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L&I Requires New Documents for Construction Impacting Adjacent Property

For all permit applications filed on or after January 1, 2023, the provisions of Code Bulletin B-0503-R3 shall apply. This Code Bulletin sets forth construction document and inspection requirements for excavations and their impact on adjoining public and private property.

Building and sidewalk collapses can be attributed to builders digging basements and footings close to adjoining public and private property. Many older buildings in Philadelphia are supported on rubble stone foundation walls with minimal or no spread footings below. When paved areas and walls are exposed or undermined, they become unstable and are prone to sudden catastrophic failure. Collapses have also been caused by property owners that attempt to increase the height of their basements by digging out the basement floor.

Protections mandated by the Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code have evolved over the years as an increasing number of older buildings undergo structural renovation or total reconstruction. Issued on November 8, 2022, Code Bulletin B-0503-R3 is the latest update to the code.

Members are strongly encouraged to review the code bulletin and related forms and documents required for all permits filed on or after January 1, 2023. Members should also review new requirements for excavation permits and licenses, also effective January 1, 2023.

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