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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


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Use our online system to apply for licenses and permits and look up business and trade license information.


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  • Oct
    eCLIPSE Q&A session
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    eCLIPSE Q&A session

    October 5, 2023
    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 via Zoom. 

    Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Oct
    Short Term Rental webinar
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Short Term Rental webinar

    October 17, 2023
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, 2 hours
    L&I will be conducting a 60-min public training session on the license and permit requirements for Short Term Rental properties.

    In 2021, Mayor Kenney signed Bill No. 210081, changing the zoning and licensing requirements for owners or renters that offer their properties as short-term rentals in Philadelphia. This information session will explain these new requirements.

    The session will be held on Tuesday, October 17th from 12:00 p.m. –1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this informationsession
  • Oct
    Remote Construction Inspections webinar
    8:00 am to 9:00 am

    Remote Construction Inspections webinar

    October 24, 2023
    8:00 am to 9:00 am, 1 hour
    Learn more about the Department's pilot program for virtual inspections on certain construction permits. This information session will provide detail around planned implementation for specific permit and/or inspection types, explanation of procedure, and a demonstration from the contractor's perspective.

    The session will be held on Tuesday, October 24th from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.