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L&I Safety Training Information Sessions

Code provisions requiring safety training for contractors become effective on October 1, 2015.  Please join us for an in-depth discussion of the requirements and the impacts that it may have on you or your company.
Click here 10 AM Sessions
Click here for 11 AM Sessions

New Demolition Contractor License Requirements are effective October 1, 2015
For additional information, click here.
L&I is now hiring Electrical and Plumbing trades inspectors
Limited Lodging Regulations
The City of Philadelphia allows residents to rent out their home, or rent a room within their home, for short term rentals referred to as Limited Lodging. Click here for an outline of the requirements for Limited Lodging.
Project information signs now required for all construction, demolition, addition, or alteration projects submitted after June 30, 2014.
Click here for major building requirements and here for all other building requirements.
Electronic Plan Submission Survey
To take the survey, please click here.

Click here for a message from L&I about online permitting.
New Contractor Safety Requirements
Download the requirements here.
Housing Rental Licenses extended to April 15, 2015

This year, the Department of Licenses and Inspections introduced a new Land Management System (LMS) that will revolutionize the way citizens and customers do business with the City of Philadelphia. Project eCLIPSE is the name of the new LMS and is the acronym for Electronic, Commercial Licensing, Inspections, Permit Services Enterprise. The system presents a marked change of L&I’s external capabilities by allowing business owners, developers, and residents to interact with the Department from their home or work computers. L&I’s previous system did not have interactive or online capabilities that allow citizens to do business directly with the Department. The system required frequent visits to the Municipal Services Building Concourse for mailed or walk-in payments. Project eCLIPSE has the type of interactivity and responsiveness that we want to see in our government, including online permit and license applications, automatic billing and the option to pay by credit card or Electronic Check (eCheck). Nearly everything that was done through a visit to the Concourse in the Municipal Services Building will be available online, such as permitting, licensing, and plan review, which includes all building and zoning permits and business licenses. Project eCLIPSE also includes new payment options, including pay-by-credit-card online or eCheck, alongside the traditional mail-in method. We will increase our accessibility and responsiveness by placing our permitting, licensing, and plan review online, and making this information available to the public 24 hours a day and seven days a week. This 24/7 access allows customers the ability to do business with the Department from anywhere making the City of Philadelphia a place of choice for developers business owners and landlords.

On January 5, 2015 the Department introduced Phase 1 of the new LMS system which included business licensing and affected over 100,000 customers in the City of Philadelphia including 80,000 Landlords. Phase 1 allowed all existing business owners to register with the new system by setting up an account through the Department’s website at with a link to the eCLIPSE portal. The Department realized that it would be a challenge and an adjustment period for business owners and landlords registering with the new system. As predicted some owners have been experiencing difficulties obtaining their rental licenses for various reasons. We apologize for this inconvenience and have been working diligently to address these issues as quickly as possible. We have set up a customer service line for Project eCLIPSE at (215) 686-2772 or email: to assist our customers that have experienced problems renewing their licenses. We also understand that a current Housing Inspection License is required for programs with other agencies such as the PHA Voucher Program and PGW Landlord Cooperation Program. Therefore the Department of Licenses and Inspections has extended the renewal deadline to April 15, 2015. This will allow customers enough time to address their licensing issues, set up an eCLIPSE account and obtain an updated business license from the City of Philadelphia. No penalties or fines will be assessed during the extension period.

Often times new systems like Project eCLIPSE experience some challenges during the initial launch. However, we strongly believe that we will overcome these growing pains and offer a system that will improve services to our citizens and customers in a major way. The Department of Licenses and Inspections thank you for your patience during this period and will continue to work with you in helping your business succeed here in the City of Philadelphia.
Electrical and Plumbing Permit applications
Effective November 24, 2014, faxed Electrical and Plumbing Permit applications will not be accepted. Applications and all required documentation may be submitted in person or emailed to the L&I Mechanical Services Unit at Click here for plumbing permit submission requirements and here for electrical permit requirements.
Returned Checks
 If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, (1) you authorize eCollect, LLC to make a one-time electronic funds transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20; and (2) eCollect, LLC may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.

Special Inspections Program
For Engineering Services, Construction Services, Emergency Services; this procedure establishes the minimum requirements necessary to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength, stability, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards. For more details, click here.
Center City Vending Lottery Winners and Alternatives
Click here for a list of winning ticket numbers for all Center City Lottery vending locations
Click here for a list of alternative numbers for declined locations
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,
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.