Plans & Application Process

The following services are available at the Building Department to assist you with submittal of building permit applications: 


Appointments with a plan examiner must be scheduled at least one week in advance.

Faxed Permit Applications

Faxed permit applications (limited to three per single fax) are accepted for roofing, electrical, mechanical and  plumbing permits. Applications submitted via fax will be processed within 48 hours and will be waiting at the permit counter for pick-up. If the application is notarized and the contractor has opened an escrow account with the City, the permit may be mailed to the applicant. There will be a $5 per permit fee for this mailing service. The Building Department’s fax number is (386) 410-2805. 

Over-the-counter (Walk-through) Applications

The Building Department offers over-the counter services (limited to three per single visit)  Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. – 3p.m. Over the counter services are for projects that can be completed within 30 minutes or less. While you wait, your projects are reviewed by all applicable departments. Please note that all financial transactions need to be concluded by 4 p.m.

Online Permit Application

Online permit applications will be available 24 hours/ 7 days a week. However, the type of permits available is limited (See handout). Transactions are completed through the use of a credit card.
  • If you need design help, we suggest you employ a consultant from the private sector such as a building designer, an engineer or an architect. Building Department employees including inspectors are not permitted to design any portion of your structure.
  • One of the first steps you must take is to ensure you have an accurately dimensioned plot plan that depicts the locations of all existing and proposed structures, fences/walls, pool/spas, easements, etc. The plot plans must indicate the dimensions of all property lines, dimensions of all existing and proposed structures, swimming pools/spas, location and height of walls/fences and necessary buildings or structures. It must show the distance to the centerline of the street of the abutting street(s), the ultimate right-of-way line, sidewalks, curbs and drive approaches.
  • The plot plan must accurately depict the various grade elevations of the site. If the site is relatively level, you may show only the various elevations on your plan. However, if the site is sloped more than one foot in ten feet, then your plans must depict the site accurately with contour lines and/or spot elevations.
  • The plot (site) plan must show how you plan to route the surface water off of your site in an approved manner.
  • Your construction plans must clearly and legibly show precisely what you propose to build. For additions or alterations to existing buildings, plans must clearly differentiate between the following elements:
    1. Existing structure(s) that will remain
    2. Existing structure(s) that will be removed
    3. Proposed new construction

Drawings shall be drawn accurately to an appropriate scale. They shall be sufficiently complete so that compliance with the building code may be determined. An acceptable set of plans will usually include the following dimension and annotated drawings wet signed by an engineer / architect:
  1. Plot (site) plan
  2. Foundation plan
  3. Architectural floor plan
  4. Architectural elevations and roof plans
  5. Structural foundation plans
  6. Structural framing plans
  7. Structural details and material specifications
  8. Plumbing plans (if applicable)
  9. Mechanical plans (if applicable)
  10. Electrical plans (if applicable)
  11. Cross sections
  12. Legal description
Plan check

For submittal for plan check, the applicant is required to furnish two complete sets of plans which consist of the above, along with the following signed by an engineer / architect. Two copies of each applicable item must be submitted.
  1. Structural calculations
  2. Geotechnical (soils) report. Required for all additions and new building.
  3. Energy calculations, if applicable
  4. Sea Turtle Protection affidavit, if applicable
  5. Certificate of Zoning or Approved Site Plan signed by the Planning Department, if applicable
  6. Right of way permit, if applicable
  7. Product Approval Affidavit, if applicable
  8. Owners Disclosure, if applicable
  9. Notice of Commencement, if applicable
New commercial, additions and other structures will be subject to review by the fire inspector for the possibility of requiring fire sprinklers, alarms or a specific fire rated material.

When the project is an addition to an existing building, you must submit a floor plan of the area directly adjacent to the proposed addition, which shows dimensions of the rooms and the location and size of doors and windows. 

Any desired relocation or upgrading of the electrical service must be not only noted on the submitted plans but also specified on the application when applying for the permit.  

Upon application for a permit(s), a fee will be required for the plan review.

Once the plan review is in process, the zoning tech is the project manager who handles all coordination throughout the process.