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Special Inspector License

The Special Inspector license is required of persons engaged in special inspections as defined in Chapter 17 of the Philadelphia Building Code and performed on a City of Philadelphia Construction Permit for a licensed Special Inspection Agency.

The Special Inspector license is not required if inspections are performed by a licensed Accredited Special Inspection Agency.

Persons employed as a Special Inspector must work for a licensed Special Inspection Agency. This license does not authorize the operation of a business.

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

  • Must submit proof of qualification for each named category as outlined in the Special Inspections Standards.
  • Photo ID
    • 2”x2” photo ID (passport quality).

Renewal Requirements

  • Proof of current certification, where applicable.


  • Initial Application
    • There is a non-refundable application filing fee of $20.00, which is applied towards the cost of the License ($50 per category/ max $200). The balance of the license fee is due upon application approval.
  • License Renewal Application
    • $50 per category/ max $200

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.