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Apply for newsstand approval from the Art Commission

If you want to build or place a newsstand in the public right-of-way, you must submit a proposal to the Art Commission. The Art Commission will review the design and location of your proposal.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) issues newsstand licenses. Your first step should be to apply for that license.

Submission materials

All proposals must include a cover letter, photographs, renderings, and supporting materials. Other information may be requested.

Cover letter

Your cover letter should include:

  • The location of the newsstand.
  • The name and mailing address of the person who should receive the commission’s decision.
  • The name, phone number, and email address of your contact person. This person should be able to answer questions about the application.


You must include color photographs that show your newsstand or the proposed site from each direction. The sidewalk and any surrounding buildings should be visible in the pictures.

These photographs must be at least 3 in. x 5 in. Do not use online street views.


You must include a drawing of the newsstand if it’s not already on site. You should describe its materials and colors.

If you plan to buy a manufactured newsstand, include photographs or manufacturer’s illustrations instead.

Supporting materials

You must include a copy of your newsstand license application. You should also provide the sketch showing approval by the Streets Department.

Where and when

Submit a package of the submission materials by email to, or to:

Philadelphia Art Commission
1515 Arch St., 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Appointments are required for in-person plan reviews. To schedule, use our online appointment system. Once you’ve entered your contact information, select “Art Commission” and choose “Art Commission plan review.”

The commission will notify you of its decision by mail. You should take a copy of the decision to L&I to complete the licensing process.