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Contractor License

A Contractor License is required of any contractor who performs work with a value exceeding $500 and does not require a specialized trade licenseThis license must be renewed annually. 

Review TITLE 9-1004 for Operations Requirements.  Click here for Worker Safety Requirements.

How to Apply

Apply online via eClipse or visit the Public Services Concourse of the Municipal Services Building at 1401 JFK Boulevard

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Business Income and Receipts Tax ID
  • Commercial Activity License
  • Insurance – All insurance must be submitted on a Certificate of Liability
    • General Liability
      • $500,000 per occurance
    • Automobile Liability Insurance
      • $300,000
    • Worker’s Compensation
      • $100,000 each accident
      • $100,000 each employee
      • $500,000 policy limit
  • Safety Training
    • Identification of one or more Supervisor(s) responsible for the supervision of construction projects.
      • Proof of completion of an OSHA 30 safety training course (or equivalent certified by the Department) within 5 years of application date must be submitted for each named Supervisor.
      • A Supervisor may not be concurrently employed by another licensed Contractor
      • Get information about programs that satisfy L&I’s OSHA 10 and 30 training requirements, as well as a list of authorized training resources.

Renewal Requirements

  • Must be current on the payment of all City of Philadelphia taxes.
  • Proof of active insurance policy and eligible Supervisor must be on-file with the Department.


  • Initial Application
    • There is a non-refundable application fee of $20.00 which is applied toward the License ($100.00).  The balance of the license fee is due upon application approval.
    • License Renewal Application – $100

Payment Information

RETURNED CHECKS: If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, (1) you authorize The City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20; and (2) The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.