Genral Requirements for Issuance:
- Permit Approval: Applicants are notified by email and provided with a Notice of Construction Plan Approval identifying all requirements for permit issuance and permit completion.
- All conditions of permit approval are met.
- Related building or parent permit and associated Zoning Development Review (ZDR) application are issued.
- All remaining fees, excluding previously paid application fees, are paid.
- The assigned permit holder has an appropriate and valid PLI license as applicable. License validity includes maintaining insurance requirements.
Permit Issuance Process:
- The applicant identifies the contractor (permit holder) selected to perform the work by their license number.
- The contractor (permit holder) confirms they accept the permit assignment and pays all remaining fees.
Trade License Requirements by Permit Type:
- PLI General Contractor License is required for:
- All commercial building permits.
- All residential building permits with new construction work type.
- Residential building permits with addition/alteration or minor alterations work types for rental or investment property.
- All demolition permits.
- All land operations permits.
- PA Attorney General’s Home Improvement Contractor Registration is required for all residential building permits with addition/alteration or minor alterations work types for private residences as permitted by PLI's License Rules and Regulations.
- PLI Electrical Trade License is required for all electrical permits.
- PLI Mechanical Trade License is required for all mechanical permits.
- Fire Suppression Trade License is required for suppression system permits unless limited solely to hood suppression system work scope.
- PLI Sign Contractor License is required for sign permits.
- Owner(s) of single-family or two-family dwellings self-performing work on their primary residence as permitted by PLI's License Rules and Regulations.
- Work performed by a governmental entity as permitted by PLI's License Rules and Regulations.
- Occupancy-Only permits.
- Occupant Load Placard permits.
- Work is authorized to begin after permit issuance. Note authorization is limited to work under that specific permit and does authorize work associated with other permits.
- Work shall be performed in accordance with approved documents and permit conditions.
- Work shall remain exposed until authorized by a PLI Inspector through a recorded passed inspection.
- Changes in work scope and/or design may require an amendment, see PLI's Permit Amendments guidelines.
- A permit remains valid if work begins within 180 days of permit issuance.
- A permit remains valid if all work suspension is limited to less than 180 days.
- All PLI permits, except the following, expire 5 years after the date of permit issuance: occupancy-only, occupant load placard, and demolition permits expire 180 days after issuance.
Permit Inspections. Note ALL PLI permits, including occupancy-only and occupant load placard permits, require PLI inspections.