Neighborhood Conservation Districts

Neighborhood conservation districts are special zoning overlays intended to protect a neighborhood’s unique physical characteristics. Since enabling legislation was passed by Philadelphia City Council in 2004, two conservation districts have been established in the city: Queen Village and Overbrook Farms. Each district establishes specific guidelines for the design of new construction and alterations to existing structures. However, conservation districts do not prevent demolition. Conservation districts are administered by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

Chapter 14-504 of the Philadelphia Zoning Code includes detailed information on neighborhood conservation overlay districts and their application in Queen Village and Overbrook Farms.