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Permit Process
Building Code Services Division's Virtual Operations.

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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 or email us at​.

Broward County Uniform Building Permit Application

As of April 1, 2016, all jurisdictions in Broward County are required to accept the uniform building permit application​.

Florida Contractor License Verification

A verified Contractor license is valid only if pulling permits in unincorporated Broward County, one of our contracted cities (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-International Airport) or in areas where the Go SOLAR Online Permitting System is used.
If you are pulling permits in a Broward County municipality, you must contact the municipality for their requirements.
State of Florida licensed contractors must be registered with our office to pull permits in our jurisdiction which is Unincorporated Broward County and Fort Lauderdale International Airport. The Broward County Florida Contractor License Verification form must be completed and submitted with supporting documentation to Broward County Building Code Services Division/Building Permitting section with the uniform building permit application and construction plans. This form can be submitted to our office in-person, or fax to (954) 765-4362, or email to

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 is required. Prior to starting a construction project, you must record a Notice of Commencement and receive two certified copies of the Notice of Commencement at:

Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division

115 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Satellite station located at (Walk-In service temporarily unavailable):
Government Center West
1 North University Drive
Plantation, Florida 33324
Walk-in Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-1:00PM, reopen 2:00PM-3:45PM
Two certified copies confirming the notice has been recorded must be obtained. One certified copy must be submitted to our office and a second certified copy must be posted at the job site during inspections. 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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