Spy on your neighbors with L&I’s new website

The city of Philadelphia has managed to enter the 21st Century, and it all comes with a nice dose of voyeurism. The Department of Licenses and Inspections unveiled its new website this week, and there’s a mapping feature that is a treasure trove of information.

The website not only streamlines the process for applying for permits, but you can also see the status for every single permit or violation in the city. There’s info about business permits, rental and food licenses, zoning requests and appeals, history of  L&I violations — even gun permits.

So many potential stories

The photo at right is just one of seven maps available and shows the immense amount of construction permits — from plumbing to electrical to zoning requests — just in the area around the fountain.

The amount of data is just maddening. Could be quite the time waster for a nosy neighbor.

One thought on “Spy on your neighbors with L&I’s new website

  • November 27, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Hmmm. This is great. It’s better than looking for a map and traversing as to where to apply a business for incorporation. Thanks a million!

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