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Business Security Camera Program (Commerce SafeCam Program)

The Business Security Camera Program reimburses commercial property owners and business owners for the installation of surveillance cameras, to make their location safer for shoppers and the community. The program provides a 50% reimbursement (of up to $3,000) for the total cost of eligible safety camera installations for a single commercial property. The ultimate goal of this program is to improve the safety, vitality and economic performance of neighborhood business districts throughout Philadelphia. See the Commerce Business Security Camera Program Guidelines (below) for complete program details.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • The applicant must be the owner of a commercially occupied property, an operating tenant business with approval of the property owner or an established business association or community based organization representing a number of businesses in a particular area.
    • Must be operating legally, properly registered, licensed with the City of Philadelphia and current with all city taxes, including but not limited to revenue, licenses, water revenue billings, etc.
    • Must apply to install a camera that meets the criteria established in the Business Security Camera Program application (see application for more details).

Additional Information
The application will require:

    • Photos of your building clearly showing where surveillance camera will be located, and at least one photo showing the entire front façade of your building.
    • Estimates from two (2) licensed contractors detailing camera specifications.
    • A letter from the building owner (if this is not you) granting permission for the proposed work.

Business Security Camera Program Application and Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Completed applications should be mailed to Business Security Camera Program, c/o Department of Commerce.