The Upper Darby Zoning Code provides for a variety of land uses in a manner which is compatible with surrounding uses and at a density deemed appropriate for the specific area concerned. The zoning code seeks to promote the development of properly regulated commercial and industrial uses, avoid a mixture of incompatible uses within zones, and promote residential neighborhoods that are safe, attractive, and conducive to the protection of property values.
The Upper Darby Zoning Map specifies zoning districts, each with their own regulations and requirements, as defined in the Upper Darby Zoning Code.
The Upper Darby Zoning Hearing Board is an independent, quasi-judicial body which hears challenges and appeals to the Zoning Code, and considers variances from, and exceptions to, the requirements established and enforced under the Department of Licenses & Inspections.
Delaware County Interactive Zoning Map.
The Zoning Officer is appointed by the Mayor with the approval of Council. It is the officer’s responsibility to enforce the regulations of the zoning code, including:
Zoning Permit Denials
If your application for a permit is denied, you may resubmit a plan that complies or submit a petition to the Zoning Hearing Board, citing one of three options:
Option 1: Request a Variance from the Zoning Code. This means that you accept that the Zoning Officer’s decision was correct and would like to petition the Zoning Hearing Board to allow either a use and/or a structure not permitted in that zoning district.
Option 2. Ask for a Special Exception. Your permit denial will note if you need a Special Exception from the Zoning Hearing Board. Special Exceptions mean that the use will be allowed in the zoning district as long as it complies with a list of requirements. Special exceptions can only be granted by the Zoning Hearing Board.
Option 3. Appeal the decision of the Zoning Officer. In this case, you are rejecting the decision of the Zoning Officer and appealing the decision to the Zoning Hearing Board.
For all appeals download the Zoning Hearing Board Petition for Variance or Special Exception.
Preparing for a Zoning Hearing Board Hearing
At the Zoning Hearing Board Meeting
After the Zoning Hearing Board Hearing