Register with the City of Philadelphia
Many professionals, and their employers, are responsible for registering with the City of Philadelphia and obtaining licenses to conduct business operations. Our catalog of licenses is available online. You can find descriptions and applications for each license, and can browse alphabetically or by business activity.
Business License Renewel through the eCLIPSE System
All L&I business licenses can now be renewed online within 30 days of their expiration date using L&I’s eCLIPSE system. Please note that applications for all new business licenses, as well as for new and renewed trade licenses, are not yet available online. In order to renew your business license online, you will need to create an account using a personal email address. Once you are registered, you will associate an Activity License to your account before you can renew any business licenses. Once your business license renewal has been processed, you will be able to print your invoice and license certificate online. Online payments can be made via credit card or e-check. Other forms of payment, such as cash or money order, must be submitted in person to the Revenue Department in the Concourse of the Municipal Services Building (Philadelphia, PA 19102) and will delay when you can receive your license.
Prohibited Streets List (for Vending Applicants)
Click here to register for an eCLIPSE account and renew your business license online.
The Prohibited Streets List contains the list of street locations designated by City Council through Section 9-205 of the Philadelphia Code, which prohibits vendors to exhibit, display, offer for sale or sell any goods, wares, or merchandise or place or allow any stand to remain on the sidewalks of these streets.
The following are Special Vending Districts: Center City, University City, Central Germantown Business District, 52nd St. Business District and the Germantown Corridor Business District. Within these Special Vending Districts, permission to vend requires the approval from the Department of Licenses and Inspections's Vending Unit. The Prohibited Streets List provides the boundaries of these districts.
At this time, interpretation of the the Prohibited Streets List may require assistance. As such, applicants are encouraged to contact the Vending Unit at (215) 686-2414 for more information.
View the Prohibited Streets List
Permits & Certificates
Permits or certificates may also be required for certain activities, especially for construction. See our section on Permits and Certificates for more detail, or browse our catalog of permits & certificates.