Check out important, timely industry updates below.
November 17, 2020: Philadelphia Licenses & Inspections Updates
Coming Soon - Contracts Required for Electrical Permit Fee Calculations
Effective January 1, 2021, an executed contract must be submitted with all new electrical permit applications prior to the generation of a billing statement. The contract cost must include the cost of all electrical equipment, material, labor, overhead, and profit and shall be used to determine permit fee in accordance with Section A- 903.2 of the Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code. If the construction cost identified on the contract includes work that is not covered by the permit application, an explanation and detailed estimate of equipment, material, labor, overhead, and profit for the work that is covered by the permit must be provided. The cost associated with solar electric or photovoltaic systems may exclude the cost of arrays or inverters in accordance with Section A-903.2.1.
The contract is not required at application; however, it must be provided prior to calculation of permit fee and generation of billing statement.
Coming Soon - Submit Your Subcontractors' Names to L&I
As a reminder, starting on January 1, 2021, Philadelphia contractors and trade licensees will be required to submit the names of each subcontractor that works under their permits to L&I using eCLIPSE, within three (3) days of that subcontractor starting work. This requirement will not apply to the construction of one- or two family residential buildings.
Failure to comply may result in license violations, fines, and Stop Work Orders.
Refer to the How to Guide
for step-by-step instructions to add a subcontractor to your permit via eCLIPSE.
Request for Additional Information on Your Project
Has an examiner requested additional information for one of your projects and do you have questions on the request? If you have contacted the examiner directly via email but still have questions or difficulty resolving the requested information, you can schedule an appointment with the examiner.
To request a phone call or virtual meeting with the examiner, submit the online form.
Renew Your Lapsed License Today to Avoid Late Charges
As a reminder, if your business or trade license renewal is more than 60 days past-due, please renew your license as soon as possible to avoid additional charges. A delinquency fee of 1.5% per month will be charged to all licenses that are more than 60 days past due, beginning January 1, 2021.
Visit our eCLIPSE help page for instruction on renewing your license.
October 30, 2020: PECO Announces the Conclusion of Smart A/C Program
PECO will end the Smart A/C Saver program effective May 31, 2021. Letters will be sent to more than 50,000 enrolled customers starting Monday November 2 informing them bill credits and summer conservation events will end with the 2020 cooling season.
What this means to youPECO A/C Saver program’s cycling equipment (DCU unit) connected to customer HVAC systems does not affect system performance and therefore can remain in place. When replacing customer HVAC equipment, PECO recommends that you “e-recycle” the DCU unit. Do not leave the DCU unit on the customer’s property.
For more information about the program’s end, including answers to questions about cycling equipment connected to customer HVAC systems, visit www.peco.com/ACCycling or call 1-866-291-3972.