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Safety & emergency preparedness

Report a possible fire code violation

You can report a possible fire code violation to be investigated by the City.

How to report a violation

To report a potential fire code violation, submit a report to Philly 311.
You can call 311 or use 311’s online form to report a fire safety complaint.
The Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I) will inspect the home or business.

Inspections usually happen within 20 business days after the report is made.

If the inspector finds a code violation, a notice of violation is sent to the property owner.

The owner typically has 35 days to fix the problem before L&I reinspects the property.

The owner can also appeal the code violation with the Board of Safety and Fire Prevention.

If the owner does not comply, L&I will take additional steps, potentially including legal action.

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