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Please note that effective September 5, the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s new address will be One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch St., 18th Floor, Philadelphia PA 19102. The phone number will remain 215-686-2429/2430.

Returned Checks

If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, (1) you authorize The City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20; and (2) The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment. 



The Department of Licenses and Inspections accepts applications for appeals of various violations, refusals, revocations, and denials to the following Boards:

  • Board of Building Standards 
  • Licenses and Inspections (L&I) Review Board
  • Zoning Board of Adjustments 

Appeal applications are accepted by Boards Administration at Room 1130 of the Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard. The Boards are led by either four or five members, who are appointed by the Mayor. Appeals are heard on regularly scheduled dates every month.

While the L&I Review Board appeal process does not require a fee, appeals brought before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) and the Board of Building Standards require payment based upon the matter of the appeal. In some cases, appeals to the ZBA and Board of Building Standards can be accelerated for an additional fee.

Board of Building Standards

The Board of Building Standards is an advisory board that reviews appeals related to building safety and the application of Philadelphia’s Building Code, makes recommendations on regulations and standards to the Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, and reviews new building products for compliance with City safety standards.

Permit appeals must be filed within 30 days of a permit application refusal.

The Board of Building Standards also hears appeals related to structures cited by the Department as being unsafe or imminently dangerous. Appeals related to unsafe or imminently dangerous designations must be filed within five (5) days of the notice. A fee will be required. The fee amount will be determined after filing. 

L&I Review Board

The L&I Review Board hears appeals of property violations issued by the Department of Licenses and Inspections and, in some instances, other city agencies, such as the Water Department and the Art and Historical Commissions. Property owners must appeal within 30 days the initial notice of violation, with no possibility for appeal after a final notice is issued. The L&I Review Board affirms, modifies or reverses the Department's or other agency's decisions on property violations. An attorney is not required for this process. Hearings are heard every other Tuesday at 1:15 on the 18th floor of 1515 Arch St.

The L&I Review Board also hears appeals for firearm permit denials and revocations. Appellants must file an appeal within 30 days of their notice of denial or revocation. An attorney is not required for this process. Firearm permit appeal hearings are held every other Tuesday at 12:00 pm at the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St. Room 408. 

Zoning Board of Adjustment

The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hears and decides appeals on zoning matters, including considering special exceptions and variances. Visit the ZBA page to learn more.

Hearing Locations

Board of Building Standards
1401 JFK Blvd., 16th Floor
L&I Review Board
Code Violations
1515 Arch St, 18th Floor

Gun Permits
1301 Filbert St.
Rm 408
215.686.2427 or 215.686.2428
Zoning Board of Adjustment
1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor
215.686.2429 or 215.686.2430

Property History

To search eCLIPSE for Business Licenses see link above.

For other L&I property history, search HERE.