Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 until further notice

COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is now available for everyone 5 and older! Get your children vaccinated today. Find a City-run vaccine clinic or partner vaccine clinic to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have questions about vaccination, call (215) 685-5488.

Department of Licenses and Inspections

Applications and payment: You can make and manage applications, and pay for and print out permits, online using eCLIPSE. If you need help using eCLIPSE, refer to L&I’s eCLIPSE videos and instructions or for help with filing a permit application, license application or license renewal you can schedule a virtual appointment. To file applications on paper, and pay for and pick up permits with paper plans, you can schedule an in-person appointment to visit the L&I Permit & License Center.

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.

Go to eCLIPSE

Announcements

Board of L&I Review will stop accepting online appeals as of March 1st

Beginning March 1, 2022 and until further notice, all BLIR appeals must be submitted either in-person or by regular mail.

You must make an appointment to meet with appeals board staff to file in person. Appointments can be scheduled through the City’s online appointment system.

BLIR’s address is:
Board of Licenses and Inspections Review
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Municipal Services Building
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Board of Building Standards, the Plumbing Advisory Board, the Board of Safety and Fire Prevention, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment will not be affected by the change to BLIR filing procedures.

The agenda for BLIR hearing dates is released in two-week intervals and posted here. A new appeals calendar is coming soon.

Learn more about appeals

Register for L&I information sessions

The Department of Licenses and Inspections is offering regular information sessions to assist stakeholders in navigating L&I processes and keeping abreast of code changes. A list of current offerings is provided below.

  • L&I eCLIPSE Q&A Session – Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
    For more information and to register, click here.
  • L&I eCLIPSE Permitting and Licensing Basics Webinar – Wednesday, February 23, 2022 (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
    For more information and to register, click here.
  • Changes to the 2018 Residential Code Provisions Webinar – Tuesday, March 15, 2022 (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
    For more information and to register, click here.

Capacity is limited and, in order to accommodate all stakeholders, we ask that you only register if you plan on attending the sessions and, if your circumstances change, please cancel your registration.

Customers can also sign-up for these and future webinars online under the “Events” section of the L&I homepage (www.phila.gov/li).

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L&I's newsletter helps you stay up-to-date about permits, licenses, and more.

Events

  • Jan
    19
    Changes to the 2021 Accessibility Code Provisions Webinar
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    Changes to the 2021 Accessibility Code Provisions Webinar

    January 19, 2022
    9:30 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours

    The Department will be offering a 90-minute session to provide an overview of the significant changes to the 2021 Accessibility Code provisions.

    This session will be held from 9:30am - 11:00am on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Feb
    15
    L&I eCLIPSE Q&A Session
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Q&A Session

    February 15, 2022
    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 15, 2022 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Feb
    23
    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting and Licensing Basics Webinar
    9:00 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting and Licensing Basics Webinar

    February 23, 2022
    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 license and 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 23, 2022 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Mar
    15
    Changes to the 2018 Residential Code Provisions
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Changes to the 2018 Residential Code Provisions

    March 15, 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hour

    The Department will be offering a 1-hour session to provide an overview of the significant changes to the 2018 Residential Code provisions.

    This session will be held from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 15th, 2022 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session

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