Tax variance

    Making the zoning process in Philadelphia just a little bit more complicated (and little bit more logical), those applying for a zoning variance must now prove they’re current on their taxes.


    As of Jan. 1, tax clearance forms must be submitted with the variance application in order to be considered for approval by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

    Sponsored by Councilman-at-large Frank Rizzo, the bill excludes the following:

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    Applicants who are tenants but not owners only need to provide their own tax information.
    Nonprofit or individual applicants who acquire property from the city or another agency that has back taxes, must only prove taxes are current after the acquirement, in addition to taxes on properties previously owned by the applying agency.

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