If you own a high-rise, you need to get a High-Rise License.
The Philadelphia Fire Code requires a High-Rise License for structures with floors located 75 ft. or more above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access.
The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) conducts an annual fire safety inspection of high-rise structures.
Property owners and their agents can apply for this license.
Other licenses and registrations
- Business Income and Receipt Account Number (BIRT)
- Commercial Activity License
- Federal Tax Identification Number
If there is residential space in the high-rise, a Rental License is required.
Permits and certificates
Where and when
Use the eCLIPSE system.
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.
$0.01 per square foot of floor area of nonresidential space.
The applicant must provide the total sq. footage of the building and the total sq. footage of the residential space.
Payment methods and details
Accepted payment methods
|Online through the eCLIPSE application
(There is a $200,000 limit for online payments.)
|In person at the Permit and License Center in the Municipal Services Building||
|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.)
Checks and money orders
- 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:
- Starter checks without account info
Returned payment policy
If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds:
- 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.
- The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.
You can apply for this license online using eCLIPSE or in person at the Permit and License Center.
Applications are reviewed within five business days.
If the application isn’t approved, you will receive an email stating what is missing or required.
L&I can review most applications while you wait.
This license must be renewed annually. You can renew online through eCLIPSE or in person at the Permit and License Center.
To renew your license, you must:
- Be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.
- Have a valid email address.
A fire safety inspection will be scheduled after the license has been renewed.