Phone (610) 497-2700

Business Privilege License

You must have a Business Privilege License for each ownership entity under which you own properties.  For example, if you have one property under your personal name, you only need one (1) Business Privilege License.  If you own more than one property with some under a corporate name and some under your personal name, you will need a Business Privilege License for each entity.  The Business Privilege License is a lifetime license.  The Business Privilege License Fee is $300 per entity.

Business Privilege License Form 

Rental License

You need a rental License for each and every property you own in Philadelphia.  Therefore, if you have ten (10) properties, you will need ten (10) rental licenses.  The Rental License fee is $50 per unit (Example - Duplex is 2 units or $100).

Rental License Form

 Please print out the form and complete sections 1 through 7.  If you are applying for both the Business Privilege License and Rental License, section 5 should be left blank.

 Once completed, please sign section 17 and fax the form to us 610.497.4333 or mail to us at 1440 Conchester Road Suite 1B, Garnet Valley,  PA 19060

 If your account has sufficient funds, we can prepare a check from your account, or if you prefer, you can prepare a check made out to the "City of Philadelphia" for the appropriate fees. It generally takes several weeks to get a response from the City regarding your approved license. We will complete the form and mail it in for you! 

Landlord Cooperation Act

As a property owner in Philadelphia, you are responsible for the unpaid gas bills for your property, unless you previously enrolled in PGW's pilot program, the Landlord Cooperation Program (LCP). 

If you register your property and remain in a cooperative status, PGW will not place a lien on your residential rental property during the term of the LCP.  If you decide not to enroll in LCP or are deemed uncooperative (e.g. refuse entry to a PGW employee), then you will be held liable for gas usage incurred at your residential rental property after August 9, 2006.

Cooperation with LCP includes:

  • You must enroll in the Landlord Cooperation Program;You must fully cooperate with the terms & conditions of the program.  For example, as part of the terms and conditions, you must work with PGW to allow access to the property when requested by PG
  • You must have a valid Business Privilege License and Rental License. There is no charge to sign up and participate in the LCP.
  • Sign up online for the Rental Suitability Certificate
  • The Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code (Section PM-102.6.4) requires an owner offering residential property for rent to provide the following to the tenant at the inception of each tenancy.
  • A Certificate of Rental Suitability issued by the Department of Licenses and Inspections no more than sixty (60) days prior to the inception of the tenancy.The owner’s attestation that all fire alarm and detection systems required for the premises are present and in proper working order, that the operating systems and the property are free of defects which affect the health and safety of the occupants and that the owner will continue to maintain the operating systems and the property throughout the tenancy.
  • The fee for the Certificate is $25.00.  (There is a $3.00 service charge for credit card payment.  Please note: Pre-Paid credit cards will not work) The printed Certificate will include the required owner’s attestations.       

 


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