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City Development Services Update

Information from City agencies and departments related to reviews, permitting, inspections, and other development services changes often. Portions of this post were updated on October 2, 2020.

Submission Details for Civic Design Review

While PCPC staff is working from home, hard copies of the submission materials are NOT required. Applicants may email electronic materials to CDR@phila.gov or to Beige Berryman at Beige.Berryman@phila.gov. Using a file-sharing link is recommended to avoid having large files bounce back. Material submission dates remain the same, even if the meeting date changes. The meeting itself is held remotely and instructions for participating are shared when the agenda is finalized.

A CDR notification from L+I to PCPC is needed as part of a complete submission application. An application cannot be considered for placement on a CDR agenda until L+I has sent that CDR determination notification form. Development teams may share draft submission drawings to staff for a "pre-review." Staff can help to anticipate committee member questions and review for completion in advance of receiving the official submission. Pre-CDR meetings with staff are highly encouraged and have helped to create a smoother process for all stakeholders for many past projects.

New Regulations for Administrative Review

On July 2, L+I posted new regulations, effective immediately, that extend the 180-day limit for administrative review to 360 days during the pandemic. The extension will be made permanent when the legislation is passed by City Council in the fall session. Click here for details.

Philadelphia Water Department

As of October 1, 2020, the Philadelphia Stormwater Management Guidance Manual Version 3.2 is now live. It provides comprehensive stormwater management guidance for all private property, including both regulated Development and voluntary Stormwater Retrofit projects. Click here to view the new manual.

As of June 29, the Municipal Services Building (MSB) is allowing in-person business transactions by appointment only and PWD has modified the Plumbing Permit Process accordingly. Read more at http://water.phila.gov/covid-19/.

PWD headquarters remains closed to the general public including in-person deliveries. Applicants are advised to email pwd.planreview@phila.gov with any questions as our entire review staff is still working remotely and will not be answering our office phone lines. Couriers are not permitted in the building. Deliveries (O&M Agreements and review fees) should be sent via FedEx, UPS, or USPS. See May 15th update for temporary mailing addresses: https://www.pwdplanreview.org/news. All other documents should be transferred electronically.

Reviews times are still delayed. See https://www.pwdplanreview.org/news for the latest updates. Check Project Status.

Any zoning, demolition, site or building permit that requires PWD sign-off must be applied for via eCLIPSE. PWD is unable to sign-off on paper permit applications while Headquarters remains closed. Applicants with paper permits are advised to contact L+I so they can be converted to the eCLIPSE system. See FAQ for Using eCLIPSE for commonly asked questions regarding eCLIPSE.

Introducing the New Electronic Pre-Application Form! This form is recommended for projects that have yet to make an ERSA Application but wish to meet with PWD virtually in advance of submission to discuss their project. PWD Pre-Application Meeting Form.

Applicants may also request a joint virtual meeting between PADEP and PWD using the DEP Permit Application Consultation Tool (PACT).

Please visit the PWD website regularly for current information.

L+I

To make sure you are up-to-date on all current requirements and restrictions and to sign up for L+I's newsletter or register for training and information sessions, visit the L+I website regularly.

For L+I development services, please refer to the Resources to help you navigate L&I processes during the shutdown to find help with issues you may be experiencing. If you are having trouble scheduling an inspection, see IVR Inspection Brochure and the steps below.

  • If a permit starts with an Alpha -prefix It is a “new” permit issued in the eCLIPSE system (follow the prompts)

  • If a permit number is all numerical the permit was issued in the department's legacy system. These permits ceased being issued in the legacy system March 12, 2020. The system will prompt the caller to press #5 and enter the permit number. The system will allow for scheduling using the inspection code # 999 Next Inspection (this is the only option for permits issued March 12th and back).

To help alleviate the City’s budget deficit, L+I has made cost of living adjustments to all of its license and permit fees. The changes went into effect July 1 for all applications filed after July 1, 2020. Click here for more information.

Office of Property Assessment

The Office of Property Assessment has re-opened to the public for in-person service. However, residents are asked to call 215-686-4334 before coming to the office to see if their issue can be resolved over the phone. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All visitors will be required to wear a mask in order to enter both the building and the office lobby area. Abatement applications that would have had a filing deadline of March 17 through September 3 will be considered timely if filed by the close of business on September 4.

Zoning, Land Use, and Construction Overview

See the comprehensive weekly report at Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update.

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