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City of Philadelphia

Forms of Payment for Licenses and Permits

The Department of Licenses & Inspections accepts multiple forms of payment, which vary slightly with service and mode of transmission:


For online or in-person transactions at the Permit and License Center (1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Municipal Services Building, Public Service Concourse): 
  • Electronic Check (no surcharge) 
  • Credit Card (2.5% surcharge)
In-person transactions at the Cashier’s Station (1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Municipal Services Building, Public Service Concourse):
  • Check* 
  • Money Order 
  • Credit Card
  • Cash
Note: Payment at the Cashier’s Station will result in additional processing time, and the license will not be generated during this visit. All licenses paid through the Cashier’s Station will be mailed with five (5) business days. The Cashier's Station is open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, offices close at Noon on the last Wednesday of each month.

Permits & All Copy Requests:

  • Check* 
  • Money Order

  • Please make all checks/money orders payable to the “City of Philadelphia.”
    • Personal checks are accepted.
    • The individual or company listed on the check must be party to the application.

L&I will not accept the following:

  • Expired Checks: Checks received after the end of the “void after” period
  • Checks or Money Orders dated over one year old
  • Postdated Checks: Checks received before the date listed on the check
  • Starter Checks: Checks with no printed name and address of account holder
  • Checks with mismatched written and numeric amounts
  • Unsigned Checks
  • Checks Missing Depository Information: Bank Name, Dollar Value, Account Number, Date, Payee, etc.

Return Payments:

The City of Philadelphia may take the following action in response to payment returned by a bank:
  • Impose a bank return fee;
  • Revoke the associated permit or license;
  • Require certified payment for future L&I transactions;
  • Refuse additional permits until account is resolved.