Licensing + Inspections/Gov't Affairs

The AIA and the City of Philadelphia’s Department of L&I work together to improve the process and submissions for building permit approval in the construction division. Activities include continuing education on the City of Philadelphia’s processes, the changes in the building codes and their application and in the process and procedures of the department. To learn about upcoming events, sign up for our mailing list.

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Chris Stigler (Chair) [email protected]
Jamie Unkefer (Co-Chair) [email protected] 
Kit Bryant [email protected] 
Jack Fairchild [email protected]



July 15, 2020

MARCH 18, 2020

As we are all adjusting to new working methods and locations, L&I is implementing their own adjustments.  In Response to the Covid-19 closures the city has adopted the following adjustments to the processes:

  • L&I offices are closed to the public.  So, no in-person/paper permit submissions cannot be submitted.   However, new applications made via eCLIPSE will be reviewed.  All existing applications are still being processed.  Permits will be issued, though it is not yet clear how that will be done.
  • Construction activities are allowed to continue for the time being, and Inspections will continue.  Contractors must schedule them through eCLIPSE or the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system.
  • PWD offices are closed to the public, but application services can continue online.  Applicants will have access to resources and be able to set up new accounts and submit reviews at Applicants are encouraged to email any questions to [email protected]Note that staff is working off site and will not be able to respond to voicemails. 
  • Streets Department is closed to the public.  Online applications are limited to Plan Review Counter Submissions (Checklist #1), which can be issued through the eClipse system.  Plan Review Intake Submissions (Checklist #2/3/4 & Sidewalk Cafes/News Stands) must all be submitted electronically via email to [email protected] 

As we all know, this is a fluid situation and subject to change on a daily basis.


As part of our 2020 outreach efforts, we will be meeting with representatives of L&I on a regular basis.  We would like to hear from you!  What concerns do you see in the L&I Permitting process?  What changes do you think would be beneficial to everyone?  What could we suggest to L&I for improvements?  Contact us!  We have a new committee email address [email protected] 

JUNE 2019

City Of Philadelphia Electronic Permit Submissions are coming soon! For information and Pre-registration please see the L&I Information Page 

A Presentation was held at the Center for Architecture and Design regarding the updated building codes and impending updates to the City of Philadelphia Plumbing Code.  Presented by Elizabeth Baldwin of the City of Philadelphia.

View the Presentation

APRIL 2019

April 2019 Presentation - Philadelphia Streets Department Right of Way Unit

Why You Should Register in eCLIPSE

eCLIPSE Registration Quick Guide

Please see below links for the Plumbing code updates and revisions to the Accelerated review bill.

Philadelphia Plumbing Code Highlights

Philadelphia IPC Amendments

MARCH 2018

March 2018 Report

L&I Committee | Philadelphia Streets Department Survey


AIA Philadelphia's L&I Committee hosted a program on the state of Philadelphia's Licenses and Inspections Department (L&I). Elizabeth Baldwin, Executive Director of Development Services of L&I discussed some of the latest developments and programs in the works including:

  • Web-based Permitting
  • Service initiatives (online appointment, project meetings, focus groups)
  • House Bill 409 and proposed changes to the model building codes
  • Change to the Industrialized Housing Act
  • Special Inspections registration
  • L+I Resources

View the Presentation