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For buildings located in unincorporated Broward County or in a city we contract with, a permit is required for a wide variety of construction, remodeling and repair work, including:

Residential Permits Commercial Permits
  • Single Family Homes
  • Duplexes
  • Multi-Residential Apartment Buildings
  • Townhouses
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Offices
  • Stores
  • Warehouses


Accessory Permits
  • Air Conditioning (installation or replacement)
  • Burglar Alarms
  • Decks
  • Docks
  • Fences
  • Permanent Generators (residential and commercial)
  • Hurricane Shutters
  • Lawn Sprinklers
  • Low-Voltage Electric (includes cable, telephone, internet installations, burglar, fire alarm systems, landscape lighting)
  • Pools (residential)
  • Propane Gas Tank Systems
  • Reroofs/ Roof Repairs
  • Screen Enclosures
  • Sheds
  • Water Heaters (installation or replacement)
  • Window/Door Replacement

Note: Many cities in Broward County have their own requirements for permitting and also issue permits to their residents. Please contact the office of the city where your building is located to determine if you should get your permit from them.

Although a homeowner may apply for a homeowner-builder permit, doing so places all liability for damages or injury on the homeowner, who is also responsible for making sure the work is done according to applicable state and local laws and regulations. We highly recommend that you hire a qualified contractor who is licensed by either Broward County or the state of Florida to perform the specific type of work you need. If work is performed without first obtaining a permit, the building owner will be responsible for paying a fine. In addition, the building owner may be required to pay for the approval of the work by a professional engineer or pay to have it dismantled, demolished and/or redone.

The Broward County Planning & Redevelopment Division ensures that the regional impacts of a proposed development comply with the Broward County Land Development Code and Broward County Natural Resource Protection Code. For further information concerning the review of construction plans for impact/concurrency fees or environmental concerns, call 954-357-6666.

Building Code Resources

Broward County Code of Ordinances: Chapter 5: Building Regulations and Land Use
Building Code Forms
Building Departments by City
Florida Building Commission
Florida Building Code
Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR)

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