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Housing Inspection License
Click here to renew your Housing Inspection License online.
Zoning Legislation Table
The Zoning Legislation Table summarizes recent legislative action impacting Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code. For the most current changes, please visit City Council’s website,
International Accreditation Service (IAS)
Philadelphia is the first jurisdiction in Pennsylvania and the largest city in the U.S. to achieve building department accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS). Click here for the October, 2013 press release.
ATTENTION ALL CONTRACTORS - New requirements effective January 1, 2014
Effective January 1, 2014 contractors will be required to provide a Tax Clearance form from the Revenue Department and a current copy of the required insurance certificate for the contractor indicating coverage for general liability, workman’s compensation, and automobile.

In addition - per changes made to Title 9-1004 of the Philadelphia Code - the following requirements will go into effect January 1, 2014 :

  • Contractors shall display their license number in specified locations.
  • License numbers displayed on vehicles must be at least 2 inches in height and clearly visible.
  • No Contractor shall sell, transfer, or permit another person to use the license assigned to the Contractor to secure permits or perform activity.
  • No Contractor shall sell, transfer, or otherwise allow another person or business entity to use a permit issued to the Contractor to perform construction work.
  • The primary Contractor on each permitted job site, except for work on residential buildings of two dwelling units or less, shall post specified information at each jobsite.

Please click here for more details on these requirements, as they affect ALL CONTRACTORS.
Prohibited Vending Locations and Special Vending Districts Map
The Vending / Sidewalk Sales map is a visualization of prohibited vending locations and Special Vending Districts within Philadelphia, as mandated by The City of Philadelphia City Code sections 9-204, 9-205 and 9-206. This map eliminates the need to read through the unordered City Code Charter sections and it conveniently summarizes the verbose physical space descriptions contained in the City Charter.

The following areas are detailed in this map.

Prohibited Streets represent street segments where sidewalk sales or vending is prohibited. Click on a prohibited street to receive a pop-up containing information about which sides of the street vending is prohibited, which code section the prohibited street segment represents and a description of the prohibited vending area.

Prohibited Areas depict geographical areas where vending is prohibited. Click on a prohibited Area to receive a pop-up containing information about the prohibited vending area, which code section describes the prohibited area and a description of the prohibited area.

Special Vending Districts are areas where vending & sidewalk sales are prohibited without special permission from The City of Philadelphia. Vendor’s can occasionally vend in special vending districts but not without city approval. To potentially be granted permission to vend within Special Vending Districts, contact the Department of Licenses and Inspections Vending Unit by calling 311 (215-686-8686).

Click here for the Prohibited Vending Locations and Special Vending Districts Map.
Top Ten Building Permit Application Deficiencies
To help ensure that building permit applications are completed and reviewed properly, L&I has issued a "Top Ten Building Permit Application Deficiencies" sheet. View the sheet here
Code Bulletin on New Demolition Standards and Activity Controls Issued. Demolition Permit Checklist Provided.
To reduce risks to public safety at private demolition sites throughout Philadelphia, the Department of Licenses and Inspections has adopted heightened regulations for demolitions, including, but not limited to, additional permitting and inspection requirements as well as increased standards for contractors seeking to perform demolitions.

These new regulations are detailed in Code Bulletin B-1302: "Demolition Standards and Activity Controls,” and are effective immediately as provided by Mayor Michael Nutter’s Executive Order 4-13, “Emergency Declaration Regarding Demolition Approvals.”

The Department has provided an accompanying summary checklist to aid demolition permit applicants: "Demolition Permit Application Requirements."

All contractors licensed with the City of Philadelphia will receive notice of these new regulations via postal service and are instructed to visit for more information.