In June 2013, a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed onto a neighboring building, killing six people and injuring 14. Philadelphia’s construction and demolition regulations were closely scrutinized in the wake of the collapse. In response, the Philadelphia City Council passed five bills in February 2014, imposing additional permitting, inspection, construction and licensing requirements for building and demolition projects within Philadelphia. Four of these bills were signed into law by Mayor Michael Nutter on February 20, 2014. The fifth bill, requiring licensure of demolition contractors, was not signed into law until August 6, 2015.

This new City of Philadelphia Demolition Contractor License law takes effect on November 1, 2015.  In addition to obtaining a license, all demolition contractors in the City of Philadelphia will be required to comply with the following regulations:

  • Identify at least one demolition supervisor with proof of successful completion of the Demolition Exam
  • Identification of at least one site safety manager with proof of completion of OSHA 30 training
  • License Bond
  • A certificate of insurance complying with the City’s insurance requirements

There will be two license categories:

  • Class A: Demolition of major buildings – Requires a $25,000 License Bond
  • Class B: Demolition of smaller buildings – Requires a $10,000 License Bond

Contact us to learn more about the Demolition Contractor License Bond, or Apply Online to receive a quote.