Code bulletins

The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) enforces the Philadelphia Code. L&I issues code bulletins, interpretations, solutions, and variances to promote and clarify changes to the code.

This page includes code information about:

Fire alarms

Fire suppression systems

Fire protection

Building requirements

Title Category Author Date Format
Code Bulletin: Excavations and the Protection of Adjacent Property - Public and Private PDF February 6, 2020
Code Bulletin: Development in Special Flood Hazard Areas PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Auxiliary Water Supply Requirements NPFA 14 PDF January 6, 2020
Code Solution: Electrical Permits for Public Service Agencies PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Water Resistant Gypsum Backing Board PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Implementation of 2015 Accessibility Provisions PDF March 6, 2019
Code Solution: Fire Alarm Communication to Monitoring Stations PDF March 6, 2019
Variance of General Application: Mobile Classrooms PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Certificate of Occupancy - Additions to Use Group R-3 PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Preemptions Raised by the Propane and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Soil Investigations for New Construction PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Substantial Improvement (Including Additions) of Structures Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Uniform Construction Code Regulations for Residential Foundation Walls PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Classification of Dwellings Involving Lodgers PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Demolition of In-ground Swimming Pools PDF March 6, 2019
Code Solution: When Does Alteration Become New Construction PDF March 7, 2019

Plumbing

Residential property requirements

Title Category Author Date Format
Code Bulletin: Outdoor Portable Fireplaces PDF March 6, 2019
Code Interpretation: Television and Radio Antennas PDF March 6, 2019
Code Interpretation: Carbon Monoxide Alarms Hardwired and Interconnected PDF March 6, 2019

Business regulation

Zoning

General

Title Category Author Date Format
Code Bulletin: Implementation of the 2018 International Codes PDF March 6, 2019
Code Solution: Reissue of Lawful Occupancy Signs PDF March 6, 2019
Code Interpretation: Effect of Appeals on Permits PDF March 6, 2019
Code Solution: Amusement Rides and Attractions PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Implementation of 2010 Construction Codes PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Permit and Board Approval Extensions Under PA Act 46 of 2010 and Act 87 of 2012 PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Lawful Occupancy Posting for Outdoor Assembly PDF March 6, 2019
Code Interpretation: Impact of PA Home Improvement Contractor Registration on Philadelphia License Requirements PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Permitting of Repairs to Imminently Dangerous and Unsafe Structures PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Implementation of the 2016 Uniform Construction Code PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Lawful Occupancy Signs - Fees PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Self-Certification of Construction Plans for One-or-Two Family Dwellings PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Temporary Uses and Structures PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Certificates of Occupancy for Existing "Uncertified Buildings" PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Wireless Service Facilities and Antennas PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Uniform Construction Code Certification Requirement for Inspectors PDF March 6, 2019
Code Bulletin: Implementation of 2018 Philadelphia Plumbing Code PDF December 15, 2019

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