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    • Point Breeze pop-up

How to run a pop-up beer garden without being shut down immediately

This week, a pair of pop-up beer gardens were shut down by the Department of Licenses & Inspections. First, the somewhat controversial Point Breeze Beer Garden, and then the Uptown…

    • A Google Maps image shows 1140 S. 24th St. before it was demolished. (Photo via GoogleMaps)

Philly L&I chief defends demolition without permit

Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams is defending his decision last year to allow a contractor to tear down a decaying South Philadelphia building without a demolition permit. New rules…

    • Francisville, September 2014 | Theresa Stigale
Eyes on the Street

Toward a safe and thriving city

The next mayoral administration will inherit a revamped and strengthened planning and development environment, but architect and Design Advocacy Group Chair Kiki Bolender argues the work is only half done. In…

    • Licenses and Inspections team

Nutter Administration says L&I trainees' work was meant to update previous inspections

The Nutter Administration said on Monday that 600 building inspections performed in one week last month were part of a training exercise for nine new employees who were steps away from…

    • The former Buck Hosiery factory's rubble and charred remains.

Nutter budget would bolster L&I, expand vacant property unit

In his final budget proposal as mayor, Michael Nutter is recommending a $5.5 million increase for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the agency responsible for enforcing the building and zoning…

    • Its A Show | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Road to development reform should start at L&I

City Council President Darrell Clarke has spent recent months advancing a plan to reorganize the city’s planning and development functions into a new cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development through a…

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Proposals would dismantle enforcement agency, centralize planning and development

City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill on Thursday that would make sweeping changes to the structure of the municipal government by creating a new cabinet-level Office of Planning and…

    • Vanity Grand Cabaret

Judge rejects city appeal of permit for Southwest Philly strip club

Southwest Philadelphia’s Vanity Grand Cabaret can remain open after the Dept. of Licenses and Inspections lost an appeal of a zoning board decision from last September. Earlier this month, Judge Ellen…

    • 1112-1128 Chestnut Street - project and permit info prominently displayed
Eyes on the Street

Project Information Revelation

Sometimes we’ve got to stop to recognize the small as significant. Today: Project information. Walking down 12th Street late last week my heart skipped a nerdy beat at Chestnut. Here Brickstone…

    • A stone wall constructed in the late 1920s is coming between neighbors on Penn Street and Midvale Avenue in East Falls. Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Residents of two East Falls blocks face $450K bill for alley-wall repairs

A stone wall constructed in the late 1920s is coming between neighbors on Penn Street and Midvale Avenue in East Falls. The stone-masonry retaining wall that separates the rear alley of…

    • The Thursday farmers' market returned to Clark Park this week
Eyes on the Street

New, simplified rules for farmers' markets

Philadelphia has 65 farmers' markets, and the city wants to encourage even more. New changes to the City’s Code could do just that. Last week City Council approved changes that eliminate…

    • St. Bonaventure | Photo by Bradley Maule

St. Bonaventure condemned, but who will salvage its soul?

Editor’s note: This story is a collaborative effort between PlanPhilly and Hidden City Philadelphia. With common interests and a natural allegiance, we pooled our resources to see what—if anything—gets salvaged…

    • Proposed AAA auto entity

AAA ponders options in Pennsport

AAA is considering its next step regarding the permits it needs to build a car repair shop at 1601 S. Columbus Blvd that L&I issued over-the-counter, but now intends to revoke.…

    • Proposed AAA auto entity

L&I intends to revoke permit for AAA garage in Pennsport

Philadelphia's Department of Licenses & Inspections intends to revoke the the over-the-counter zoning and building permits it issued allowing AAA to open a car repair shop at 1601 S. Columbus Blvd.…

    • 1800 block of N. Marston where GLC Group owns 15 properties and was photographed February 22, 2013. (David Swanson / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

City blight unit lauded, decimated

Since 2011, an innovative new anti-blight unit in the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has used data and strategic enforcement to prop up property values and speed redevelopment in transitional…

    • 1601 Columbus

UPDATE: Permits issued for non-permitted use in Central Delaware Overlay

Update: L&I Spokeswoman Rebecca Swanson tells PlanPhilly that the application for the vehicle-related use permit was submitted on June 4, 2013, one day prior to when City Council’s Rules Committee voted…

    • Ruffin Nichols Memorial AME  | Ashley Hahn

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…

    • The source of ongoing neighborhood friction, the city just spruced 5357 Knox St. up for what it hopes is the last time. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

L&I cleans up Germantown spite-blight property for the 11th time

For the neighbors in Germantown — and in the spirit of the season — this is the ongoing story of the "Nightmare on Knox Street." Earlier this month, a crew from the Department…

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    • Urban Demo, Francisville
Eyes on the Street

Time to set explicit, minimum site safety requirements

As the dust settled after the fatal building collapse at 22nd and Market on June 5, we were left with a lot of questions about how the city inspects and permits…

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