Ensure that the contractor has knowledge and skill necessary to perform excavations.
Increase transparency and awareness of
projects that include excavation work.
Establish minimum permit submission
requirements for excavations to ensure that adjoining buildings and public ways are
Demonstrate that an adequate investigation/assessment necessary for responsible design/construction and ensure affected buildings are appropriately monitored throughout the
construction or demolition.
Provide notice and complete project
information to an adjoining owner or resident of a building that is directly impacted by the work.
Bill No. 210389
Established an excavation contractor license and permit for excavation exceeding 5’ below grade, excluding utility trenches and
geotechnical investigation unless otherwise required by regulation.
Established inspection and monitoring
requirements for structural alterations on a historic structure, excluding one and two
family dwellings, and when demo/new
construction, or excavation occurs within 90’ of an historic structure on the same or abutting lot.
Modifies threshold for special inspection of excavations to 5’ below adjacent grade and 10’ within an existing building and establishes framework for a separate special inspection license category. Current requirements
established under Code Bulletin B-0503-R2.
Explicitly requires notification to adjoining property owner and identifies contents of
notice where there is modification to a party wall, excavation near a party wall, or demo/ new construction near a historic structure.
Bill signed into law on 7/15/21 and becomes effective on 1/1/23
Excavation Contractor License
Excavation contractor license required to
perform excavation services resulting in cuts, trenches, or depressions in the Earth’s surface more than 5’ below adjacent grade.
This includes basement dig-outs.
Intent is to exclude utility trenches/
geotechnical exploration that does not require a permit AND exclude demolition that does not require a separate excavation permit.
Excavation Contractor license will be required prior to the issuance of an excavation permit filed on or after January 1, 2023.
$103 annual fee
License will become available in eCLIPSE in September 2022.
Contractor License Requirements
Commercial Activity License Phila Tax Account in good standing
Insurance of $2 million general liability
License Bond $100k- City will draw against the bond to recapture abatement costs
Qualified Site Safety Manager OSHA training and certification
Excavation Site Safety Manager
At least one site safety manager employed by the contractor. May not be employed by
another excavation contractor
Responsible to oversee excavation operations to ensure safe practice.
Shall be present on-site during excavation
Must provide OSHA 30 Construction and
Safety Training certificate
Course must be taken within 5 years of
Site Safety Manager must either 1) retake course every 5 years or 2) present 30
continuing education credits in site safety
every 5 years
Must provide OSHA 3015 Excavation, Training, and Soil Mechanics certificate
Must take within past 5 years and re-take
every 5 years or provide 20 CEUs