Heads up: There are no suggested sections in this chapter.
Heads up: There are no amended sections in this chapter.
An application shall be submitted to the department for the activities listed in Sections A-301.1.1 through A-301.1.6 and these activities shall not commence without a permit being issued in accordance with Section A-302.0. Where the scope of work includes demolition, moving or removal of a structure greater than one story or greater than 500 square feet, a separate application and permit for such work shall be required. Where the scope of work includes more than one lot, a separate permit shall be required for each lot.

Exception: Permits shall not be required for the construction, alteration and use of those buildings, elements and systems not regulated by this code as detailed in Section A-102.1 of this code, including but not limited to the following:
  1. Pursuant to the UCC, State-owned buildings.
  2. Pursuant to the UCC, the installation, repair or replacement of a boiler or unfired pressure vessel regulated by the Boiler and Unfired Pressure Law (35 P. S. §§ 1331.1 — 1331.19) and Chapter 3 (relating to boilers and unfired pressure vessels) as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
  3. Federally owned and operated buildings.
  4. Pursuant to the UCC, the installation, alteration or repair of generation, transmission, distribution, metering or other related equipment that is, by established right, under the ownership and control of public services agencies.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.1 was amended by Bill No. 110844 with effective date of August 22, 2012, Bill No. 130698-A with effective date of August 19, 2015, Bill No. 170091-A with effective May 22, 2017, and last by Bill No. 180175 with effective date of June 6, 2018.
A building permit is required for the following activities:
  1. Construction or erection of a structure.
  2. Construction of an addition to a structure.
  3. Altering, modifying, repairing, or improving a structure.
  4. Demolishing, moving or removing a structure.
  5. Making a change of occupancy as defined in Section A-106.1 of this code.
  6. Installing, erecting, enlarging, removing, replacing, converting, repairing or altering any equipment which is regulated by the Building Code, Fuel Gas Code, Mechanical Code or Residential Code. This includes the installation of a boiler in a building with less than five (5) dwelling units.
  7. Installing any trailer, regardless of the method of support, including support on wheels or blocks. The provisions of this Title shall apply to a trailer in the same manner as if the trailer were a site-built structure.
  8. Clearing, grubbing or earth disturbance of any land in excess of 5,000 square feet. No building permit shall be issued unless an erosion control plan has been approved for the site pursuant to applicable state and local stormwater-management requirements.
  9. Construction in the right of way as required by Title 11 of the Philadelphia Code. The provisions of this Title 4 shall apply to the issuance of a building permit. No such permit shall be issued without the approval of the Streets Department.
UpCodes note: Section A-301.1.1 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
A permit or license is required for those operations, facilities, trades and hazardous materials specified in the Fire Code.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.1.2 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
An electrical permit is required for the installation, alteration, replacement or repair of electrical and communication wiring and equipment within or on any structure or premises and for the alteration of any such existing installation.
A plumbing permit is required for the installation, alteration, renewal, replacement and repair of plumbing.
A zoning permit is required for the construction, erection, removal, demolition, or change in exterior dimension of any structure. A use registration permit is required for every new use commenced on any land or in any structure except for use as a single-family dwelling.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.1.5 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Where equipment replacements and repairs of systems and structures that require a permit must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next three business days to the Department. In such cases, the Department shall be notified of the emergency as soon as possible.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.1.6 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Permits shall not be required for the activities listed in Sections A-301.2.1 through A-301.2.5 and the regulations promulgated pursuant thereto. Exemptions from permit requirements of this code or the technical codes shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of The Philadelphia Code.

Exception: Permits are required in flood protection areas for any construction, reconstruction, modification, extension, expansion, or substantial improvement of structures; filling; dredging; mining; grading; paving; excavation; drilling operations; or storage of equipment or materials; land excavation; land clearing; land improvement; or any construction thereof.


UpCodes note: Section A-301.2 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
A building permit shall not be required for the following activities. This subsection does not exempt any activity from any other applicable permit requirements under The Philadelphia Code, including Chapter 14-1000 relating to historic designations.
  1. Ordinary repairs to restore to good or sound condition any part of an existing structure for the purpose of its maintenance. Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, gas, or similar piping or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.
  2. Recreational trailers, vacant trailers parked on site and trailers used in conjunction with construction for storage and construction management facilities during the construction operations.
  3. Non-masonry fences that do not exceed six feet high.
  4. Masonry fence walls that do not exceed two feet high.
  5. Retaining walls that do not exceed two feet in height measured from the lowest level of grade to the top of the wall where no surcharge is supported and that do not impound Class I, II or III-A liquids.
  6. Pointing of masonry.
  7. Water tanks supported directly on grade where the tank capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2-to-1.
  8. Painting, papering and similar wall and ceiling finishes that do not exceed 0.036 inches (0.9 mm) in thickness.
  9. Paneling or gypsum wallboard installed over existing wall surfaces and ceiling material applied directly to existing ceilings in one- and two-family and Group U occupancies.
  10. Insulation installed in one- and two-family and Group U occupancies without removal of wall or ceiling surfaces.
  11. Traditional floor coverings such as wood, vinyl, linoleum, terrazzo and resilient floor coverings that are not comprised of fibers.
  12. Carpeting and similar floor coverings that are not installed in exit access corridors, exit passageways or vertical exits.
  13. Cabinets, counter tops and similar finishing work.
  14. Movable cases, counters and partitions that are not over 5 feet 9 inches in height.
  15. Temporary motion picture, television, and theater stage sets and scenery.
  16. One-story detached structures accessory to one- and two-family occupancies, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (18.58 m2).
  17. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to one- and two-family occupancies where the pool is less than 24 inches deep, does not exceed 5,000 gallons and is installed entirely above ground.
  18. Window awnings that are supported solely by, and do not project more than 54 inches from, the exterior wall of buildings containing one- and two-family or Group U occupancies.
  19. Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes that do not include service systems.
  20. Swings, playground equipment and structures limited to the use of a household pet, accessory to one- and two-family occupancies.
  21. Sidewalks, driveways, patios, and similar concrete or other hard surface materials constructed on grade where they are not part of an accessible route. This exception includes decks of any material, accessory to one- and two-family occupancies where the deck is located not more than 12 inches above the ground surface below and is not over a story or basement.
  22. Replacement of non-fire-resistance rated windows and doors in one- and two-family occupancies without structural change (no change in shape or size of existing openings).
  23. Portable units including: ventilation equipment, heating appliances, cooling units, evaporative coolers, clothes drying appliances, fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
  24. Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by the Building Construction and Occupancy Code.
  25. Replacement of any component part or assembly of an appliance or equipment that does not alter its original approval and does not render the appliance or equipment unsafe.
  26. Self-contained refrigeration systems that contain 10 pounds (4.5 kg) or less of refrigerant, or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (0.75 kW) or less.
  27. Bridge structures for rail, vehicular and/or footway traffic only, that are within street or rail rights-of-way.
  28. Replacement of exterior stairs, ramps, platform lifts, steps and landings accessory to one- and two-family occupancies provided that they do not exceed 6 feet in vertical height; do not encroach upon the public right-of-way; and the landing does not have a surface area greater than 36 square feet with no individual dimension greater than 6 feet. This exclusion does not provide for vertical enclosure of the covered element(s) except guards required by the Building Code.
  29. Buildings and structures subject to the Pennsylvania Industrialized Housing Act, Act 70 of 1972, P.L. 286, or the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Authorization Act, Act 192 of 1982, P.L. 676. This permit exception is limited in accordance with the provisions of Section A-102.12 of this code.
  30. The installation of tubing, piping, propane gas burning appliances, equipment or fixtures related to liquefied petroleum gas pursuant to the Propane and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act, Act 61 of 2002, P.L. 421 (35 P.S. §§ 1329.1 — 1329.19), as regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.2.1 was amended by Bill No. 070821 (approved November 15, 2007), Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013), and Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
A permit or license shall not be required for the following operations:
  1. Storage of those quantities of materials or conditions exempted by the applicable provisions of the Fire Code.
  2. Cutting and welding performed as part of a permitted construction activity.
UpCodes note: Section A-301.2.2 was amended by Bill No. 110844 effective August 22, 2012 and further amended by Bill No. 180175 which was approved June 6, 2018.
An electrical permit shall not be required for the following activities:
  1. Minor repair and maintenance work including, the replacement of lamps, circuit breakers and fuses; repairing or replacement of switches, lamp sockets, ballasts, drop cords, receptacles, bulbs; taping bare joints; and replacing lighting fixtures to existing connections.
  2. The connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
  3. The installation, alteration or repair of electrical equipment of a regulated public utility for its use in the generation, transmission, distribution or metering of electricity.
  4. The installation of a temporary system required for the testing or servicing of electrical equipment or apparatus.
  5. Removal of electrical wiring in the total demolition of a structure.
  6. The installation of electrical componentry used in connection with the installation or reinstallation of partition systems listed in published reports of inspected electrical equipment by the Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL).
  7. The installation of low voltage wiring in one- and two-family and Group U occupancies.
  8. Installations in railway cars or automotive equipment.
  9. The installation of conductors or equipment for or by public utilities, common carriers or commercial radio or television stations that are under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or a federal regulatory body. This exemption applies only to conductors and equipment used directly in the conduct of the entity's business as a utility, common carrier or commercial radio or television station and that are located either outdoors or in a building or portion thereof used exclusively for the business function of such entity.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.2.3 was amended by Bill No. 090842 (approved January 13, 2010) and further amended by Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
A plumbing permit shall not be required for the following activities:
  1. Minor repairs including the replacement of faucets or valves or parts thereof with like material or material serving the same purpose; or the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided the work does not include the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.
  2. The sealing of sewer laterals for building demolitions contracted by the Department.
  3. Stopping leaks in a drain, water, soil, waste, or vent pipe provided that no piping is replaced with new material.
  4. Clearing stoppages or repairing leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, provided that valves, pipes or fixtures are not replaced or rearranged.
A zoning or use registration permit shall not be required for the following activities:
  1. Construction and use of structures totally outside of lot lines.
  2. A use registration permit is not required for single-family dwellings.
  3. Alterations to an existing structure which do not change the area, height, floor area or bulk of the structure and the existing use is legal and unchanged.
  4. Temporary uses, structures and signs for special events of a limited time period, typically open to the public and of a non-commercial nature, as approved by the Code Official after consideration of the impact on the immediate area.
  5. Mobile Food Vendors, licensed under Section 9-203 of this Code and operating on privately-owned property, provided that such vendors comply with all of the requirements of subsection 9-203(10).
  6. Demolitions performed under contract with the Department and in compliance with current Procurement Department Specifications.
  7. Fences at or below the height allowable by the Zoning Code (Title 14).
  8. Swimming pools accessory to one- and two-family dwellings.
  9. Canopies or awnings accessory to a one- or two-family dwelling, provided the canopy or awning does not exceed 120 square feet.
  10. Sheds, playhouses, pergolas and similar structures accessory to one- or two-family dwellings, provided the structure is located in the rear yard and does not exceed 120 square feet.
  11. Temporary motion picture, television and theater sets and scenery.
  12. Concrete or other hard surface materials on grade, such as driveways, walkways and patios not used for parking.
  13. Decks within building lines, not more than 12 inches above the ground surface below and not over any basement or story below.
  14. Decks located in the rear yard and accessory to one-family dwellings allowable by the Zoning Code (Title 14).
  15. Building service equipment, such as mechanical, electrical or plumbing equipment, including necessary mounting systems, required to operate and maintain facilities located on the same lot. To qualify for this exemption, the equipment may not be located within a required setback from the street nor conflict with any dimensional restriction of the Zoning Code.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.2.5 was amended by Bill No. 110844 (approved December 21, 2011), Bill No. 150056-A (approved May 5, 2015), and Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
The application for a permit shall be submitted in such form as this Code requires and as the department prescribes and shall be accompanied by the required fee as prescribed in Chapter 9.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.3 was amended by Bill No. 130698-A with effective date of August 19, 2015 and further amended by Bill No. 180175 which was approved on June 6, 2018.
Application for a permit shall be made by the owner or lessee of the building or structure, or agent of either, by the registered design professional employed in connection with the proposed work; by any person or entity with written documentation of equitable ownership of that real property; by a conservator of the property; or other licensed person authorized to apply by the codes. If the application is made by a person other than the owner in fee, it shall be accompanied by a signed statement or electronic confirmation of the qualified applicant to the effect that the proposed work is authorized by the owner in fee and that the applicant is authorized to make such application. The full names and addresses of the owner, lessee, applicant and the responsible officers, if the owner or lessee is a corporate body, shall be stated in the application.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.4 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Every permit application shall, to the extent applicable:
  1. Contain a general description of the proposed work.
  2. Provide the specific street address of the proposed work.
  3. Further identify the location of the proposed work if in a portion of a structure.
  4. State the occupancy of the structure and for which the proposed work is intended.
  5. State the total valuation of the work for which application is made.
  6. Be signed by the applicant or when required, by the licensed holders.
  7. State the name, address and license number of licensed contractor(s) who will perform work under the permit.
  8. Provide the Commercial Activity License numbers of contractors, design professionals, agents, owners, lessors, etc. as appropriate to the application.
  9. Give such additional information as required by the department.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.5 was amended by Bill No. 110758 (approved December 21, 2011), Bill No. 130698-A (approved February 19, 2014), Bill No. 170898 (approved December 20, 2017), and Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
Applications for permits shall be accompanied by construction documents that include the information required by Section A-305.0, the technical codes, regulations, plan submission standards, and any other information that the code official determines is necessary to issue the permit. As used in this Chapter, construction documents shall include demolition plans as described in Section A-305.2.2.1. When paper copies of any construction documents are submitted, three sets shall be required, and the applicant shall be required to pay an electronic imaging fee as established by regulation. The code official may waive the requirement for the submission of construction documents in accordance with Section A-305.1.1.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.3 was amended by Bill No. 130698-A with effective date of August 19, 2015 and further amended by Bill No. 180175 which was approved on June 6, 2018.
Subject to the limitations of Section A-301.8, amendments to a plan, application or other records accompanying the same shall be filed at any time before completion of the work for which the permit is sought or issued. Such amendments shall be deemed part of the original application and shall be filed therewith and requisite fees paid.

Exception: Zoning and use registration permits are not subject to amendment.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.7 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
An application for a permit for any proposed work shall be deemed to have been abandoned 60 days after the date of any request by the Department for information from the applicant or 60 days after notification by the Department that the application is approved and available for pick-up, unless the applicant provides any requested information to the Department and has taken the necessary steps to pick up the permit from the Department. The code official may grant one or more extensions of time for additional periods not exceeding 90 days each if there is reasonable cause.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.8 was amended by Bill No. 070821. The bill was approved on November 15, 2007.
The Department is authorized to deem abandoned any permit application where a Court of proper jurisdiction has authorized the Department to act upon its police powers to abate an unsafe condition.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.8.1 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
The applicant for any building or demolition permit that requires the submission of plans must list on the building permit application the names of all waste haulers. Copies of all tipping receipts and evidence of proper disposal must be retained for audit upon request for three (3) years after the building permit is finalized. Failure to properly dispose of construction, demolition, or alteration debris on a project on any size, regardless of the need for a permit, shall result in the suspension or revocation of the Contractor License in addition to any criminal penalties that may be imposed.

UpCodes note: Section A-301.9 was amended by Bill No. 160768 with effective date January 1, 2019.
The Department shall examine or cause to be examined all applications for permits and amendments thereto. If the application or the construction documents do not conform to the requirements of all pertinent laws, the code official shall reject such application in writing, stating the reasons therefor. If the code official is satisfied that the proposed work conforms to the requirements of this code and the technical codes and all laws and ordinances applicable thereto, the code official shall issue a permit therefor as soon as practicable upon payment of requisite fees.
The code official shall grant or deny a complete permit application in whole or in part or request further information, within 30 business days of the filing date for commercial construction and 15 business days for residential construction. If the permit application is for an imminently dangerous structure as determined under the Property Maintenance Code Section PM-110, then the code official shall preliminarily review such application for completeness at the time submitted, and shall grant or deny a complete permit application within 5 business days of receipt. Reasons for a denial shall be in writing and sent to the applicant. When agreed to by the code official and the permit applicant in writing, the deadline for action shall be extended by the number of days specified in the agreement.

Exception: The deadline for action on permits for structures that have been designated as historic or are located in an historic district is extended by the amount of time the application is under review by the Historical Commission.


UpCodes note: Section A-302.1.1 was last amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
For applications for reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other improvement of existing buildings or structures subject to the technical codes and located in a flood hazard area as established by the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the code official shall examine or cause to be examined the construction documents and shall prepare a finding with regard to the value of the proposed work. For buildings that have sustained damage of any origin, the value of the proposed work shall include the cost to repair the building or structure to its pre-damage condition. If the code official finds that the value of proposed work equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the building or structure before the damage has occurred or the improvement is started, a determination of substantial improvement or substantial damage shall be issued and the applicable requirements of the Building Code or Residential Code shall be applied.

The term substantial improvement shall not include:
  1. Improvements of a building or structure required to correct existing health, sanitary or safety code violations identified by the code official and which are the minimum necessary to assure safe living conditions; or
  2. Any alteration of an historic building or structure, provided that the alteration will not preclude the continued designation as an historic building or structure. For the purposes of this exclusion, an historic building is:
    1. Listed or preliminarily determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; or
    2. Determined by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior as contributing to the historical significance of a registered historic district or a district preliminarily determined to qualify as an historic district; or
    3. Designated as historic under Chapter 14-1000 of The Philadelphia Code.
If the building or structure has sustained substantial damage, all repairs are considered substantial improvement regardless of the actual repair work performed.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.1.2 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Any permit issued shall become invalid if the authorized work is not commenced within six months after issuance of the permit, or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of six months after the time of commencing the work. The code official is authorized, for reasonable cause, to extend in writing the time for commencing or suspending the work for a period not exceeding six months upon written request of the permittee. No permit shall be extended more than once. In order to proceed with the work authorized by an expired permit, a new permit shall be obtained.

Exception: Those permits regulated by Sections A-302.2.1 through A-302.2.5.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.2 was amended by Bill No. 130698-A (approved February 19, 2014), Bill No. 160469 (approved June 28, 2016), and by Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
Fire permits shall be limited to the time period specified by the permit.
See § 14-303(10).

UpCodes note: Section A-302.2.2 was added by Bill No. 090127 (approved June 3, 2009) and further amended by Bill No. 110844 (approved December 21, 2011), effective August 22, 2012.
  1. For permits issued in connection with imminently dangerous structures or conditions (see PM-110.1), the permit shall become invalid if the work does not commence within 10 days after issuance or does not progress continuously until the structure or condition is made safe, unless the permit is otherwise extended by the Department.
  2. For permits issued in connection with an unsafe structure or condition (see PM-108, PM-109), the permit shall become invalid if the work does not commence within 30 days after permit issuance or does not progress continuously until the structure or condition is made safe, unless the permit is otherwise extended by the Department.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.2.3 was amended by Bill No. 140856 with an effective date of July 1, 2015. References to PM code sections were corrected. The original text in the bill was,

"Permits related to imminently dangerous and unsafe structures or conditions.
  1. For permits issued in connection with imminently dangerous structures or conditions (see [PM-308.1] PM-311.1), the permit shall become invalid if the work does not commence within 48 hours after issuance or does not progress continuously until the structure or condition is made safe, unless the permit is otherwise extended by the Department.
  2. For permits issued in connection with an unsafe structure or condition (see [PM-307.1] PM-108, PM-310), the permit shall become invalid if the work does not commence within 10 days after permit issuance or does not progress continuously until the structure or condition is made safe, unless the permit is otherwise extended by the Department."
A rough-in permit shall become invalid if the work is not initiated and the associated complete permit is not obtained within 60 days of issuance.
Pursuant to the UCC, a permit issued for construction or demolition under the authority of the UCC may be valid for no more than 5 years from its issue date.
This code and the technical codes shall not require changes in the construction documents, construction or designated occupancy classification of a building or structure for which a permit has been issued pursuant to the requirements of a previously adopted code(s) and the construction of which has been actively pursued within the time periods specified by Section A-302.2.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.3 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
The code official charged with the review of permit applications and related construction documents shall affix a signature or provide electronic approval to each approved application and/or permit in accordance with procedures of the department.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.4 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Upon approval, the code official shall stamp or endorse electronic approval on each page of construction documents, unless otherwise specified. Such approved construction documents shall not be changed, modified or altered without authorization from the code official. Work shall be done in accordance with the approved construction documents and required non-design changes marked thereon by the code official.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.5 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
The approved construction documents shall be distributed as follows:
  1. One set shall be retained in the records of the Department according to the established retention schedule.
  2. One set shall be available to the appropriate inspection office.
  3. One set shall be returned to the applicant. A paper copy shall be retained by the applicant at the construction site and shall be available for inspection by the code official.
Construction documents approved by the Department are approved with the intent that such construction documents comply in all respects with this code and the applicable technical codes. Any omissions or errors on the construction documents do not relieve the applicant or other responsible persons of having to comply with all applicable requirements of this code and the technical codes. The issuance of a permit based on construction documents and other data shall not prevent the code official from requiring the correction of errors in the construction documents and other data. The code official is authorized to prevent occupancy or use of a structure where in violation of The Philadelphia Code.
The code official is authorized to issue a permit for the construction of foundations before the construction documents for the entire structure have been submitted provided the zoning permit for the entire structure has been issued and provided that appropriate construction documents and required statements have been filed. Approval of the Philadelphia Water Department for water and sewer availability and storm water management is required prior to the issuance of a foundation permit.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.6 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Issuance of a foundation permit for a structure shall be the basis for issuance of plumbing and electrical permits for such work below grade.
The owner of a structure for which a foundation and related permits have been issued shall proceed at the owner's risk without assurance that a permit for the entire structure will be granted. Issuance of a foundation permit shall not be construed to establish vested rights to the building or related permits on the part of any party to the construction project.
In lieu of an individual permit for each repair, replacement, maintenance operation or alteration to an already approved electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing installation, the code official is authorized to issue an annual permit upon application therefor. The work authorized under an annual permit does not include new installations or the extension of existing systems. The applicant shall be a person, firm, institution or corporation regularly employing one or more qualified trade persons in the building, structure, or on the premises owned or operated by the applicant for the permit. A licensed trades person employed by the firm, institution or corporation and responsible for the work regulated by the permit shall be identified prior to the issuance of the annual permit.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.7 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
The entity to whom an annual permit is issued shall keep a detailed record of all work performed under the annual permit. The work record shall be available for inspection by the code official at all times, or at the code official's discretion, shall be filed with the code official.
Permits and licenses shall be kept on the premises designated therein at all times and shall be readily available for inspection by the code official. A true copy of all permits or notice of permits issued by the Department authorizing construction activity shall be posted on the site of the operations, open to public inspection during the entire time of the prosecution of the work for which the permit has been issued. The Department shall be authorized to establish Regulations for additional posting and signage requirements related to construction.

Exceptions:
  1. Rental license, where there is no on-premises management office.
  2. The posting of zoning and use registration permits shall be regulated by Title 14.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.8 was amended by Bill No. 020758 (approved January 31, 2003), Bill No. 130691-A (approved February 19, 2014), and Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
The holder of any permit authorizing construction activity shall maintain a true copy of the developer or contractor's certificate of insurance on the site of the operations, open to public inspection upon request during the entire time that the construction permit or notice of permits issued by the Department is to be posted.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.8.1 was added by Bill No. 060346 (approved September 14, 2006).
The code official is authorized to revoke a permit or approval issued pursuant to the provisions of this code and the technical codes in case of any of the following:
  1. The permit was issued in error.
  2. The permit was issued on the basis of incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information in the application or construction documents.
  3. The permit was issued on the basis of false statement or misrepresentation of fact in the application or construction documents.
  4. An ordinance, regulation, or condition of permit has been violated.
  5. Work is being conducted in an unsafe manner.
  6. A Stop Work Order or Cease Operations Order has been issued.
When the department determines that grounds exist for the revocation of a permit, it shall serve written notice upon the permit holder, stating the nature of the violation. The Department is authorized to allow for a reasonable period within which compliance with all the requirements of such permit shall be achieved. The notice may also describe a course of remedial action.

UpCodes note: Section A-102.3 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Permits issued pursuant to this code and the technical codes are subject to the conditions stated in Sections A-302.10.1 through A-302.10.5 as applicable.
A permit shall not be issued until the fees prescribed in Chapter 9 have been paid.
The permit shall be a license to proceed with the work and shall not be construed as authority to violate, cancel or set aside any of the provisions of this code or the technical codes, except as specifically stipulated by legally granted variance.
All work shall conform to the approved application and the approved construction documents for which the permit has been issued and any approved amendments to the approved application or the approved construction documents. Permits are not transferable except by approval of the department.
UpCodes note: Section A-302.10.3 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
All new work shall be located strictly in accordance with the approved site plan.
A permit for any demolition or alteration in excess of $50,000 shall not be issued until an asbestos inspection report including all laboratory sample reports and analyses, furnished by an independent certified asbestos investigator as defined in Section 6-601 of the Philadelphia Health Code, has been submitted. Submission of an asbestos inspection report is not required for buildings erected pursuant to a building permit issued after December 31, 1980, or any residence with three dwelling units or less. The Department is responsible for forwarding the submitted asbestos inspection report to the Department of Public Health for review and appropriate action. Notwithstanding this requirement, where asbestos is found, all regulations of the Department of Public Health shall be followed.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.10.5 was amended by Bill No. 130685 (approved February 19, 2014), and Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
Subject to the exclusions established by the UCC in Section A-102.1 of this code, the code official is authorized to issue a building permit for temporary structures and temporary uses. Such permits shall be limited as to time of service, but shall not be permitted for more than 180 days. The code official is authorized to grant extensions for demonstrated cause.

UpCodes note: Section A-302.11 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Temporary structures and uses shall comply with the relevant requirements of Chapter 31 of the Building Code.
The code official is authorized to terminate such permit for a temporary structure or use and to order the temporary structure or use to be discontinued.
Before a structure is demolished or removed, the Demolition Contractor licensed pursuant to § 9-1008 of The Philadelphia Code responsible for the demolition shall notify all utilities having service connections within the structure such as water, electric, gas, sewer and other connections. Service connections and appurtenant equipment, such as meters and regulators shall be removed or sealed and plugged in a safe manner.
Upon submittal of an application for a permit for the demolition of a structure, the department shall provide a notice to the Demolition Contractor to be posted prior to the demolition of the structure. The Demolition Contractor shall post such notice on the structure to be demolished. Upon issuance of the building permit for the demolition, and in addition to the notification requirements for contractors established in this Section and the Building Code, the department is authorized to distribute an informational bulletin indicating that the City or owner intends to demolish said structure. The department shall distribute the informational bulletin to the properties located within a 100 foot radius of the subject property. The requirement to distribute an informational bulletin shall not create any actionable right for any resident or owner of the subject property or any neighboring property.

Exceptions:
  1. In the event of an emergency which requires immediate action to protect the health or safety of the public, which shall include any time the Department has served notice of a requirement to demolish an imminently dangerous structure under Section PM-110.2 of this Title and demolition is carried out within 10 days of service by the Department of the notice requiring demolition; provided that the Department distributes the informational bulletin to any property abutting the property on which a structure is to be demolished.
  2. When the structure has been posted as required by Section 14-303(13) of The Philadelphia Code.
  3. When the structure has been the subject of a variance granted by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

UpCodes note: Section A-303.2 was amended by Bill No. 020411 (approved October 15, 2002), Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013), Bill No. 130691-A (approved February 19, 2014), Bill No. 140856 (approved December 19, 2014), effective July 1, 2015, and Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
The notice shall be posted by the Demolition Contractor on each street frontage of the premises with which the notice is concerned. Posted notices shall remain until demolition of the structure, which shall not commence less than 21 days from the date of the initial posting of the notice.

UpCodes note: Section A-303.2.1 was amended by Bill No. 020411 (approved October 15, 2002), and Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
Such posted notice shall be clearly visible to the public. All notices shall contain the date on which the permit application for demolition was submitted to the Department.

UpCodes note: Section A-303.2.2 was amended by Bill No. 020411. The bill was approved on October 15, 2002.
No person shall remove such notice prior to the approved date on which demolition is permitted to commence, unless the owner notifies the department that the structure will not be demolished and the permit has been revoked by the department upon such request, in which case, the Demolition Contractor shall remove the notice.
Any Demolition Contractor who violates the provisions of this Section shall be subject to penalties as prescribed in Chapter 6.
The Department shall include in any informational bulletin distributed pursuant to this Section all of the following: education material explaining the inherent safety risks of demolition; contractor obligations regarding party walls; information concerning shoring and bracing of walls; waterproofing and enclosure of breaches for interior walls that become exterior walls, and other required finishings.

UpCodes note: Section A-303.2.5 was amended by Bill No. 130691-A (approved February 19, 2014), and Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
A demolition permit shall be valid only in connection with work performed by the licensed Demolition Contractor identified on the permit. A Demolition Contractor that seeks to perform demolition work under a permit identifying another contractor must obtain an amendment of such permit that authorizes work by the new Demolition Contractor.

UpCodes note: Section A-303.3 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Before any structure which has been moved is occupied, the structure and mechanical equipment shall be inspected for safe use and operation and for compliance with applicable provisions of this code and the technical codes.
The construction documents for new construction, alteration, repairs, expansion, addition or modification for buildings or structures required for a permit application shall be prepared by a registered design professional consistent with the professional registration laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Where special conditions exist, the code official is authorized to require additional construction documents to be prepared by a registered design professional. The construction documents shall include the name and address of the registered design professional and shall be signed, sealed and dated by the registered design professional in accordance with the professional registration laws.

Exceptions:
  1. A registered design professional is not required to prepare the construction documents for the remodeling or alteration of a building where there is no compensation paid for such preparation and the remodeling or alteration does not relate to additions to the building or changes to the building's structure or means of egress and where the cost of the work is less than $25,000.
  2. A registered design professional is not required to prepare designs submitted under the provisions of Chapter 24 of the Residential Code for residential buildings having a conditioned floor area of 5,000 square feet (465 m 2 ) or less, provided a qualified person prepares such designs.
  3. The seal of a registered design professional shall not be required for ground floor additions to one- and two-family buildings of less than 120 square feet.
UpCodes note: Section A-304.1 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Special inspections shall be made in accordance with the Building Code.
The special inspection requirements shall be determined prior to the issuance of the building permit and shall be a requisite for the permit issuance as described in the Building Code.
All fees and costs related to the performance of special professional services shall be borne by the owner.
When it is required that documents be prepared by a registered design professional, the code official is authorized to require the owner to engage and designate on the permit application, a registered design professional who shall act as the registered design professional in responsible charge. If the circumstances require, the owner shall designate a substitute registered design professional in responsible charge, who shall perform the duties required of the original registered design professional in responsible charge. The code official shall be notified in writing by the owner if the registered design professional in responsible charge is changed or is unable to continue to perform the duties.

The registered design professional in responsible charge shall be responsible for reviewing and coordinating submittal documents prepared by others, including phased and deferred submittal items, for compatibility with the design of the building.

UpCodes note: Section A-304.3 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
For the purposes of this Section, deferred submittals are defined as those portions of the design that are not submitted at the time of the application and that are to be submitted to the code official within a specified period.

Deferral of any submittal items shall be subject to the prior approval of the code official. The registered design professional in responsible charge shall list the deferred submittals on the construction documents for review by the code official.

Documents for deferred submittal items shall be submitted to the registered design professional in responsible charge who shall review them and forward them to the code official with a notation indicating that the deferred submittal documents have been reviewed and that they have been found to be in general conformance with the design of the building. The deferred submittal items shall not be installed until their design and submittal documents have been approved by the code official and any additional or amended permits have been issued.
Submittal documents consisting of construction documents and other data shall be submitted with each permit application. Plans shall be drawn on suitable material, generally to scale, dimensioned, and shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed. Plans shall show in detail that the work will conform to the provisions of the technical codes including applicable items specified in this Section A-305 and all applicable standards, regulations and ordinances. The Department is authorized to develop and require the submittal of forms to collect required information in a consistent format. Where special conditions exist, the building official is authorized to require additional construction documents to be prepared by a registered design professional.

UpCodes note: Section A-305.1 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
The code official is authorized to waive the submission of construction documents and other data that is not required to be prepared by a registered design professional where the code official determines that the nature of the work applied for is such that review of construction documents is not necessary to obtain compliance with the technical codes.
The Department is authorized to establish plan submission standards. Electronic media documents may be submitted where approved by the Department.

UpCodes note: Section A-305.1.2 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Where the quality of the materials is essential for conformity to the technical codes, specific information shall be given to establish such quality, and the code shall not be cited, nor shall the term "legal" or its equivalent be used as a substitute for specific information.
Construction documents shall include adequate details of structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical work, including computations, diagrams and other essential technical data as determined by the code official.

UpCodes note: Section A-305.1.4 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Applications for fire permits and zoning permits shall be accompanied by such documentation as this Section, the technical codes, regulations and departmental procedures require.

UpCodes note: Section A-305.1.5 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
The construction documents for permitting shall contain the information required by the technical codes and additional provisions included in A-305.2.1 through A-305.2.6.

Required approvals for each permit are provided herein. Additional officials or agencies may be involved based on the character of the permit application or the size or type of development involved. No provision of this section adds to or detracts from a power, duty, or responsibility granted to any board, commission, department, committee, or agency of the City by a grant of power, duty, or responsibility in another section of the Philadelphia Code or by the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter. In the case of any conflict between the provisions of this Section and the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter or other provisions of The Philadelphia Code, including this Administrative code, the provisions of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter or The Philadelphia Code shall govern.

UpCodes note: Section A-305.2 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Specific requirements for building permits include the items or data included in A-305.2.1.1 through A-305.2.1.6. Other requirements for building permit application construction documents are found in the appropriate sections of the technical codes.
In the case of new construction and additions, building permit applications shall be accompanied by a site plan showing to scale the size and location of all new construction and all existing structures on the site, distances from lot lines, the established street grades and the proposed finished grades, and as applicable, flood hazard areas, floodways, and design flood elevations; and it shall be drawn in accordance with an accurate boundary line survey.

Required accessibility features shall be shown including but not limited to: parking spaces, public transportation stops and accessible routes.

In the case of multiple spaces, buildings or parcels, the site plan shall include a key plan to identify the uses, spaces and structures within the site.

For buildings and structures in flood hazard areas the site plan shall include the delineation of flood hazard areas, floodway boundaries, and flood zones.

Submitted site plans shall be generally consistent with the site plans approved by the zoning permit for the construction.
Code analysis information shall be submitted with the construction documents. The code analysis information shall include the construction type, use and occupancy classification, means of egress information, occupant loads, and fire protection elements.
If any proposed construction or development is located entirely or partially within any identified floodplain area, in addition to the requirements of the Building or Residential Code, the construction documents shall provide all the necessary information in sufficient detail and clarity to enable the code official to determine that:
  1. all such proposals are consistent with the need to minimize flood damage and conform with the requirements of the technical codes;
  2. all utilities and facilities, such as sewer, gas, electrical and water systems, are located and constructed to minimize or eliminate flood damage;
  3. adequate drainage is provided to reduce exposure to flood hazards;
  4. structures will be anchored to prevent flotation, collapse, or lateral movement;
  5. building materials are flood-resistant;
  6. appropriate practices that minimize flood damage have been used; and
  7. electrical, heating, ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning equipment, and other service facilities have been designed and located to prevent water entry or accumulation.
A completed Flood Elevation Certificate (or Floodproofing Certificate as applicable) as published by FEMA shall also be submitted.
Supporting documentation shall be required to detail compliance with energy conservation requirements. The building's thermal envelope shall be represented on the construction drawings.
The soil classification and design load-bearing capacity shall be shown on the construction documents. The owner or applicant shall submit a foundation and soils investigation to the code official where required in the Building Code. Where required by the code official, a written report of the soils investigation shall be prepared and sealed by a professional engineer licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and submitted for any new construction, additions or foundations.

UpCodes note: Section A-305.2.1.5 was amended by Bill No. 110844 (approved December 21, 2011), effective August 22, 2012.
The following approvals of departments and agencies of the City of Philadelphia and/or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be required before a building permit may be issued:
  1. Zoning. A zoning and/or use registration permit shall be required for any change in use of the property, new construction or any changes in the gross floor area or height of an existing building in accordance with Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code.
  2. Philadelphia Water Department. The approval of the Philadelphia Water Department is required for conditions set forth in Pa Act 537 and the Clean Streams Act, and to confirm water and sewer availability.
  3. Philadelphia Streets Department. Philadelphia Streets Department approval is required as per Title 11 of the Philadelphia Code, including but not limited to curb cuts, encroachments and parking lots.
  4. Pennsylvania Department of Health. Pursuant to the UCC, Pennsylvania Department of Health approval is required for healthcare facilities.
  5. Philadelphia Historical Commission. Philadelphia Historical Commission approval is required for all work performed on properties listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in accordance with Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code.
  6. Philadelphia Art Commission. Philadelphia Art Commission approval is required as per the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter and Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code.
  7. Parks and Recreation. Parks and Recreation approval is required as per Titles 14 and 15 of the Philadelphia Code.
  8. Philadelphia Fire Department. Philadelphia Fire Department approval is required as per Subcode F of Title 4 of the Philadelphia Code.
  9. Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Philadelphia City Planning Commission approval is required per Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code.
  10. Commerce Department. Commerce Department approval is required for permits related to piers, wharves or other harbor structures pursuant to Section 18-103 of the Philadelphia Code.
  11. Philadelphia Department of Public Health approval is required for buildings connected to an on-lot sewage disposal system or private well.
Construction documents for a permit for the complete demolition of a structure shall be submitted in accordance with subsections A-305.2.2.1 through A-305.2.2.4.

Exception: Construction documents for demolition permits are not required for demolition of a one-story structure of 500 square feet or less when no other structures are located within ten (10) feet of the structure, unless the Department determines that provision of such documents is necessary to address health and safety concerns.

UpCodes note: Section A-305.2.2 was amended by Bill No. 130691-A (approved February 19, 2014) and Bill No. 170091-A (approved April 17, 2017), effective May 22, 2017.
A site safety demolition plan or complete "engineering survey" as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations developed by a competent person shall be submitted. The plan must address the methods used to carry out the demolition, as well as the proposed measures for protecting adjoining structures, property and pedestrians. A schedule of the demolition activities shall be developed as part of demolition planning. At a minimum, the plan shall include the following:
  1. Details on the type of construction and condition of the structure(s) to be demolished, including photographs of the structure and the site that accurately depict its present condition.
  2. Inspection details on the structural conditions of the adjoining properties.
  3. Description of the means and methods for protection of adjacent structures and public right-of-ways.
  4. Description of the method of demolition to be used.
  5. Details on any potential hazards.
  6. Underground utility confirmation number.
  7. Description of any safety exposures and environmental issues.
  8. In cases where the demolition requires Special Inspections in accordance with the Building Code, the site safety plan shall be approved by a professional engineer licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The plan shall include the name and address of the licensed engineer and shall be signed, sealed and dated by the engineer in accordance with the professional licensing laws. Submission of the plan by the demolition contractor constitutes agreement by the contractor to follow and carry out the plan.

UpCodes note: Section A-305.2.2.1 was amended by Bill No. 170091-A (approved April 17, 2017), effective May 22, 2017.
A site plan which includes the following information shall be submitted:
  1. Identification of elements listed below with the distance between each element and the structure(s) to be demolished:
    1. Property lines.
    2. Location and widths of adjacent walkways, streets, and easements.
    3. All existing buildings, including height, number of stories, and construction type.
    4. Neighboring structures on adjacent lots, including height, number of stories, and construction type.
    5. Location of utilities within the work area.
    6. Trees, light and other utility poles, street furniture and other items of a height of 8 feet or more not considered structures located on adjacent lots or public right-of-ways potentially impacted by the demolition.
    7. Location of all construction fences and sidewalk sheds around work site.
  2. The extent of demolition, including underground removal.
  3. Planned pedestrian protections.

UpCodes note: Section A-305.2.2.2 was amended by Bill No. 170091-A (approved April 17, 2017), effective May 22, 2017.
The contractor shall submit a schedule of the proposed demolition which shall include the following:
  1. The start date that is consistent with code requirements for public notice.
  2. Identification of demolition milestones and projected dates of completion.
  3. The proposed start and stop times for daily activity.
  4. Confirmation that the work will not begin before site safety measures are in place and those measures are inspected and approved by the code official.
As soon as practicable, the contractor is required to submit to the Department a revised demolition schedule if the demolition does not start in the time frame established by the schedule submitted with the permit application. Failure to submit the revised demolition schedule shall be a Class II violation.
The following approvals shall be required before a demolition permit may be issued:
  1. Zoning permit for the demolition.
  2. Plumbing permit for sealing of the building sewer at the curb trap.
  3. Water service discontinuance permit from the Philadelphia Water Department.
  4. Philadelphia Historical Commission approval for any buildings listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
  5. Philadelphia Water Department approval of stormwater management where the area of disturbance exceeds 5,000 square feet.
  6. Dust control permit and plan approved by the Department of Public Health for any a structure that exceeds 3 stories, 40 feet in height, or encompasses more than 10,000 square feet.
  7. Philadelphia City Planning Commission approval is required per Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code.
  8. Authorization of the owner of the property in the form of an affidavit or a signed statement to the effect that the proposed work is authorized by the owner. The Department is authorized to accept electronic confirmation of such authorization.
Specific requirements for electrical permits include the items or data included in A-305.2.3.1 through A-305.2.3.6.
Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of the applicable code and standard, and relevant laws, rules and regulations, as determined by the code official. The detail shall include but not be limited to the location and capacity of lighting facilities, electrically operated equipment and electrical circuits required for service equipment that is included in, or affected by, the scope of work covered by the permit.
Construction documents shall indicate where penetrations will be made for electrical systems and shall indicate the materials and methods for maintaining required structural safety, fire-resistance rating and fireblocking.
Where an addition or alteration is made to an existing electrical system, an electrical load calculation shall be prepared to determine if the existing electrical service has the capacity to serve the added load.
Information on the associated building permit for the project, where applicable.
Construction documents for fire alarm systems shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code, the applicable code and standard, and relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, as determined by the code official.
The following approvals of departments of the City of Philadelphia and/or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be required before an electrical permit may be issued:
  1. Pennsylvania Department of Health. Pursuant to the UCC, Pennsylvania Department of Health approval is required for healthcare facilities.
  2. Philadelphia Historical Commission. Philadelphia Historical Commission approval is required for the installation of solar and photovoltaic systems on properties listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, in accordance with Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code.
Specific requirements for mechanical and fuel gas permits include the items or data set forth in A-305.2.4.1 through A-305.2.4.4. Other requirements for mechanical and fuel gas permit application construction documents are found in the appropriate sections of the technical codes.
The construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature, and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that the work will conform to the provisions of the mechanical and fuel gas codes and relevant laws, rules and regulations, as determined by the code official.
Supporting documentation shall be required to detail compliance with energy conservation requirements.
Information on the associated building permit for the project, where applicable.
The following approvals of departments of the City of Philadelphia and/or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be required before a mechanical or fuel gas permit may be issued:
  1. Philadelphia Streets Department. Philadelphia Streets Department approval is required for any encroachments, as per Title 11 of the Philadelphia Code.
  2. Pennsylvania Department of Health. Pursuant to the UCC, Pennsylvania Department of Health approval is required for healthcare facilities.
  3. Philadelphia Historical Commission. Philadelphia Historical Commission approval is required for the placement of any equipment on the exterior of properties listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, in accordance with Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code.
  4. Philadelphia Department of Public Health approval is required for parking garage ventilation systems.
Specific requirements for plumbing permits include the items or data set forth in A-305.2.5.1 through A-305.2.5.5. Other requirements for plumbing permit application construction documents are found in the appropriate sections of the technical codes.
The construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature, and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that the work will conform to the provisions of the Plumbing Code and relevant laws, rules and regulations, as determined by the code official.
Confirmation that the water supply is to be protected by a backflow preventer as required and approved by the Philadelphia Water Department.
In the case of multiple buildings or parcels, the site plan shall identify the water and sewer connections and pipe serving the structures within the site. The approved point of disposal for storm water management systems required by regulations of the Philadelphia Water Department shall be shown.
Information on the associated building permit for the project, where applicable.
The following approvals of departments of the City of Philadelphia and/or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be required before a fire suppression permit may be issued:
  1. Philadelphia Water Department. The approval of the Philadelphia Water Department is required for water and sewer connections.
  2. Pennsylvania Department of Health. Pursuant to the UCC, Pennsylvania Department of Health approval is required for healthcare facilities.
  3. Philadelphia Department of Public Health approval is required for plumbing connected to an on-lot sewage disposal system or private well and for food service facilities.
Specific requirements for building permits for fire suppression systems include the items or data set forth in A-305.2.6.1 through A-305.2.6.6. Other requirements for fire suppression permit application construction documents are found in the appropriate sections of the technical codes and related standards.
The construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature, and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that the work will conform to the provisions of the Building Code, related NFPA standards and relevant laws, rules and regulations, as determined by the code official.
Submittal of hydraulic calculations as detailed by the appropriate NFPA standard to provide verifiable analysis of the water delivery and supply as it relates to the proposed fire suppression system.
Confirmation that the water supply is to be protected by a backflow preventer as required and approved by the Philadelphia Water Department.
In the case of multiple spaces, buildings or parcels, a site plan shall be submitted identifying the water connections and supply pipe to the uses and structures within the site.
Information on the associated building permit for the project, where applicable.
The following approvals of departments of the City of Philadelphia and/or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be required before a fire suppression permit may be issued:
  1. Philadelphia Water Department. The approval of the Philadelphia Water Department is required for water connections.
  2. Pennsylvania Department of Health. Pursuant to the UCC, Pennsylvania Department of Health approval is required for healthcare facilities.
  3. Philadelphia Historical Commission. Philadelphia Historical Commission approval is required for all work performed on properties listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, in accordance with Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code.
  4. Philadelphia Fire Department. Philadelphia Fire Department approval is required for hydrants as per Subcode F of Title 4 of the Philadelphia Code.
The prime contractor and/or owner must keep the approved set of construction documents on-site at all times and make the documents accessible for inspection upon demand of the code official. Failure to keep or make construction documents available on-site shall result in the issuance of a stop work order until the documents are produced and the Department determines that work can proceed safely.

UpCodes note: Section A-305.3 was amended by Bill No. 180175. The bill was approved on June 6, 2018.
Pursuant to the UCC, the Department shall keep records of all applications received, permits issued, reviewed building plans and specifications, certificates issued, fees collected, reports of inspections, notices and orders issued for all commercial buildings and structures related to construction activities regulated under the Building Construction and Occupancy Code. The Department shall retain these records as long as the related structure remains in existence.
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