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Lawful Occupancy Sign

To obtain a Lawful Occupancy Sign, listing the maximum allowable occupancy of the building, gather the materials listed below and submit a completed permit application in-person at the Municipal Services Building (MSB) Concourse.

The Lawful Occupancy sign applies only to existing, permitted assembly.

See Building Permits for complete building permit information, including processing time and fees.

Building Permit Application

  • Three sets of building plans
    • Plans must be of professional quality and drawn to scale (e.g. 1/4″ = 1′ – 0″).
    • The minimum sheet size is 18” x 24”.
    • The following information must be included on the plan:
      • All the rooms must be dimensioned and labeled as to their use. (e.g. bedroom, kitchen, office, etc.)
      • Seating chart and occupant loads
      • All locations and sizes of doors, windows, stairways, corridors, etc.
      • Location and type of plumbing fixtures

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.