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Department of Licenses and Inspections

Applications and payment: You can make and manage applications, and pay for and print out permits, online using eCLIPSE. If you need help using eCLIPSE, refer to L&I’s eCLIPSE videos and instructions or for help with filing a permit application, license application or license renewal you can schedule a virtual appointment. To file applications on paper, and pay for and pick up permits with paper plans, you can schedule an in-person appointment to visit the L&I Permit & License Center.

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.

Connect

Address
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 311

Announcements

Tire Dealer License is now available in eCLIPSE

Any business that purchases or sells tires, whether they are new or used, will need to have a Tire Dealer License by December 31, 2021. This includes businesses that may already require a motor vehicle repair license. The license application is now available through eCLIPSE.

Visit the website for more information about the Tire Dealer license.

Register for L&I information sessions

The Department of Licenses and Inspections is offering regular information sessions to assist stakeholders in navigating L&I processes and keeping abreast of code changes. A list of current offerings is provided below.

  • L&I eCLIPSE Q&A Session – Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
    For more information and to register, click here.
  • L&I eCLIPSE Permitting and Licensing Basics Webinar – Wednesday, February 23, 2022 (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
    For more information and to register, click here.
  • L&I eCLIPSE Q&A Session – Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
    For more information and to register, click here.

Capacity is limited and, in order to accommodate all stakeholders, we ask that you only register if you plan on attending the sessions and, if your circumstances change, please cancel your registration.

Customers can also sign-up for these and future webinars online under the “Events” section of the L&I homepage (www.phila.gov/li).

Façade inspection requirements

Under a regulation, when an engineer’s inspection finds that a façade is generally safe but in need of repairs, the repairs must be completed within six months. After receiving extensive feedback and in light of the pandemic, L&I is deferring enforcement of the six month limit with respect to façade inspections until January 1, 2022.

This means, until January 1, 2022, the required façade inspections must still be performed, but the results should be submitted to L&I on this earlier version of the Summary Report Form and in accordance with the instructions on the form.

Refer to the letter that was sent out to Philadelphia homeowners for more details. For step by step instructions on submitting façade inspection reports through our online portal, refer to the how-to guide.

If you have questions, please contact facadereports@phila.gov.

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Events

  • Dec
    14
    L&I eCLIPSE Q&A session
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Q&A session

    December 14, 2021
    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 the specific permit application questions for users with some experience using eCLIPSE.

    This session will be held from 9:30 am - 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Feb
    15
    L&I eCLIPSE Q&A Session
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Q&A Session

    February 15, 2022
    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 on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.
  • Feb
    23
    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting and Licensing Basics Webinar
    9:00 am to 11:00 am

    L&I eCLIPSE Permitting and Licensing Basics Webinar

    February 23, 2022
    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 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, February 23, 2022 via Zoom. Please register if you are interested in attending this information session.

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