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Rental License

This license is required of any entity that rents any type of housing unit. (formerly known as a Housing Inspection License.)

Prior Approval:

  • Commercial Activity License
  • Business Income and Receipts Tax Account Number
  • Federal Tax Identification Number or Social security Number (for an individual)
  • Zoning Approval (for two or more units)
  • Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification

Additional Information:

Partners for Good Housing Publication

Partners for Good Housing Lead In Water Supply Supplement

Housing Rental License


  • $55 per unit (with a maximum cost of $22,000)
  • $160 for vacant property or lot

Landlord Lead Paint Responsibilities

Philadelphia’s Lead Paint Disclosure and Certification Law requires landlords to ensure that rental properties are Lead Safe or Lead Free if:

  1. The property was built before 1978; and
  2. Any new occupant is aged six years or under

Before a lease is signed the landlord must provide the tenant with a current certificate indicating that the property is Lead Safe or Lead Free, based on an inspection of the home and dust wipe samples.  Only state-licensed inspectors and EPA certified dust wipe technicians can provide these certifications.  The tenant must sign the certification and then the landlord must sent the signed copy, along with the dust wipe results, to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

When signing an application for new or renewed rental license, property owners are now required to indicate they are in compliance with this law.  For more information, copies of the law, guidance for landlords, sample certificates, and more, go to www.phila.gov/health/leadlaw.

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.


L&I CODE VIOLATIONS: No license shall be issued or renewed if the licensing property has any outstanding L&I code violations.

TAX DELINQUENCY: No license shall be issued or renewed if the entity is delinquent in the filing or payment of City taxes.