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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.

Connect

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.

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Announcements

eCLIPSE out of service on Thursday, February 2nd starting at 10 p.m.

eCLIPSE will be out of service from Thursday, February 2nd at 10 p.m. through Friday, February 3rd at 2 a.m. for required maintenance.

L&I apologizes for any inconvenience.

New forms available for work impacting adjacent property

Bill No. 220008, amended and signed by the Mayor on July 7, 2022, is intended to increase protection measures during excavation, demolition, and construction work that impacts adjacent properties. These new requirements will become effective on January 1, 2023.

In an effort to assist applicants through these new permit requirements, L&I has created new information sheets, checklists and flowcharts. L&I also hosted several webinars to provide an overview of these requirements. You can find the following information sheets and related documents on the website.

  • Pre-Construction Survey Information Sheet
  • Monitoring Plan Information Sheet
  • Acknowledgment of Receipt of Construction or Demolition Project Information
  • Excavation Plan Submission Standards

Refer to the Excavations and the Protection of Adjacent Property Code Bulletin B-0503-R3 for more details on construction and protection requirements.

2021 Accessibility Provisions rescinded

Effective immediately, Code Bulletin B-2101- Implementation of 2021 International Code Accessibility Provisions, is rescinded and the City of Philadelphia will revert back to the accessibility provisions contained in the 2018 International Codes.

Pa Commonwealth Court Order No. 479 M.D. 2021 has permanently enjoined enforcement of the 2021 accessibility updates to the Pa Uniform Construction Code. The Department of Labor and Industry has determined that enforcement of the 2021 accessibility provisions shall cease immediately and the 2018 accessibility standards in effect prior to December 25, 2021, shall remain in effect.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Pa Uniform Construction Code, the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) began mandatory enforcement of the 2021 accessibility provisions for applications received on or after July 1, 2022.  Permits issued and reviewed under the 2021 accessibility provisions shall remain in effect and construction must proceed in accordance with approved permit documents. If an owner wishes to build to lesser accessibility requirements contained in the 2018 International Codes, an application to amend the permit must be filed.

Please refer to L&I’s FAQ on Significant Changes to the Accessibility Provisions of the 2021 International Codes for more information on affected code sections.

As a reminder, the issuance of a building permit does not affirm that a property is federally compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The owner remains responsible for ensuring property complies with all local, state, and federal requirements.

Rodent control plan required for vacant lots

Any owner acquiring or renewing a license for a vacant commercial property or vacant residential property must have the property inspected by a PA licensed pest control company for evidence of rodent infestation. This initial inspection must be completed by March 2, 2023. All subsequent inspections must occur each year thereafter.

Where rodent activity is detected, a rodent control plan shall be implemented. The inspection report prepared by the pest control company and any associated rodent control plan must be submitted to the Department of Licenses and Inspections within seven days of completion. You can submit inspection reports using the online form.

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Events

  • Feb
    14
    L&I eCLIPSE Q&A session
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Q&A session

    February 14, 2023
    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 on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Feb
    22
    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting Basics Webinar
    9:00 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting Basics Webinar

    February 22, 2023
    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 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 Wednesday, February 22, 2023 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Mar
    15
    Special Inspections Program webinar
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Special Inspections Program webinar

    March 15, 2023
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hour
    This 1-hour session will provide an overview of the City of Philadelphia’s Special Inspections program. This program provides for a specialized third-party inspection of selected materials, equipment, building components, or projects, as required by the Philadelphia Building Code.

    During this session, we will review special inspector licensure categories and qualifications; responsibilities of all involved parties; new forms published by the Department; steps in identifying required inspections and submitting certifications through eCLIPSE; and the role of the special inspector on projects that may impact adjacent property.

    This session will be held from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.

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