Philadelphia, September 27, 2013 – The City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections
(L&I) announced that it has received accreditation from the International Accreditation Services (IAS), making Philadelphia the largest city in the world to achieve this prestigious distinction.
International Accreditation Services
The accreditation process required an intensive review by IAS, the world’s leading independent accreditation agency, of all of the Department’s code enforcement procedures. IAS accreditation is granted only to building and code enforcement agencies that operate under the highest ethical, legal, and technical standards. Accreditation demonstrates that Philadelphia is a national leader in building safety and customer service.
“Receiving this honor demonstrates the Department’s unwavering commitment to building integrity and public safety in the City of Philadelphia,” said Department of Licenses and Inspections’ Commissioner Carlton Williams.
Selection as Host City for Global Inspector Exchange Program
The Department of Licenses and Inspections was also selected by the International Code Council (ICC) and the ICC Global Membership Council to participate in ICC’s inaugural Global Inspector Exchange Program. Philadelphia was chosen from among several major cities for this opportunity.
“The [Department’s] training of new plan examiners and field inspectors, along with the streamlining of the permit process, is second to none,” said ICC Global Membership Council Chairman Lynn Underwood.
The ICC, which writes the building codes that have been adopted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, also noted the active role Department officials play in code development.
As a result of this honor, the Department hosted three building inspectors from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for two weeks. Today, L&I also welcomed four members of the Abu Dhabi government – His Excellency Mohammed al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Governance; Mohamed Omair Al Mashgooni, Director of Municipal Training; Yasmeen Saadah, Director of Municipal Regulation; Khamis Al Khaili, PR Specialist – who traveled to Philadelphia to observe and review the Department’s plans examination and building inspection processes.
The accreditation will be officially presented to the L&I at the ICC’s annual conference next week. The Department will also be honored at the conference for its participation in the Global Inspector Exchange Program.