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Limited Lodging (Short Term) Rentals

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Limited Lodging Regulations

The City of Philadelphia allows residents to rent out their home, or rent a room within their home, for short term rentals. These short term rentals are referred to as Limited Lodging.

Rental Property - Multifamily

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Obtain a Business Income and Receipts Tax ID

Every individual, partnership, association and corporation doing business in Philadelphia must file a Business Income and Receipts Tax Return in whether or not they earned a profit during the preceding year. Rental activities are usually considered business activities.

Obtain an Commercial Activity License

An Activity License is required for all businesses and non-profits operating in Philadelphia. This includes businesses that are located outside the city limits but do some or all of their business activity in the City.

Rental License

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

Dumpster License, Private

All private dumpsters required a lifetime license from the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Have a Recycling Plan

All commercial properties receiving private or city waste collection must complete the Commercial Solid Waste and Recycling Plan.

Rental Property - Single Family

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Obtain a Business Income and Receipts Tax ID

Every individual, partnership, association and corporation doing business in Philadelphia must file a Business Income and Receipts Tax Return in whether or not they earned a profit during the preceding year. Rental activities are usually considered business activities.

Obtain an Commercial Activity License

An Activity License is required for all businesses and non-profits operating in Philadelphia. This includes businesses that are located outside the city limits but do some or all of their business activity in the City.

Rental License

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

Zoning and Use

The Philadelphia Zoning Code regulates development within the city. Zoning regulations govern land use, the height and size of buildings, population density, parking requirements, signage placement and the character of development on private property, and property uses.