The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

"This is our development. It's not in a very good neighborhood, but everyone sticks together. Everyone's trying to make it. It's just a high-poverty neighborhood where everyone knows everyone. Our court captain, she always says that just because we live in the projects, we don't have to treat it like the projects. She tries to keep the court up to date and clean. She has a little committee where they plant flowers, and she tells you where to go to get free food, things like that."

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.

Current Issue

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.   


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