Additional Permit Information
Applying for a Permit
Prior to commencing construction, the contractor, owner, or builder must first apply to obtain a permit. Obtaining a permit may require the interaction and approval of several agencies outside of the Building Department; with small exceptions, each of these agencies charges fees for their review procedures. The Building Department works to coordinate the involvement of other agencies in the permitting process to obtain a building permit in the most expedient manner while maintaining the county’s high level of quality. This service is not a substitute for a customer’s responsibility to interact with all participating agencies.
Public Web Access to Permit Information (MCeSearch)
The Building department provides the public with an application, MCeSearch, that allows the public to view general information on valid Permits, Contractor and Code Compliance cases entered into our database.
Please refer to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on directions related to Asbestos.
Permitting Process for Construction of Sewer Tie-In (One SF Residency) and/or Associated Electric
Please refer to the Monroe County Building Department permitting procedures document for directions on obtaining permits. Additionally, refer to the Florida Department of Health, Environmental Health, Onsite Sewage Programs webpage for direction on obtaining DOH permits.
"Public" (Commercial) Swimming Pools
There is a process in the State of Florida for the construction of “public” (commercial)swimming pools. Click Here to take a look at the process. Please refer to the Florida Department of Health Website for further details and application.
Federal Rules for Renovating & Painting Older Buildings
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has new rules regarding the renovation and repair of painted surfaces in buildings built prior to 1978 or in buildings with children. Contractors removing windows or painting must be certified and must follow certain safety procedures. Fortunately, these rules only require safety procedures, not testing or removing lead-based paint. However, property managers and contractors can be fined $38,000 a day for violating these new rules.
Depending upon the location and use of the proposed improvement, the following agencies may also be involved in the processing of a permit:
- Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
- Florida Department of Community Affairs Opens a New Window.
- Florida Department of Community AffairsFlorida Department of Environmental Protection
- United States Army Corps of Engineers