Business & self-employment

Get a Fire Alarm Inspector’s License

Service overview

You need this license to inspect, test, or certify fire alarm systems in Philadelphia. If you are a licensed electrical contractor, you do not need a Fire Alarm Inspector’s License to do this work.

Each inspector at a company must have their own license.


Individuals who inspect, test, and certify fire alarm systems can apply for this license.


Other licenses and registrations

Proof of experience and qualifications

You must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • NICET Alternative: Submit a National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) certificate at Level II or higher in the fire alarms sub-field of Fire Protection Engineering Technology.
  • Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL) Alternative: The company where the applicant is principal or designee must be listed with UL in one of the two following categories of Protective Signaling Services:
    • Central Station Service (UUFX) as a “Full Service Company” or “Fire Alarm Service — Local Company”
    • Local, Auxiliary, Remote Station, and Proprietary Service (UUJS)
  • Professional Engineer Alternative: You must be a professional engineer registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Provide a signed and sealed statement with qualifications in the field of fire alarm systems.

Proof of employment

If you are not self-employed, submit a statement of current or prospective employment. This statement must be on company letterhead and signed by the employer.

Photo identification

  • 2 in. x 2 in., color

Tax compliance

The company must be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.

Where and when


Use the eCLIPSE system.

In person

Permit and License Center
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
MSB, Public Service Concourse
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Office closes at noon on the last Wednesday of each month.


License fee

A non-refundable application fee of $100 is applied to the license fee. The balance of the license fee is due once your application is approved.

Renewal fee

Payment methods and details

Accepted payment methods

Where Accepted payment
Online through the eCLIPSE application

(There is a $200,000 limit for online payments.)

  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.5% surcharge)
In person at the Permit and License Center in the Municipal Services Building
  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.5% surcharge)
In person at the Cashier’s Station in the Municipal Services Building

(Items paid at the Cashier’s Station will be mailed within five business days.)

  • Check
  • Money order
  • Credit card (+2% surcharge)
  • Cash

Checks and money orders

Check requirements
  • Make all checks and money orders payable to the “City of Philadelphia.”
  • The individual or company listed on the check must be listed on the application.
  • Personal checks are accepted.
  • Checks and money orders must have issue dates within 12 months of the transaction.
Reasons your check may be rejected

L&I will not accept checks that are missing depository information or are:

  • Unsigned.
  • Expired.
  • Post-dated.
  • Starter checks without account info.

Returned payment policy

If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds:

  1. You authorize the City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20.
  2. The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.


You can apply for this license online using eCLIPSE or in person at the Permit and License Center. 


Upload all required documents.

Applications are reviewed within five business days.

If the application is approved, you will receive a notice to pay the balance.

If the application isn’t approved, you will receive an email stating what is missing or required.

In person

Visit the Permit and License Center.

L&I can review most applications while you wait.

L&I will either issue your permit or request more information.

Renewal requirements

This license must be renewed annually. You can renew online through eCLIPSE or in person at the Permit and License Center.

To renew your license, you must:

  • Be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.
  • Have current NICET certification on file with L&I, if applicable.

Forms & instructions