Business & self-employment

Get a Special Inspector License

Service overview

Individuals need this license to perform special inspections. Agencies need a Special Inspections Agency License.

The building code requires special inspections for some construction and demolition projects. Special inspections do not replace inspections performed by the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I).

Special inspectors must work for a special inspection agency. This does not authorize the license holder to operate a business.

Who

Special inspectors can apply for this license.

Requirements

Proof of qualifications

You must submit proof of qualifications for each special inspection category you wish to register for.

Photo identification

2 in. x 2 in., color

Where and when

Online

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.

Cost

Application fee
$20

This fee is nonrefundable and is applied toward the license fee.

License fee
$50

Per category. Maximum fee of $200.

Renewal fee
$50

Per category. Maximum fee of $200.

Payment methods and details

Accepted payment methods

Where Accepted payment
Online through the eCLIPSE application
  • 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.

How

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

Online

1
Upload all required documents.

Applications are reviewed within five business days.

2
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.

Renewal requirements

You must renew this license every three years. You can renew online through eCLIPSE or in person at the Permit and License Center.

To renew your license, you must provide proof of current certification (where required).


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