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Business Security Camera Program

Funding for businesses to get surveillance cameras.

We are longer accepting applications for the Business Security Camera Program at this time. Applications that were received before May 7, 2020 will be processed.


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 50 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.

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

  • An operating commercial tenant
  • A business that rents, with approval from the 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
  • Estimates from two licensed contractors
  • A letter from the building owner granting permission for the work

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

Completed applications can be emailed or mailed.

Apply for the Business Security Camera Program

After you've determined your eligibility, download, fill out, and submit the program application.