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Vacant Commercial Property License

Prior Approval:

In order to obtain a license, the property owner must post a bond to cover the City’s potential cost of correcting code violations or abating unsafe or imminently dangerous conditions. The bond amount required will be determined by the total square footage of the vacant building.

Total building area (excluding basement):

  • Less than 50,000 square feet: $50,000 bond required
  • 50,000 – 200,000 square feet: $100,000 bond required
  • More than 200,000 square feet: $500,000 bond required

Cost: $160

Vacant Commercial Property Application The paper form is provided for new license applicants. License holders are encouraged to renew this license online.

License Application and Renewal Online

This license can be renewed online, with a valid email address. Renewals can also be made in the Municipal Services Building – Concourse Level (1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard). In-person renewals will also require an email address.

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.