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Regulations

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.

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.

Immigrant Assistance Services Provider Legal Duties

Legal Duties of a Provider Services Every immigration assistance provider may only perform the following immigration services: Transcribing responses on a government agency form related to immigration matters, but not advising on answers Translations services- This includes translating information and instructions on a form as well as translating documents from...
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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.

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...
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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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Register a Trademark

While you are not required to register your mark, there are certain advantages to owning a federal Trademark registration.

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.