The main objectives of the Building Department are to protect the safety, health, and general welfare of the public through structural strength, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation. We also strive to protect the safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the building environment including alteration, repair, removal, demolition, use and occupancy of buildings, structures, or premises.
The Building Department receives building permit applications for all structures ranging from office buildings to homes to fences and reviews the construction plans to assure that they meet the requirements of the Florida Building Codes, other ordinances in effect including contractor licensing, floodplain management, and maintains all pertinent records. Field inspections of buildings are conducted to make sure they are being constructed in accordance with approved plans and all applicable codes.
The Building Department provides many services to the public, builders and contractors. It is the department's goal to preserve our neighborhoods and property values by maintaining high standards of competence and service. Staff is available to assist and guide homeowners and contractors through the permitting and inspection processes for all new construction, remodeling and additions to existing structures.
The Building Department is responsible for reviewing permit applications to ensure all necessary documents are included. The Building Department reviews each project, ascertaining that all inspections have been completed and all required documentation is on file before a Certificate of Occupancy is issued. Staff will gladly assist and answer any of your questions.
We want your projects big or small to be a pleasant experience.
Why are building permits required by the city?
IT IS THE LAW. Building permits are required by City Ordinance and Florida State Statute.
Building Codes are designed to ensure safe building techniques, help protect your family from safety risks, fire hazards caused by electrical and heating systems, electrical shock, provide records that all construction was done according to building codes, purchasing or selling your property and recourse from unlicensed contractors.
Work that REQUIRES a permit:
Fences, stucco, roofing, fire rated partitions (party walls), garage doors, exterior doors (whole assembly or just door slab) & windows , sheds, shutters, soffit & fascia, water heaters (new & replacement), exterior & interior demolition , any & all new construction, electrical/mechanical/gas/plumbing, air conditioning (new & replacement), exterior & interior walls, paving or resurfacing, sealing of parking lots, signs (banners, face changes, monument & wall signs- painted or attached), temporary trailers (construction & sales), tents (40' or larger), canopies/awnings, driveways (new & replacement), drywall replacement, screen/glass rooms, pool enclosures
Over the counter permits if plans examiner is available:
Most; plumbing, reroof, electrical, air conditioning change outs, fence permits.
Work that DOES NOT require a permit:
Painting (excluding signs), windowpane replacement, residential gutter systems, carpet and tile installation
To obtain an Owner Builder Permit
Residential or Commercial
The building must be for your own use and occupancy. It may not be for sale or lease within 1 year of completion of work.
You may build or improve a commercial building as a owner builder when the construction value is at or below $75,000. The building must be owned by the application and may not be owned by a corporation, LLC or trustee.
On-Line Inspection Scheduling and Inquiry System
- Inquire about the status of your application
- Schedule Inspections
- Find out the results of your inspections
- Pay fees (convenience fee will apply)
- Confirm which inspector has been assigned to your inspection each day (after 9:30 am - day of inspection)
IVR -Interactive Voice Response System
Phone Inspection Scheduling System
Due to COVID-19, the Building Department is taking precautionary measures to protect the public and our staff. Please take a moment to review the changes being made at this time.
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No signed and sealed documents
If documentation is required and was not submitted electronically, all required documentation must be submitted in person within 2 business days of the emailed application. Your application will not be considered received if the required documentation is not properly submitted within the noted time frame. Any incomplete submittals will be disposed of after the allowed time frame has expired.
Email must include the following information:
Subject Line: Electronic Submittal: Property Address and owner name
Body of the email:
Contact name and phone # Notarized Application Attachments
You will receive an email informing you that we have received your application and let you know what is needed to proceed with the review of your application.
If the applicant has been advised that additional forms/documentation is required and your re-submittal is made without the required documents, a revision fee will be charged.
Once you have been notified to make a payment, you may go to Click2Gov or come into the office to make payment.
To make a payment on line click here and follow the below instructions:
Click on Select Permit
Enter in Application number (which will be provided to you by email) click on submit
Click view application fees (located on the left side of the screen)
Check box the fees that you have been requested to pay (please be sure to pay only the fees that the office has requested you to pay. Paying fees without prior authorization will result in the transaction being voided and the process being delayed.