Building Permits

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

Single Family Homes


Multi-Residential Apartment Buildings


Commercial Permits

Manufacturing Plants




Accessory Permits

Air Conditioning (installation or replacement)

Burglar Alarms




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


Water Heaters (installation or replacement)

Window/Door Replacement​


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
Fee Schedule
Florida Building Commission
Florida Building Code
Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR)

Search for a Permit Online ​ ​​​