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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, tenants, and other members of the public 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
Email If you’ve filed a report with 311, you can submit more information to:
Phone: 311


Avoid delays. Apply online.

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



Check out L&I’s YouTube Channel

You can watch our eCLIPSE instructional videos and other newly created resource videos, including ‘Short-Term Rentals’, ‘Available L&I Resources, and more on L&I’s YouTube Channel.

Please check back as we continue to build-out the page and add new content.

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.


  • Aug
    Floodplain Development Webinar
    11:30 am to 1:00 pm

    Floodplain Development Webinar

    August 12, 2024
    11:30 am to 1:00 pm, 2 hours

    This floodplaindevelopment webinar will provide the latest overview of floodplain developmentin Philadelphia, including review of our "Guide to development in aFloodplain", Code Bulletin for development in the SFHA, and Floodprotection forms.

    This session will be held on Monday, August12th, 2024, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this webinar.

    **Attendees can receive 1.5 hours ofcontinuing education credits for this course. **

  • Aug
    L&I Q&A Session
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    L&I Q&A Session

    August 13, 2024
    9:30 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours

    The Departmentof L&I will be hosting a 90-minute open Q&A session to address specificpermit application questions for users with some experience using eCLIPSE. Thissession will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00a.m. via Zoom. Pleaseregister if you are interested in attending this session. 

  • Sep
    Part 6: Zoning Bonuses
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Part 6: Zoning Bonuses

    September 18, 2024
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, 2 hours

    The sixth and finalwebinar of the series will cover zoning development bonuses. In this webinar, L&I will explain the different height, area anddwelling unit bonuses offered within the zoning code and what an applicantneeds to know if they are proposing to use these bonuses. This session will beheld on Wednesday, September 18, 2024, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please registerif you are interested inattending this webinar.