Payments, assistance & taxes

Use code enforcement numbers to request a payoff

Every judgment against a person, or lien against a property, is issued a docket number by a court of law. Understanding these docket numbers will help you resolve a specific type of judgment or lien. Municipal Court Code Enforcement (CE) or Statement of Claim (SC) docket numbers contain a two-digit “Code” in the 5th and 6th digits of the judgment number. Use this Code to know:

  • The type of judgment/lien that exists
  • What City agency or department to contact for your payoff request.

Only Municipal Court Code Enforcement judgments contain a two digit code in the docket number.

When submitting a payoff request, you must provide the entire docket number. Below, please find information about how to read a CE docket number, and a list of who to contact based on the two-digit Code.

Parts of a Municipal Court Code Enforcement docket number

Municipal Court Code Enforcement (CE) and Statement of Claim (SC) docket numbers filed by the City’s Law Department Tax Unit start with the letters CE or SC.

The first set of two digits represents the year of filing. The second set of two digits represents the month of filing. The third set of two digits represents the two-digit Code number that is tied to the type of case filed by the City. The fourth, and last, set of digits are assigned in numerical order of filing by the Municipal Court.

For example, in the docket number CE-20-03-XX-0123:

  • 20 represents the year 2020,
  • 03 represents the month of March,
  • XX represents the Code number, and
  • 0123 is the numerical order assigned by the court.

Match judgment/lien numbers to City agencies

You can use the table below to match the Code number found in a Municipal Court CE or SC docket number to the City agency or department that will provide payoff to resolve the judgment.  This table also provides contact information to resolve Court of Common Pleas (“CCP”) liens/judgments and other Municipal liens.

Note: For properties with Real Estate Tax delinquency, every individual tax year has a 15-digit lien number containing the capital letter “R” in the middle. For more information about Real Estate Tax lien numbers, see our Real Estate Tax balance website.

Court or type of Municipal judgment / lien Judgment / lien covers Send request to: Instructions
CE Code 60, 73, 75,76, 77 and CCP self-assessed Tax Liens Business taxes amountdue@phila.gov In the subject line of the payoff email include the address of the property being sold or refinanced along with the defendant’s name. Specify if it is an “initial request”, “updated request”, “status of request” or “additional information.” For initial requests, provide all judgment numbers and/or a copy of the title report.
CE Code 74 and CCP School District liens Use & Occupancy Tax james.warkulwiz@phila.gov
CE Code 70 Business taxes Fax (215) 288-2255, or
Call (215) 288-6800
These payoff requests are processed by the Revenue Collection Bureau (RCB)
SC Code 71 Real Estate Tax carmen.sanchez@phila.gov, lisa.bender@phila.gov, and Katima.smith@phila.gov Please include all three addresses when sending an email to ensure a response.
SC Code 81 Real Estate Tax Call (215) 735-1910 These payoff requests are processed by Goehring, Rutter & Boehm (GRB)
Delinquent Real Estate tax accounts served by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson Real Estate Tax Call (215) 790-1117 or (866) 209-2747 These payoff requests are processed by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson (LBR)
CE Code 72 and CCP “LN” or “W” liens Water WaterAmountDue@phila.gov Send all water payoff requests using the Water Payoff form (please request form if needed). This form must be prepared in Adobe format (do not handwrite) and sent via email.
CE Code 82 Water revenue Fax (215) 288-2255, or
Call (215) 288-6800
These payoff requests are processed by the Revenue Collection Bureau (RCB)
CE Code 32 or 36 L&I and Department of Health code violations LawCodeEnforce@phila.gov In the subject line of the payoff email include the full docket number along with the defendant’s name. The email must also include the property address(es) covered by the violation, the relationship to the named defendant, and a contact mailing address and email address.
For questions, call (215) 683-5110.
CE Code 33 Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA) Send tax to Karen Pugh: (215) 686-1578, or mail:
Department of Finance
P.O. Box 56318
Philadelphia, PA 19130
During COVID-19 closure, requests are being handled temporarily by emailing: eileen.obrien@phila.gov.
Please allow at least 7 to 10 business days for the payoff. Questions, please call: (215) 686-1587.
SCE Municipal liens (do not have a Code number) Refuse (trash) fees SolidResources@phila.gov, or fax (215) 686-6533.
You may also visit the office in person:
1401 JFK Blvd.
Concourse level
Refuse Collection unit
All other questions must be sent by email to SolidResources@phila.gov

For questions, please call (215) 686-5090

Agency Receivable lien (do not have a Code number) Nuisance Liens or Agency Receivables agency.receivables@phila.gov For questions, please call (215) 686-6648 or (215) 686-2670.

Other kinds of judgments or liens

Lien or judgment type Judgment / lien covers Send request to: Instructions
PGW CCP liens Gas Fax requests to (215) 684-6150, or call (215) 978-1053. Temporarily during the COVID-19 closure, please send all PGW lien payoff requests to: michael.williams@pgworks.com and pamela.thompson@pgworks.com.
CCP Traffic Court judgments Fax request to (215) 686-1628 You must use company letterhead, and include the defendant’s date of birth, full Social Security Number, and list any/all traffic court judgments docket numbers.
For questions, call (215) 686-1627.
CCP liens for Fines, Costs and/or Restitution James.Jordan@courts.phila.gov or S.Olszewski@courts.phila.gov. You must include the judgment docket number, the defendant’s date of birth, and the last four digits of the defendant’s Social Security Number.

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