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Get an Excavation Contractor License | Services

ByDeborah C. Lowery

Aug 17, 2022

Overview of services

To remark: This license is available, but will not be required until January 1, 2023.

You need an excavation contractor license to perform excavation services in Philadelphia. Excavation services include the making of any cut, cavity, trench or depression due to the removal of soil.

You do not need this license to dig utility trenches, perform geotechnical exploration, or do demolition as long as these activities do not involve additional excavation.

The Department of Licensing and Inspections (L&I) issues this license.

Who

Business owners and their agents can apply for this license.

Terms

Other licenses and registrations

Insurance

You must provide a certificate of insurance that includes these minimum amounts:

  • General liability: $2,000,000 per occurrence
  • Motor vehicle liability insurance: $300,000
  • Workers’ compensation:
    • $100,000 per accident
    • $100,000 per employee
    • $500,000 policy limit

Site safety manager

You should identify at least one site safety officer who ensures safe practices on excavation projects. A site safety manager can only be employed by one company. They must also show proof of completion of an approved OSHA 30 and OSHA 3015 safety training course taken within five years of the date of application.

License deposit

You must have a license bond in the amount of $100,000 issued by a surety company. The surety company must have a certificate of authorization to do business in Pennsylvania and a minimum surety underwriting limit of $1,000,000.

Tax compliance

The contractor must be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.

Operating requirements

The excavation contractor must follow the contractor’s requirements.

Where and when

Cost

License fee

$103

A non-refundable application fee of $20 is applied to license fees. The balance of license fees is due upon approval of the application.

Renewal fees

$103

If you renew your license more than 60 days after the expiration date, you will be charged 1.5% of the license fee for each month since the license expired.

Payment methods and details

Payment methods accepted

Where accepted payment
Online via the eCLIPSE app

(There is a $200,000 limit for online payments.)

  • electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.25% surcharge)
In person at the Permit and License Center of the Municipal Services Building
  • electronic check
  • Credit card (+2.25% surcharge)
In person at the cashier station in the municipal services building

(Items paid for at the cashier station will be posted within five working days.)

  • Check
  • Money order
  • Credit card (+2.25% surcharge)
  • Cash

Checks and money orders

Check requirements
  • Make all checks and money orders payable to “City of Philadelphia”.
  • The person or company listed on the check must be listed on the application.
  • Personal checks are accepted.
  • Checks and money orders must have issue dates within 12 months of the transaction.
Reasons your check may be bounced

L&I will not accept checks that are missing deposit information or are:

  • Unsigned.
  • Expired.
  • Postdated.
  • Startup checks without account information.

Payment Return Policy

If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncashed funds:

  1. A $20 fee will be charged for collection.
  2. You authorize the City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic funds transfer from your account to collect these fees directly.
  3. The City of Philadelphia or its agent may electronically resubmit your check to your depository institution for payment.
  4. If the City is unable to obtain payment, the license, permit or appeal application will be cancelled.
  5. You cannot take any further action under a permit until you have paid all fees.
  6. The permit or license will be revoked if unpaid fees are not paid within 30 days.
  7. You cannot file or obtain additional permits until you resolve the outstanding debt.

Late license payment

If you renew your license more than 60 days after the expiration date, you will be charged 1.5% of the license fee for each month since the license expired.

How

You can apply for this license online using eCLIPSE or in person at the Permit and License Center.

1

Upload all required documents.

Applications are reviewed within five business days.

2

If the request is approved, you will receive a notice of payment of the balance.

If the request is not approved, you will receive an email indicating what is missing or required.

1

Visit the Permits and Licenses Center.

L&I can review most requests while you wait.

2

L&I will issue your license or request more information.

Renewal requirements

This license must be renewed annually. You can renew online via eCLIPSE or in person at the Permits and Licenses Center.

To renew your permit, you must:

  • Be up to date on all taxes in the city of Philadelphia.
  • Have proof of an active insurance policy.
  • Have a current license link.
  • Have qualifying site security officer information on file with L&I. The site safety manager must maintain current OSHA 30 and OSHA 3015 safety training certificates.
    • If L&I has already accepted an OSHA 30 certificate from the supervisor, they can take eight hours per year in continuing education credits related to construction site safety instead of retaking the OSHA 30 course. They must obtain the credits from an accredited school or agency approved by the department.
    • If L&I has already accepted an OSHA 3015 certificate from the supervisor, they can take four hours per year of continuing education credits related to excavation, trenching, or soil mechanics instead of retaking the OSHA 3015 course. must obtain the credits from an accredited school or an organization approved by the department.


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