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Building Department


Mr. Mike Crisafulle, Building Official

Ms. Donna Mitchell, Building Technician _____________________________________________________

Have Questions:  

561-588-8889 or Email us:







Q. Why do I need a permit?

 A. It is not only the law to obtain a permit, but a permit ensures that the plans are drawn and the structure constructed in accordance with the Florida Building Code, and all other applicable codes and ordinances, thereby protecting the welfare of life and property.

Q. What type of work needs a Building Permit ?

A. Section 105.1 of the Florida Building Code states:  Any contractor who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any required impact-resistant coverings, electrical, gas mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permits.

Q. Who may obtain the permit?

A. Only Licensed Contractors, as long as they meet all the requirements listed below.

Q. How long does it take to obtain a permit?

A. The time to get a permit issued varies.  Some permits can be issued within two days, and others require that the plans be left for review.

Q. What is an inspection card ?

A. An inspection card is issued at the time a permit is issued.  The card details the inspections required and by which divisions and/or departments.  The card is signed by each inspector conducting an inspection.  Once completely signed, it becomes an official record.

Q. What is an inspection?

A. The inspection card will list all inspections required for a particular job.  Inspections are performed by the Town inspectors at various intervals.  It is the responsibility of the contractor to call for inspections and to have all the job information ready when they call.  The permit and the top portion of the permit inspection card must be displayed on the job site.  In order to avoid a re-inspection fee, make sure that the site is ready to be inspected,  all required documents available and access to the inspection site.

Q. What if I have a permit and do not call for inspections ?

A. Permits expire after 6 months.  In order for a project to be completed, it must pass final inspections. If a permit expires before final inspections, it becomes null and void, and the project is in violation of the Code.  If this is your case, please call our office, we'll help you activate the permit.  Our interest is in seeing the project completed, including all final inspections and the protection of life and property.


Building Department Forms & Applications 

Failure to obtain a Permit in the Town of South Palm Beach, the Permit cost shall be four (4) times the amount stated for a permit on this schedule.  Notice of Commencement must be submitted to the Building Department with the permit packet.


All Permit Applications MUST have original signature from the homeowner when you submit them to the Building Department.

A copy of the Signed Contract must also be submitted with the Permit package. The Building Department will not accept any permits without a signed contract.


If you are NOT the "Company Qualifier" when registering a company, submitting a Building Permit Application or calling in for any type of inspections, please make sure you have a NOTARIZED letter on company letterhead,  signed by the company's qualifier,  allowing you to submit all of the proper forms to the Building Department.

Companies MUST fill out the "Annual Business Registration Application Form"  and submit all the proper paper work to the Building Department in order to complete your company's registration.

Permits which have no file or inspection activity after six months are invalid and are voidable as determined  by the Building Official. 

Invalid permits may be re-validated within one year from the date they expired, upon payment of $75.00 plus cost of revisions.

Notice of Commencement  - Any  job costing $2,500.00 or over MUST have a Recorded NOC signed by the Clerk of the Court submitted with the permit application.  The exception to the rule is air conditioning.  The value of the job for requirement of an NOC is $7,500.00 and over.

Re-Inspection Fees -  There is a $55.00 fee for re-inspections where the original inspection failed due to the following reasons: 


  • No access
  • Permit card not on site or not visible
  • The proper equipment required for the inspection is not on site, etc.
  • And other miscellaneous reasons

  Should you have any further questions, please contact the Building Department at:

           Telephone Number: 561-588-8889             E-mail: