BEFORE SCHEDULING THE FIRST INSPECTION
In order to receive your first and subsequent inspections, you must first confirm if your permit requires a Notice of Commencement (NOC) to be filed with Clerk of Court.
A NOC is required if:
- The job valuation is greater than $2,500 (FS Section 713.13(1)(a) and 713.135(1)(d)), or
- The direct contract to REPAIR or REPLACE an EXISTING heating or air-conditioning system is in the amount $7,500 or more (FS Section 713.135(1)(d)).
If a NOC is required, prior to requesting the first inspection, you must submit a recorded Notice of Commencement to the Building Department (FS§713.135). This must be provided to the Building Department in one of the two following ways (FS 713.135(d)):
- Certified copy of recorded Notice of Commencement, or
- Notarized statement from the owner, or the owner’s authorized agent, of the property stating that a Notice of Commencement has been filed for recording to the Monroe County Clerk’s Office for recording, along with a copy of the Notice of Commencement submitted for recording.
Please refer to “Other Permitting Forms” section at Permitting Fees, Forms & Applications for the NOC form and/or Affidavit.
Before an inspection is performed
- Ensure the site street address is clearly posted on the property, visible from the road (FBCR 319.1/ FBC 501.2)
- Keep the permit or a copy on-site with the construction documents. Visible posting will facilitate the inspection. (FBC 105.7)
- Owner/builders must be present for all inspections (FS§489.103)
REQUEST AN INSPECTION
The permit card issued and posted on-site displays the minimum inspections required. The contractor should request appropriate inspections to cover the scope of work performed in addition to those listed on the permit card.
All inspection requests for permits, including fire, flood, environmental, and planning are to be submitted through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. The cutoff time for same-day inspection request is 5 a.m.
IVR PHONE NUMBER: 305-295-5160
IVR may not be available from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday evenings/Friday mornings due to weekly system maintenance.
Reference the following resources for details on the IVR system and how to schedule an inspection using the IVR.
- Basic information on the IVR system Opens a New Window. and how to request, cancel and/or reschedule inspections Opens a New Window.
- Inspection List Opens a New Window.
After Hours Inspection Requests
Permit applicants may request required inspections to be conducted outside of normal working hours (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by paying an additional fee that will be charged per hour or fraction thereof, with a two-hour minimum. Complete and submit to the Building Department: After Hours Inspection Request Opens a New Window. .
Private Providers are required to use the IVR system to call in/schedule inspection(s) and then submit inspection results within 2 days for each inspection using the "Inspection Report" form found in the Private Provider Notice packet. Additionally at the end of all inspections required for the job the Private Provider is required to submit a "Certificate of Inspection(s)/Compliance" form also found in the Private Provider Notice packet.
COVID-19 Notice Regarding Architects and Engineers:
EFFECTIVE MAY 18, 2020, the County will perform ALL inspections and therefore will no longer accept Affidavit of Inspections by Architects and Engineers unless requested by Monroe County or submitted for inspections completed prior to May 18, 2020. If a permittee utilized a private provider, engineer, or architect between 3/23 and 5/18, they no longer need to continue using a private method of inspection. The permittee may now switch back to having the County perform inspections requesting inspections via the IVR 305-295-5160.
Submission of Inspection Results (Private Provider):
Please use these email accounts to submit ONLY the "Inspection Report" (form found in the Private Provider Notice packet) within 2 days of completing an inspection: upperkeysinspections@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov or lowerkeysinspection@MonroeCounty-FL.gov.
Effective June 1, 2020 - The following Private Provide documents are required to be submitted only at a MC Building Department; They are no longer accepted via email as instructed during office closure due to COVID19.
- “Use of Private Provide Notice” form to add a private provider to a permit.
- Private Provider “Certificate of Inspection(s)/Compliance” (form found in "Use of Private Provider Notice")
Track Inspection Progress and Permit Status Using MCeSearch
The Building Department provides unincorporated Monroe County residents with a web application called MCeSearch. The website allows the public to view general information on permits, contractors, and code compliance cases entered into Monroe County’s database.
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Permit Time Limitation and Expiration
A permit will expire six months from issuance if no passed inspection related to the scope of work is obtained, or 180 days from date of last passed inspection related to the scope of work. If a permit expires, contact the Building Department for further direction.
Closing a Permit
Once the Building Final (199) or the final inspection noted on the permit card has passed, the contractor should verify the permit has been closed. A Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Occupancy is available upon request. If a permit does not display on MCeSearch as closed, contact the Building Department for further instruction.