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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.

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

eCLIPSE

Avoid delays. Apply online.

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

Go to eCLIPSE

Announcements

eCLIPSE mapping system out of service starting on Saturday, October 8th

The eCLIPSE mapping system will be out of service from Saturday, October 8th through Sunday, October 9th for required maintenance.

L&I apologizes for any inconvenience.

eCLIPSE out of service on Thursday, October 6th starting at 10 p.m.

eCLIPSE will be out of service from Thursday, October 6th at 10 p.m. through Friday, October 7th at 2 a.m. for required maintenance.

L&I apologizes for any inconvenience.

L&I accepting applications for alternate excavation training programs

L&I is now accepting applications for alternate excavation training programs. To submit an application, please email documentation to Brett.martin@phila.gov demonstrating compliance with the below requirements. All approved alternate programs will be posted to L&I’s website. Please be sure to verify approval before registering for any course offered by an organization other than an OTI Education Center.

Minimum requirements:

  • The company must be approved by the PA Department of Labor and Industry as a training provider.
  • Include a course outline demonstrating course objectives, topics, and allocated time meets or exceeds the OSHA 3015 Excavation, Trenching, and Soil Mechanics.
  • Submit a quality control plan that includes organizational structure of the company, the credentials of trainers and a quality assurance program.
  • Must issue a unique Course Completion Certificate that may be verified by the Department.
  • Cost of training services is compatible with OSHA training course.
  • Include an examination, identification of passing grade necessary to obtain certification, and at least one opportunity for re-testing if intended as an alternative to OSHA 3015.

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Events

  • Oct
    6
    Maintenance and Annual Fire Protection Certifications webinar
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Maintenance and Annual Fire Protection Certifications webinar

    October 6, 2022
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 1 hour
    L&I will be conducting a 1-hour webinar on the requirements for maintenance and annual fire protection certifications. During this session we will cover recent updates to our maintenance certification program, review eCLIPSE certification upload requirements, help troubleshoot some common issues, and more.
     
    We recommend all professionals who provide inspection and maintenance certification services attend this webinar.

    This session will be held from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022 via Zoom.
    Please register if you are interested in attending this webinar.
  • Nov
    9
    Excavation Permit and Protection of Adjacent Property webinar
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    Excavation Permit and Protection of Adjacent Property webinar

    November 9, 2022
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour

    L&I representatives will provide a 1-hour webinar on the new requirements relating to the excavation permit and protection of adjacent property. During this session we will review the specific requirements for the excavation permit and plans, as well as the property protection provisions that will apply to all projects that may directly impact an adjacent building. It is recommended that all involved in new construction, demolition, or structural alteration projects join this session to ensure that you are prepared for the changes.

    This session will be held from 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 via Zoom. 

    Please register if you are interested in attending this webinar.

  • Nov
    15
    L&I eCLIPSE Q&A session
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Q&A session

    November 15, 2022
    9:30 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours
    The Department of L&I will be hosting a 90-minute open Q&A session to address specific permit application questions for users with some experience using eCLIPSE.

    This session will be held from 9:30 am - 11:00 am via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Nov
    22
    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting Basics Webinar
    9:00 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting Basics Webinar

    November 22, 2022
    9:00 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours
    L&I will be conducting a 2-hour public training session on the basics of filing license and permit applications through the online eCLIPSE system. This webinar is an introductory session intended for new users.

    The session will be held from 9:00am - 11:00am on Tuesday, November 22nd via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session

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