Before Scheduling Your First Inspection
To receive your first and subsequent inspections, you must confirm if your permit requires a Notice of Commencement (NOC) to be filed with the 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 of $15,000 or more (FS Section 713.135(1)(d)).
If a NOC is required, before requesting the first inspection, you must submit a recorded NOC 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 the recorded NOC, 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.
- Notice of Commencement (NOC)
- Notice of Commencement Filing Affidavit
- Other Permitting Forms and Applications
- Clerk of the Court
Before an inspection is performed, ensure the site street address is clearly posted on the property and visible from the road (FBCR 319.1/ FBC 501.2). The owner/builder must be present for all inspections (FS§489.103).
The permit card issued 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.
The cutoff time for a same-day inspection request is 5 a.m.
Please use the system designated based upon the permit application date:
Inspection via Online Permitting Services: Permits Applied for AFTER Oct. 1, 2022
All inspections for permits, including fire, flood, environmental, and planning, are scheduled by registered users affiliated with a permit using online permitting services Community Development.
- Inspection List
- Inspection Scheduling Process
- Private Provider Specific Inspection Instructions - see page 5
Inspection via IVR: Permits Applied for BEFORE Oct. 1, 2022
All inspection requests for permits, including fire, flood, environmental, and planning, are to be submitted through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system.
- IVR PHONE NUMBER: 305-295-5160 (IVR may not be available from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday evenings and Friday mornings due to weekly system maintenance.)
- Basic information on the IVR system and how to request, cancel and/or reschedule inspections
- Inspection List
- Private Provider Specific Inspection Instructions - see page 6
After Hours Inspection Requests
Applicants may request required inspections 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.
Floodplain, Planning, Environmental Resources, and Fire inspections on building permits MAY NOT be conducted by an engineer, architect, or private provider. County staff from these departments will provide inspection services as staff resources are available for issued active permits. Fire inspections can be emailed to Zully Hemeyer.
Private providers must follow the directions for inspection scheduling as detailed in the Private Provider Notice packet.
Track Inspection Progress and Permit Status
For Permits Applied for AFTER Oct. 1, 2022
Registered users affiliated with a permit using online permitting services Community Development can view information on permits such as contractors, inspections, and plan reviews. Public users not affiliated with a permit using online permitting services Community Development can view general information on permits.
For Permits Applied for BEFORE Oct. 1, 2022
The Building Department provides unincorporated Monroe County residents with a web application that allows the public to view information on permits, contractors, and code compliance cases entered into Monroe County’s database.
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Permit Time Limitation and Expiration
A permit will expire six months from issuance if no passed inspection related to the scope of work is obtained or 180 days from the date of the 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.