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The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I), along with other City partners, enforces the Philadelphia Code and its safety and building standards. L&I also issues citations and violations to those that violate the code.

When to appeal

You can make an appeal if you think you have:

  • Been incorrectly denied zoning approval.
  • Have been issued a citation or violation in error.
  • Want to get an exemption for building materials standards.
  • Want to appeal a decision related to a license to carry firearms.

Appeals calendar

If you’ve filed a request for appeal, find your hearing date on the appeals calendar.

L&I has four boards that manage appeals:

For zoning decisions, you must make an appeal to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA).

For fire code appeals, you must make an appeal with the Board of Safety and Fire Code Prevention.

See the appeals calendar for information about scheduled appeals.


Appeals documents and forms

These documents support appeals through the ZBA, BOSFP, BBS, PAB, or BLIR.