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Amended Permit Process
A work must comply with the conditions of the approved permit. Significant deviations impact the conditions of approval and must be resubmitted for review through an amended permit process.
Read the Latest Issue of the L&I e-Newsletter
Earlier today, L&I sent the August 2018 issue of its e-newsletter to almost 1,400 subscribers. The newsletter shares the latest changes and updates for permits, licenses, codes, and the eCLIPSE project.

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To stay up-to-date on permit or license changes, L&I Resources is a 'resourceful' page of valuable information about code or process changes, in addition to Zoning Legislation and links to other City Departments whose changes may also affect a permit or a license. Be sure to bookmark L&I Resources for quick reference in the future!
We Need Your Input!
As part of the feedback we received from previous focus group sessions, permit application checklists are being developed. For maximum transparency, the checklists are based upon those used by L&I examination staff, and are intended to assist you in preparing your permit application(s).

But first... we need your input! Please review the Commercial Building Checklist, then provide feedback on the checklist's usability and usefulness by Friday, September 7, 2018.
Updates to Rough-In Permits
L&I is now authorized to allow rough work to begin prior to full permit issuance. The Rough-In Fact Sheet clarifies the conditions and limitations of current rough-in approvals.
Requesting Building Plans
Current property owners requesting plans for work performed after 2004 may request copies of the building files. The Building Plan Request Form includes details about the request process and requirements. 

As a reminder, zoning plans are available on Atlas.
New EZ Sign Standards
New EZ Sign Standards have been established for Zoning and Building:
  • Updates to the EZ Sign Standard for Building will allow for sign installation to an existing building without submitting plans by specific meeting conditions and limitations. 
New Excavation Protection Requirements
New requirements have been enacted to protect buildings and public ways against adjacent excavations. Effective October 1, 2018, all submitted building permit applications involving excavation must address the protection of adjacent building and public ways in accordance with Code Bulletin B-0503-R1.

Requirements include the following:
  • Protection of public ways adjacent to a proposed excavation must be described in permit application; 
  • Excavations deeper than 12’ and within proximity to public way, as described in the Code Bulletin, require sheeting and shoring plans sealed by a PA professional engineer; 
  • Protections for excavations 12’ or less in depth must be described in a soils investigation report. The engineer is responsible to verify adequate installation.
Wall Bracing Plan Requirements
Effective May 1, 2018, all applications for wood framing systems must include a separate wall bracing plan. Learn more about the wall bracing plan requirements.
Changes to the Sewer Connection Process
The Sewer Connection Process is changing. The Philadelphia Water Department will start enforcing new sewer connection regulations on October 1, 2017.
Special Inspections & Special Inspector Registration
Effective January 1, 2018, all new building permit applications requiring Special Inspections must include the identification of a registered special inspection agency.
Building Permit Standards Signs
A completed Building Permit Application is required for Wall Signs, Awnings, Projecting Signs, or Free-Standing Signs.
Permit and License Fee Increase
Permit, license, and appeal fee increases become effective on July 1, 2017. The new fee schedule will apply to all new applications made and license renewal periods beginning on or after this date.
Safer Philly Fire Escapes – How You Can Help
Where are Philly's Fire Escapes?
Help Keep Philly Safe with a Few Easy Clicks

The City is mapping the location of fire escapes so we can check whether they've had a safety inspection and we can't do it without you! Please help by filling out this form.
Partners in Housing Supplement: Protect Against Lead in Water
Partners in Housing Supplement: Protect Against Lead in Water. Download supplement.
EZ Masonry Facade Permit Standards
L&I's EZ Masonry Facade Permit Standards Effective 3/1/2017.
Download Standards.
Temple University Special Vending District
The Vending Unit is now accepting applications for the waiting list for Temple University Special Vending District. You can drop off the attached application at the Vending Unit Office on the 11th Floor of the Municipal Services Bldg., 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Changes to Building Demolition Requirements Effective 1/3/17
Click here for more information.
Landlord Lead Paint Responsiblity
Philadelphia’s Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law requires landlords to ensure that rental properties are Lead Safe or Lead Free if:

1. The property was built before 1978; and
2. Any new occupant is aged six years or under

Before a lease is signed the landlord must provide the tenant with a current certificate indicating that the property is Lead Safe or Lead Free, based on an inspection of the home and dust wipe samples. Only state-licensed inspectors and EPA-certified dust wipe technicians can provide these certifications. The tenant must sign the certification and then the landlord must send the signed copy, along with the dust wipe test results, to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

When signing an application for a new or renewed rental license, property owners are now required to indicate they are in compliance with this law. For more information, copies of the law, guidance for landlords, sample certificates, and more, go to:
Inspection report Requirements for Digital Display Signage
Digital Display Signage Inspection Requirements. Download.
Zoning Legislation Table
The Zoning Legislation Table summarizes recent legislative action impacting Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code. For the most current changes, please visit City Council’s website,
Permit Requirements for Remediation of Structurally Unsafe Building Conditions
Download Requirements.
L&I uses technology to help prevent buildings from collapsing
Click here  to read the article.
L&I’s OSHA 10 and 30 training requirements
Click here  for information on programs that satisfy L&I’s OSHA 10 and 30 training requirements, as well as a list of authorized training resources.

Permit Extensions – Updated Information
Permit Extensions – Updated Information
Permit and Board Approval Extensions Authorized by PA Act 46 of 2010 as modified by Act 87 of 2012.  UPDATED INFORMATION
Changes to Expediter Submissions Effective 3/7/16
Click here  for more information.
Immigration Assistance Providers
Click here for important information about Immigration Assistance Providers. For a copy of the associated registration form, please visit the ‘Licenses’ section of this website.
Prohibited Vending Locations and Special Vending Districts Map
The Vending / Sidewalk Sales map is a visualization of prohibited vending locations and Special Vending Districts within Philadelphia, as mandated by The City of Philadelphia City Code sections 9-204, 9-205 and 9-206. This map eliminates the need to read through the unordered City Code Charter sections and it conveniently summarizes the verbose physical space descriptions contained in the City Charter.

The following areas are detailed in this map.

Prohibited Streets represent street segments where sidewalk sales or vending is prohibited. Click on a prohibited street to receive a pop-up containing information about which sides of the street vending is prohibited, which code section the prohibited street segment represents and a description of the prohibited vending area.

Prohibited Areas depict geographical areas where vending is prohibited. Click on a prohibited Area to receive a pop-up containing information about the prohibited vending area, which code section describes the prohibited area and a description of the prohibited area.

Special Vending Districts are areas where vending & sidewalk sales are prohibited without special permission from The City of Philadelphia. Vendor’s can occasionally vend in special vending districts but not without city approval. To potentially be granted permission to vend within Special Vending Districts, contact the Department of Licenses and Inspections Vending Unit by calling 311 (215-686-8686).

Click here for the Prohibited Vending Locations and Special Vending Districts Map.