IntegrityWorks for Everyone

Every City official and employee - including the mayor, a police or fire department officer, a City Council member, a health or construction inspector, a librarian, a sanitation worker, a secretary, a mechanic, or anyone holding a position that keeps the City running - is a public servant. The public includes you and everyone else who lives in, works, and visits Philadelphia.

Public servants must perform their jobs without regard for financial conflict of interest or political affiliation, giving all members of the public equal consideration. No member of the public gets extra favors or less service than any other.

To make sure that City officials and employees treat all citizens fairly and equally, the State of Pennsylvania and City of Philadelphia have rules that:

  • prohibit financial conflicts of interest
  • prohibit the receipt of gratuities, gifts, or other benefits offered because of City employment
  • limit outside employment
  • prohibit political activity for most unelected City employees
  • require financial disclosure for certain City officials

But you must operate fairly, too. You may not seek favorable treatment in dealing with the City by offering gratuities, gifts, or other benefits to any City official or employee with whom you deal. And, you are expected to pay applicable taxes and fees that pay for the City services you receive. If you do business in the City you must obtain and keep a business privilege license.

We encourage you to review the Integrityworks website to learn about how the City of Philadelphia operates ethically. If you have any questions or comments about integrity in City government, please write to


Did You Know...
  • Anyone who contributes more than $2,900 individually or $11,500 for a company may not be awarded professional service contracts.
  • Any company or individual who wants a City professional services contract must disclose political contributions to be considered for the contract.
  • City employees may not be officers or members of a committee of a political party, nor can they engage in campaign activities on behalf of a party or candidate in a political campaign or election.
  • A person who offers a prohibited gift to a City employee may be subject to sanctions with regard to future City contracts, which can include being barred from any City contracting.
What "Ethics" Doesn't Mean

“Ethics” or “integrity” doesn’t cover all difficulties you may face.

For example, if you need a lawyer to address your legal problems, you should contact the Philadelphia Bar Association referral service or Community Legal Services. If you have an issue regarding a utility bill, you should contact that utility company. If you have an issue concerning a city tax or fee, you should contact the City’s Revenue Department.

If you have a true “ethics” concern relating to any City ordinance, financial disclosure, standards of governmental conduct, campaign finance matters, prohibited political activity, or a conflict of interest, you should contact the Ethics Board at 215-686-9450 or at