Building & Permitting FAQ

Building and Permitting Department FAQ

  1. What projects require a permit?
    New Constructions, remodeling, demolition (buildings), and additions
  2. What determines the cost of the permit?
    The square footage and/or the value of work.
  3. What is the difference between a Building Permit and a Zoning Permit?
    Building permit is for structures. Zoning permit as per our local zoning ordinance for P.O.D’s, Dumpster, Landscaping.
  4. How do I close an outstanding or “old” open permit?
    Re-instate the permit and call for all appropriate inspections.
  5. What is a Commencement of Work filing and why is it necessary?
    The Notice of Commencement is the legal notification as per the Florida Construction Lien Law.
    It’s a recorded public notice so contractor and material suppliers can notify the Property Owner their involvement on the property thus protection for the Property Owner of any future liens.
  6. Can I get a Building Permit without a Contractor?
    Yes, in some circumstances, but it is highly recommended to use a licensed contractor.
  7. How do I schedule an inspection?
    By calling our inspection line at 305-259-1253 or inspection line email: inspections@palmettobay-fl.gov
  8. How do I cancel or reschedule an inspection?
    You must call before 9:00 a.m. to cancel 305-259-1250.
  9. How may I check the status of plans submitted for review?
    By calling 305-259-1250 for status, currently software upgrades are being worked on.
  10. How long does it take to get a permit?
    The initial in house review takes one week. Some residential and all commercial involve outside agencies that require additional reviews.
  11. Does a permit expire?
    Yes, generally permits are valid for 180 days.
  12. How many sets of plans are required for permitting?
    We require (2) sets.
  13. What is a Certificate of Occupancy and when is it issued?
    Certificate of Occupancy is the final approval to Occupy New Building or Residence. Certificate of Completion is the final approval of permits that do not Alter to current or original type of use.