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.
Drug paraphernalia stores have more than 5% of the goods offered for sale or shown in a window or other display items associated with drug use. Under the Philadelphia Zoning Code, they are not allowed in most Philadelphia neighborhoods unless the owner has obtained a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. For more information, refer to the Drug Paraphernalia Store FAQ document.
May25EventL&I eCLIPSE Permitting and Licensing Basics Webinar9:00 am to 11:00 amEvent
L&I eCLIPSE Permitting and Licensing Basics WebinarMay 25, 20229:00 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours
L&I will be conducting a 2-hour public training session on the basics of filing license and permit applications through the online eCLIPSE system. This webinar is an introductory session intended for new users.
The session will be held from 9:00am - 11:00am on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session
Jun1EventExcavation Permit and Excavation Contractor License Webinar9:00 am to 10:00 amEvent
Excavation Permit and Excavation Contractor License WebinarJune 1, 20229:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
L&I representatives will provide a 1-hour webinar about the excavation permit and license requirement set forth through Bill No. 210389 and about L&I's implementation plan. The presentation will also include a an overview of the requirements for monitoring of historic buildings and the enacted/pending legislation on protection of adjoining property.
This session will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
Use our online system to apply for licenses and permits and look up business and trade license information.
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