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In the unincorporated areas of Broward County and in cities we contract with, a permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, remove or demolish any building, structure or part thereof. The need for and type(s) of permits required are based on the scope of work.

When a permit is issued, it sets into motion a process that is aimed at protecting the building owner from sub-standard work that may pose a danger to public health and safety. For some work, such as a swimming pool installation, individual inspections of each of the various aspects of the job (structural, electrical, plumbing, etc.) may be required to verify that the work complies with all applicable laws, regulations and rules. A final inspection is required to confirm the job was completed properly.

You can choose to have updates sent directly to your telephone or fax number or to your e-mail address. Contractors with several permits can also request to receive automated reports on all jobs or just certain ones, and also have them sent to subcontractors, homeowners and/or agents. The report provides you with real-time status updates and detailed information all the way through the final inspection of your project.

You may also call for permit status at 954-765-4400, Option 1.


Notice of Commencement

Per Section 713.13 (1)(h) of the Florida State Statutes, if the estimated value of a project is over $2,500, or air conditioner replacement projects with an estimated value over $7,500, a Notice of Commencement (PDF) is required. Prior to starting a construction project, a Notice of Commencement must be recorded at:

Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
115 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33301

A certified copy or affidavit confirming the notice has been recorded must be submitted to us and a second copy posted at the job site. This notice contains detailed information about the project such as property owner, financial institution, job site address, contractor, etc., and protects the property owner's title to the property.


Certificate of Occupancy

Certificates of Occupancy for properties are issued by the Building Official after all final inspections with appropriate approvals have been completed and all holds from other agencies have been released. Once this happens, and all fees concerning your permits have been paid, your project will be issued a Certificate of Occupancy. Small projects such as air conditioning and hot water tank change-outs/replacements, electrical service upgrades, modifications and repairs, burglar alarm installations, storage sheds, etc., do not require a Certificate of Occupancy.


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