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Construction site requirements

Builders in Philadelphia must ensure that construction job sites meet certain operational and safety requirements.

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Permit posting

All construction permits issued by the L&I must be posted and visible on construction sites at all times. The permits must be current and within the scope of work.

If construction work or materials encroach on a public sidewalk or street, the contractor must also get a street closure permit and post it.


Work site signs

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Protecting pedestrians and adjoining properties

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Fire watch for combustible buildings

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Trash and debris

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Dust control

A dust control permit is required for certain construction, demolition, and earth disturbance work.


Rodent control

Complete demolition and new construction projects need a Rodent Control Management Plan. The plan must be developed and implemented at least 15 days before the start of the project.

The plan must be prepared by a PA-licensed pest control company. It must include the following information:

  • License and contact information for the pest control company
  • Results of an initial site survey and inspection by the pest control company
  • Rodent activity detected and the associated treatment
  • The Integrated Pest Management approach, including Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) information on rodenticides that may be used
  • Schedule of monitoring and follow-up inspections conducted by the pest control company.

The Rodent Control Management Plan, inspection reports, and abatement records must be kept on site for the duration of the project. They must be provided to the department on request.


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