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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.


  • Jun
    Administrative Code Webinar Part 2
    10:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Administrative Code Webinar Part 2

    June 26, 2024
    10:30 am to 12:30 pm, 2 hours
    This is the second in a two-part series to review the department’s administration of the technical codes. During this session we will review Chapters 4-11 of the Philadelphia Administrative Code, to include inspection requirements, fees, and work site safety.    

    This session will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.  

    ** Attendees can receive 2 hours of continuing education credits for this course. **