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Permits, violations & licenses

Get a Fire Suppression Systems Apprentice License

Service overview

You need this license to perform apprentice work on fire suppression systems, including:

  • Installation.
  • Alteration.
  • Repair.
  • Testing.
  • Maintenance.
  • Inspection or certification.

You must be currently enrolled in a Registered Fire Suppression Systems Apprentice Program.

All work must be performed under a licensed fire suppression systems contractor. This license does not allow you to operate a business.

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

Who

Any person enrolled in a Fire Suppression Systems Apprentice Program can apply for this license.

Requirements

Proof of apprenticeship

You must submit a copy of the Program Sponsor and Apprenticeship Agreement form (Form 671) as proof of enrollment in a Fire Suppression Systems Apprentice program registered with the United States Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Council.

The Apprenticeship Agreement Form 671 must be fully executed (including Part C, which must be completed by the registration agency) and reflect at least 8,000 hours of practical experience in the installation or maintenance of fire suppression systems and at least 800 hours of classroom, shop or related instruction in the fire suppression system trade.

  • If you or your apprenticeship sponsor does not have a copy of Form 671, your sponsor may obtain a copy through the RAPIDS system.
  • Please be sure to redact your SSN before uploading this form with your license application.

Photo identification

2 in. x 2 in., color

Where and when

Online

You can apply online using eCLIPSE.

If you need help filing your application online, you can schedule a virtual appointment.

In person

You need an appointment to visit the Permit and License Center 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

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

Cost

License fee
$77

A non-refundable application fee of $20 is applied to the license fee. The balance of the license fee is due once your application is approved.

Renewal fee
$77

If you renew your license more than 60 days after the due date, you will be charged 1.5% of the license fee for each month since the license expired.

Payment methods and details

Accepted payment methods

Where Accepted payment
Online through the eCLIPSE application

(There is a $200,000 limit for online payments.)

  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.25% surcharge)
In person at the Permit and License Center in the Municipal Services Building
  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.25% 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 (+2.25% 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 will be charged a $20 fee for collection.
  2. You authorize the City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect this fee directly.
  3. The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.
  4. If the City is unable to obtain payment, the license, permit, or appeal application will be void.
  5. You cannot take any additional action under a permit until you have paid all fees.
  6. The permit or license will be revoked if the outstanding fees are not paid within 30 days.
  7. You cannot file or obtain additional permits until you resolve the outstanding debt.

Late license payment

If you renew your license more than 60 days after the due date, you will be charged 1.5% of the license fee for each month since the license expired.

How

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

Online

1
Upload all required documents.

Applications are reviewed within five business days.

2
If the application is approved, you will receive a notice to pay the balance.

If the application isn’t approved, you will receive an email stating what is missing or required.

In person

1
Visit the Permit and License Center.

L&I can review most applications while you wait.

2
L&I will issue your license or request more information.

Renewal requirements

You must renew this license every three years. You can renew online through eCLIPSE or in person at the Permit and License Center.

To renew your license, you must provide proof of continued enrollment in a Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Forms & instructions


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