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In effect: 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice

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.

With eCLIPSE, L&I customers can now apply for permits, schedule inspections, and request approval from multiple departments at the same time. Learn more about using eCLIPSE with the help of our videos, information sheets, and other resources.


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


Register for L&I eCLIPSE public training sessions via webinar.

L&I is offering eCLIPSE public training webinars during the week of March 30th. If you register, you will receive emailed instructions closer to the webinar date about how to participate.

Slots are still available in both sessions. Please register below.


  •  Monday, March 30th
  • Tuesday, March 31st


After this training course, you will be able to:

      • Create a user account.
      • Navigate the home page.
      • Make a permit application.
      • Access the review results.
      • Manage inspections.

Forms to help you navigate L&I processes during the current shutdown.

Use eCLIPSE to apply for licenses and permits.

See the eCLIPSE resource page to learn more about how to use eCLIPSE.

If you filed a paper permit application, request an online invoice so that you can pay for your permit online and print it. Read more here.

If you are a contractor or expediter trying to file a permit application, and your license does not appear in the pull-down box, use this form to request assistance. L&I will be able to help you with this issue.

Document repairs that you have performed in compliance with the City Business Activity and Stay at Home Order. (Order effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8 a.m.) Read more here.

Request an emergency hearing before the Board of L&I Review. Read more here.

Request an appointment to obtain a make-safe permit for work needed to address violations for having an imminently dangerous or unsafe property. Read more here.


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