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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.

Electrical Inspector License

Prior Approvals: Pass the Electrical Inspector Examination & Commercial Activity License

Running a Home Based Businesses

If you're starting a home-based business in the City of Philadelphia, consider the following.

Contractor and Permit Requirements

The following information must be submitted with all permit applications. Permit applications will not be accepted without these documents.

Special Inspections Program

For Engineering Services, Construction Services, Emergency Services, this procedure establishes the minimum requirements necessary to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength, stability, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards.

Documents You May Need

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Hazardous Materials License

This license is required for the storage, dispensing, use, or handling of hazardous material.

Handbill Distribution License

This license is required for any distributor, distribution business, or person, who distributes commercial handbills on sidewalks, in public places, or door-to-door.

Dumpster License - Public Right of Way

Dumpsters in the public right of way require an annual, renewable license from the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Dumpster License, Private

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

Outdoor Advertising Sign License

This license is required for having large outdoor signs, such as billboards. The license does not apply to accessory business signs.

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.