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Department of Licenses and Inspections

What we do

The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) helps people comply with building safety standards and other code requirements. Contractors, business and property owners, landlords, and tenants are all served by L&I.

As part of our mission, we:

  • Inspect construction projects so they meet construction and fire codes.
  • Inspect higher-risk properties for compliance with fire codes.
  • Respond to complaints regarding many code violations.
  • Inspect, monitor, seal, and demolish vacant and/or dangerous buildings.
  • Review plans and issue permits according to building, zoning, plumbing, and electrical codes.
  • Issue trade and business licenses.
  • Help landlords and tenants understand their responsibilities.


1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 311


Avoid delays. Apply online.

Use our online system to apply for licenses and permits and look up business and trade license information.



eCLIPSE out of service on Thursday, December 7th starting at 10 p.m.

eCLIPSE will be out of service from Thursday, December 7th at 10:00 p.m. through Friday, December 8th at 2:00 a.m. for required maintenance.

L&I apologizes for any inconvenience.

Licenses & Inspections is IAS Accredited

The Department of Licenses and Inspections is reaccredited by the International Accreditation Services (IAS). The Department has been accredited by IAS since 2013, demonstrating the Department’s competency and commitment to public safety based upon nationally recognized standards.

Our triennial reassessment happened in September 2023. A team of expert building code officials from across the country conducted an in-depth review of our permitting process. They shadowed our staff in every stage of permitting and inspections, conducting interviews with key stakeholders, assessing standard policies and procedures, and evaluated overall performance.

This accreditation renewal is a testament to the Department’s continued excellence in code enforcement. Thank you to all our stakeholders who participated in these interviews and congratulations to our L&I staff.

L&I monthly newsletter

Our newsletter keeps you up-to-date on permits, licenses, and more. Sign up to get new issues every month, or read archived issues online.


  • Dec
    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting Basics webinar
    9:00 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting Basics webinar

    December 6, 2023
    9:00 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours
    L&I will beconducting a 2-hour public training session on the basics of filing permitapplications through the online eCLIPSE system. This webinar is an introductorysession intended for new users. 

    The session will be held on Wednesday,December 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. Please registerif you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Dec
    L&I Website and Resources webinar
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    L&I Website and Resources webinar

    December 13, 2023
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
    L&I will beconducting a 1-hour public training session to walk you through the department’swebsite and provide an overview of available L&I resources. 

    The sessionwill be held on Wednesday, December 13th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00a.m. via Zoom. Please registerif you are interested in attending this information session.