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Demolition Permit Requirements

Requirements for a Complete Demolition Permit

The removal of 2/3 or more of structural framing members, coupled with the modification of the exterior envelope, is classified as complete demolition and must comply with the requirements of this section.

All other demolition must comply with the requirements of an Alterations Permit or an EZ Permit for interior demolition.

A Demolition Permit Application, signed by the owner, is required. A licensed demolition contractor of the appropriate class must be named on the application.

All applications for complete demolition must include the following:

  • Site safety plan (3 copies of each)
    • Part A – Public Information (mandatory)
    • Part B – Contractor Work Plan (optional; may be replaced with free form plan addressing all required components)
  • Site plan (3 copies)
  • Demolition schedule (3 copies)
  • Zoning permit or zoning/use permit application
  • Permits for the discontinuance of water service and sealing of sewer lateral.

In certain instances, applicants may also need to submit additional items:

  • An asbestos inspection report is required for all buildings except those constructed after December 31, 1980 or last legally used for 3 or less dwelling units.
  • Historic Commission approval for all buildings listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
  • Philadelphia Water Department approval of stormwater management where area of disturbance exceeds 15,000 square feet.
  • Dust control permit and plan approved by the Department of Health where a structure exceeds 3 stories, 40 feet in height, or encompasses more than 10,000 square feet.  See Section IX of Air Management Regulation II.
  • Special Inspections documentation, where required by the Philadelphia Building Code

Requirements are fully detailed on the Demolition Permit Application Checklist.

The following information must be submitted with all permit applications. Permit applications will not be accepted without these documents.

  • Tax Clearance Form from the Revenue Department for the Contractor – These forms may be obtained on line at www.phila.gov/Revenue. Please select “Tax Clearance” on the left side of the web page and select “Permits/Licenses” from the drop-down box and enter your name and SSN or EIN. Once printed, the form is valid for thirty (30) days.
  • A current, valid Certificate of Insurance for the Contractor – The Certificate of Insurance must indicate current coverage for comprehensive general liability, workers compensation and automobile liability. The comprehensive general liability (including products and completed operations) must evidence a minimum limit of liability of $500,000 per occurrence. The Certificate of Insurance must describe the type of operations/work the contractor has coverage for, which must be consistent with the Contractor’s permit application. The certificate must also include a contact name and phone number of the contractor’s insurance broker or agent. The City of Philadelphia must be named Certificate Holder and Additional Insured under the contractor’s comprehensive general liability insurance policy.

Note: It is not acceptable for the additional insured requirement to be conditional upon there being a written contract.

Project information signs are required for all construction, demolition, addition, or alteration projects. Please see the Major Building Requirements and all Other Building Requirements for more details.

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.