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A building permit is needed to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move or demolish a building or structure.
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Apply at the Builders Services Division office. Our hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Checklists showing the items required to be submitted for a permit are available on our Forms page.
The barrier requirements can be found in Chapter 45 of the 6th Edition Residential Building Code. The Department of Health website also has valuable information. Just click here.
All new structures other than one and two family dwellings must comply with the Florida Fire Prevention Code and be reviewed and inspected accordingly. All existing structures must also comply with Chapter 43, NFPA 101 of the Florida Fire Prevention Code and be reviewed and inspected accordingly.
A complete submittal for a residential permit may take up to seven days for plan review and permitting. Commercial projects may take fourteen days or longer depending upon the complexity A life-safety plan review is required for all structures other than one and two family dwellings subject to the Residential Building Code.
Typically, as long as work is being performed on the project, the permit is valid. It is required to obtain a valid inspection to verify ongoing construction. If 180 days elapse without an approved inspection, your permit expires.
The cost will depend on the intended use, size and type of construction of the building. A building permit for a typical 2,000 s.f. site-built, single-family dwelling, the permit fee plus plan review fee plus state surcharge would be $746.20 plus any impact fees. Sub-permits are sold separately. View more information on permit fees (PDF).
Inspection requests may be called 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Inspection requests called in to 850-248-8350 after 4:30 p.m. will be made the following workday.
Planning and Zoning provides flood zone information for unincorporated Bay County. You may contact our Planning and Zoning Department at 850-248-8250.
The Florida Building Code can be viewed on the International Code Council website.