You need a Home Inspector’s License to perform home inspections in Philadelphia.
You don’t need this license if you are:
- A professional architect licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- An engineer licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- An employee acting on behalf of a government agency.
Individuals can apply for this license.
Other licenses and registrations
You must be at least 18 years old to qualify for this license.
All insurance must be submitted on a Certificate of Insurance and include minimum amounts.
- Commercial General Liability (including products and completed operations): $100,000 per occurrence with $500,000 total and deductibles of $2,500 or less.
- Automobile Liability Insurance: $100,000
- Workman’s Compensation:
- $100,000 per accident
- $100,000 per employee
- $500,000 policy limit
- Professional Liability Insurance: $100,000 per occurrence with $500,000 total and deductibles of $2,500 or less.
Testing and Certification
You must be certified by a nationally-recognized professional organization. The organization needs to be approved by the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I).
The current approved agency is the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Proof of employment
If you are not self-employed, submit a statement of current or prospective employment. This statement must be on company letterhead and signed by the employer.
- 2 in. x 2 in., color
You must be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.
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.
A non-refundable application fee of $20 is applied toward the license fee. The balance of the license fee is due once your application is approved.
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 every three years. 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 proof of an active insurance policy.