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.
Professional pyrotechnicians can apply for this permit.
The dates and times of the event must be listed on the application.
The operator must have:
- Business Income and Receipts Tax ID.
- Commercial Activity License.
- Current certificate of insurance with general liability coverage, minimum $1,000,000.
You must first get approval from the Philadelphia Fire Department, Fire Code Unit to get this permit.
Where and when
You can apply online using eCLIPSE.
You can apply for this permit online using eCLIPSE.
The Commercial Activity License for the pyrotechnics business must be linked to your eCLIPSE account.
Applications are processed within 10 business days.
Before a permit can be issued, the contractor must be identified and confirm association with the project.
If not approved, the applicant will receive an email stating what is missing or required.
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.