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Business Security Camera Program

Funding for businesses to get surveillance cameras.


The Business Security Camera Program encourages businesses to install external cameras on commercial properties. The program seeks to increase safety for shoppers, residents, and employees.

Participants can receive:

  • Up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs.
  • Up to $3,000 for a single commercial property.

Businesses who use the program must register their cameras with the Philadelphia Police Department.

This allows the police to contact the business to view footage in case of a crime. Registering your cameras on SafeCam take only a few minutes and it does not provide anyone with direct access to your cameras or video.

The Business Security Camera Program is a program of the Department of Commerce.


Business Security Camera Program
1515 Arch St., 12th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Process and eligibility

Who is eligible to apply

  • Businesses that own the building property
  • Businesses that rent the building property, and have approval from the property owner

To apply, businesses must be registered and licensed with the City of Philadelphia. You must also be current with all City taxes.

What you need to apply

  • Photos showing where you would locate the cameras
  • At least one estimate from a licensed contractor (a second estimate is recommended)
  • If you rent the building property, a letter from the building owner granting permission for the work

Do not begin work until you have received written approval from the City.

Apply for the Business Security Camera Program

After you’ve determined your eligibility and gathered what you need to apply, submit your application online.