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December 12, 2013

Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses & Inspections policy change

Effective January 1, 2014, the following documentation must be submitted with all permit applications:

Tax clearance form from the revenue department for the contractor – these forms may be obtained on line at Please select “Tax Clearance” on the left side of the web page and select “AMS Permits/License Issuance” from the drop-down box. Enter the contractor’s name and EIN or SSN. Once printed, the tax clearance form is valid for 30 days.

A current, valid certificate of insurance for the contractor – the certificate of insurance must indicate current coverage for comprehensive general liability, workers compensation and automobile liability. The comprehensive general liability (including products and completed operations) must evidence a minimum limit of liability of $500,000 per occurrence. The certificate of insurance must describe the type of operations/work the contractor has coverage for, which must be consistent with the contractor’s permit application. The certificate must also include a contact name and phone number of the contractor’s insurance broker or agent. The City of Philadelphia must be named certificate holder and additional insured under the contractor’s comprehensive general liability insurance policy.

Note: It is not acceptable for the additional insured requirement to be conditional upon there being a written contract. Permit applications will not be accepted without these documents.