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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
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.

Licenses & Inspections is IAS Accredited

The Department of Licenses and Inspections is reaccredited by the International Accreditation Services (IAS). The Department has been accredited by IAS since 2013, demonstrating the Department’s competency and commitment to public safety based upon nationally recognized standards.

Our triennial reassessment happened in September 2023. A team of expert building code officials from across the country conducted an in-depth review of our permitting process. They shadowed our staff in every stage of permitting and inspections, conducting interviews with key stakeholders, assessing standard policies and procedures, and evaluated overall performance.

This accreditation renewal is a testament to the Department’s continued excellence in code enforcement. Thank you to all our stakeholders who participated in these interviews and congratulations to our L&I staff.

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.


  • Feb
    Part 1: Zoning Training 101
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Part 1: Zoning Training 101

    February 28, 2024
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, 2 hours
    L&I will be conducting a webinar series focused on zoning. This series will be six parts. You can choose to register for one or more sessions. The topics covered will include: 
    Part 1: Zoning 101
    Part 2: Zoning Use Classification
    Part 3: Zoning Research
    Part 4: Zoning and eCLIPSE
    Part 5: Changes to Zoning Permits
    Part 6: Zoning Bonuses

    Part 1: In this webinar, we will provide an overview of zoning in the City. We will cover zoning requirements including types of zoning permits and approvals, navigating the zoning code, the process of filing a zoning permit, pre-requisite approval processes, and the process of zoning expiration and extensions.

    This session will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

    Please register if you are interested in attending this training course.