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Register with the City of Philadelphia

Many professionals, and their employers, are responsible for registering with the City of Philadelphia by obtaining licenses to conduct business operations and perform construction operations. If you already know which license you need, please select it from the list on the right-hand side of this page. Click here for a catalog of licenses issued by Licenses + Inspections. Here you can search for the license or permit you need, or access helpful guides applicable to all businesses as well as your specific business type. You can also find information on State and Federal regulations, incentives and city taxes.

Obtaining and Renewing Licenses Online
Licenses can be obtained or renewed online  using eCLIPSE, Licenses + Inspections Electronic Commercial Licensing, Inspection and Permit Services Enterprise System.

You will need to be prepared to perform the following steps in order to obtain or renew licenses online using eCLIPSE:

  • Register online as a user of eCLIPSE using an email account
  • Associate an Activity License with your eCLIPSE account to manage all new and existing business license activity and make new trade license application
  • Associate an existing trade license to manage license activity, including renewal. You will need the online identifier provided on your next trade license renewal invoice.
  • Make a payment
    • Pay online using a credit card or checking account;
    • OR
    • Pay In Person by bringing an invoice and payment (e.g. cash, check, or money order) to the Revenue Department

Ready to go?
Click here to register for an eCLIPSE account and renew your license online. 

Permits & Certificates
Permits or certificates may also be required for certain activities, especially for construction. See our section on Permits and Certificates for more detail or browse our catalog of permits and certificates.

All Businesses
Commercial Activity License

Residential Property-Based Businesses
Vacant Property
High Rise
Private Dumpster                

Contractor License
Curb Setter License
Demolition Contractor License
Electrical Contractor License
Electrical Inspector License
Electrical Inspection Agency License
Engineer License
Expediter License
Fire Alarm Systems Inspector License
Fire Suppression Systems Apprentice
Fire Suppression System Worker
Fire Suppression System Contractor License
Home Inspection License
Plumber (Apprentice) License
Plumber (Journeyman) License
Plumber (Master) License
Sheet Metal (Apprentice) License
Sheet Metal (Technician) License
Special Inspector License
Special Inspection Agency License

Commercial Property-Based Businesses
Parking Lot/Garage
Motor Vehicle Repair
Special Assembly Occupancy
Vacant Commercial
Auto Wrecking/Junk Yard
High Rise
Private Dumpster

Food Businesses
Food Preparing and Serving, Caterer
Food Establishment (Retail, Non-Perm.)
Food Establishment (Retail, Perm Loc, up to 5,000 Sq. Ft.)
Food Establishment (Retail, Perm Loc, over 5,000 Sq. Ft.)
Food Manufacturer, Wholesale Processed
Food Preparing and Serving (up to 29 seats)
Food Preparing and Serving (more than 29 seats)

Vending Businesses
Neighborhood Vending District
Center City Vendor
Pushcart Vendor
Sidewalk Sales
Special Vending
Motor Vehicle
Foot Vendor

Additional Right-of-Way-Based Businesses
Curb Market
Sidewalk Café
Hand Bill
Honor Box
Outdoor Advertising Sign

Retail Businesses
Pawn Shop
Precious Metal Dealer
Scales and Scanners

Entertainment Businesses
Special Assembly Occupancy
Bingo Hall
Limited Occasion
Small Games of Chance

Child Care
Hazardous Materials
Immigration Assistance Provider
Public Dumpster
Construction Dumpster

Property History

To search eCLIPSE for Business Licenses see link above.

For other L&I property history, search HERE.