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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.



eCLIPSE out of service on Thursday, December 1st starting at 10 p.m.

eCLIPSE will be out of service from Thursday, December 1st at 10 p.m. through Friday, December 2nd at 2 a.m. for required maintenance.

L&I apologizes for any inconvenience.

New forms available for work impacting adjacent property

Bill No. 220008, amended and signed by the Mayor on July 7, 2022, is intended to increase protection measures during excavation, demolition, and construction work that impacts adjacent properties. These new requirements will become effective on January 1, 2023.

In an effort to assist applicants through these new permit requirements, L&I has created new information sheets, checklists and flowcharts. L&I also hosted several webinars to provide an overview of these requirements. You can find the following information sheets and related documents on the website.

  • Pre-Construction Survey Information Sheet
  • Monitoring Plan Information Sheet
  • Acknowledgment of Receipt of Construction or Demolition Project Information
  • Excavation Plan Submission Standards

Refer to the Excavations and the Protection of Adjacent Property Code Bulletin B-0503-R3 for more details on construction and protection requirements.

2021 Accessibility Provisions rescinded

Effective immediately, Code Bulletin B-2101- Implementation of 2021 International Code Accessibility Provisions, is rescinded and the City of Philadelphia will revert back to the accessibility provisions contained in the 2018 International Codes.

Pa Commonwealth Court Order No. 479 M.D. 2021 has permanently enjoined enforcement of the 2021 accessibility updates to the Pa Uniform Construction Code. The Department of Labor and Industry has determined that enforcement of the 2021 accessibility provisions shall cease immediately and the 2018 accessibility standards in effect prior to December 25, 2021, shall remain in effect.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Pa Uniform Construction Code, the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) began mandatory enforcement of the 2021 accessibility provisions for applications received on or after July 1, 2022.  Permits issued and reviewed under the 2021 accessibility provisions shall remain in effect and construction must proceed in accordance with approved permit documents. If an owner wishes to build to lesser accessibility requirements contained in the 2018 International Codes, an application to amend the permit must be filed.

Please refer to L&I’s FAQ on Significant Changes to the Accessibility Provisions of the 2021 International Codes for more information on affected code sections.

As a reminder, the issuance of a building permit does not affirm that a property is federally compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The owner remains responsible for ensuring property complies with all local, state, and federal requirements.

Rodent control plan required for vacant lots

Any owner acquiring or renewing a license for a vacant commercial property or vacant residential property must have the property inspected by a PA licensed pest control company for evidence of rodent infestation. This initial inspection must be completed by March 2, 2023. All subsequent inspections must occur each year thereafter.

Where rodent activity is detected, a rodent control plan shall be implemented. The inspection report prepared by the pest control company and any associated rodent control plan must be submitted to the Department of Licenses and Inspections within seven days of completion. You can submit inspection reports using the online form.

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  • Dec
    Excavation Contractor License Requirements and Department Enforcement Webinar
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    Excavation Contractor License Requirements and Department Enforcement Webinar

    December 14, 2022
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
    The rules and requirements for excavation are changing in 2023. In this 1-hour presentation, the Audits and Investigations Unit will explain license application and worksite requirements related to the new excavation contractor license.

    Learn how to get an excavation contractor license, when one is needed, and how the Department will be enforcing the new excavation-related Code requirements. This presentation is intended for both excavation subcontractors and any contractor that may perform excavation through a subcontractor.

    This session will be held from 9:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this webinar
  • Jan
    Excavation Permit and Protection of Adjacent Property webinar
    9:00 am to 10:30 am

    Excavation Permit and Protection of Adjacent Property webinar

    January 25, 2023
    9:00 am to 10:30 am, 2 hours

    L&I representatives will provide a 90-min. webinar on the new requirements relating to the excavation permit and protection of adjacent property. During this session we will review the specific requirements for the excavation permit and plans, as well as the property protection provisions that will apply to all projects that may directly impact an adjacent building. It is recommended that all involved in new construction, demolition, or structural alteration projects join this session to ensure that you are prepared for the changes.

    This session will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.