Applying for a Business License

Generally, the application process may take seven to 10 business days, but the process depends on the business activity. Please complete the entire business license application package prior to the submission. Be sure that all signature lines have been signed and dated.

Opening a New Business in Philadelphia

To register your business with the City of Philadelphia, you’ll need to determine your business structure, obtain a business tax account number from the City, and apply for a Commercial Activity License. The City offers detailed resources for business owners and those who are planning to launch a new business. See the Business Services site to learn more.

Opening a New Business in Lower Merion

The Township of Lower Merion is a great location to do business. The items located below have been arranged by general topic to assist you in locating information relevant to your needs.

If you do not see the information you are seeking, please reach out to City Ave District’s Economic Development Manager, Alec Hersh at