Department of Development Support
and Environmental Management

Building Plans Review and Inspection - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I apply for a building permit online?
    Single trade projects that do not require plan review can be applied for through Leon County Permits Online.  However, only Florida licensed contractors that have registered with the County's permit portal can apply for and obtain an online permit.  For information on registering to apply for building permits online, please call the Licensing Service Advisor at 606-1300.
  • How long does it take to get a building permit?
    Single trade permits that are eligible to be obtained through Leon County Permits Online are issued immeidately.  All other building permit applications require more time for review from theDevelopment Support and Environmental Management Divisions, and may also be delayed if the building application packet is lacking required documentation or if a review finds additional or corrected documentation is required from the applicant.  The following is the current, typical approval times for the listed projects:

                            New Single-family Home                   8 days
                            Manufactured Home                          5 days
                            Accessory Structures                         5 days
                            Commercial Projects                         15 days
                            Other Types of Projects                       5 days  
  • I want to build a new home.  How much would a building permit cost?
    The cost of the permit is based on the size of the new home in square feet under the roof.  A calculator is provided on the Leon County Building Plans Review and Inspection page that can be utilized to calculate the building fee portion of the permit cost.
  • As a homeowner, can I obtain a building permit for a project on my own home or do I have to use a State-licensed contractor?
    A homeowner who lives in the subject home can obtain all permits for projects on their home.
  • Do I need a building permit to put a shed on my property?
    Sheds over 100 square feet require a building permit.  However, it should be noted that all sheds, regardless of size, require review by the Development Services and Environmental Services Divisions for location site, setbacks from boundary lines, easements, floodplain and other similar elements.
  • Do I need a building permit to construct a deck on my property?
    Decks greater than 1-- SF in area and/or more than 30" above grade on any side require a building permit.
  • What other types of common projects require a building permit?
    The following projects require a building permit:
    • ​Backup generators
    • Demolitions
    • Exterior alterations and repairs
    • Grinder pumps
    • Retaining walls
    • Solar installations (photovoltaic and water heating systems)
  • Do I need a building permit to install a residential fence?
    No, the Florida Building Code does not regulate the installation of residential fences.  Therefore, a building permit is not required.



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Development Support and Environmental Management
435 N. Macomb Street, 2nd Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32301

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