Department of Development Support
and Environmental Management

Building Plans Review and Inspection

The mission of the Building Plan Review and Inspection Division is to ensure that built environments are safe, accessible and energy efficient through compliance with all applicable construction codes, plans review, inspections, the use of automated technologies and continuing staff development.  

Contact

  • Development Support and Environmental Management
  • 435 N. Macomb Street
    Renaissance Center, 2nd Floor
    Tallahassee, FL  32301
  • FAX: 850-606-1302

Attention:  Starting June 1, 2022, DSEM's building permit fees have changed.  A copy of the updated fee schedule can be found here.  

Building Plans Review and Inspection Division staff reviews and approves building plans and inspects construction projects for compliance using the most recently adopted Florida Building Codes. Staff also provides permit intake services for all Building Permit Applications, along with fiscal services for the entire department. 

Electronic permit application submittal is provided using the Application Email Submittal Process. To access this service, click on the Application Email Submittal blue bubble. Once the application has been processed, an email reply will be sent to the applicant with an invitation to upload all remaining submittal documents.  Upon submittal of all rquired documentation and payment of any applicable fees, the project review process will begin. 

In order to recognize the sacrifices made by those who have served in the military, the Board of County Commissioners has adopted a Resolution to waive all building, development services, and environmental permit review fees for honorably discharged veterans with 100% service connected disability, or to surviving spouses of military personnel killed in action. Please call (850) 606-1300 and ask for the Building Plans Review Service Advisor for more information.

To access the Tallahassee/Leon Count Permit Portal for additional information, please click here.

Services Provided

 

Permit Intake/Processing

Building permit applications can be accessed online and completed electronically. Building permit applications will need to be signed and notarized by all property owners listed on the most current deed prior to submittal.  Applications can also be completed and notarized in person at our offices at 435 North Macomb Street, Renaissance Center 2nd Floor, Tallahassee, Florida.  
 

Plan Review

A Building Plan Reviewer is available daily to assist in person or on the phone with questions you may have regarding your building project.  

Electronic Recording

For your convenience, documents that require recording at the Clerk of the Courts Office can be completed at our offices and recorded electronically.  This option is available for a minimal fee and usually can be completed in the same day.  

Inspections

To schedule an inspection using the automated telephone system, call 850-606-1306 and follow the prompts (have your permit # ready).  Inspections can be scheduled and completed as soon as the following day.  For your convenience, inspections can also be scheduled by texting "SCHEDULE" to 855-927-1525.  Click here for more information on how to schedule by text.  Additionally, after hours and weekend inspections are also available for a fee of $90/hr (minimum 2 hours).  To schedule an after hours or weekend inspection, call 850-606-1398 (have your permit # ready).   

This tool is intended to be used for estimation of building permit fees only and does not include other associated fees, such as Development Services, Environmental Management, and State fees.  Exact fees will be calculated at the time of permitting.

Division Objectives  

  • Review of building construction plans prior to issuance of permits to ensure structures are designed in accordance with applicable codes.
  • Ensure structures are constructed in accordance with approved plans and applicable codes through onsite inspections.
  • Provide staff support to the Contractors Licensing Board to ensure contractors’ performance complies with State and local requirements.
  • Review new construction products, methods, and materials prior to use in Leon County.
  • Provide staff support to the Board of Adjustment and Appeals and the Code Enforcement Board.
  • Provide assistance to the Florida Association of Counties, Florida League of Cities, and the Building Officials Association of Florida during the Legislative Session and related Committee meetings regarding local impacts of proposed construction legislation.
 

Building Plans Review and Inspection Permit Revenue

FY2019 1st QUARTER Permit Revenue

October, November, December TOTAL $ 410,853

FY2019 2nd QUARTER Permit Revenue

January, February, March TOTAL $ 575,912

FY2019 3rd QUARTER Permit Revenue

April, May, June TOTAL $ 559,616

FY2019 4th QUARTER Permit Revenue

July, August, September TOTAL $ 712,537

FY2019 Audited TOTAL Permit Revenue and Reserve

Revenue
Permit Fees $2,149,251
Interest $   109,664
TOTAL     $2,258,915
 
Expenses
Personnel $1,685,690
Operating $   507,548
TOTAL     $2,193,238
 
Reserve Balance $ 2,226,315
 
4 year Average
*Operation Budget
$ 2,185,073

*Footnote:The reserve balance exceeded the 4 year average operating expenses due to the delay in the Accela Permit Management System project. $250,000 was carry forward from the FY2019 budget into FY2020 to complete this project.

Building Reports

Permit Reports Month-to-Date

Permit Reports Year-to-Date

Septic to Sewer Permits

2022 Septic to Sewer Permits

2022 Monthly Building Reports

Contact us

Development Support and Environmental Management
435 N. Macomb Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tel: +1 850 606 1300
Fax: +1 850 606 1301