Land Use & Zoning


Our experience and knowledge of the intricate rules and regulations in Philadelphia allow us to better maneuver you through the labyrinth of governmental agencies and community organizations.

When it comes to land use and zoning, we solely focus our efforts on representing clients in Philadelphia, a unique environment that presents distinct challenges.

Knowing the law is only one part of the equation in obtaining permits and licenses in Philadelphia. It also requires the ability to relate to the diverse set of interests of the people governing, residing, and doing business within city limits. This is where we come in.  Due to the extraordinary number of projects we handle, we truly understand what it takes to make your projects come to fruition.

For projects allowed by the Philadelphia Zoning Code, when you reach a standstill for some reason, we either know the person whom you should speak to at the Department of Licenses and Inspections, for example, or we know someone who knows someone who does.

If your project is not allowed by right under the Philadelphia Zoning Code, this is where we truly differentiate ourselves. Since we regularly file variance and special exception applications to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, we know what it takes to obtain special governmental relief under almost any circumstance.

Based upon our own personal experience and knowledge of previously approved projects we have handled, we anticipate what questions and concerns the community and the Zoning Board of Adjustment may have with regards to your project and we are well prepared to address them accordingly.

We are also in the forefront in taking advantage of the open source information which is available for public consumption in Philadelphia. In doing so, we are able to utilize the open source information to draw helpful conclusions which we can leverage for you.

Projects Near You

If you are contemplating whether or not to apply for special governmental relief to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a project, on the interactive map below, select the address of your property to see which projects we have previously handled near you.

Mr. Nochumson helped me with obtaining a zoning variance for a commercial property situated very close to a residential neighborhood. Where another obscenely expensive law firm failed, he succeeded! His deep understanding of the field, the people, and the law was very impressive, and to top it off he was a pleasure to work with. I was left with the feeling that he takes pride in doing good work and knowing his stuff and that he cares about all the little details that, when added up, can make a huge difference. I would happily recommend Nochumson P.C. without hesitation.

- Michael Harmon, Studio Crash

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