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New Building Codes for Philadelphia
Effective Monday, October 1, 2018, new construction codes go into effect throughout Pennsylvania. For Philadelphia, the 2018 International Codes will apply to all non-residential construction. (The 2015 International Residential Code with state-modifications will apply for residential construction.) Ordinances have been/will be signed by the Mayor, making Philadelphia the first city in the nation to adopt the 2018 International Codes to regulate all construction requirements for non-residential buildings.

Along with the new codes, the process for applying the previous code to design and construction contracts for permit applications was revised by the state, limiting this period to six (6) months. This means that, beginning Monday, April 1, 2019, all permit applications submitted for new buildings or renovations to existing buildings must be reviewed under the new codes.

Learn more about the new building codes.

A Code Bulletin detailing the implementation of the new codes is now available. 

Read the Latest Issue of the L&I Newsletter!
Earlier today, L&I sent out the June 2018 issue of its e-newsletter to almost 1,400 subscribers. The newsletter provides the latest changes and updates for permits, licenses, codes, and the eCLIPSE project.

If you’re not already a subscriber, SUBSCRIBE NOW and automatically receive future issues of the L&I Newsletter!
New Mobile Crane Regulations
Requirements for mobile cranes went into effect on February 14, 2018. These apply only to mobile cranes when used in the construction or demolition of a structure for which a building or demolition permit is required. Refer to the Mobile Crane Regulations Notice for the full list of requirements. 
Register for an Upcoming eCLIPSE Information Session
Would you like to learn more about the future of permitting when the application process moves online to eCLIPSE? Join us for a 60-minute eCLIPSE information session. We'll do a demonstration of the new application, highlight new processes, and answer any questions that you may have. 

All sessions will be held at the L&I Permit Service Center, Concourse Level, Municipal Services Building (1401 JFK Blvd). 

Each session allows for a maximum of 25 attendees, so register for one now!
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    • Information Session 1: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Register 
    • Information Session 2: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Register
    • Information Session 3: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Register 
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    • Information Session 1: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Register
    • Information Session 2: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Register
    • Information Session 3: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Register
New North Central District Office Now Open
On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, L&I opened North Central, a new district office, at 1514 Cecil B. Moore Ave. The neighborhood covered by the new North Central District Office is one of the city’s busiest areas for construction activity.

The North Central District Office’s hours of operation will be Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To reach North Central by phone, call:

  • Operations (for issues relating to existing buildings)
    • 215-683-0575, -0576, -0577, -0578 & -0579
  • Building (for issues relating to construction)
    • 215-683-0580, -0581, -0582, -0583 & -0584

For general customer service questions, please call 311 or 215-686-8686 (if outside Philadelphia). In the event of an emergency, dial 911.
The 2018 Codes are coming to Philadelphia
The 2018 International Codes are being adopted by the City, with an effective date of October 1, 2018. Many existing local amendments are being retained. The adopted 2018 International Codes will include the Building Code, Mechanical Code, Existing Building Code, Energy Conservation Code, Fuel Gas Code, Performance Code and the 2017 National Electrical Code. The City, along with the rest of Pennsylvania, will also be adopting the 2015 International Residential Code for the construction of new homes, three stories or less, with amendments determined by the UCC Review and Advisory Council.
The online Zoning Archives have moved--find out how to access them!
As of April 2018, Zoning Archive files have moved to Atlas (atlas.phila.gov) – which means it’s easier than ever to search for the archived files/data you need! Searching in Atlas is both user friendly and navigatable.

Because files have now moved to Atlas, the old Zoning Archive search function (www.phila.gov/zoningarchive/) has been disabled.

To quickly start your search:
  • Go to the Atlas website
  • In the ‘search box’, type the address you’re searching for and hit 'Enter'
  • Select ‘Licenses & Inspections’ from the tabbed list 
  • From the drop-down menu, go to the ‘Zoning Permit Documents’ list; these are the same documents that were formerly found in the Zoning Archive
  • Locate the document you’re looking for and select the corresponding linked document from the ‘ID’ column
    • The PDF document will automatically open 
To save time in the future, bookmark Atlas (atlas.phila.gov) in your web browser!

For more detailed instructions on searching for records with Atlas, use this step-by-step guide.
Project Information Form Notice
Effective April 9, 2018, a Project Information Form (PIF) must be completed online prior to filing an appeal seeking a variance or special exception from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The form requires basic development information and completed forms will be made available to the public. Please visit the Appeals webpage for more information.
Wall Bracing Plan Requirements
Effective May 1, 2018, all applications for wood framing systems must include a separate wall bracing plan. Learn more about the wall bracing plan requirements.
Changes to the Sewer Connection Process
The Sewer Connection Process is changing. The Philadelphia Water Department will start enforcing new sewer connection regulations on October 1, 2017.
Special Inspections & Special Inspector Registration
Effective January 1, 2018, all new building permit applications requiring Special Inspections must include the identification of a registered special inspection agency.
Building Permit Standards Signs
A completed Building Permit Application is required for Wall Signs, Awnings, Projecting Signs, or Free-Standing Signs.
Amended Permit Process
All work must comply with the conditions of the approved permit. Significant deviations impact the conditions of approval and must be resubmitted for review through an amended permit process.
Permit and License Fee Increase
Permit, license, and appeal fee increases become effective on July 1, 2017. The new fee schedule will apply to all new applications made and license renewal periods beginning on or after this date.
Safer Philly Fire Escapes – How You Can Help
Where are Philly's Fire Escapes?
Help Keep Philly Safe with a Few Easy Clicks

The City is mapping the location of fire escapes so we can check whether they've had a safety inspection and we can't do it without you! Please help by filling out this form.
Partners in Housing Supplement: Protect Against Lead in Water
Partners in Housing Supplement: Protect Against Lead in Water. Download supplement.
EZ Masonry Facade Permit Standards
L&I's EZ Masonry Facade Permit Standards Effective 3/1/2017.
Download Standards.
Temple University Special Vending District
The Vending Unit is now accepting applications for the waiting list for Temple University Special Vending District. You can drop off the attached application at the Vending Unit Office on the 11th Floor of the Municipal Services Bldg., 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Changes to Building Demolition Requirements Effective 1/3/17
Click here for more information.
Landlord Lead Paint Responsiblity
Philadelphia’s Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law requires landlords to ensure that rental properties are Lead Safe or Lead Free if:

1. The property was built before 1978; and
2. Any new occupant is aged six years or under

Before a lease is signed the landlord must provide the tenant with a current certificate indicating that the property is Lead Safe or Lead Free, based on an inspection of the home and dust wipe samples. Only state-licensed inspectors and EPA-certified dust wipe technicians can provide these certifications. The tenant must sign the certification and then the landlord must send the signed copy, along with the dust wipe test results, to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

When signing an application for a new or renewed rental license, property owners are now required to indicate they are in compliance with this law. For more information, copies of the law, guidance for landlords, sample certificates, and more, go to: www.phila.gov/health/leadlaw.
Inspection report Requirements for Digital Display Signage
Digital Display Signage Inspection Requirements. Download.
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, http://philadelphiacitycouncil.net.
Permit Requirements for Remediation of Structurally Unsafe Building Conditions
Download Requirements.
L&I uses technology to help prevent buildings from collapsing
Click here  to read the article.
L&I’s OSHA 10 and 30 training requirements
Click here  for information on programs that satisfy L&I’s OSHA 10 and 30 training requirements, as well as a list of authorized training resources.

Permit Extensions – Updated Information
Permit Extensions – Updated Information
Permit and Board Approval Extensions Authorized by PA Act 46 of 2010 as modified by Act 87 of 2012.  UPDATED INFORMATION
Changes to Expediter Submissions Effective 3/7/16
Click here  for more information.
Immigration Assistance Providers
Click here for important information about Immigration Assistance Providers. For a copy of the associated registration form, please visit the ‘Licenses’ section of this 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.