When and why do I need a building permit?
Building permits are required by state law and are intended to protect the safety and welfare of property owners and the general public. Florida State Statute 553.79 makes it illegal “to construct, erect, alter, modify, repair, or demolish any building within this state without first obtaining a permit.” Other types of work requiring permits include but are not limited to fences, driveways, decks, docks, pools and seawalls.

To determine if a permit is required for your project, call the Building Department at 561-841-3365.

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1. When and why do I need a building permit?
2. How long will it take for my permit to get approved?
3. How much does the permit cost?
4. Can I begin work/demo prior to the permit being issued?
5. Can I submit a building permit application online, via facsimile, or mail?
6. How do I schedule inspections and inspection times once I have my permit?
7. Can the Building Department recommend a good contractor?
8. Does the Building Department have copies of my house/condo plans?
9. Why do I need to have a copy of my contract?