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§ 14-805. Drive-Throughs And Vehicle Stacking Areas.

The following standards shall apply to drive-throughs, regardless if the drive-through is part of another use (e.g., restaurant or financial institution) or if it is a stand-alone use (e.g., automatic teller machine).

(a) Audible electronic devices such as loudspeakers, automobile service order devices, and similar instruments shall not be located within 50 ft. of any residential property line and shall be subject to Chapter 10-400 of The Philadelphia Code.

(b) No service shall be rendered, deliveries made, or sales conducted within the required front yard or corner side yard. Customers served in vehicles shall be stopped to the side or rear of the drive-through.

(c) All areas associated with the drive-through, including but not limited to menu boards, stacking lanes, trash receptacles, loudspeakers, drive up windows, and other objects, shall be located in the side or rear yard of a property to the maximum extent feasible.

(d) Any drive-through lane located within 30 ft. of a Residential district shall comply with one of the landscape buffer options for Multi-Family Residential, Commercial, or Institutional uses shown in Table 14-705-1 of § 14-705(1)(d)(.2) (Two Buffering Options), regardless of the zoning district in which the drive-through use is located.

(e) Unless otherwise provided by this Zoning Code, drive-throughs shall:

(.1) Be prohibited in all residential districts and the CMX-1, CMX-2.5, CMX-4, CMX-5, and IRMX districts.

(.2) Require special exception approval in the CMX-2 and CMX-3 districts in accordance with § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval).

(a) Design.

Stacking lanes shall be provided for any use having a drive-through establishment and shall comply with the following standards:

(.1) Drive-through stacking lanes shall have a minimum width of 10 ft.

(.2) When stacking lanes are separated from other stacking lanes, from bypass lanes, or from other site areas, the separation shall be by means of a raised concrete median, concrete curb, or landscape area.

(.3) Stacking lanes shall be set back 20 ft. from any property line.

(b) Stacking Space and Lane Requirements.

The number of required stacking spaces shall be as provided for in the following Table 14-805-1.

Table 14-805-1: Stacking Space Requirements {For a printable PDF version, click HERE}


Minimum Stacking Spaces (per lane)

Measured From:

Financial Services or Automated Teller Machine (ATM)


Window or ATM

Eating and Drinking Establishments


Order Board

Personal Vehicle Repair and Maintenance – full service car wash


Outside of Washing Bay

Personal Vehicle Repair and Maintenance – self service car wash


Outside of Washing Bay

Vehicle Fueling Stations


End of Pump Island

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