Being active in your local civic association—also called neighborhood associations—is one of the best ways to stay informed about what’s happening in your community, and to have input on proposed changes in your area.
There are hundreds of different civic associations of all shapes and sizes across the city. If you’re not sure which one to join, let us help you!
Below is a map created by the City of Philadelphia. It contains every Registered Community Organization (RCO) in the City. RCOs host public meetings regarding local properties requesting zoning variances, so neighbors can provide input and vote in favor or against the request variance. Not all RCOs are civic associations, and not all civic associations are RCOs, but there is a great deal of overlap. So, odds are pretty good that your local civic association is on this list. (If yours isn’t, please let us know and we’ll add it to this page separately.)
The map can be a bit tricky to use, so here are a few pointers.
- Click anywhere on the map to see the civic association that covers that area. The purple lines will turn green to highlight the association’s covered area, and a pop-up box will show you more information about that association.
- Any address might be covered by more than one neighborhood association. Check at the top of the pop-up box after you click; if there’s a parenthetical, such as “(1 of 4),” then you can click the little arrows inside the blue bar to browse the other associations that cover that location.
- You can type in your address by hitting “Search” on the top left of the screen. Again, check to see if there is more than one that covers you by using the small arrows in the popup box.
If you already know which one you want to join, look for it on the full list, which is reproduced below. (Actual civic associations start on page 5, after the listing of political wards.)