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Property, lots & housing

Get a building permit

You must get a building permit before you start a project that:

  • Enlarges or adds to an existing structure.
  • Repairs or changes an existing structure.
  • Demolishes a structure.
  • Installs equipment or systems in a structure.
  • Constructs a new building.

Plumbing and electrical permits may also be needed.

Get information on how to apply for a building permit here:

To check the status of a permit:

Learn about the Philadelphia building and zoning codes: