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High Rise License

This license is required to ensure appropriate levels of safety are maintained in existing residential and nonresidential high rise structures.

Prior Approval:

  • Commercial Activity License
  • City of Philadelphia Tax Account Number
  • Federal Tax Identification Number

Additional Information:

The license year for the High Rise license is May through April.

The Philadelphia Fire Code requires an annual inspection and High Rise License for all structures with floors located 75′ or more above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access. The inspection fee is based on the gross area of the building. If the building is wholly or partly used for residential purpose and has a Housing inspection license, that portion of the gross area used for residential purposes can be deducted from the gross area for Fire Inspection High Rise fee calculations. The fee is $0.01 per square foot of gross floor area and the applicant is required to provide the area and calculate the fee.

Cost: The license fee is based on total gross square footage in the structure. If the structure contains dwelling units, indicate the total square footage of the dwelling units and deduct from total square footage to get a net licensed area. This figure should be multiplied by $0.01 to get the license fee due. If location currently has a Housing Inspection License, remember to provide the license number.


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.