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Permits, violations & licenses

Get a Use of Explosives Permit

Service overview

This permit is required to use explosives in blasting operations.

You must file a separate permit application for demolition.

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


Contractors working on explosive excavations and structural implosion, such as tearing down buildings.



Forms and documents

Approvals from other departments or agencies

Your application will be circulated to multiple agencies for approval, including:

Where and when

Submission deadline

Building demolition: Submit applications at least 90 days before the planned blasting date.

Excavation: Submit applications at least 60 days before the planned blasting date.

In person

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.


Permit application fee

The applicant must reimburse the City for the cost of all support services provided, as outlined in Section 5 of the Blasting Operations Manual.

Payment methods and details

Accepted payment methods

Where Accepted payment
Online through the eCLIPSE application
  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.5% surcharge)
In person at the Permit and License Center in the Municipal Services Building
  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.5% surcharge)
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.)

  • Check
  • Money order
  • Credit card (+2% surcharge)
  • Cash

Checks and money orders

Check requirements
  • 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:

  • Unsigned.
  • Expired.
  • Post-dated.
  • Starter checks without account info

Returned payment policy

If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds:

  1. 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.
  2. The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.


Apply for this permit in person at the Permit and License Center. 

In person

Visit the Permit and License Center.

Submit all your materials.

Application will be circulated among departments for review and sign off.

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

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

Forms & instructions