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Special Inspector License

The Special Inspector license is required of persons engaged in special inspections as defined in Chapter 17 of the Philadelphia Building Code and performed on a City of Philadelphia Construction Permit for a licensed Special Inspection Agency. The Special Inspector license is not required if inspections are performed by a licensed Accredited Special Inspection Agency. Persons employed as a Special Inspector must work for a licensed Special Inspection Agency. This license does not authorize the operation of a business.

Special Inspection Agency License

The Special Inspector license is required of persons engaged in special inspections as defined in Chapter 17 of the Philadelphia Building Code and performed on a City of Philadelphia Construction Permit. The Special Inspection Agency shall employ one (1) or more licensed Special Inspectors or maintain current accreditation from an established accreditation agency that has been approved by the Department.

Sheet Metal (Apprentice) License

A Sheet Metal Apprentice license allows an individual to install, maintain, and service sheet metal systems used in HVAC systems under a registered apprenticeship program and the supervision of a registered sheet metal technician. Persons employed as a Sheet Metal Apprentice must work for a licensed contractor. This license does not authorize the operation of a business.

Plumber (Apprentice) License

A Plumbing Apprentice license allows an individual to perform plumbing work under the direction of a licensed Master Plumber. Plumbing work includes drainage, water piping, or the construction, alteration and repairing of any drainage, cesspools, trap, waste vent or water piping, and fixtures attached thereto, except gas or electric heaters.

Fire Suppression System Apprentice

This license allows an individual to perform apprentice work involving installation, alteration, repair, testing, servicing, maintenance, inspection and/or certification of fire suppression systems under a Registered Fire Suppression System Apprenticeship Program.

Electrical Inspection Agency License

The Electrical Inspection Agency license is required of any company providing third party electrical code enforcement services. This license must be renewed annually.  

Recycling and Trash Bin requirements for Food Businesses

Any business that sells prepared or prepackaged food for consumption off the premises MUST provide cans for trash and recycling. These cans must be placed within ten (10) feet of the public entrance to the business during the business’ normal hours of operation.

KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE PROPERTIES

ABOUT THE MAP The below is an interactive map comprised of vacant KOZ designated properties. Questions? Contact Sopheap Heng via phone (215) 683-2007 or email sopheap.heng@phila.gov To begin, click a listing in the table below the map, or use the search bar located under the bottom right corner of the map

BUSINESS GRID

ABOUT THE MAP The below is an interactive map comprised of technical support providers for businesses. The organizations included in this map can help with everything from workshops and training to financing. For further detailed requests, please contact the Office of Business Services hotline at 215-683-2100. To begin, choose a category from the drop...
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Developer Services

The City of Philadelphia’s Development Services Program is a resource available through the Office of Planning and Development to assist developers of major real estate projects in navigating the approval and regulatory process. The Program brings together representatives from the City’s relevant departments and agencies in the form of a Development Services Committee, which meets with developers to provide coordinated feedback on projects.

Connect with Local Business Organizations

We’re building something new! We’ve recently updated the phila.gov website to include new, easy-to-use content. As part of this modernization, this page has been rewritten and redesigned. To access this information, please visit https://www.phila.gov/departments/department-of-commerce/supporting-business/one-on-one-business-support/

Hiring & Workforce Solutions Map

Explore our interactive map of over 50 organizations who can assist businesses of all sizes with their hiring and workforce needs.

Fair Chance Hiring Initiative

The Fair Chance Hiring Initiative is a pilot program that offers reimbursements to employers for hiring formerly incarcerated individuals.

Making Kenney’s Economic Vision a Reality

The Mayor’s economic vision for Philadelphia is simple. He wants to decrease poverty by improving education and job training, spreading economic growth to neighborhoods that have been left behind, and furthering the revitalization seen in Center City. Here are some of the ways the Department of Commerce is making that...
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Nuisance Business Law

The Nuisance Business Law was created to address the City’s commitment to reducing chronic nuisance behaviors in and around businesses to improve the health, safety, and welfare of the community. This new law is critical to improving the quality of life in our business communities. This law is an empowerment tool for business owners to be part of the solution by combatting nuisance behavior. When businesses are proactive in deterring nuisance behavior, commercial corridors will prosper and neighborhoods will improve.
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