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Permit and Code Services

Emma Smith Emma Smith Director 
Permit and Code Services

Permit and Code Services

The Department of Development Support and Environmental Management Permit and Code Services Division consists of Code Enforcement, Contractors Licensing, Permit Intake, and Fiscal Administration.  The division is the central intake point of building, and environmental permit applications, and code compliance complaints.   

The Permit and Code Services Division functions in several areas in a Department support role.  Some of those responsibilities include building operation and maintenance, Department IT coordination, budget coordination, and coordinating and responding to public records requests.

Contact Emma Smith 850-606-1364


DeVelopment Support And Environmental Management 435 N. Macomb Street
Renaissance Center, 2nd Floor
Tallahassee, FL  32301
Phone: 850-606-1300    FAX: 850-606-1301

  • Development support through customer service is critical to the department’s success. The following provides a quick summary of the volume of citizens utilizing the services of the division:

»» Assisted approximately 10,000 walk-in customers, processed approximately 2,700 applications, and provided assistance with over 27,000 telephone calls over the past year.

»» Supported 872 contractor licensing walk-in and telephone customers and responded to 4,402 code compliance calls that resulted in 1,271 site inspections.

On March 12, 2013, the Board approved the Abandoned Property Registration (APR) Ordinance, which establishes a registration program to protect neighborhoods from becoming blighted through distressed and abandoned properties with mortgages in default.  

Division staff implemented the Refueling Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Ordinance approved by the Board on January 29, 2014.  The Ordinance provides for the regulation of gas stations to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided equal access in refueling their vehicles.

Staff monitors the amended Sign Code Ordinance approved by the Board on May 13, 2014, to address illegal signs in the right-of-way in unincorporated Leon County.