Applications and payment: You can make applications online using eCLIPSE or schedule an appointment to visit the Permit & License Center. If you need help using eCLIPSE, refer to L&I’s eCLIPSE videos and instructions.
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.
Revised fees for most permits, business licenses, and trade licenses issued by the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) are in effect for new applications filed on or after July 1, 2020.
A regulation published in May 2020 increased L&I permit and license fees by up to 3.5 percent. Fees were last changed in 2017.
The 2017 fees will continue to apply to applications filed before July 1st.
L&I has cut the standard review time for new online permit applications to 10 business days. Formerly, the 10-business-days timeframe was only for reviews that applicants had paid an extra fee to “accelerate.”
With standard review times now falling within the same 10-business-days timeframe as accelerated reviews, L&I has temporarily suspended the accelerated program. L&I continues to accept new permit applications only online via eCLIPSE.
Use this table to find help with issues you may have during the shutdown.
|Trouble with logging into eCLIPSE, or licensing and technical questions||Call 311 or use the 311 online form|
|Check the status of a permit or ask a code question||Check the permit tracker or use the permit or code questions form|
|Request an inspection||Call (215) 255-4040 or use the eCLIPSE portal|
|COVID-19 construction and business updates||Refer to the Restarting Construction FAQs and City of Philadelphia Safer at Home reopening guidance|
|Pick up approved paper plans||Make an appointment at the L&I License and Permit Center at the Municipal Services Building|
|If application made on paper: pay for a permit, submit revised plans, amend or appeal a permit, and/or add a co-applicant to access a permit||To proceed online, use the request access to a legacy permit form. To proceed in person, make an appointment at the L&I License and Permit Center at the Municipal Services Building.|
|Obtain a Make Safe Permit||Review requirements for getting a Make Safe Permit and make an appointment at the L&I License and Permit Center at the Municipal Services Building.|
|Can’t see Contractor License under Professional/Tradesperson pull down in eCLIPSE||Use L&I’s help request form or the 311 online form|
|Upload emergency inspection||Use Notice of Completion of Repairs Form|
|Notify L&I of resolution of “permit hold” issue||Use the permit or code questions form|
|ZBA appeal information||Zoning Board of Appeals|
|Appeal to the Board of L&I Review||Review how to appeal to the Board of L&I Review and file your appeal using eCLIPSE.|
L&I is offering additional eCLIPSE public training webinars and have also added e-Plans and Zoning training webinars. If you register, you will receive email instructions closer to the webinar date about how to participate.
Please register below.
Zoning Training sessions
- Tuesday, July 14th
- 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – register
e-Plans Training sessions
- Wednesday, July 15th
- 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m – register
eCLIPSE Training sessions
- Thursday, July 16th
- 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – register
After these training courses, you will be able to:
- Create a user account.
- Navigate the home page.
- Make a permit application.
- Access the review results.
- Manage inspections.
- Manage ePlans submissions.
- Make a Zoning permit application.
- Understand process changes.