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Activity License Number, get an

How to get a license number for non-commercial activity in the City.

Amusement License, get a

How to get a license to hold amusement events like carnivals and performances.

Antenna Permit, get a

How to get a building permit to install antennas.

Apply for a permit

Learn how to apply for the permits you need for your activity or project.

Auto Repair Shop License, get a

How to get a license to operate a business where you repair vehicles.

Auto Wrecking Yard and Tire Storage License, get a

How to get a license to operate an area where vehicles are wrecked or salvaged.

Automotive business

How to get licenses for an automotive business in Philadelphia.

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Bingo License, get a

How to get a license to host a bingo game.

Board of Building Standards, appeal to

How to file an appeal to the Board of Building Standards

Board of Licenses and Inspections Review, appeal to the

How to appeal a violation, permit, or notice to the Board of License and Inspection Review.

Building Permit, get a

How to get a permit for an interior or exterior construction project.

Building and repair

How to get permits and approvals to do building and repair.

Building permit for a tank to store hazardous materials, get a

How to get a permit to install or remove hazardous material tanks.

Building permit to install signs, get a

How to get a building permit for an interior or exterior sign.

Business licenses, permits, and approvals

Find out how to get the licenses, permits, and approvals you need to run your business.

Businesses, support for

Resources that provide guidance and financial assistance for businesses.

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Carnival License, get a

How nonprofits can get a license to hold amusement events.

Certificate of Occupancy, get a

How to get a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for a building, tenant space, or place of business.

Certificate of Rental Suitability, get a

How to get a certificate needed to rent out a property in Philadelphia.

Certificate, get a

Property owners in Philadelphia need certain certifications to rent, occupy, or sell property.

Child Care Facility License, get a

How to get a license to operate a family child care facility.

Child care facilities

Learn about the inspections and approvals you'll need to run a child care facility.

Circular-free property decal, request a

Get a decal to prohibit businesses from leaving circulars or ads on your property.

City building codes

A summary of City building codes, and a link to the complete code.

Commercial Activity License, get a

How to get a license to do business in Philadelphia.

Complete Demolition Permit, get a

Get a permit to completely demolish an existing building or structure.

Construction Dumpster License, get a

How to get a license for dumpsters that are leased for construction projects.

Contractor License, get a

How to get a license for a company to do work involving construction, demolition, or repair.

Contractor, find a licensed

How to find contractors that have the required licenses and permits for a construction project.

Copy of a license, permit, or violation, get a

How to get a copy of a license, permit, or violation.

Curb Market Vendor License, get a

How to get a license to operate a curbside business in a non-permanent structure in the Italian Market.

Curb Setter License, get a

How to get a license to work on curbs and sidewalks.

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Demolition Contractor License, get a

How to get a license to do demolition work.

Dispute or appeal a decision

Find out how you can dispute tickets or fines and make appeals.

Dumpster License Private or Right-of-Way, get a

How to get a license to place a dumpster on private property or in the public right-of-way.

Dumpsters

How to get licenses for dumpsters in Philadelphia.

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Electrical Contractor License, get a

How to get a license to do electrical work in Philadelphia.

Electrical Inspection Agency License, get a

How to get a license to operate an electrical inspection agency.

Electrical Inspector's License, get an

How to get a license to inspect electrical work.

Electrical Permit, get an

How to get a permit for work on electrical systems or equipment.

Engineer License, get a

How to get a license to work as an engineer.

Entertainment business

How to get licenses for an entertainment business in Philadelphia.

Expediter's License, get an

How to get a license to do business as an expediter.

eCLIPSE as a design professional or attorney of record, register in

How to register as a design professional of record or attorney (architect or engineer) so that you can file applications with L&I.

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Fence Permit, get a

How to get zoning and building permits to put up fencing on your property.

Fire Alarm Inspector's License, get a

How to get a license to work as a fire alarm inspector.

Fire Suppression Permit, get a

How to get a permit for work on fire suppression systems.

Fire Suppression Systems Apprentice License, get a

How to get a license to work as an apprentice on fire suppression systems.

Fire Suppression Systems Contractor License, get a

How to get a license to work on fire suppression systems.

Fire Suppression Systems Worker License, get a

How to get a license to work on fire suppression systems.

Fireworks Display Permit, get a

How to get a permit for a fireworks display.

Floodplain, get approval for construction in the

All construction projects in the floodplain have special approval requirements.

Food Establishment Retail, Non-Permanent Location License, get a

How to get a license to run a mobile retail food business, such as a food truck or movable stand.

Food Establishment Retail, Permanent Location License, get a

How to get a license to sell food at a grocery, drug store, or market.

Food Manufacturer License, get a

How to get a license to manufacture, process, or wholesale food.

Food Preparation and Serving License, get a

How to get a license to prepare or serve food to the public.

Food businesses

Information on the City's permits and approvals for food businesses, including restaurants, food trucks, and others.

Foundation-only permit, get a

Get a permit to build foundations without other building permits.

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Get a license

Find out how to get the licenses you need to run your business, practice a trade, and more.

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Handbill Distribution License, get a

How to get a license to hand out flyers, circulars, or other paper advertisements.

Hazardous Materials License, get a

How to get a license to sell, transport, or store hazardous materials.

High-Rise License, get a

How to get a license to own a high-rise.

Home Inspector's License, get a

How to get a license to perform home inspections.

Honor Box License, get a

How to get a license to sell or distribute newspapers from an unattended point-of-sale.

Hot Work License, get a

How to get a license to do work that produces a spark or flame.

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Journeyman Plumber License, get a

How to get a license to do plumbing work as a journeyman.

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Lawful Occupancy Sign, get a

How to get a Lawful Occupancy Sign (LO) for all or part of a building.

Licensed contractor, find a

Find a licensed contractor for your building project.

Limited Engagement Small Games of Chance License, get a

How to get a license to hold small games of chance, three times or fewer.

Location and zoning information, find

Information about zoning in the City of Philadelphia.

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Make Safe Permit for a dangerous building, get a

How to get a permit to fix a structure marked as unsafe or imminently dangerous.

Master Plumber's License, get a

How to get a license to do work as a Registered Master Plumber.

Mechanical Permit, get a

Get a permit for work on HVAC systems, ductwork, and other regulated equipment or appliances.

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Newsstand License, get a

How to get a license to operate a newsstand.

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Other businesses

How to get licenses for other businesses in Philadelphia, including pawn shops, precious metal dealers, and more.

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PA Home Improvement Contractor to get construction permits, submit as a

How to submit your PA Home Improvement Registration to the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Pawn Shop License, get a

How to get a license to operate a pawn shop.

Pay a fine or ticket

Find out about payment options for your fine, ticket, or violation notice.

Permit application, track a

Track a permit application made through the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I).

Permit or violation, appeal an L&I

How to appeal a violation, permit, or notice issued by the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I).

Permits without plans (EZ permits), get

Get a permit for construction or renovation without submitting plans.

Plumber Apprentice License, get a

How to get a license to work as a plumber apprentice.

Plumbing Permit, get a

How to get a permit to install or alter plumbing.

Precious Metal Deal License, get a

How to get a license to sell or appraise precious metals.

Problem with a building, lot, or street, report a

Report a dangerous building, lot, or street issue to the City.

Property Sales Certification, get a

How to get the Property Sales Certificate that the seller of a property must give to the buyer when the property is sold.

Property history and business license information, search for

Search for information on a property's trade licenses, violations, and permits or search for business license information.

Public Garage or Lot License, get a

How to get a license to operate a public garage or lot.

Pushcart Vendor License, get a

How to get a license to sell products from a wagon, handcart, or pushcart.

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Real estate

How to get licenses related to real estate in Philadelphia.

Rent or sell property

Information on the City's rules and permits for renting, or selling property.

Rent your property

Landlords must follow certain requirements to rent property in Philadelphia.

Rental License, get a

How to get a license to rent out a property.

Request a preliminary review of construction projects

Get a preliminary review of plans for construction projects.

Retaining wall, get a

How to get a permit to build a retaining wall.

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Scales and Scanner License, get a

How to get a license to use a scale or electronic scanner at your business.

Sheet Metal Apprentice License, get a

How to get a license to work as a sheet metal apprentice.

Sheet Metal Technician License, get a

How to get a license to work as a sheet metal technician.

Short-term property rental

Property owners must follow certain requirements to rent their property short-term (such as on Airbnb).

Sidewalk / Shelter Platform Permit, get a

How to get a permit to install sidewalk protection.

Sidewalk Cafe License, get a

How to get a license to operate a sidewalk cafe.

Sidewalk Sales License, get a

How to get a license to sell products from a sidewalk stand.

Site Work Permit, get a

How to get a permit for site work, not including foundations or building construction.

Small Games of Chance License, get a

How to get a license to run small games of chance.

Solar Panel Permit, get a

How to get an electrical permit to install solar panels.

Special Assembly Occupancy License, get a

How to get a license for a large gathering place that offers dancing, live music, or similar entertainment.

Special Inspection Agency License, get a

How to get a license to operate a special inspection agency.

Special Inspector License, get a

How to get a license to perform special inspections.

Special Permit License, get a

How to get a license to hold a small game of chance with a prize over $2000

Special vending districts, get a license to sell goods in

How to get a license to sell goods on the sidewalk or from a vehicle in certain areas in the city.

Starting a business

Find the information and licenses you need to start a business.

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Temporary Occupancy Permit, get a

Get a permit to temporarily occupy a building for a special event.

Tent Permit, get a

How to get a permit for a large, temporary tent or canopy.

Tow Company License, get a

How to get a license to operate a towing company.

Trade licenses

Get a license to do trade work in Philadelphia.

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Unlicensed contractor or unpermitted work, report

Report unlicensed contractors and unpermitted work to 311 and the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I).

Use eCLIPSE to apply for licenses

How to use eCLIPSE to get or renew licenses, permits, and certificates.

Use of Explosives Permit, get a

How to get a permit to use explosives in blasting operations.

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Vacant Commercial Property License, get a

How to get a license for a vacant commercial property.

Vacant Residential Property License, get a

How to get a license for your vacant residential lot or property.

Vending and street sales

How to get licenses and approvals to sell goods on the street in Philadelphia.

Vendor Motor Vehicle License, get a

How to get a license to sell products from a vehicle, such as a food truck.

Vendor-on-Foot License, get a

How to get a license to sell goods on foot.

Vendors, for

Information and resources for vendors doing business with the City.

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Zoning Permit, get a

Get zoning approval to modify a property or change its use.

Zoning approval for new construction and additions, get

How to get a zoning permit for new construction and additions.

Zoning approval for parking, get

How to create, change, or remove off-street parking spaces on a lot or in a garage.

Zoning approval for signs, get

Get zoning approval to install signs.

Zoning approval to adjust property lot lines, get

How to get zoning approval to adjust property lines.

Zoning approval to change the use of a property, get

How to get a zoning permit to change the use of a property.

Zoning permit, get a

How to get zoning permits in Philadelphia.

Zoning permits

How to get zoning permits in Philadelphia.


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