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Department of Licenses and Inspections

Property owners with fire protection systems that required periodic testing and inspections under the Philadelphia Fire Code must submit their certifications to the Department of Licenses and Inspections by May 31, 2024.

For more information in your language, visit the notification of fire protection inspections certification.

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
Phone: 311


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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  • Apr
    Façade, Pier, Fire Escape Inspections and Certifications webinar
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Façade, Pier, Fire Escape Inspections and Certifications webinar

    April 24, 2024
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, 2 hours
    L&I will be conducting a 90-minute webinar on the requirements for maintenance certifications. During this session, we will cover 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 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.

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