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A building permit is needed to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move or demolish a building or structure.
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Apply at the Builders Services Division office. Our hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Checklists showing the items required to be submitted for a permit are available on our Forms page.
A complete submittal for a residential permit may take up to seven days for plan review and permitting. Commercial projects may take fourteen days or longer depending upon the complexity.
Typically, as long as work is being performed on the project, the permit is valid. It is required to obtain a valid inspection to verify ongoing construction. If 180 days elapse without an approved inspection, your permit expires.
The cost will depend on the intended use, size and type of construction of the building. A building permit for a typical site-built, single-family dwelling ranges from $300 (good) to $450 (average). Sub-permits are sold separately. View more information on permit fees (PDF).
Inspection requests may be called 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Inspection requests called in to 850-248-8350 after 4:30 p.m. will be made the following workday.
Planning and Zoning provides flood zone information for unincorporated Bay County. You may contact our Planning and Zoning Department at 850-248-8250.
The Florida Building Code can be viewed on the International Code Council website.