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City of Philadelphia

Permits & Certificates

The Department of Licenses & Inspections reviews construction plans and conducts building inspections to ensure the safety of the workers and the public. Building permits are required before beginning projects to enlarge, repair, change, add to or demolish a structure, and to install equipment or systems in a structure. Plumbing and electrical permits, among others, may also be required for new or existing buildings.

Requirements and applications for permits and certificates are available online.

It may also be helpful to learn more about the codes and regulations used in Philadelphia.

Building Permit
Zoning Permit
Electrical Permit
Plumbing Permit
Complete Demolition Permit
Tent Permit
Hot Works Permit
Sale of Fireworks Permit
Use of Explosives Permit
Fireworks Display Permit


Emergency and Standby Power Systems
Fire Alarm Systems
Sprinkler/Standpipe Systems
Special Hazard Systems

Deficiency Notices (For Fire Protection Professionals)

Letter from the Department of Licenses and Inspections to Fire Protection Professionals Regarding Deficiency Notices

Deficiency Notice Forms:

You may Email the completed and scanned deficiency notices.

Facade Inspection Reports

Owners of buildings six or more stories in height or any building with any appurtenance in excess of 60 feet in height shall be responsible for retaining a Professional to conduct periodic inspections of exterior walls any any appurtenances (except for those parts of any exterior wall which are less than twelve inches from the exterior wall of an adjacent building) and to prepare and file a report on such inspection with the owner. 

For frequently asked questions on facade inspection reporting requirements, please view this advisory

The inspection report form: "Summary Inspection Report of Exterior Walls and Appurtenances."

You may Email the completed and scanned facade inspection reports. 

Property History

Search eCLIPSE for Business Licenses (see above); for other L&I property history, search HERE.