Permits, violations & licenses

Get a Sheet Metal Technician License

Service overview

You need this license to install, maintain, and service sheet metal used in HVAC systems.

This license allows you to work as a sheet metal technician for a licensed contractor. It does not authorize you to operate a business.

Who

Individuals who install, maintain, and service sheet metal used in HVAC systems can apply for this license.

Requirements

Experience

To qualify, you must successfully complete a Registered Sheet Metal Technician Apprentice Program. The program must be registered with the United States Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Council. It must include:

  • A minimum of 8,000 hours of documented practical experience in the installation, maintenance, and other servicing of sheet metal systems.
  • A minimum of 800 hours of classroom, shop, or related instruction in the installation, maintenance, and other servicing of sheet metal systems.

Certification

You must also successfully complete the Philadelphia Sheet Metal Technician Examination within 12 months of your application. This exam is administered by the International Code Council.

Alternatively, you can provide proof of a similar authorization granted by any other state or local jurisdiction with equal or greater qualification requirements. This is subject to approval by the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I).

Photo identification

  • 2 in. x 2 in., color

Where and when

Online

Use the eCLIPSE system.

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

Office closes at noon on the last Wednesday of each month.

Cost

License fee
$150

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
$150

Payment methods and details

Accepted payment methods

Where Accepted payment
Online through the eCLIPSE application
  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.5% surcharge)
In person at the Permit and License Center in the Municipal Services Building
  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.5% 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% 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 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.
  2. The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.

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

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


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