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Justine Bolkus

Hotel Tax

Apartment, hotel, motel, inn, guest house, bed and breakfast or other building located within the City which is available to rent for overnight lodging or use of facility space to persons seeking temporary accommodations.

Amusement Tax

This tax is imposed on the admission fee charged for attending any amusement in Philadelphia. Included are concerts, movies, athletic contests, night clubs and convention shows for which admission is charged.

Developer Services

The Developer Services Program helps large real estate projects get through the approval and regulatory process more easily by connecting Developers to key City departments through Developer Services Committee Meetings.

Body Art, Tattoo, and Body Piercing Regulations

The Department of Environmental Health Division monitors the tattoo and body art businesses in the City of Philadelphia. This is done through: Routine sanitation/safety inspections of all shops that provide tattooing, piercing, and cosmetic makeup. Issue and maintain records of all Certified Artists and Apprentices. Offering Bloodborne Pathogens training classes...
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Stationary Food Business Plan Review

A plan review is part of getting your stationary food business up and running. You should submit your plan review application to the Office of Food Protection after zoning has been approved, but before beginning construction or installing food equipment. You may be charged an extra fee if you begin...
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Plan Review for a Mobile Food Business

Mobile food vending units include trucks, trailer hitch units, pushcarts, stands and foot peddlers must complete the required plan review application for a mobile food business.

Overview of Business Income and Receipts Tax

The Business Income & Receipts Tax (BIRT) is based on both gross receipts and net income. Both parts must be filed. This is a completely separate tax from the Net Profits Tax.

Vendor on Foot License

This license is required for the taking of orders, and as a separate transaction, making deliveries to purchasers. A license is required for any period from one day to one year. The following is required along with application: A physical description of the applicant, proof of identity and address, together...
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Vendor Motor Vehicle License

This license is required to offer goods for sale from a wagon, vehicle or conveyance. A license is required for any period from one day to one year.

Sidewalk Sales License

Required for anyone who exhibits, displays, offers for sale or sells any goods, wares or merchandise from any stand while on the sidewalks of the City of Philadelphia.

Pushcart Vendor License

Required of those who offer merchandise for sale from a wagon, handcart, pushcart or stand. A license is required for any period from one day to one year

Newsstand License

This license is required to place or maintain a stand or other sales device on the sidewalk for the display and sale of newspaper, magazines, periodicals, paper bound books, tobacco products, wrapped candy and State Lottery tickets

Center City Vendor License

Required for anyone who exhibits, displays, offers for sale or sells any goods, wares or merchandise from any stand while on the sidewalks of the City of Philadelphia in designated areas.

Vendor Licenses

A license is required of any vendor selling from a sidewalk stand, a pushcart, a motor vehicle or by foot. In addition to the license, the City of Philadelphia Code limits or prohibits vendors from selling in certain areas.