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Announcements

Fee increase on accelerated plan reviews in effect

Effective July 1, 2020, accelerated plan review associated with the issuance of any permits has been increased to $2000 for building or combination permits and $1050 for all other permit types.  Accelerated plan review applications are completed within 5 business days.

Standard reviews are currently reviewed within 15 business days.

 To apply, fill out an accelerated plan review request form and submit with your permit application. The accelerated review fee will not be credited toward your final permit fee.

Update on façade inspection requirements

Under a regulation originally intended to go into effect this month, when an engineer’s inspection finds that a façade is generally safe but in need of repairs, the repairs must be completed within six months. However, after receiving extensive feedback and in light of the pandemic, L&I is deferring enforcement of the six month limit with respect to façade inspections until June 1, 2021.

This means, until June 1, 2021, the required façade inspections must still be performed, but the results should be submitted to L&I on this earlier version of the Summary Report Form and in accordance with the instructions on the form.

Refer to the letter that was recently sent out to Philadelphia homeowners for more details. For step by step instructions on submitting façade inspection reports through our online portal, refer to the how-to guide.

If you have questions, please contact facadereports@phila.gov.

Get a designated plans examiner assigned to your project.

Do you have a complex, multi-phase construction project coming up?  You may be able to have one designated plans examiner assigned to your project to conduct all necessary plan reviews. The project must

  • Involve multiple permit applications of the same eligible type;
  • Encompass at least 5,000 sq. ft. of floor area.

Projects that may be eligible include residential developments and large commercial buildings that will be fit out for tenants over time.

Request and attend a project scoping meeting  to find out whether you can get a designated plans examiner and work through potential design issues before you submit your permit applications.

Resources to help you navigate L&I processes during the pandemic

Use this table to find help with issues you may have during the pandemic.

Issue Information
Trouble with logging into eCLIPSE, or licensing and technical questions Call 311 or use the 311 online form
Check the status of a permit or ask a code question Check the permit tracker or use the permit or code questions form
Request an inspection Call (215) 255-4040 or use the eCLIPSE portal
COVID-19 construction and business updates Refer to the Construction COVID Safety FAQs and City of Philadelphia Reopening with Care reopening guidance
Pick up approved paper plans Make an appointment at the L&I License and Permit Center at the Municipal Services Building
If application made on paper: pay for a permit, submit revised plans, amend or appeal a permit, and/or add a co-applicant to access a permit To proceed online, use the request access to a legacy permit form. To proceed in person, make an appointment at the L&I License and Permit Center at the Municipal Services Building.
Obtain a Make Safe Permit Review requirements for getting a Make Safe Permit and make an appointment at the L&I License and Permit Center at the Municipal Services Building.
Can’t see Contractor License under Professional/Tradesperson pull down in eCLIPSE Use L&I’s help request form or the 311 online form
Upload emergency inspection Use Notice of Completion of Repairs Form
Notify L&I of resolution of “permit hold” issue Use the permit or code questions form
ZBA appeal information Zoning Board of Appeals
Appeal to the Board of L&I Review Review how to appeal to the Board of L&I Review and file your appeal using eCLIPSE.

Upcoming events

  • Nov
    30
    Monday Walking Group at Tacony Creek Park
    9:00 am to 10:00 am
    Tacony Creek Park

    Monday Walking Group at Tacony Creek Park

    November 30, 2020
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
    Tacony Creek Park
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    Let's take a healthy stroll in the park together! Join your neighbors every Saturday and Monday morning for a healthy and empowering stroll on the Tacony Creek Park trail as a part of We Walk PHL. On Saturdays & Monday, we meet from 9–10 am near Tacony Creek Park. All are welcome to join us for this free walking group. The trail is a paved, fairly flat Circuit Trail; all ages and abilities are encouraged to join us. Please bring a face mask and keep six feet away from other attendees. We look forward to walking with you! Let us know if you’re coming by emailing doryan@ttfwatershed.org or calling 215-744-1853. https://www.facebook.com/events/3044947558850964/?event_time_id=3044947705517616
  • Nov
    30
    Virtual Live Coffee Hour #1 * Hora de Café Virtual en Vivo (Virtual Live Coffee Hour) Nº. 1 * 虚拟现场咖啡时间 1
    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    Virtual Live Coffee Hour #1 * Hora de Café Virtual en Vivo (Virtual Live Coffee Hour) Nº. 1 * 虚拟现场咖啡时间 1

    November 30, 2020
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour

    The project team is hosting two virtual live coffee hours for the Spring Garden Street Improvement Project. The coffee hours provide an opportunity for the public to interact directly with the project team.

    Register for the first virtual live coffee hour here. You need to register to receive the link to the Virtual Live Coffee Hour. Once you submit the form, you will receive an email with the link and call-in information to the meeting.

    Please submit any comments, concerns, or questions when you register. Comments, questions, and concerns will be read out by the project team in the order they are received: after reading through the questions submitted ahead of time, comments will be taken through the chat. If you prefer to ask your question verbally, someone on the project team will call on you and unmute you.

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    El equipo del proyecto organizará dos horas de café virtuales en vivo para el Proyecto de Mejora de Spring Garden Street. Las horas de café ofrecen una oportunidad para que el público interactúe de manera directa con el equipo del proyecto.

    Regístrese para la primera hora de café virtual en vivo aquí. Debe registrarse debajo para recibir el enlace para la Hora de Café Virtual en Vivo. Una vez que envíe el formulario debajo, recibirá un correo electrónico con el enlace y la información de ingreso al encuentro.

    Envíe sus comentarios, duras o preguntas cuando se registre. El equipo del proyecto leerá en voz alta los comentarios, las preguntas y las dudas en el orden en que las reciban: luego del leer las preguntas enviadas por adelantado, se harán comentarios en el chat. Si prefiere hacer su pregunta de manera oral, un miembro del equipo del proyecto lo llamará y activará su micrófono.

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    项目团队将针对 Spring Garden Street 改进项目举办两场虚拟现场咖啡时间活动。咖啡时间为公众提供与项目团队直接互动的机会。

    在此处注册参加首场虚拟现场咖啡时间活动。您需要在下方注册以获得虚拟现场咖啡时间的链接。您在下方提交该表后将收到电子邮件,其中包含会议链接和来电信息。

    注册时,提交任何评论、疑虑或疑问。项目团队将按照收到的顺序读出评论、疑问和疑虑:在通读提前提交的疑问后,团队将以聊天的形式听取评论。如果您更想口头提出疑问,会有项目团队的人员呼叫您并为您取消静音。

  • Nov
    30
    First Snow in the Woods: Storybook Trail
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    First Snow in the Woods: Storybook Trail

    November 30, 2020
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 1 week
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Begins Monday, November 30 at 10am and Ends Monday, December 7 at 2pm In First Snow in the Woods, readers are taken on a beautiful photographic journey deep into the autumn woods as the animals of the forest get ready for the year's first winter storm. The storybook trail will be left for you to enjoy for the week. The self guided trail begins at the environmental center will head into the meadow and the trail will lead you back to the center. No Registration Required. https://www.facebook.com/events/477155906519694/
  • Nov
    30
    Philadelphia FIGHT - Community COVID-19 Testing Event
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Face to Face, 123 E Price St., Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

    Philadelphia FIGHT - Community COVID-19 Testing Event

    November 30, 2020
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Face to Face, 123 E Price St., Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA
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    • No out-of-pocket costs
    • No appointments required
    • Walk-up testing 
  • Nov
    30
    Philadelphia FIGHT - Community COVID-19 Testing Event
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Face to Face, 123 E Price St., Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

    Philadelphia FIGHT - Community COVID-19 Testing Event

    November 30, 2020
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Face to Face, 123 E Price St., Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA
    map
    • No out-of-pocket costs
    • No appointments required
    • Walk-up testing 

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