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Code enforcement

The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) enforces codes that govern building standards and land use. Code enforcement ensures that owners and contractors obey applicable codes.

Code enforcement

The Department of Licenses and Inspections inspects existing buildings for compliance with:

  • Fire code.
  • Property maintenance code.
  • Zoning code.
  • Licensing laws.
  • Vending laws.

Inspectors issue violations, respond to service requests, and perform inspections before L&I issues certain licenses. They also conduct regular inspections of nuisance properties and certain significant buildings. The latter include:

  • Public and charter schools.
  • Child care centers.
  • High-rises.
  • Vacant industrial properties.
  • Hospitals.
If inspectors find violations, they issue a notice of violation. The property owner has 35 days to address the violation. If the property fails re-inspection, L&I may initiate legal action. The court may impose substantial penalties, and L&I can also order property owners to cease operations.

Code information

New laws and regulations result in frequent updates to the Philadelphia Code. L&I provides information about these updates in the form of: