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Permits, violations & licenses

Get an Expediter’s License

Service overview

Expediters file applications with the Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I) on behalf of property owners or represent them at board hearings. Expediters must have an Expediter’s License.

This license does not authorize an individual to act as a designer or real estate agent.


Anyone can apply for this license.

You do not need this license if you are a:

  • Licensed design professional.
  • Licensed attorney.
  • Licensed contractor performing or managing work under the application.
  • Employee of a licensed design professional, attorney, or contractor.


Other licenses and registrations


You must provide a Certificate of Insurance that includes the minimum amount:

  • Professional Liability Insurance: $100,000

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.

Employment and legal history

  • If you were employed at the City of Philadelphia and chose to leave, you must wait a year to make an application as an expediter or otherwise represent clients. If you have been involuntarily terminated, you have to wait five years. This includes service positions on boards or commissions.
  • You must not have any criminal convictions.
  • If you pled “no defense” to crimes related to fraud or deceit or to violations of Public Official and Employee Ethics Law, you must wait for at least six years before applying.

You must provide:

  • A Criminal History Record Search by the PA State Police.
  • Copies of any civil judgments against or records of conviction of the applicant within the prior ten years for:
    • Fraud.
    • Deceptive or unfair conduct.
    • Negligence.
    • Recklessness.
    • Breach of contract in a professional capacity.

Photo identification

  • 2 in. x 2 in., color

Tax compliance

You must be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.

Where and when


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.


License fee

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

Renewal fee

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.


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.

To renew your license, you must:

  • Be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.
  • Have proof of active insurance.
  • Submit any new civil judgments or records of conviction.

Forms & instructions