Food Safety Certificate
Food businesses in Philadelphia must have an employee certified in food safety present whenever they are operating, whether or not the business is open to the public. To obtain a City of Philadelphia Food Safety Certification you must first complete a food safety course (16 hours of instruction) with an... Learn More
Food inspections and regulations
The Department of Health conducts routine inspections of food facilities in the City of Philadelphia. Most inspections occur once a year. During routine inspections, inspectors stress the prevention of foodborne illness and educate food facility operators on proper food handling techniques. Food businesses in Philadelphia must have an employee certified... Learn More
Registering Your Business Name
If you are doing business with a name that is not your own, for example “Jane’s Gift Shop”, you must register the name with the state. The state of Pennsylvania does not require registration if you are operating the business under your own legal name. So, if you are John... Learn More
Get all the information on the various taxes that can apply to businesses in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
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.
Credits, Grants & Other Incentives
Tax credits, grants and incentive programs could also add cash to the bottom line, and unlike loans, they don't require repayment.
What is Jump Start Philly?
Jump Start Philly is designed to attract new businesses and entrepreneurs that create jobs to Philadelphia by exempting them from paying the Business Income and Receipts Tax, formerly the Business Privilege Tax, during the first two years of operations.
Obtain Federal Tax ID Number
Your Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a nine-digit number issued by the IRS to identify your business and the type of tax returns you file.
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 a 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.