Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 to 7:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16

Permits, violations & licenses

Get a building permit

You must get a building permit before you start a project that:

  • Enlarges or adds to an existing structure.
  • Repairs or changes an existing structure.
  • Demolishes a structure.
  • Installs equipment or systems in a structure.
  • Constructs a new building.

Plumbing and electrical permits may also be needed.

Get information on how to apply for a building permit here:

To check the status of a permit:

Learn about the Philadelphia building and zoning codes: 


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