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Licenses and Inspections, Department of

[Record Group 77]

77.1 Annual Report
1952-1982, 1985, 1986
31 volumes
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.2 Reports and Publications
1955-1980
18 volumes
Includes: A Report from the Department of Licenses and Inspection of the City of Philadelphia. 1952-1955; L&I: Living and Improving. Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections. ca. 1958; About Your Department of Licenses and Inspections. June 1959; City of Philadelphia. Department of Licenses and Inspections. A Decade of Progress. 1952-1961. December 1961; Draft of Proposed Revision of Philadelphia Building Code. Mayor's Advisory Committee for Revision of the Philadelphia Building Code and the Department of Licenses and Inspections. December 1961; Functional Manual. Department of Licenses and Inspections, City of Philadelphia. May 1962; Rules and Regulations Relative to the Construction of Plumbing or House Drainage in the City of Philadelphia. Effective July 3, 1961. August 20, 1962; Licenses and Permits Issued by the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Revised September 1965; Building Construction Highlights. 1966; Rules and Regulations Relative to the Construction of Plumbing or House Drainage in the City of Philadelphia. Effective July 3, 1961, Amended December 15, 1967; Electrical Code. Ordinances and Regulations of the City of Philadelphia. November 1967; Fire Code. Amended to January 1, 1968; Housing Code and Related Regulations. Amended January 1, 1968; Regulations Supplementing Philadelphia Building Code. Promulgated by Department of Licenses and Inspections July 1, 1969; Vendors Information, City of Philadelphia. 1976; Business. Guide to Obtaining Permits. c. 1979; One and Two Family Dwellings. Guide to Obtaining Permits c. 1979; Guide to the Department of Licenses and Inspections. September 1980
For Additional Fire Codes 1959-1973 see Record Series 74.13
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
77.3 Files, "Neighborhood Inspection Program"
1962, 1965-1966
3 cu.ft.
Includes chiefly reports received from Community Action Councils of Philadelphia Anti-Poverty Action Committee of unsafe or unsanitary conditions in their neighborhoods; topics primarily vacant buildings or lots, abandoned autos, insect or rodent infestation; also included are papers concerning Department's 1962 meetings with Puerto Rican residents of Spring Garden area, and 1965-1966 letters of reply to complaints received, area inspection reports, requests for Departmental literature and speakers.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.4 Approved Plans, Restorations of Houses in Society Hill Area
ca. 1951 - ca. 1957
1 cu.ft.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.5 Yearly Record, Building Permits, Operations, and Estimated Costs
1952-1961
1 volume
Monthly entries for each year list total numbers of building permits issued, total numbers of building operations, and estimated costs for one-, two-, three-, four or more story dwellings, frame dwellings, tenement houses, apartment houses, stables and carriage houses, factories, work shops, office buildings, stores, shops, warehouses, engine and boiler houses, churches and related buildings, schools, halls, municipal buildings, railroad stations, places of amusement, hotels, motels, hospitals, charitable institutions, club houses, bank buildings, additions to existing buildings, private and public garages, "miscellaneous buildings", fire escapes, powerhouses, signs, heaters (oil or coal), alterations, repairs, fireproofing, rooming houses, convents, museums, gymnasiums, dormitories, libraries, laundries, armories, bath houses, depots, round houses, market houses, welfare buildings, laboratories, recreation buildings, auditoriums, mausoleums, swimming pools, nursing homes, college buildings, viewing stands, funeral parlors, demolitions, duplex dwellings, automobile service stations, air conditioners.
For similar records 1912-1951, see Record Series 83.4
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.6 Board of Safety and Fire Prevention, Minutes
1967-1974
130 cu.ft.
These are the case files of the Neighborhood Renewal Program federally funded program established under an amendment to Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965, administered by the Department of Licenses and Inspections, in which grants were made to homeowners to rehabilitate their homes within the Urban Germantown and Kensington. There is one file folder for each address. Items vary from folder to folder. Generally items include the following: memoranda and correspondence between Neighborhood Renewal personnel and with contractors and homeowners; deed to property, photograph of property, certificate of insurance, title insurance company's information sheet, credit report of applicant, lists of interior and exterior repairs needed for specific address; contractors' bids; Department of Licenses and Inspection Complaint and Violation Reports," "Residential Inspection and Statistical Reports," check sheets for completed grants; various Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) forms (viz. - Disposition of Funds Escrow Account," "Certificate of Final Inspection" and "Application for Section 115 Rehabilitation Grant") which have the name, address, race, income and signature of applicant, his monthly housing expenses (including mortgage payments, ground rents, cost of insurance, taxes, maintenance, heat, utilities), value, age, and remaining economic life of house, number of dwelling units, amount of rehabilitation grant, date, application number, source, payee identification (owner and contractor), amounts of deposits and dispersals, cash balance, payments on principal and accrued interest to refinance existing deposit of escrow account, signature of borrowers, HUD officials, and Rehabilitation Specialist; certificates of insurance on contractors; other city department forms: "Account Verification Requests" with information from banks such as date and amount of mortgage, monthly payments, real estate taxes, fire insurance premiums and total monthly payments; verification statements from employers and other businesses and institutions; and "Grant Loan Program" form with dates verified and received, bids invited and received and the amount, amount of grant, contractor's name, dates of grant approval, notice to proceed, receipt of insurance, forwarding of HUD "6260", receipt by financial specialist, forwarding and approval by HUD, settlement and release of lien and encumbrance number. Series includes complete files to termination of program.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.7 Neighborhood Renewal Program, Cancelled & Completed Case Files
1967-1974
130 cu.ft., no index
These are the case files of the Neighborhood Renewal Program federally funded program established under an amendment to Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965, administered by the Department of Licenses and Inspections, in which grants were made to homeowners to rehabilitate their homes within the Urban Germantown and Kensington. There is one file folder for each address. Items vary from folder to folder. Generally items include the following: memoranda and correspondence between Neighborhood Renewal personnel and with contractors and homeowners; deed to property, photograph of property, certificate of insurance, title insurance company's information sheet, credit report of applicant, lists of interior and exterior repairs needed for specific address; contractors' bids; Department of Licenses and Inspection Complaint and Violation Reports," "Residential Inspection and Statistical Reports," check sheets for completed grants; various Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) forms (viz. - Disposition of Funds Escrow Account," "Certificate of Final Inspection" and "Application for Section 115 Rehabilitation Grant") which have the name, address, race, income and signature of applicant, his monthly housing expenses (including mortgage payments, ground rents, cost of insurance, taxes, maintenance, heat, utilities), value, age, and remaining economic life of house, number of dwelling units, amount of rehabilitation grant, date, application number, source, payee identification (owner and contractor), amounts of deposits and dispersals, cash balance, payments on principal and accrued interest to refinance existing deposit of escrow account, signature of borrowers, HUD officials, and Rehabilitation Specialist; certificates of insurance on contractors; other city department forms: "Account Verification Requests" with information from banks such as date and amount of mortgage, monthly payments, real estate taxes, fire insurance premiums and total monthly payments; verification statements from employers and other businesses and institutions; and "Grant Loan Program" form with dates verified and received, bids invited and received and the amount, amount of grant, contractor's name, dates of grant approval, notice to proceed, receipt of insurance, forwarding of HUD "6260", receipt by financial specialist, forwarding and approval by HUD, settlement and release of lien and encumbrance number. Series includes complete files to termination of program.
Location: City Archives, 401 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19108
77.8 Neighborhood Renewal Program. Files
1967-1972
6 cu.ft.
Includes inter- and intradepartmental memoranda, general correspondence including some with public agencies and community groups such as Community Legal Services, the Realty Board, Gas Works, Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, and Philadelphia Housing Authority; business forms; employment applications; specifications for property rehabilitation; studies by consultants; weekly, bi-weekly or monthly reports by the Abatement Unit, Neighborhood Development Program, Model Cities, Neighborhood Renewal Program, and Financial Specialist and reports on demolition, rehabilitation and rent withholding; amendments to the program; bid and proposal rules; agendas; complaints; lists of contractors qualifying; maps; and other files on topics such as the rat control program, a diagnostic social survey of the neighborhood program, training, loan and grant procedures, a grand jury investigation of the program and problems with investment owners.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.9 Neighborhood Renewal Program. Appeal Cases Closed
1970
1 cu.ft.
A record of appeals before the Board of Licenses and Inspections Review. For each case there is a copy of the appeal and of the Board's findings and opinion. The Appeal form includes the number and date of the appeal, name and address of the appellant, date of first notice of violation, description of violation (often in the form of a Department of Licenses and Inspections "Violation Notice Form" which is attached to the appeal) and reason for the appeal. The Board's "Findings and Opinion" form includes much of the same information as the "Appeal" form but adds the names of the Board members present, those dissenting from the findings, and the findings of the Board. Also included with the files are some correspondence, memos of case continuances or withdrawals, hearing schedules and copies of landlord and tenant complaint notices.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.10 Zoning and Use Permit Application Register
January-October 1952
1 volume
Includes date, application number, location (address) of property for which a permit is requested, nature of application, zoning map number, zoning district designation, zoning or use permit number, if any, indication if a permit is not required, or if a zoning or use permit was refused, date of referral or appeal to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, calendar number, and indication of the Board's approval or refusal.
This series is bound in the last volume of Record Series 90.30
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.11 Register of Zoning Map Changes
January 1952 - October 1954
1 volume
Registers amendments to the ordinance of August 10, 1933, known as the "Philadelphia Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Maps". Included are the zoning map number, ordinance file number, year of the ordinance, location, map sub number, resolution number and date, advertising date, hearing date, Zoning Board of Adjustment report (favorable or negative), date of approval of ordinance, date ordinance became effective, and remarks.
For similar records 1933-1952, see Record Series 90.31
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.12 Commissioner's Files
1961-1963, 1972
6 cu.ft.
Files 1961-1963 pertain to the campaign to eliminate substandard housing or slums in the Hawthorne Area of the City. Included are memoranda, correspondence with property owners or their attorneys, and with community groups, i.e. Hawthorne Community Council, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Subcommittee on Slum Housing, and the Citizens' Committee on Civil Rights; notices of City Code violations, lists of substandard properties, and the name of the owner of each; housing inspection reports including date of inspection, area inspected, number of vacant lots, vacant houses, commercial and industrial structures, occupied residential structures with no violations, occupied residential structures with violations, types of occupancy, and overall dwelling quality by score; an alphabetical list of property owners with properties owned by each, photographs of inspection by Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, press releases, newspaper clippings, operational procedures for the Hawthorne special inspection, Minutes of the Meeting of the Hawthorne Steering Committee meeting of 10 August 1963, a copy of a "Decent Housing Pact" between the Hawthorne Housing Council and Hawthorne Property Owners on 13 September 1963, transcripts of administrative hearings before the Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections on 28 August 1963, 13 September 1963 and 11 October 1963 and related data including hearing lists, a statement of the status of properties at the time of hearings, notices of the administrative hearings, and a statement of findings; a list of tax delinquent structures, and a list of defendants who appeared at special magistrates' hearings for violation of the Philadelphia Code in the Hawthorne area. The 1972 files include citizens' petitions and letters of complaint, arranged alphabetically by location, concerning violations of the City Code under the Department's jurisdiction, inspector's reports, and replies of the Commissioner stating the action of the Department in each case; intra- and interdepartmental memoranda; correspondence with community groups including the City-Wide Tenants' Council, Homeowners' Association of Philadelphia, Housing Association of the Delaware Valley, Opportunities Industrial Association and the Philadelphia Board of Realtors; weekly and monthly reports of the Department's divisions, i.e., Building Division, Central Clerical Services, Enforcement, Personnel, Field Operations, Housing, License Issuance, the Neighborhood Renewal Program, Rat Control, and Weights & Measures; agendas and minutes and correspondence concerning the Board of Building Stands, Plumbing Advisory Board, Electrical Code Advisory Board, Board of Licenses and Inspections Review, and the Board of Safety and Fire Prevention; lists of unfit properties reported by the Central Audit Unit, community work reports by District Officers, demolition permit statistics, audits of inspectors' work; construction statistics, lists of vacant properties, news releases and newspaper clippings, and a copy of a plan, prepared by the Finance Department, to realign District Divisions with census tract lines.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.13 Application for Code Enforcement Grant
1965
1 volume
Covers Code Enforcement Project I Areas 80-83 which includes sections of Germantown. Includes federal "Application For Loan and Grant", a map showing Code Enforcement Project I Areas and Department of Licenses and Inspections Intensive Code Area as of December 1965, area eligibility data including area code and serial number, description of boundaries, size of area, character and condition of buildings; Municipal code standards requirements, description of code enforcement program, a copy of the agreement between the City of Philadelphia and the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia of 16 February 1966 which includes relocation procedures for Code Enforcement relocatees, a Code Enforcement organizational chart, a personnel schedule, a Code Enforcement budget, a description of the proposed public improvements in the code enforcement areas and maps showing projects under the Capital Program of 1966-1971 and major projects completed or under way in 1960-1965, and a copy of the City Council ordinance authorizing the Managing Director to apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a code enforcement grant.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.14 Board of Licenses and Inspections Review. Minutes
1952-1983
8 volumes
Covers the period 24 September 1952 - 6 January 1983.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.15 Board of Licenses and Inspections Review. Opinions of the Board
1953-1988
6 cu.ft.
Covers the period August 19, 1953 - December 20, 1988. Entries list appeal number, name of appellant, premises on which appeal is being made or address of appellant, members of the board present at the hearing, names of persons appearing on behalf of appellant and on behalf of the City and findings and opinions of the board. Cases involved include violations of the Philadelphia Housing Code, Philadelphia Building Code, Philadelphia Fire Code, Philadelphia Plumbing Code, Licenses and Inspections designation of property as unfit for habitation or a public nuisance, and requests for firearms permits, pool room licenses, newsstand licenses, dance hall licenses, parking lot licenses, rental of property licenses, sidewalk sale licenses, and dump vehicle licenses.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.16 Board of Licenses and Inspection Review. Reports to the Mayor
1962-1978
1 cu.ft.
Covers the period November 21, 1962 - July 13, 1978. Entries list number and types of appeals scheduled for hearing at regular meetings, breakdown of decisions of the board by type and within each type by decision made by board (continued, appeal sustained, city affirmed, withdrawn, dismissed, remanded to Art Commission, Board of Safety and Fire Prevention, or Zoning Board of Adjustment and restricted or conditional variance), members of board present at each hearing, date of next scheduled hearing, and summaries of discussions at executive sessions of the board and members present at executive sessions.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
77.17 Building Permit Applications
1952-1966
90 cu.ft., index
For detailed description of permits, 1889-1951, see Bureau of Building Inspectors, Building Permit Applications The Department of Licenses & Inspections used the same permit forms as their predecessor agency, the Bureau of Building Inspectors, until the end of 1952. The various forms were reduced to a one-page, two-sided form. Application "A", Application for Building Permit (Additions, Alterations, Repairs, One-Story Structures, Foundations, Hot Air Systems, Air Conditioning, Signs, Demolitions, Statement of Occupancy, etc.) contained spaces for classification of the permit, occupancy of present building and new building and/or addition; permit fee; permit number; plan number; other inspections required; additional permits required; location of work; description of work and materials; fire towers, stairs, and exits; gross area of each floor; nature of ground upon which foundations will be laid; date of commencement; estimated cost; name and address of owner, architect, contractor and applicant; and signature of applicant. The other application forms (B, C & D) are similar in appearance and contain much of the same information as the earlier forms of the permit applications. All of the forms have spaces on the reverse side for the various divisions of Licenses & Inspections and other departments to affix approvals of the work, if needed.
Location: City Archives, 401 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19108
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