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.
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.
Effective January 1, 2021, 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 that subcontractor starting work.
Refer to the how-to guide for step-by-step instructions to do this in eCLIPSE.
The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) offers a number of tools to help contractors do business in the City.