Demolition Permits

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Demolition permits are secured using a regular building permit application form.

1. Who is authorized to secure Demolition Permits:

  • General Contractors (State or County) or individuals issued a Brevard County Occupational License which reads: Land Clearing Contractor
  • Owner who meets limited conditions by state law of Chapter 489.102(7) Florida Statute
  • Demolition Permits issued for structures over twelve (12) feet in height above grade or wall forty (40) feet in length to be secured by qualified individuals or firm.

2. Demolition Permit Requirements:

  • Notarized authorization from property owner to remove structure
  • Secure proof of property ownership
  • Asbestos abatement disclosure if applicable
  • Secure permit with City of Melbourne, Building Department
  • Plot plan, drawn to scale, showing structure to be removed, specifying the square footage of structure
  • Copies of all licenses and insurances
  • Value of demolition project
  • A Tree Removal Permit is required on all demolition projects, even if there are no trees being removed. There will be a minimum fee of $15.00 for the permit.
  • A Trash Hauling Permit is required on all construction/demolition projects. Trash hauling fees can be calculated using roll-off calculations or at $.01 per square foot of construction/demolition area.

3. Demolition procedures:

  • Secure permit prior to commencement
  • Have letters of terminations from FPL, City Gas, Telephone, TV and any other pertinent utilities
  • Water service termination will have visual inspection by Water/Sewer Department
  • Sewer service termination will have visual inspection by Water/Sewer Department
  • Septic tank termination will be witnessed by the Building Department
  • Contractor must notify Public Works Department for sidewalk bond, sewer cap fee and hydrant/water utilization permit
  • Contractor must notify Utility Billing Department of the City of Melbourne to clear all liens and pending bills on the property

4- Schedule an on-site inspection with the following:

  • Building Department, use the Automatic Inspection Request System
  • Melbourne Police Department, request 48 hours in advance
  • CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) Department if they are involved, request 48 hours in advance

5- Schedule of events on the day of demolition:

  • Police Department will search structure for unauthorized personnel prior to commencement
  • Letters of terminations on-site
  • Either Community Development or the Building Department will verify current site conditions:
    1) Tree Protection
    2) Sidewalk Condition
    3) Abutting Properties Condition and Protection

6. Contractor or Owner is required to call for a Final Inspection:

  • Note permit stipulations
  • Lot leveled, no ponding of water
  • Lot seeded and mulched
  • All debris removed
  • If any, wells will be properly terminated

7. Where the demolition involves removal of any structural members, a shoring plan must be submitted. The shoring plan must demonstrate how the remaining portion of the building will be supported. The plans shall be signed & sealed by a professional engineer registered in the State of Florida.

8. Exploratory Demolition Permits can only be issued to the contractor with the approval of the Building Official. It is issued for exploratory inspection to assist the Contractor, Architect and/or Engineer to determine the extent of the deterioration of the building.

9. The fee for demolition permits is a flat fee of $65 with no plan check fee.


Download permit application