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Breaking: L&I releases new permit requirements for contractors

Merry Christmas, contractors. Starting next week, you’ll need to submit a tax clearance form and certificate of insurance to the Department of Licenses and Inspections before receiving a permit for any type of construction or demolition work in Philadelphia.

The Department announced the new rules in a press release Monday afternoon. L&I has been working on the new requirements since the summer, said spokeswoman Rebecca Swanson. Additional information was provided in a code bulletin on the Department’s website.

“These new requirements strengthen the Department’s oversight of contractors doing business in the City of Philadelphia and helps us further ensure public safety around construction and demolition sites,” said L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams, in the press release.

Tax Clearance forms can be obtained on the Dept. of Revenue website. Certificates of Insurance must be obtained from the contractor’s insurer. The requirements go into effect January 1st, 2014.

Additionally, the Department reminded contractors that, under legislation introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon, they will now be required to post license numbers at job sites and on correspondence. They must also post permits and issuance certificates at job sites.


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Jared Brey, Zoning and development reporter

Jared Brey writes about development, zoning policy, and city government for PlanPhilly.com. He wasn't interested in being a reporter until halfway through a master's program in journalism at Temple University that he intended to parlay into an academic career. His work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, City Paper, Business Journal, and Metropolis. 

Jared grew up in Montgomery County and moved to Philadelphia in 2005. He has since lived in Brewerytown, the Italian Market, North Central, Bella Vista, and East Passyunk. He believes he will stay in South Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @jaredbrey, or send him tips at jbrey@planphilly.com.


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