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


Online permitting on eCLIPSE launches soon! Sign up for training.

Online permitting on eCLIPSE will launch on March 16th, 2020. L&I is offering a 2-hour training course for the new system.


  • Tuesday, March 10th
    • 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11th
    • 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 12th
    • 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


March 10 registration

March 11 registration

March 12 registration


Permit and License Center
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
MSB, Public Service Concourse
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Follow signs to the L&I training room.


After this training course, you will be able to:

  • Create a user account.
  • Navigate the home page.
  • Make a permit application.
  • Access the review results.
  • Manage inspections.

Attorneys and design professionals can get help registering for an eCLIPSE account at the end of this training course. You must bring the following information:

  • The Commercial Activity License for your company
  • A flash drive with the following information:
    • Proof of licensure
    • Statement of employment on company letterhead

Join our team! Attend L&I’s recruitment open house for civil engineers.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) invites you to its inaugural open house for civil engineers! Meet our staff, tour our offices, and apply for Graduate Civil Engineer positions.

Interested candidates must have a Bachelors’s Degree (or higher) in Civil, Hydraulic, Structural, or Architectural Engineering by November 2020. Lunch and refreshments will be served.


Email by February 21st.


Tuesday, February 25th, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Blvd, 16th Floor Innovation Lab
Philadelphia PA 19102

Register for L&I’s learning session about Energy Code compliance

Join the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) for a 60-minute BuildSafe PHL learning session about complying with the 2015 and 2018 International Energy Codes.

To register, fill out the online form.


Thursday, Feb 27 at 12 p.m.


American Institute of Architects
1218 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107


The session will cover:

  • Matching your project with the correct Code version.
  • Code and application requirements.
  • The role of third-party inspectors.
  • How L&I interprets key Code provisions.

You will also have an opportunity to submit your code questions and provide feedback on new application procedures.

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