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Electrical Contractor License

The Electrical Contractor License is required of businesses and institutions installing electrical systems, including alarms and low voltage wiring. This license must be renewed annually.


How to Apply

Apply online now via eCLIPSE or visit the Public Services Concourse of the Municipal Services Building

Eligibility Requirements

  • Business Income and Receipts Tax ID
  • Commercial Activity License
    • Proof of employment must be provided if an employee of the company.
  •  Insurance
    • General Liability
      • $500,000 per occurrence
    • Automobile Liability Insurance
      • $300,000
    • Workman’s Compensation
      • $100,000 each accident
      • $100,000 each employee
      • $500,000 policy limit

Note: All insurance must be submitted on a Certificate of Liability.

  • Proof of Exam
    • Successful completion of the Philadelphia Electrical Contractor Examination, administered by the International Code Council, within twelve (12) months prior to application date.
  • Experience
    • Minimum of four (4) years employment performing electrical work for a company licensed through a local or State jurisdiction. Proof of experience shall be in the form of one or more of the following:
      • Tax records reflecting employment by a licensed Electrical Contractor.
      • Proof of licensure through a local or State jurisdiction, subject to approval by the Department.
    • Satisfactory completion of two (2) years education in the electrical field shall be equivalent to one (1) year practical experience. Education may be substituted for no more than two (2) years of practical experience.
  • Continuing Education Credits
  • Photo ID
    • 2”x2” photo ID (passport quality).

Renewal Requirements

  • Must be current on the payment of all City of Philadelphia taxes.
  • Proof of at least eight (8) hours of coursework in NFPA 70, earned during the previous license period.


  • Initial Application
    • There is a non-refundable application filing fee of $60.00, which is not included in the license fee. The total license fee of $160.00 is due upon application approval.
  • License Renewal Application
    • $160.00

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.