A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting a Commercial Activity License
A Commercial Activity License (formerly called a Business Privilege License– because yes, it is an honor and privilege to own a business in this wonderful city ;)) is a license that does exactly what it says: It allows you to own and run a business in this city. This goes for any type of business; including renting out units for residential housing.
Many people find out they need a Commercial Activity License upon attempting to apply for another license or permit that requires a Commercial Activity License in order to apply: such as a housing rental license (which allows you to rent residential units), a zoning permit, building permit, etc.
A Commercial Activity License is free. There are two things that you need before you will be able to get a Commercial Activity License (CAL for short): a Philly tax account number (also called a Business Income and Receipts Tax account or BIRT for short) because DUH, TAXES. And also a Federal Identification number, or EIN (a Social Security # is okay if you are a sole proprietor). Luckily the application for a CAL is a combination application including the Philly Tax account number.
If you don’t want to go through this process alone we are here to help. Contact us and we will help you obtain your commercial activity license!