You need this building permit to install or remove hazardous material tanks.
Storage tanks must follow PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) regulations.
The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) issues this permit.
Any property owner or their authorized agent can apply for this permit. Authorized agents may include:
- Design professionals.
- Licensed expediters.
Application must include the complete scope of work and current owner information
- If the property was recently sold, submit a copy of the settlement sheet or deed with the application.
- You must apply for all permits under the legal address established by the Office of Property Assessment (OPA).
A licensed contractor must perform all work. The contractor must:
- Have an active license.
- Be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.
- Have current insurance on file with L&I.
If the tank is regulated by the PA DEP, the contractor must have a DEP Company Certification in the applicable category.
If your application requires plans, they must follow plan requirements.
- Plans must be drawn to scale on a sheet that is at least 18 in. by 24 in.
- Plans submitted electronically must follow the ePlan Standards.
- If the application is submitted in person, include three copies of plans.
- If the works costs more than $25,000, plans must be sealed by a PA-licensed engineer.
- The plan must include:
- Project address
- Site dimensions and location of tank
- Tank installation details
- Tank venting, fill points, and overflow protection
- Vehicle impact protection (if applicable)
- Surface restoration details for underground tanks
- Storage capacity of tank
- Material being stored
Forms and other documents
You may need:
- Application for Accelerated Review (optional)
- Structural Design Criteria form: For construction of any incidental structural support system
- Special Inspections documentation (if applicable)
- Duties & Responsibilities Agreement signed by all parties
- Statement of Special Inspections Schedule with categories and frequency selected
- Name of licensed Special Inspection Agency qualified for all inspection categories
- Tanks in the floodplain
- Flood protection forms
- Buoyancy calculations and hold-down specifications
A separate Zoning Permit required for:
- Tanks located in the 100-year floodplain
- Above-ground tanks that are larger than 6 ft. by 6 ft. by 6 ft.
- Above-ground tanks located within a front setback required by the Zoning Code
For historic properties
You need approval from
The Historical Commission
You must have this approval in order to apply. L&I will refuse your permit application without Historical Commission approval. See how to get approval for work to a historic property.
You’ll need your plans with stamped approval from the Historical Commission before you make your application at the Permit and License Center in the MSB.
Submit your stamped plan as proof of approval when making your application.
For encroachments on the right-of-way
You need approval from
The Department of Streets
You’ll need to complete a Streets plan review. Find Streets plan review requirements and applicable forms for more information.
You’ll need your plan with stamped approval from Department of Streets before you make your application to L&I.
Once approved, submit your stamped plan with your other application materials when submitting in person at the Permit and License Center in the MSB.
For earth disturbance of 5,000 sq. ft. or more
You need approval from
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) – Stormwater Management
To get stormwater management review, submit an ERSA Application at www.pwdplanreview.org.
Refer to the Philadelphia Stormwater Management Guidance Manual for more information.
Submit all required materials directly to PWD before filing your permit application.
Then, fill out and submit your permit application at Permit and License Center in the MSB.
Where and when
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.
Fee types that may apply
- Sites containing one-and-two-family dwellings: $25
- All other sites: $100
This fee is nonrefundable and is applied towards the final permit fee.
- Per tank: $125
- Per tank for one-or-two-family dwellings: $55
- City surcharge: $3 per permit
- State surcharge: $4.50 per permit
Record retention fee
- Per page larger than 8.5 in. x 14 in.: $4
Accelerated Plan Review fee (optional)
Applications for new construction that include plans are eligible for expedited review. Accelerated applications are reviewed within 5–10 business days.
- Fee: $540
- If your plans require more than four hours to review, you will be charged an additional fee of $135 per hour.
To apply, fill out an Accelerated Plan Review application and submit with your permit application. Amount must be paid when you submit your application and will not be credited toward your final permit fee.
Payment methods and details
Accepted payment methods
|Online through the eCLIPSE application||
|In person at the Permit and License Center in the Municipal Services Building||
|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.)
Checks and money orders
- 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:
- Starter checks without account info
Returned payment policy
If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds:
- 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.
- The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.
You can apply for this permit in person at the Permit and License Center.
- Application must be made by a licensed contractor or include a signed statement on the contractor’s letterhead verifying involvement with the project.
- Applications for tank removal will be reviewed while you wait.
- Applications with plans are processed within 20 business days.
- The applicant can accelerate the application for an additional fee. Accelerated applications are reviewed within 5-10 business days.
Contact your local inspection office when the contractor is ready to start work. The contact information and required inspections will be noted on your permit.
A Certificate of Approval will be issued upon successful completion of all required inspections.