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Contractor and posting 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.

Contractor Code of Conduct

All contractors operating in Philadelphia must follow the requirements laid out in the Contractor Operational Requirements.


OSHA training requirements

All contractors and their subcontractors need to have safety training. Training must be provided by an OSHA-approved training provider or approved equivalent {link to document page}

All workers on a construction or demolition site must complete a basic training course. The course must be OSHA 10 Construction or an approved alternative. Contractors must keep proof of training on the job site.

  • This includes trades contractors and registered PA home improvement contractors.
  • This requirement does not apply to:
    • Delivery persons.
    • Design professionals and their staff.
    • Special inspectors.
    • Those on a job site whose work is not considered permit-regulated construction or demolition.

Contractors must identify at least one supervisory employee who has completed an extended safety training course. This course must be OSHA 30 Construction or an approved alternative. The contractor must submit proof of training with the license application or renewal. This does not apply to:

  • Plumbing contractors.
  • Electrical contractors.
  • Fire suppression contractors.
  • Registered PA home improvement contractors.

The new construction, structural alteration, or demolition of a building more than three stories, 40 feet in height or with a footprint larger than 10,000 square feet must be overseen by a site safety manager who has completed an extended safety training course. This course must be OSHA 30 Construction or an approved alternative. The contractor must submit any site safety managers to the building inspector before work starts.


Work site signs

All construction projects that affect the exterior of a building need a project information panel or project information signs.

Project information panel

The owner must make a large project information panel for:

  • New construction or demolition of a building more than three stories tall, or with an average roof height more than 40 ft. above grade.
  • New construction or demolition of a building that covers 10,000 sq. ft. or more.
  • Work performed more than 40 ft. above grade, or above the third story, that affects the exterior of a building.
  • Review the Project information panel: Requirements for major building fact sheet for complete information.

Project information sign

All other construction or demolition projects need a project information sign, except :

  • Work limited to plumbing, electrical, mechanical, or fire suppression installation.
  • Interior work limited to non-structural alterations.

The contractor or owner must complete, print, and post a L&I project sign template. The sign must be printed in color on letter size paper. See the Project information sign fact sheet (non-major projects) for more information.


Tools

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


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