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. A catalog of licenses issued by Licenses + Inspections is available online, including descriptions and application forms for each license. Licenses and related regulations are listed alphabetically and by business activity.
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 and certificates.
Applying for Licenses
A catalog of licenses issued by Licenses + Inspections is available online, including descriptions and application forms for each license.
Please note that applications for new licenses cannot be submitting online at this time.
For Vending Licenses
Please see a special note below about prohibited streets.
Renewing Licenses Online
Many licenses can be renewed online within 30 days of expiring using eCLIPSE, Licenses + Inspections new Electronic Commercial Licensing, Inspection and Permit Services Enterprise System.
You will need to be prepared to perform the following steps in order to renew licenses online using eCLIPSE:
- Register online as a user of eCLIPSE using an email account
- Associate an Activity License with your eCLIPSE account
- Make a payment
- Pay online using a credit card or checking account;
- Use postal mail to return an invoice with a check or money order; OR
- Pay In Person by bringing an invoice and payment (e.g. cash, check, or money order) to the Revenue Department
Ready to go?
to register for an eCLIPSE account and renew your business license online.
Licenses that CANNOT be Renewed Online
Please be aware that the following licenses cannot be renewed online at this time:
Prohibited Streets List (for Vending Applicants)
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