Philly Shares What's Up on Your Block With Mapping Tool

City debuts new L & I mapping system for detailed neighborhood info.

Fulfilling a promise issued by its former commissioner, the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections debuted a comprehensive, interactive mapping tool that outlines city activity on every Philadelphia block.

With interactive maps for zoning permits, construction projects, violations and a variety of other tools, the new map is part of a larger overhaul for L & I's entire website.

Citizen groups have long requested real-time web access to publicly available property information. In one day, Philadelphia became a much more transparent city.

Before Commissioner Frances Burns left, she said the city's L & I was ready to debut an overhauled website. Joshua Cohen, staff member for Democratic Majority Leader City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., said the site would give citizens access to a system nearly identical to one that goverment officials see.

New L& I Commissioner Carlton Williams debuted the system Monday.

Using the property search tool, residents can pinpoint significant information about a piece of property including:

  • Building violations
  • Construction permits
  • L & I and zoning appeals
  • Rental licenses
  • Business and licenses
  • Building vacancies and demolition permits
  • Gun permit appeals

In addition, the map provides regional information for police districts, sanitation schedules, and bike trails/lanes.

The website, which launched Monday, contains information that may have be available in other sections of the city's website. However, this centralizes access and expands on the city's transparency. 

View the new mapping tool here.

Chin August 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Well, in regard to the last bullet - Gun permit appeals, the city is once again in violation of state law: 6111 (i) Confidentiality.-- All information provided by the potential purchaser, transferee or applicant, including, but not limited to, the potential purchaser, transferee or applicant's name or identity, furnished by a potential purchaser or transferee under this section or any applicant for a license to carry a firearm as provided by section 6109 shall be confidential and not subject to public disclosure. In addition to any other sanction or penalty imposed by this chapter, any person, licensed dealer, State or local governmental agency or department that violates this subsection shall be liable in civil damages in the amount of $1,000 per occurrence or three times the actual damages incurred as a result of the violation, whichever is greater, as well as reasonable attorney fees. So taxpayers of Philly, expect to fork over some more $$.
JDBroomall August 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Good post Chin.... too bad the PA AG/DA are corrupt cowards and refuse to hold the city accountable for multiple illegal actions.
Roxborough Area Man August 14, 2012 at 05:07 PM
This isn't a "...potential purchaser, transferee or applicant...", but someone who has had their guns or permits revoked for various reasons - in most of the cases I saw, those reasons were arrests. Arrests are public record, as are the court actions which result in their appearing on this list. I like the list - answered a few questions about local properties I was wondering WTF the city was doing about...
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