Building Department Hours : 8am - 5pm
Building Services is responsible for receiving building permit applications, assuring contractors are properly licensed and insured, reviewing plans for compliance with the Florida Building Code, routing applications to other departments for review, issuing permits, performing inspections and maintaining records.
Pulling Owner/Builder Permits is Risky Business
If you do not intend to do the work yourself and have been asked by someone without a contractor's license to pull the permit, you are at risk of harm both by penalty and injury.
Chapter 489.103(7), Florida Statutes: Owners of property must supervise the work being performed. Any person working on your building who is not licensed must be employed by you, which means that you must deduct F.I.C.A. and withholding tax and provide workers' compensation for that employee.
Without workers' compensation insurance, you could be held liable for injuries received on your property. Typically, your homeowners' insurance policy will not honor your claim if the work being performed required a licensed contractor. You could end up responsible for thousands of dollars of medical bills.
Not only is it dangerous, but it's also a crime.
Chapter 455.227, Florida Statues: Any person who knowingly aids, assists, procures, employs or advises an unlicensed individual can be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor and may face fines of up to $5,000 for each offense.
Permitting Application Documents
Stormwater and Engineering
Helpful Documents and Information
Plan Review and Inspection Information
Florida Homeowners' Construction Recovery Fund
For questions or assistance with this program, you must contact the State directly or contact a lawyer. The Florida Homeowners' Construction Recovery Fund is a fund of last resort that is available to a natural person who has suffered monetary damages by the financial mismanagement or misconduct of a contractor, and who has exhausted all other resources of payment. The Construction Industry Licensing Board makes the determination of eligibility for an award.
Keep Your Home Safe
The My Safe Florida Home program is working with local governments and the Volunteer Florida Foundation to offer low-income homeowners an opportunity to strengthen their homes against natural disasters. For more information please visit www.mysafeflorida.org/mysafefloridahome.html.