Licenses & Inspections


Should the Parking Authority Have the Power to Ticket … Everything?

Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney wants the Philadelphia Parking Authority to turn its hyper-vigilant gaze on construction sites, littering, illegally closed sidewalks and possibly an array […]


Report: L&I Allowed Uncertified Inspectors to Conduct 600 Inspections in One Week

Questionable goings-on in L&I land again? It depends on whom you ask. According to the Inquirer’s Alfred Lubrano, the Department of Licenses and Inspections allowed nine […]


The Brief: Michael Nutter’s “Historic” L&I Investment

Watchdogs have said for years that Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections department is dangerously underfunded. It was a victim of the recession, enduring cutbacks in staff under […]


Morning Headlines: How Did This Illegal Demolition in Fairmount Happen?

News of an illegal demolition having taken place on Poplar Street last spring has emerged, the Inquirer‘s Alfred Lubrano reports: Little more than a year after a botched demolition […]


Alan Butkovitz on L&I: “No Excuse for Putting Lives at Risk”

City Controller Alan Butkovitz has released another report critical of Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections department. The review, “Vacant Properties Creating Neighborhood Nuisances,” (below) says L&I is failing to hold […]

West Philly Building Collapse

Why Building Collapses Might Be More Likely in Winter

Rooftop view of @lululemon damage. Witness heard large crash RT @ErikaLynnes: #lululemon #roofcollapse #philly @6abc — Matt Simansky (@ActionNewsMatt) January 27, 2015 Last month’s […]


Today’s City Reads

Local: Mayor Nutter creates a board to check on post-building collapse reforms Politicians looove appointing commissions that issue recommendations. And they often seem to equally […]


Morning Headlines: Advisory Commission Sums Up What’s Wrong with L&I

Months after the botched demolition that left six people killed in the neighboring Salvation Army store, Mayor Michael Nutter signed an executive order that created […]


Panel Recommends L&I Be Split in Two

The Inquirer reports this morning that a “blue-ribbon panel” is recommending that the Department of Licenses & Inspections be split into two agencies — one focused […]


For Pete’s Sake Closed by Roof Collapse

For Pete’s Sake had been in the midst of an expansion recently. The bar at Front and Christian had been working to expand to a second […]


Morning Headlines: Roof Collapses At For Pete’s Sake Pub Building

Nobody was hurt, but that was a close one! The building that houses For Pete’s Sake Pub in Queen Village partially collapsed yesterday around 3:30pm. […]


City Finally Dismantles Boarded Up Frankford Home

It’s not even city-owned blight, which begs the question…if it had it been, how much longer would it have taken? After almost a year of […]


Controller: City Demolitions Still Unsafe

The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections’ demolition oversight procedures are still unsafe, City Controller Alan Butkovitz reported Thursday, a year after the deadly Salvation […]


Morning Headlines: L&I Officials Request $2 Million From City Council

City-owned blight may be the hardest to get rid of, but in the meantime Licenses and Inspections has been making an effort where it can. […]


Midday Headlines: Why City-Owned Blight Is So Hard to Get Rid Of

The city still festers with zombie properties, many of which have the label “imminently dangerous.” But we already know this, know the age-old adage of […]