MARCH 2017

  • Big News! We are pleased to announce that you can now look up the status of a permit application on the L&I  website. Just enter the application number obtained at the time of filing into the Permit Application Tracker to determine the status of a new or revised permit application submission.   

    If you use the Drop Off Program, we will email you your application number within two business days of submission

  • It’s easier than ever to get a permit for some façade reconstructions. The Department has developed a new EZ permit standard for the reconstruction of a masonry façade wall for a building used as a one family dwelling.  If your construction project complies with the standard, you may  obtain a permit without  submitting plans at the Public Services Concourse in the Municipal Services Building.

  • Code Bulletin A-1701.1, addressing the impact of property rights on permitting, was issued on March 1, 2017.  The Code Bulletin details Department policy on property rights issues, including the relationship among various City records, encroachments, easements, and alleys.

  • Code Bulletin B-1701.1, addressing the substantial improvement of properties in the Special Flood Hazard Area, was issued on March 1, 2017. The Code Bulletin establishes a process to assess improvements on structures in the Special Flood Hazard Area. This assessment is critical in the determination of required flood protection mandated by the Philadelphia Code.

  • A regulation surrounding the temporary protection of adjoining property following demolition became effective on February 13, 2017. The regulation clarifies Section 3307 of the Philadelphia Building Code to allow for temporary protections for a period of 30 days.
  • The Department is developing a new form of publication, a Code Solution, to communicate our position on technical or administrative provisions of the Philadelphia Code that may be difficult to interpret. Code Solutions are intended to provide greater transparency to our stakeholders. Thinking of a provision or area you’d like to see clarified? Please complete our online survey to suggest a topic.

  • In an effort to serve your needs more efficiently, we have replaced our Permit Service email address with an online help request.    

  • As a reminder, a Zoning Legislative Table  summarizing legislative changes to the Philadelphia Zoning Code is available on our website.

  • Contractor licenses set to expire on March 31, 2017 have been extended to April 30, 2017 to allow for the transition to our new web-based licensing system, eCLIPSE. 

  • Contractors, with the exception of Demolition Contractors, are no longer required to name the City of Philadelphia as a Certificate Holder or Additional Insured on a Certificate of Insurance. 

  • Owe City taxes? Settle up with the Revenue Department before you apply for a license.   Pursuant to Section 9-102(9) of the Philadelphia Code, no license can be renewed if the applicant is tax delinquent.  This law will be strictly enforced with the implementation of eCLIPSE.

  • In accordance with Section 9-3901 of the Philadelphia Code, no property licenses may be issued or renewed if there are outstanding violations under the Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code.
  • Effective January 1, 2018, the Department will no longer accept license applications or renewals via postal mail. After that time, all applications must be submitted through the online portal or in person at the Public Services Concourse of the Municipal Services Building.
  • Attention Contractors! Trade license applications and renewals are now available through eClipse, our online portal! 

    In order to associate an existing trade license for renewal, you will need an online identification code. This code will be provided with your 2017 invoice. If an invoice is not received approximately 4 weeks in advance of renewal, please contact us via email or by calling 311. 

Tell us how we are doing by completing an online survey