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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.


  • Mar
    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting Basics webinar
    9:00 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting Basics webinar

    March 6, 2024
    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 permit applications through the online eCLIPSE system. This webinar is an introductory session intended for new users. The session will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Mar
    Expediter License Webinar
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Expediter License Webinar

    March 19, 2024
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hour
    L&I and Law will review City regulations on permit and license applicants, expediter license application, required and prohibited expediter conduct, and tips on submitting applications as an expediter. This session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.  
    • Mar
      Contractor Compliance Webinar
      10:00 am to 11:30 am

      Contractor Compliance Webinar

      March 21, 2024
      10:00 am to 11:30 am, 2 hours

      L&I will be conducting a 90-minute webinar on the Department of Licenses and Inspections contracting requirements. The session will cover subcontractor usage, worker certification requirements, and an overview of the Department’s License Violation program and current enforcement priorities.

      This session will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2024, via Zoom. 

      Please register if you are interested in attending this information session. 

      **Attendees can receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits for this course. **