HAPCO ? Landlord Association of Philadelphia September 11th, 2019 Discussion: Zoning - City of Philadelphia Presented By: Joseph Console, Esq., Console Matison Overview: The Philadelphia Zoning Code, implemented on August 22, 2012, regulates development within the city. Zoning regulations govern land use, the height and bulk of buildings, population density, parking requirements, the placement of signs, character of development on private property, and property uses. Zoning permits authorize construction of or an addition to a building. A permit is an official non-renewable document that authorizes a specific activity. Use Registration permits authorize a particular use of the building or ground. Both of these can be required before a building permit may be issued by L&I for any construction or before a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued to occupy a building.