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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 (Journeyman) License

A journey license allows an individual to perform plumbing work, including 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.

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.  

Demolition Contractor License

A Demolition Contractor license is required of anyone removing structural elements for the purpose of removing the entire structure. This license must be renewed annually and successful applications must specify up-to-date insurance and tax compliance.

Limited Lodging Regulations

The City of Philadelphia allows residents to rent out their home, or rent a room within their home, for short term rentals. These short term rentals are referred to as Limited Lodging.

Body Art, Tattoo, and Body Piercing Regulations

The Department of Environmental Health Division monitors the tattoo and body art businesses in the City of Philadelphia. This is done through: Routine sanitation/safety inspections of all shops that provide tattooing, piercing, and cosmetic makeup. Issue and maintain records of all Certified Artists and Apprentices. Offering Bloodborne Pathogens training classes...
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