Licenses and Inspections
Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections administers and enforces the City’s regulations related to property maintenance, business licenses, and zoning codes. The department is empowered to take lawful action to correct dangerous conditions, including making necessary emergency repairs to properties, cleaning and sealing abandoned buildings, and demolishing vacant buildings that pose a threat to public safety.
The Department of Licenses and Inspections continues to experience reduced capacity due to a series of City budget cuts. Community members often find that complaints to the Department go unanswered.