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Permits, violations & licenses

Appeal to the Board of License and Inspection Review

Before you begin

Make sure you are allowed to appeal and that you are filing your appeal with the correct board. Most violations, notices, and permit denials provide appeal instructions.

Service overview

The Board of License and Inspection Review hears appeals of permits, violations, and notices issued by various City agencies. If you received a denial or notice that says your appeal should go to this board, you can make an appeal.

The Board of License and Inspection Review hears appeals about:

  • Police Department firearm permit denials.
  • Permits, violations, and notices issued by the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I).
  • Some decisions issued by other agencies and boards, including:
    • Art Commission
    • City Planning Commission
    • Public Health
    • Fair Housing Commission
    • Fairmount Park Commission
    • Historic Commission
    • Streets Department
    • Water Department

The Board of License and Inspection Review does not hear appeals for:


Anyone who has received an eligible notice can appeal, including:

  • Philadelphia residents.
  • Property and business owners.
  • Licensed individuals.


A copy of the decision being appealed must be included with your submission.

Where and when

You can submit your appeal in person or by mail to:

Board of License and Inspection Review
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
MSB, Room 1130
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Offices close at noon on the last Wednesday of each month.


There is no fee to appeal.


File your appeal.

You must submit your appeal to the Board of License and Inspection Review within 30 days of the initial notice. You must submit all appeals using the official appeal form and include the reason for appeal.

Attend a public hearing.

The board will notify you of your scheduled hearing date and time when they process your appeal. The hearing may be scheduled several months in advance.

Hearings are conducted on Tuesdays.

1515 Arch St.
18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Await the decision of the board.

The board may deliver a decision at the hearing or hold your case for further evaluation.