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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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    Floodplain Development Webinar
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Floodplain Development Webinar

    June 13, 2023
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, 2 hours
    This floodplain development webinar will provide the latest overview of floodplain development in Philadelphia, including review of our "Guide to development in a Floodplain", Code Bulletin for development in the SFHA, and Flood protection forms.

    This session will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13th via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this webinar.