COVID-19 NOTICE: Monroe County offices are closed to the public until further notice and will be reviewed continually. All essential services, like solid waste, social services, animal control, and emergency management, will continue to operate.  For more information on how Building permitting activities are being managed during this time please refer to the main Building and Permitting web-page (click HERE).


In order to receive your first and subsequent inspections, you must first confirm if your permit requires a Notice of Commencement (NOC) to be filed with Clerk of Court.

A NOC is required if:

  • The job valuation is greater than $2,500 (FS Section 713.13(1)(a) and 713.135(1)(d)), or
  • The direct contract to REPAIR or REPLACE an EXISTING heating or air-conditioning system is in the amount $7,500 or more (FS Section 713.135(1)(d)).

If a NOC is required, prior to requesting the first inspection, you must submit a recorded Notice of Commencement to the Building Department (FS§713.135). This must be provided to the Building Department in one of the two following ways (FS 713.135(d)):

  • Certified copy of recorded Notice of Commencement, or
  • Notarized statement from the owner, or the owner’s authorized agent, of the property stating that a Notice of Commencement has been filed for recording to the Monroe County Clerk’s Office for recording, along with a copy of the Notice of Commencement submitted for recording.

Please refer to “Other Permitting Forms” section at Permitting Fees, Forms & Applications for the NOC form and/or Affidavit.

Before an inspection is performed

  • Ensure the site street address is clearly posted on the property, visible from the road (FBCR 319.1/ FBC 501.2)
  • Keep the permit or a copy on-site with the construction documents. Visible posting will facilitate the inspection. (FBC 105.7)
  • Owner/builders must be present for all inspections (FS§489.103)


The permit card issued and posted on-site displays the minimum inspections required. The contractor should request appropriate inspections to cover the scope of work performed in addition to those listed on the permit card.

All inspection requests for permits, including fire, flood, environmental, and planning are to be submitted through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. The cutoff time for same-day inspection request is 5 a.m.

IVR PHONE NUMBER:  305-295-5160

IVR may not be available from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday evenings/Friday mornings due to weekly system maintenance. Reference the following resources for details on the IVR system and how to schedule an inspection using the IVR.

After Hours Inspection Requests

Permit applicants may request required inspections to be conducted outside of normal working hours (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by paying an additional fee that will be charged per hour or fraction thereof, with a two-hour minimum. Complete and submit to the Building Department: After Hours Inspection Request

Private Providers, Architects and Engineers Inspections

Private Providers are required to submit inspection results for each inspection using the "Inspection Report" form found in the Private Provider Notice packet.  Additionally at the end of all inspections required for the job the Private Provider is required to submit a "Certificate of Inspection(s)/Compliance" form also found in the Private Provider Notice packet.  

Architects and Engineers are required to submit an Affidavit of Inspections for completed inspections. 

Temporarily during times when the Building Department Offices are not able to process documentation, these additional documents can be submitted using the email accounts listed below with conditions that an original signed, and notarized and/or sealed if applicable, copy will be submitted to a MC Building Department office soon thereafter:

  • Private Provider “Certificate of Inspection(s)/Compliance”
  • Architect or Engineer “Affidavit of Inspection” form
  • “Use of Private Provide Notice” form to add a private provider to your permit.

Please use these email accounts to submit Private Provider "Inspection Reports" or the specific documents noted  above during non normal office operating conditions (originals must be submitted to office):     upperkeysinspections@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov or

Track Inspection Progress and Permit Status Using MCeSearch

The Building Department provides unincorporated Monroe County residents with a web application called MCeSearch. The website allows the public to view general information on permits, contractors, and code compliance cases entered into Monroe County’s database.

Permit Time Limitation and Expirations

A permit will expire six months from issuance if no passed inspection related to the scope of work is obtained, or 180 days from date of last passed inspection related to the scope of work. If a permit expires, contact the Building Department for further direction.

Closing a Permit

Once the Building Final (199) or the final inspection noted on the permit card has passed, the contractor should verify the permit has been closed. A Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Occupancy is available upon request. If a permit does not display on MCeSearch as closed, contact the Building Department for further instruction.