Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the few U.S. cities older than the nation itself. William Penn founded Philadelphia in 1682. In the middle of the next century, Benjamin Franklin reorganized and improved the city. He founded a fire department, library, and hospital here.
The City of Brotherly Love features many historic buildings. Working here requires respect for history and some patience with the city codes.
To do new construction, major renovation, demolition, and large repairs, you need a permit. Start the permit process in person at the City Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the top 10 items you want to make sure you do not leave out of your permit application.
Homeowners may do work on single-family homes or duplexes. But, a licensed Philadelphia contractor must do any large-scale construction work. To get a contractor’s license, you need to have an employee in charge who has attended the OSHA 30 Safety Training within the last five years. You also need a tax clearance form and a certificate of insurance. You must prove a minimum of $500,000 in liability coverage.
Contractors must have their license numbers on ads, stationery, proposals, contracts, job sites, places of business, and company vehicles. You must reapply annually for your license.
Be sure to have proof of at least $500,000 of coverage in the following areas: bodily injury, property damage, personal injury, advertising injury, and legal defense. Keep in mind that many contractors have claimed that Pennsylvania is one of the most litigious states in the country. Protect yourself from frivolous lawsuits that could harm your business.
When you are at work on the job site, you will want to rent aerial lift equipment to prevent serious injuries from falls. Boom lifts, scissor lifts, forklifts, and manlifts are special machines designed to get your workers up off the ground safely.
Philadelphia has done it right for more than three centuries. The city is built on discipline and quality design. When you are doing work in Philadelphia, make sure you have the right licenses and permits.