Business licenses, permits, and approvals Find out how to get the licenses, permits, and approvals you need to run your business. Food businesses Information on the City's permits and approvals for food businesses, including restaurants, food trucks, and others. Vending and street sales How to get licenses and approvals to sell goods on the street in Philadelphia. Child care facilities Learn about the inspections and approvals you'll need to run a child care facility. Real estate How to get licenses related to real estate in Philadelphia. Dumpsters How to get licenses for dumpsters in Philadelphia. Entertainment business How to get licenses for an entertainment business in Philadelphia. Automotive business How to get licenses for an automotive business in Philadelphia. Other businesses How to get licenses for other businesses in Philadelphia, including pawn shops, precious metal dealers, and more. Get a Commercial Activity License How to get a license to do business in Philadelphia. Get an Activity License Number How to get a license number for non-commercial activity in the City.