Building Permit Process

About Building Permits

A building permit is your legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications. According to the Florida Building Code, all projects require a permit regardless of the cost or size. 

Remember, with a building permit and its required inspections, you minimize the potential hazards of unsafe construction ensuring public health, safety, and welfare for not only yourself but also for the community in which we live.  Please contact us if you have any questions on how to obtain a building permit.

Getting Started


To obtain a permit, a homeowner or their selected contractor should first contact the Building and Permitting Division or visit Village Hall to discuss the requirements of their particular permit as it relates to their project.  


A Building Permit Application and other applicable documentation is required to begin the permitting process.  A Building Permit Application may be downloaded online or may be obtained from the Building & Permitting Division, located on the 1st floor of Village Hall.

Required Documentation

The following items are required to obtain a building permit.

  • Village of Palmetto Bay Building Permit Application (download or pick up from the Building & Permitting Division)
  • Drawings by a registered architect or engineer showing dimensions and drawn to scale
  • Legal description of the property
  • Survey (less than 1 year old)
  • Owner/builder declaration

Additionally, certain types of projects also require the following;

  • Energy calculations
  • Landscape plan
  • Structural calculations

Contact our division if you have any questions.

Read This if Digging

If your work requires any digging, you must show your Sunshine locations ticket # ready as proof that you have requested the location of underground utilities. More information available at this site http://www.sunshine811.com/homeowner or by calling 8-1-1

Notice of Commencement

State Statute 713 requires that projects with a job value of over $2,500 must have a Notice of Commencement or NOC. The NOC needs to be recorded with the Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts. 

You may record your Notice of Commencement online with the county.  Licensed contractors are typically very familiar with the process. The recorded NOC must be onsite at the first inspection. The County’s online filing link is: http://www.miami-dadeclerk.com/eFiling.asp