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The Code Compliance Division can help you determine which permits are required for a project.  The information here provides an introduction.

Section 105.1 of the Florida Building Code states: Any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the Technical Codes, or cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Building Official and obtain the required permit for the work.

The most common types of projects for which permits requested for are listed below.

Single Family Residence and Duplex

Minimum Requirements for New One & Two Family Residential Structures

  • Construction of new one and two family residences
  • One and two-story additions
  • Minor repairs, remodeling, and alterations
  • Accessory structures such as sheds, gazebos, chickees
  • Carports
  • Pools and spas
  • Fences and walls
  • Decks (wood or concrete)
  • Screened porch, patios, enclosures
  • Awnings and canopy
  • Marine facilities (docks, boat lifts, sea walls, etc.)
  • Rehabilitation of existing structures
  • Replacement of windows and doors.


Minimum Plan Requirements for Commercial Buildings

  • Minor repairs, remodeling, and alterations
  • Remodeling existing assembly occupancies
  • Remodeling existing hotels / motels
  • Paving and drainage
  • Construction of strip store
  • Construction of warehouses
  • Construction of hi-rise buildings
  • Tenant build outs
  • Fire protection systems
  • Construction of restaurants
  • Construction of medical facilities
  • Construction of office buildings


Permits shall not be required for the following mechanical work:

  • Any portable heating appliance;
  • Any portable ventilation equipment;
  • Any portable cooling unit;
  • Any steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this Code;
  • Replacement of any part which does not alter its approval or make it unsafe;
  • Any portable evaporative cooler;
  • Any self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 lb (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.
  • The installation, replacement, removal or metering of any load management control device.