Philadelphia Zoning and Building Appeal Deadlines Suspended

March 23, 2020Alerts

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) and the Board of Licenses and Inspection Review (BLIR) have taken proactive steps to help mitigate potential community spread by suspending certain filing deadlines. 

According to the ZBA website, the "Zoning Board of Adjustment is extending certain filing deadlines, including appeals from refusals, appeals of referrals, and appeals against actions of L&I. All filing deadlines from March 13 onward are extended indefinitely, until further notice."

The BLIR announced that "Hearings before the Board of License and Inspection Review are canceled until further notice." In addition, "You can request an emergency regulation and extension from the Board of License and Inspection Review by submitting an emergency hearing appeal form within five business days."

Updates will be posted on either the ZBA’s website or the BLIR’s website, as applicable.

If an emergency warrants immediate consideration by the BLIR, the BLIR may use its discretion in hearing such an appeal.  An applicant requesting an emergency hearing must submit an Emergency Hearing Appeal Form to the BLIR.  Upon filing, the BLIR will determine if the appeal should be heard at an emergency session.  If it is determined that an emergency session is necessary to hear the appeal, the BLIR will schedule a hearing to take place by telephone.

Although the Municipal Services Building Concourse and district offices of the Department of Licenses and Inspections are closed to the public, applications for new licenses and permits can be applied for using eCLIPSE.  Inspections can also be scheduled using eCLIPSE.

We continue to monitor the status of these matters through our relationships with City officials.  Should you have any questions regarding your project and how it may be impacted by these changes, please contact Carrie B. Nase-Poust, Esquire at [email protected] or 215.918.3646, or Robert W. Gundlach, Jr., Esquire at [email protected] or 215.918.3646.