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Pawn Shops

Business of lending money on the deposit or pledge of personal property, other than chooses in action, securities or written evidence of indebtedness; or purchases personal property with an expressed or implied agreement or understanding to sell it back at a subsequent time at a stipulated price; or lends money upon goods, wares or merchandise pledged, stored or deposited as collateral security.

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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 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.

Pawn Shop License

This license is required of any person who is: Engaged in the business of lending money on the deposit or pledge of personal property; Purchases personal property with an expressed or implied agreement or understanding to sell it back at a subsequent time at a stipulated price; or Lends money upon goods, wares or merchandise pledged, stored or deposited as collateral security.

Philadelphia Business Regulations

This website tool is intended to assist business owners start and run successful businesses in the City of Philadelphia. Most of the information you will need to comply with and understand business-related regulation in the City can be found right here. There are also sections related to business support services in the region.

Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy is required as a condition of a change in the use and occupancy of a space in accordance with the International Building Code. Certificates of Occupancy are also required for all new construction and building additions.

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.

Use & Occupancy Tax

The Business Use and Occupancy Tax is a levy on the business, trade or other commercial use and occupancy of real estate located in Philadelphia.

Documents You May Need

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Precious Metal Dealer License

This license is required of any person engaged in the business of purchasing or making appraisals of precious metals and their alloys for resale to refiners, brokers, or the public. This license is issued to an individual and not to a business or location.