Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own character. Choosing the location for your business requires understanding the area and finding zoning suitable for your business type. Learn about finding a location, zoning, city regulations and location based financial incentives.
There are a number of existing buildings and build-to-suit opportunities for every type of business user. Many properties and buildings are located within special incentive zones, and sometimes City-owned or tax delinquent properties are available for development purposes.
The Philadelphia Zoning Code regulates development within the city. Zoning regulations govern land use, the height and size of buildings, population density, parking requirements, signage placement and the character of development on private property, and property uses.
Philadelphia’s Art Commission is a charter-mandated design review board for architecture and public art.
The Philadelphia Historical Commission (PHC) is the regulatory agency responsible for ensuring the preservation of historically significant buildings, structures, sites, objects, interiors and districts in the City of Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has over 3,300 properties available for sale, located throughout Philadelphia. Their neighborhood-based property inventory includes both vacant lots and vacant structures, with a range of zoning classifications and allowable uses.
Tax incentives or grant opportunities for businesses located in designated geographic areas.
If you're starting a home-based business in the City of Philadelphia, consider the following.
Philadelphia is home to many vibrant neighborhood commercial corridors that serve as central places to shop, to work and to meet neighbors. These areas are great places to consider when choosing a location for your business.