Building and Permitting


Effective December 31, 2017:  All Building Plans Submitted must comply with the Florida Building Code SIXTH Edition

Gearing up for FBC 6th Edition FBC changes to FLOOD Provisions.  Click Here to find more details on flood provision changes in new FBC 6th edition.

Permit Expiration - Related to Hurricane Irma - Executive Order(s): 17-235, 17-287, 17-330, 18-51, 18-122, 18-149, 18-182, 18-213, 18-237, 18-280, 18-361, 19-34

UPDATE:  May 29, 2019, February 5, 2019, December 10, 2018

Governor Ron DeSantis issued an additional extensions to Executive Order 17-235 (19-34 totaling 60 days). Therefore, in Monroe County, all building permits active on Sept. 4, 2017 will receive a total of 600 days related to Hurricane Irma.  No action on behalf of the permit holder is required. 

For those seeking an additional 6 month extension in addition to the 600 days, a written request for this extension is required.  Click HERE for 6 month extension form.  If the permit has been awarded the six month extension these additional 60 days will be added to your extension without the need for you to contact County staff.

PLEASE NOTE:  If a permit has received a passed required inspection during the granted extended time then the extension is no longer applicable and the permit is subject to the normal Florida Building Code 180 day passed inspection cycle.

Other Related Resource(s) for Hurricane Impacted permitting:
Floodplain Management information including Mobile Homes/Manufactured Units
FAQ on Substantial Damage and other Floodplain related topics
Notice of Demolition or Asbestos Renovation


The building Department is responsible for administering and enforce all ordinances applicable to building, construction, blasting, and explosives as defined in the Monroe County Code.

Building officials are charged with administering and ensuring compliance with building codes.They issue building and construction permits and certificates of occupancy and supervise blasting within the county.


Inspectors are assigned to county offices in Marathon and Key Largo.At specified stages during building construction, the builder/contractor must request an inspection.Inspections are necessary before proceeding with construction and prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Building Department is to protect public health and safety, property, and the environment by providing an efficient, effective, and considerate permitting and code administration system, in accordance with the Monroe County Code and Florida statues that is consistent with and furthers the Monroe County Comprehensive Plan.