Payments, assistance & taxes

Pay for work done by the City on your property

Property owners are responsible for the upkeep of their indoor and outdoor spaces under Philadelphia’s Building Construction and Occupancy Code. The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) will sometimes perform work on properties when owners fail to meet this responsibility, and usually after receiving complaints from neighbors.

When L&I or its contractors perform this kind of work on a property, they bill the owner(s) for that service. If the bill is left unpaid, a lien may be entered against the property. To avoid higher fees, and even the sale of the property, owners must settle the debt.

Why you received a bill

L&I sends out bills for work it did on private property that didn’t meet minimum health, safety, and maintenance standards.

Examples of work performed include:

  • Removal of rubbish, garbage, and hazardous materials
  • Cleaning vacant lots, and cutting high weeds and plant growth
  • Sealing up vacant buildings, and demolishing unsafe structures

Owners may appeal to the Tax Review Board within 60 days of the original bill date. When the bill is not paid within 30 days, the outstanding balance is sent to the Department of Revenue for collection, and a lien is entered against the property. Then the Department of Revenue begins trying to collect that debt.

Information to look for on the bill

A bill contains the words “Delinquent Account Notice” in a box under the Department of Revenue letterhead. It gives the address where the work was done, and the balance due.

The detachable portion of the bill has:

  • The name of the person or business that owns the property; and
  • An Office of Property Assessment (OPA) number; and
  • A 10-digit Notice Number.

The reverse side of the bill provides a description of the work done on a property, and the date it was performed.

It should look like this sample bill.

How to pay

Bills can be paid in cash, by check, money order, or other certified funds.

Pay in person

City of Philadelphia
Municipal Services Building
Agency Receivables Unit
Concourse Level, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pay by mail

City of Philadelphia
Agency Receivables Unit
P.O. Box 1288
Philadelphia, PA 19102

If paying by mail, please include the bill’s return portion in the envelope that was provided. Write the bill’s Notice Number on your check.