Housing Inspection License

This license is required of any entity that rents any type of housing unit. (It is also known as a Housing Rental License.)

Prior Approval:

  • Commercial Activity License (formerly the Business Privilege License)
  • Business Income and Receipts Tax Account Number
  • Federal Tax Identification Number or Social security Number (for an individual)
  • Zoning Approval (for two or more units)

Additional Information:

Cost: $50 per unit, $150 for vacant property or lot

Renew this license online!

Starting January 5th, 2015, this license can be renewed online. License holders will need an email address. For in person assistance using the new eClipse system, renewals can also be made in the Municipal Services Building - Concourse Level (1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard). In person renewals will also require an email address.

LEARN MORE about the Department of Licenses and Inspections initiative to move license renewals online in 2015.

Application The paper form is provided for new license applicants. License holders are encouraged to renew this license online.


Department of Licenses and Inspections - License Issuance Unit - PSC

1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Concourse Level

Philadelphia, PA 19102

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

Phone: 311 or 215-686-8686 (outside of the City of Philadelphia)