Permits, violations & licenses

Get a Fireworks Display Permit

Service overview

You need a Fireworks Display Permit to hold an event that uses fireworks or pyrotechnic special effects.

This permit is only valid for a single show. If a show has many performance dates with the same display, it can be considered one event for this permit.

Nonprofessional fireworks do not require this permit. However, they cannot be used:

  • Within 150 ft. of an occupied structure.
  • Under trees or power lines.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) issues this permit.

Who

Professional pyrotechnicians can apply for this permit.

Requirements

Permit application

The dates and times of the event must be listed on the application.

Operator requirements

The operator must have:

Required pre-approvals

You must first get approval from the Philadelphia Fire Department, Fire Code Unit to get this permit.

Where and when

In person

Philadelphia Fire Department
Fire Code Unit
240 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia PA 19123

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Online

You can apply online using eCLIPSE.

Cost

Fee
$362

How

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

In person

1
Get prior approval before applying at the Permit and License Center.

See instructions for getting this approval (PDF) and then visit:

Philadelphia Fire Department
Fire Code Unit
240 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia PA 19123

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

You should bring:

  • A completed Fireworks Display Permit application.
  • Required payment.
  • All other application materials.

The Fire Code Unit will contact you if additional information is needed. 

2
Upon approval, the Fire Code Unit will forward your application to L&I for final processing.

Applications reviewed within 15 calendar days of receipt.

3
Permit will be mailed or emailed to you.

Online

1
Log into your eCLIPSE account and apply for a permit. Upload all required documents and pay the filing fee.

The Commercial Activity License for the pyrotechnics business must be linked to your eCLIPSE account.

2
The application will go to L&I and other city departments for review and approval.

Before a permit can be issued, the contractor must be identified and confirm association with the project.

3
If approved, the applicant will receive notice to pay the balance.

If not approved, the applicant will receive an email stating what is missing or required.

4
Once you are approved, schedule an inspection.

When the contractor is ready to start work, request an inspection through eCLIPSE or by calling (215) 255-4040.

Approval documents will be issued upon successful completion of all required inspections.


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