Permits, violations & licenses

Get an Engineer License

Service overview

You need an Engineer License to operate or maintain:

  • A steam boiler.
  • A high temperature hot water boiler.
  • A steam engine.
  • A hoisting engine.
  • Refrigeration machinery.

Engineer Licenses are classified into four grades, depending on the scope of operation.

  • Engineer Grade A license: For steam boiler, stationary, refrigeration engineers, and firefighters
  • Engineer Grade B license: Refrigeration only
  • Engineer Grade C license: Portable and stationary only
  • Engineer Grade D license: Firefighters only


Anyone working as an engineer in Philadelphia needs to have this license.


Proof of certification

You must have proof of successful completion of the Philadelphia Engineer examination of the appropriate grade. These exams are administered by the International Code Council.

Your application must be submitted within 12 months of successful completion of the exam.

Age requirement

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

Experience and recommendation

You must provide:

  • Proof of two years experience as an engineer or helper, documented through federal tax records.
  • Written recommendations from two licensed engineers.

Photo identification

  • 2 in. x 2 in., color

Where and when


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.


License fee

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

Renewal fee

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 (+2.5% 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.


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


Upload all required documents.

Applications are reviewed within five business days.

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

Visit the Permit and License Center.

L&I can review most applications while you wait.

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

Renewal requirements

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

Forms & instructions