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Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy is required when there is a change in the use and occupancy of a space in accordance with the International Building Code. Certificates of Occupancy are also required for new construction and additions.

To obtain a Certificate of Occupancy, gather the materials listed below and submit a completed permit application in-person at the Municipal Services Building (MSB) Concourse.

See Building Permits for complete building permit information, including processing time and fees.

Building Permit Application

  • Prerequisite Approvals  Before obtaining a building permit, your project may need to receive approvals from various city departments if it meets the listed condition.

    • Zoning/Use Registration Permit for any change in use of the property.

      Use Registration Permit Application

      Contact Licenses and Inspections Zoning Unit (Concourse - 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 215.686.2567)

    • Changes in use of existing buildings where the area being changed is 5,000 sq. ft. or more in Use and Occupancy designations: R-2, R-3, A, B, M and E Use Groups. (As per PA Act 537 and Clean Streams Act.)

      Contact the Philadelphia Water Department (2nd Floor – 1100 Market St., 215.685.1419)

  • Three sets of building plans

    • Plans must be of professional quality and drawn to scale (e.g. 1/4" = 1'- 0").
    • The minimum sheet size is 18” x 24”.
    • The following information must be included on the plan:
      • Applicable codes
      • Construction type, use and occupancy classification
      • Identification of fire-resistance rated construction

Department of Licenses and Inspections
Permit Services
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 311 or (215) 686-8686
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am- 3:30pm (except for the last Wednesday of each month when the hours are 8:00am- 12:00 Noon)