflect the Commission's judgment as to whether the particular proposal is appropriate in its scale, density, and character for the surrounding community.
    2. Approved an executed agreement between the Applicant and a governmental entity (e.g., the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development), which agreement provides for a financial contribution by the Applicant to the governmental entity in the amount of at least $125,000 per UED per annum in the Base Year, which shall increase in amount not less than four percent (4%) per annum, for so long as the UED remains in operation. The governmental entity may charge the Applicant such reasonable initial and annual administrative fees as may be necessary to administer this subsection (b). The Base Year shall be calendar year 2015. Compliance by the Applicant with the agreement shall be a continuing condition of maintaining the UED at the permitted location. The agreement shall provide to the Commission's satisfaction that:
      1. The money is to be used exclusively to fund grants to community organizations to be used by such organizations exclusively for public improvements in the vicinity of the UED and for reasonable operating and maintenance expenses associated with such public improvements.
      2. The grant agreements between the government entity and the community organizations shall provide for financial auditing and any other oversight of the use of the grant funds deemed necessary by the City and the government entity.
  6. Art Commission.

    No UED may be erected or maintained unless approved by the Art Commission.
  7. Department of Licenses and Inspections.
    1. The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) shall state on the City's website the application materials required by L&I to review a UED application for compliance with this Zoning Code. If upon review of an application, L&I determines that the application does not contain all of the required materials, L&I shall inform the applicant of the additional materials necessary to demonstrate compliance with this Zoning Code.
    2. Pursuant to § 14-103(3)(h), L&I is authorized to promulgate such regulations as are necessary and appropriate to implement this Section or to produce any administrative manual or any other advisory publication necessary to implement the review and approval of a Zoning Permit Application for a UED.
  8. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

    No UED may be erected or maintained unless the applicant first files with the Department either:
    1. A ruling from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation stating that the erection and maintenance of the proposed UED is approved; or
    2. Only in the event the Department of Transportation concludes that it does not have jurisdiction over the proposed location or that it does not have jurisdiction over the erection and maintenance of UEDs, a ruling from the Department of Streets that the design and placement of the UED does not pose an unreasonable hazard for vehicle or pedestrian safety. The Department of Streets may require the submission of a traffic safety study and, to the extent necessary, a mitigation plan, to facilitate the Department's review.
  9. Removal or Abandonment of a UED.
    1. A UED that is not in operation for a period of more than 180 days shall be considered abandoned and shall be removed by the owner or operator at the owner or operator's expense.
    2. Prior to issuance of a building permit, the owner or operator shall agree to indemnify the City and to post a bond, in amounts satisfactory to the Department and in form satisfactory to the Law Department, to cover the cost of removal in the event the owner or operator fails to comply with subsection (a), above, or in the event the UED becomes unsafe, a public nuisance or otherwise not in compliance with this Code, or to cover any other costs the City may incur as a result of the installation or maintenance of the UED.
    3. Nothing in this subsection (9) is intended to limit any enforcement authority of the Department against either the owner or operator of the UED or the owner of the premises on which the UED is situated.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by Bill No. 140906-A and Bill No. 150285.
  1. Boundaries.

    The /WWA, West Washington Avenue Overlay District shall apply to the area bounded by Broad Street, Carpenter Street, 19th Street, Kimball Street, 23rd Street, Carpenter Street, 24th Street, Kimball Street, 25th Street, Ellsworth Street, 24th Street, Alter Street, 19th Street, Ellsworth Street, 18th Street, Alter Street, 17th Street, Ellsworth Street, 16th Street, Alter Street, 15th Street, and Ellsworth Street.
  2. Use Regulations.

    The following uses are prohibited in addition to those prohibited by the base zoning district within the /WWA Overlay District:
    1. Detention and Correctional Facilities;
    2. Re-Entry Facility;
    3. Adult-Oriented Service;
    4. Personal Credit Establishment;
    5. Non-Accessory Parking;
    6. All uses in the Vehicle and Vehicular Equipment Sales and Services Use Category (see § 14-601(8));
    7. Moving and Storage Facilities;
    8. Junk and Salvage Yards and Buildings; and
    9. Trucking and Transportation Terminal.
  3. Additional Standards for Lots Zoned CMX-3.
    1. Applicability.

      The provisions of this § 14-518(3) apply to lots zoned CMX-3 within the /WWA overlay district, provided these provisions shall expire on December 31, 2021.
    2. Uses.

      Notwithstanding the provisions of § 14-502(5) (Supplemental Use Controls), § 14-518(2) (Use Regulations), and any other provision of this Zoning Code, the following additional use provisions shall apply:
      1. Eating and drinking establishments shall be a permitted use.
      2. Non-accessory structured and accessory parking shall be permitted uses for lots with at least 20,000 sq. ft. of the ground floor area occupied by at least one office, retail sales, commercial services, or public, civic, or institutional use, provided that the use as an accessory surface parking shall expire on December 31, 2019.
    3. Maximum Occupied Area.

      The maximum occupied area as a percentage of the lot shall be 90% for lots with at least 20,000 sq. ft. of the ground floor area occupied by office, retail sales, commercial services, or public, civic, or institutional uses.
    4. Parking and Loading.
      1. Notwithstanding any other requirements of this Zoning Code, the requirements of § 14-502(6)(d) (Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Controls) shall only apply to portions of a parking garage with frontage along Broad Street or Washington Avenue.
      2. The ground floor facade of a parking garage, except for facades abutting the sidewalk along Broad Street or Washington Avenue, shall be exempt from the requirements of § 14-803(4)(b)(3)(a).
      3. Drive-throughs shall be prohibited.
      4. A maximum of one required off-street loading space shall be exempt from the height requirement of § 14-806(3)(c), provided that such space shall have an unobstructed height of at least 12 ft.
      5. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 14-803(4)(b)(1) and any other provision of this Zoning Code, along any street frontage, a parking garage shall have no more than two curb cuts for both ingress and egress, the maximum aggregate width of which shall not exceed 48 ft., provided that the curb cuts shall not occupy more than 50% of the street frontage.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by the following:

Bill No. 150091 (approved April 21, 2015)
Bill No. 150766 (approved December 8, 2015)
Bill No. 160302-A (approved June 20, 2016)
  1. Purpose.

    The East Callowhill Overlay District is intended to help guide appropriate economic development, support walkable neighborhoods, and promote environmentally sustainable practices.
  2. District Boundaries.

    The East Callowhill Overlay District shall consist of all lots in the area bounded by 2nd Street, Spring Garden Street, 9th Street, and Callowhill Street as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only:

  3. Uses.

    On lots with frontage along Spring Garden Street, at least 75% of the length of ground floor frontage along Spring Garden Street must be occupied by an office, retail sales, commercial services, or public, civic, and institutional use; except that regulated uses, as set forth in § 14-603(13) (Regulated Uses), shall be prohibited from the ground floor frontage.
  4. Building Height.
    1. The minimum building height shall be 25 ft.
    2. Unless additional building height has been earned pursuant to § 14-702 (Floor Area and Height Bonuses), the maximum building height for base zoning districts that are regulated by a maximum floor area ratio in § 14-701 (Dimensional Standards) shall be:
      1. 65 ft. for all lots in the area bounded by 2nd Street, Spring Garden Street, 9th Street, Callowhill Street, 7th Street, Willow Street, American Street, and Noble Street; and
      2. 100 ft. for all lots in the area bounded by 2nd Street, Noble Street, American Street, Willow Street, 7th Street, and Callowhill Street.
  5. Parking and Loading.
    1. No more than one curb cut may be permitted along each street frontage of a property; provided, however, that:
      1. A second curb cut may be permitted if either (A) there is a minimum of 200 linear ft. between each curb cut; or (B) one of the curb cuts will be used to create a through-block connection that meets the requirements of § 14-702(15) (Through-Block Connection).
      2. Curb cuts are prohibited along Spring Garden Street.
    2. Off-street surface parking and loading:
      1. Shall not be located between the building line and the street line along 2nd Street, 3rd Street, 4th Street, 5th Street, 6th Street, 7th Street, 8th Street, 9th Street, Callowhill Street, and Spring Garden Street; and
      2. Shall not exceed the greater of:
        1. 25% the total lot area; or
        2. The minimum area required to meet the parking and loading standards of the Zoning Code.
    3. Drive-throughs are prohibited.
    4. Required accessory parking in an aboveground structure shall be excluded from the calculation of gross floor area; any parking provided in addition to the required accessory parking shall count towards the calculation of gross floor area.
  6. Open Area.

    For lots that include the former right of way of Noble Street, the former right of way shall be utilized as open area. If this open area would exceed the minimum open area requirements of the zoning district, the open area required shall be the maximum contiguous portion of the former right of way, extending lot line to lot line, that meets the minimum open area requirements of the zoning district.
  7. Form and Design.

    Facade articulation is required for each building facade that is greater than 50 ft. wide and faces directly onto a public street, park, or trail. Between the average ground level and a height of 25 ft., a minimum of 50% of the wall area must include one or more of the following features:
    1. Ornamental and structural detail;
    2. Projections, recesses, or other variations in planes; or
    3. Transparent windows or other transparent glazed area.
UpCodes note:

This section was originally numbered as "§ 14-518" in Bill No. 150505 (approved December 1, 2015).
  1. Applicability.

    The requirements of this /NDO, Ninth District Overlay apply to all residentially or commercially zoned properties in the Ninth Councilmanic District.
  2. Legislative Findings.
    1. The buildings within this Overlay are predominantly characterized by a distinctive brick or stone facade.
    2. The Council wishes to preserve the historic character of the District and the buildings therein.
    3. New construction of buildings with visible facades covered by vinyl siding, horizontal aluminum siding, or stucco are inconsistent with the distinctive characteristics of the Overlay.
    4. Preservation of the historic brick and stone facades throughout the Overlay will maintain and enhance property values in the Overlay and the general attractiveness of the community.
  3. Area and Form Regulations: Materials.

    For new construction, the following materials shall not be used on more than fifty percent of the facade on any building frontage:
    1. Vinyl siding.
    2. Horizontal aluminum siding.
    3. Stucco.
UpCodes note: This section was added by Bill No. 170960. The bill was approved January 23, 2018.
  1. Purpose.

    /STM, St. Mary's Master Plan Overlay district is intended to make minor technical changes to the zoning provisions for properties in this area that are subject to an approved Master Plan.
  2. Applicability.

    The provisions of this overlay only apply to properties with an approved Master Plan in the area bounded by Silverwood Street, Gay Street, Baker Street, and Carson Street.
  3. Drive Aisle Dimensions.

    Notwithstanding the provisions in Section 14-803(2)(b), Parking Space and Drive Aisle Dimensions, the minimum aisle width for two-way traffic for a Regular Space – Parallel, Regular Space – 90 degrees, and Compact Parking Spaces shall be 20 ft.

UpCodes note: This section was added by Bill No. 180135. The bill was approved April 18, 2018.
  1. Applicability.

    Applicable properties in the Frankford Academy Overlay District shall consist of all lots zoned CA-2 and located in the areas bounded by Frankford Avenue, the Delaware Expressway Ramp, Linden Avenue, and Torresdale Avenue.
  2. Vehicle Access Points.

    Curb Cut width for applicable properties in the /FAO may be a maximum of 30 feet.

UpCodes note: The original number of this section is "§ 14-521" in Bill No. 180501 (approved July 18, 2018).
  1. Purpose.

    The /IMA, Industrial and Manufacturing Area Overlay district is intended to maintain and preserve an adequate supply of industrial land by protecting industrial areas from conversion to non-industrial related uses and encouraging industrial development.
  2. Applicability.

    The requirements of /IMA, Industrial and Manufacturing Area Overlay district apply to all properties zoned I-1, I-2, or I-3, within the following areas:
    1. North Delaware Areas.

      For the purpose of this Section designated properties in the North Delaware Areas shall include the properties identified on the documents attached as "Exhibit A," "Exhibit B," and "Exhibit C" to the ordinance that added this provision to the Code. The following maps are for illustrative purposes only.





    2. Reserved.
  3. Use Regulations.

    Principal uses are allowed within the /IMA, Industrial and Manufacturing Area Overlay district in accordance with the use regulations of the underlying zoning district, except as provided in this subsection.
    1. The following uses shall be prohibited:
      1. Detention and Correctional Facilities;
      2. Re-Entry Facilities;
      3. Group or Solo Medical, Dental, and Health Practitioner;
      4. Adult-Oriented Merchandise;
      5. Drug Paraphernalia Stores;
      6. Gun Shop;
      7. Animal Services;
      8. Amusement Arcade;
      9. Pool or Billiards Room;
      10. Financial Services;
      11. Body Art Service;
      12. Personal Vehicle Sales and Rental;
      13. Junk and Salvage Yards and Buildings; and
      14. Moving and Storage Facilities.
    2. The following uses shall require special exception approval in accordance with § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval).
      1. Business and Professional;
      2. Non-Accessory Parking;
      3. Personal Vehicle Repair and Maintenance;
      4. Vehicle Fueling Stations;
      5. Vehicle Paint Finishing Shops;
      6. General Industrial within the I-1 zoning district;
      7. Equipment and Materials Storage Yards and Buildings; and
      8. Commercial Vehicle Sales and Rentals.
UpCodes note: This section was amended by Bill No. 180908. The bill was approved December 11, 2018.
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