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What is the fee to obtain a Commercial Activity License?

There is NO FEE for the Commercial Activity License. A Commercial Activity License is required for all businesses operating in Philadelphia. This includes businesses that are located outside the city limits but do some or all of their business activity in the City.

To obtain a license online:

  • You must have a City of Philadelphia Tax Account number before you can obtain a Commercial Activity License. Using Internet Explorer 5.0 or better, you can apply online. Once your registration for a Tax Account Number is complete, the site will automatically allow you to also apply for a Commercial Activity Licence.
  • If you already have a City of Philadelphia Tax Account Number, and need only the Commercial Activity License, apply online

To obtain a license in person or through the mail:

  • In person: Visit the Department of Licenses & Inspections at the Municipal Services Building, Public Concourse Level, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
  • Via Fax or Mail: Download and print the paper application. The fax number and mailing address are listed on the application.