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Construction and repair permits

The primary focus of the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) is public safety. Permits allow L&I to perform reviews and conduct inspections of construction and related activities taking place in Philadelphia.

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Building and safety codes

The permit process helps to ensure that projects comply with applicable codes.

Building permits allow work or a change in activity to be done at a building or on a lot. You must file permit applications and pay related fees in order to be issued a permit.

Preliminary plan review

You have the option of having an L&I staff member to review plans and have them answer and/or prepare documentation to address your concerns. To do this, you should request a preliminary plan review.

Once you are ready to build, you’ll need to apply for individual permits..