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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.


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.



L&I releases Drug Paraphernalia Store FAQ

Drug paraphernalia stores have more than 5% of the goods offered for sale or shown in a window or other display items associated with drug use. Under the Philadelphia Zoning Code, they are not allowed in most Philadelphia neighborhoods unless the owner has obtained a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. For more information, refer to the Drug Paraphernalia Store FAQ document.

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  • Jun
    Excavation Permit and Excavation Contractor License Webinar
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    Excavation Permit and Excavation Contractor License Webinar

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

    L&I representatives will provide a 1-hour webinar about the excavation permit and license requirement set forth through Bill No. 210389 and about L&I's implementation plan. The presentation will also include a an overview of the requirements for monitoring of historic buildings and the enacted/pending legislation on protection of adjoining property.

    This session will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.