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Understand Types of Financing

So you've tapped the bank – including your piggy bank – and you still need funds for your startup? Don't worry. There are many avenues yet to explore. Consider, with great care and caution, the following sources of financing possibilities.

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.

Preliminary Plan Review Process

A preliminary plan review may be requested to identify potential code issues, attain code interpretations or seek a variance during the initial design phase of a project. The preliminary plan review and any associated variances are only applicable to the code edition under which the review was conducted. To obtain...
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Air Permits

The Department of Public Health Air Management Services (AMS) monitors the air quality and enforces city, state, and federal air quality standards in the City of Philadelphia.

Plumbing Permit

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Permit Appeals

Filing an Appeal Before you can file an appeal, you will need a formal code decision from the Department of Licenses and Inspections. This decision comes in the form of a Notice of Refusal document. This document is obtained from the plan examiner reviewing your permit application or request for...
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Tank Permits

To obtain a construction permit for the installation, removal or insertion of a tank to gather or hold the materials listed below and submit a completed permit application in-person at the Municipal Services Building (MSB) Concourse.

Modular Construction (Residential) Permit

Requirements for a Modular Construction (Residential) Permit To obtain a construction permit for residential, modular buildings three stories or less, gather the materials listed below and submit a completed permit application in-person at the Municipal Services Building (MSB) Concourse. Prerequisite Approvals: Before obtaining a building permit, your project may also...
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Signage

To obtain permission to install a sign on your business, gather the materials listed below and submit a completed permit application in-person at the Municipal Services Building (MSB) Concourse.

Demolition Permit Requirements

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Lawful Occupancy Sign

Lawful Occupancy Signs (LO) show how many people are allowed in a space at a given time. The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) issues Lawful Occupancy Signs. You need a Lawful Occupancy Sign if: You own or operate an assembly space where 50 or more people gather. L&I decides...
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