Department of Licenses and Inspections

(Mayor Nutter discusses some of the recommendations of his blue ribbon panel report on the future of the Department of Licenses and Inspections in the wake of the fatal collapse of a building onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22nd and Market Streets in July 2013.  Members of the panel stand with the mayor.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Report Blames City For Failing To Heed Warnings Before Deadly Market St. Building Collapse

A report by the Mayor’s Special Independent Advisory Commission found the deadly June 5, 2013 building collapse that killed six and injured 14 was “a symptom of larger, long-standing problems” with the City’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.

09/25/2014

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Nutter, Clarke To Unveil Dueling Plans For L&I

Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke today are unveiling separate and competing proposals to reshape the structure of city government.

09/25/2014

(1956-57 photo courtesy of Friends of the Boyd, Inc.)

Preservation Group Drops Appeal Of Demolition Of Interior Of Boyd Theater

The parties who were at odds recently over the future of the landmark Theater have had a meeting of the minds on trying to save original Art Deco artifacts on the inside.

04/04/2014

(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

2013 IN REVIEW: Building Collapse Prompts Changes in Philadelphia Laws

Within days of the collapse, Mayor Nutter announced new restrictions on how contractors in Philadelphia obtain demolition permits.

12/30/2013

(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

Phila. Lawmakers Tackle Competing Interests For New Demolition Safety Rules

Lawmakers are getting down to the business of changing the city code to improve the safety of demolitions, in the wake of the fatal Market Street building collapse last June.

10/03/2013

(Former L&I commissioner Bennett Levin testifies at a City Council hearing on the Market Street building collapse.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council, Probing Deadly Center City Demolition Collapse, Hears From L&I Alums

Two former heads of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections offered differing views on whether L&I has lost sight of public safety.

08/01/2013

(credit: CBS3)

EXCLUSIVE: New Concerns Over A Demolition Site In Philadelphia

Eyewitness News finds new concerns over a demolition site in Philadelphia.

06/12/2013

Center City Building Collapse File Photo (Credit: Tim Jimenez)

City Council To Begin Regulatory Probe of Philadelphia Demolitions

Philadelphia City Council is launching its own probe of last week’s fatal center city building collapse, though its review will focus on the broad issues of regulations and licensing governing demolitions.

06/10/2013

(Cleanup continued the day after the building collapse that killed at least six people in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Indications A Criminal Investigation Could Soon Be Underway In Deadly Building Collapse

Following the deadly building collapse in Center City on Wednesday, there are indications that a criminal investigation into the collapse could be opened up.

06/06/2013

(Cleanup continued the day after the building collapse that killed at least six people in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Phila. City Council Ready To Delve Into Issues Raised By Deadly Building Collapse

Expect a City Council hearing this fall on the aftermath of the collapse, according to Curtis Jones, chairman of Council’s public safety committee.

06/06/2013

(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

City Officials Promise ‘Wide Ranging’ Probe Into Center City Demolition Disaster

City officials reiterated Thursday that the contractor hired to demolish the building met the licensing requirements.

06/06/2013

(The former Church of the Assumption, at 12th and Spring Garden Streets in Philadelphia.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Spring Garden Neighbors Hope For 11th-Hour Reprieve of Historic Church

The L&I board was scheduled to decide Tuesday afternoon on whether to temporarily halt the demolition.

12/11/2012

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz, at lectern, addresses reporters.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Phila. Controller Says City Departments Failing To Control Contractor Shortcuts

City controller Alan Butkovitz is critical of several city departments for their lack of oversight in connection with construction activity in North Philadelphia, near the Temple University campus.

10/10/2012

(Philadelphia controller Alan Butkovitz.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Controller Alleges Widespread Tax Evasion At Small Construction Projects

“It’s the Wild West in Philadelphia on construction projects,” Alan Butkovitz said today.

10/02/2012

(Photo illustration by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia L&I Unveils Newer, Friendlier, Info-Packed Web Site

At phila.gov/LI, the Department of Licenses and Inspections has now posted all of its raw data, including permits, violations, and licenses.

08/13/2012

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