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City services

This page reports the status and availability of key City services.

Last updated: May 3, 2022

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Access to City services

City buildings City offices are temporarily closed to walk-in or counter services. Some departments are offering services by appointment or online. For details, contact your department of interest.
Public meetings Public meetings have been postponed or moved online. For details, see your department of interest.
Payment centers In-person payments for taxes and water bills are available by appointment only. Learn how to schedule an appointment or pay your bill online.

Trash and recycling

Trash & recycling Trash and recycling collections are delayed in some areas. Set materials out on scheduled day.
Sanitation centers Sanitation centers are operating on a modified schedule. Find a center near you.


Public transit SEPTA service is changing. Visit for the latest alerts and schedules.
Roads Most roads are open as usual. Limited closures may be in place due to street improvements or construction.
Parking Parking is being enforced as usual in most areas. Learn how to apply for a parking permit.

Public health

COVID-19 helpline Call (800) 722-7112 to get answers about COVID-19 from trained health care providers.
COVID-19 testing sites City-run testing sites are open. Find a free COVID-19 test near you.
City health centers City health centers are open for normal hours. Find a health center near you.
Cooling centers City cooling centers only operate during heat health emergencies. Find a cooling center near you.
Mental health and addiction services The hotline is open 24/7. For help, call (866) 723-3014.

Public safety

311 Call 311 to submit a non-emergency service request. If you're outside of Philadelphia, call (215) 686-8686.
Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline The hotline is open 24/7. For help, call (866) 723-3014.
Emergency services The Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Fire Department, Regional EMS, and Office of Emergency Management are operating as usual.
Courts Philadelphia Courts services and proceedings are limited. Find out about the current court operations.
Prisons Friends and family must make an appointment to visit an incarcerated person. Learn more about visiting and make an appointment online.

Food or shelter access

COVID-19 food distribution sites Food distribution sites are open. Find a food distribution site near you.
Homeless services Emergency housing intake centers are open. Find an intake center near you.


Water Regular billing will continue. See the Philadelphia Water Department website for details.
Electric Regular billing will continue. See the PECO website for details.
Gas Regular billing will continue. See the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) website for details.

Licenses and inspections

Applications and payment In-person applications and payment are available by appointment. You can also use eCLIPSE to apply online for permits and licenses.
Construction and inspections Construction projects and inspections are proceeding. Learn more about construction site masking requirements and recommendations.

Recreation and culture

Parks City parks are open. Find a park near you.
Playgrounds City playgrounds are open. Find a playground near you.
Pools City swimming pools are closed.
Recreation centers Recreation centers are open. Find a recreation center near you.
Older adult centers Older adult centers are open. Find an older adult center near you.
Free Library Some Free Library branches are offering limited services. Learn about the library's virtual programs and available services.