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Permits, violations & licenses

Get a Home Inspector’s License

Service overview

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.

Who

Individuals can apply for this license.

Requirements

Other licenses and registrations

Age minimum

You must be at least 18 years old to qualify for this license.

Insurance

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.

Photo identification

  • 2 in. x 2 in., color

Tax compliance

You must be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.

Where and when

Online

You can apply online using eCLIPSE.

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.

In-person services at the Permit and License Center are currently available by appointment only.

Cost

License fee
$310

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.

Renewal fee
$310

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 either issue your permit or request more information.

Renewal requirements

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.

Forms & instructions


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