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Vacant Commercial Property License

Prior Approval:
In order to obtain a license, the property owner must post a bond to cover the City's potential cost of correcting code violations or abating unsafe or imminently dangerous conditions. The bond amount required will be determined by the total square footage of the vacant building.

Total building area (excluding basement):

  • <50,000 square feet: $50,000 bond required
  • 50,000 - 200,000 square feet: $100,000 bond required
  • >200,000 square feet: $500,000 bond required

Cost:  $150


Department of Licenses and Inspections
License Issuance Unit - PSC
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)