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Contractor requirements

Contractors working in Philadelphia need to have a valid license and follow operational requirements. This page outlines the regulations related to contractors and contracting work in Philadelphia.

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Contractor Code of Conduct

All contractors operating in Philadelphia must follow the requirements laid out in the Contractor Code of Conduct.

OSHA training requirements

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Alternative training programs

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Disclosing subcontractors

Philadelphia contractors and trade licensees must provide the department with the name of each subcontractor that is working under their permits within three days of the commencement of any work authorized by that permit.

Refer to the how-to guide for step-by-step instructions to do this in eCLIPSE.

Insurance certificates

All contractors named on a construction permit must have current insurance on file with L&I. This must include the minimum coverage determined by the Law Department and the risk manager for:

  • Workers’ compensation.
  • Comprehensive general liability.
  • Motor vehicle liability.


The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) offers a number of tools to help contractors do business in the City.