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Home Inspector License


This license is required to engage in the business of residential or home inspections. Professional Architects and Engineers licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and government agency employees acting on behalf of that agency are not required to possess this license.

This license must be renewed every three years.


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.
  • Experience – Certification by a nationally recognized professional organization which qualifies or certifies inspectors and is recognized by the Department.
  • Photo ID – 2”x2” photo ID (passport quality)
  • Age -Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Insurance
    • Commercial General Liability (Including products and completed operations)
      • $100,000 per occurrence with $500,000 in the aggregate with deductibles of not more than $2,500.
    • Automobile Liability Insurance
      • $100,000
    • Workman’s Compensation
      • $100,000 each accident
      • $100,000 each employee
      • $500,000 policy limit
    • Professional Liability Insurance
      • $100,000 per occurrence with $500,000 in the aggregate with deductibles of not more than $2,500.

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

Renewal Requirements

  • Must be current on the payment of all City of Philadelphia taxes.


  • Initial Application
    • There is a non-refundable application filing fee of $20.00, which is applied towards the cost of the License ($300.00). The balance of the license fee is due upon application approval.
  • License Renewal Application
    • The renewal fee is $300.00

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.