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Licenses

If you are hiring contractors to work on a business or a home in Philadelphia, it is up to you to make sure that the contractors have met the licensing and/or registration requirements that apply to them. 

Philadelphia Contractor’s License

  • Contractors who work on commercial (business) property require Philadelphia licenses. 
  • Plumbers and electricians require Philadelphia licenses for work on commercial property and residential property (homes). 
  • Other types of contractors who work on residential properties may obtain Philadelphia licenses, but they are not required to do so. They may, however, be required to register with the state (see below).

Search here to find companies or individuals that are licensed as contractors in Philadelphia.


Pennsylvania Registration

Under state law, most contractors who work on residential property (homes) are required to register as a “home improvement contractor” with the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. Visit the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office website to search for home improvement contractors registered with the state. These contractors may or may not have a Philadelphia license (see above).

Permits
Before your contractor begins any work, make sure that he or she has obtained the required permits from L&I and post those permits on your property. A permit provides legal permission to start construction of a project in accordance with the building codes (laws) and lets certified inspectors stay involved in the process. You and your community benefit from their knowledge of the codes to ensure your project is built right and will be safe. For more information on permits, please see L&I’s publication, “Start Right.”

Consumer Protection
L&I works to ensure that the work regulated by the building codes (laws) is completed in compliance with the those codes. Occasionally, consumers experience problems with contractors that go beyond code compliance, such as failure to adhere to a contract or warranty. The Attorney General’s Office provides useful information on protecting yourself against fraud when hiring a contractor. If you believe you have been tricked or treated unfairly by a contractor, the Attorney General’s Office may be able to help.