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HURRICANE IAN RECOVERY INFORMATION

UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Building permit applications are being now accepted using the IWorQ online permitting system.

FMB Registered Contractor list as of 10-14-22

State's registered contractors list

Can I occupy a structure and/or connect electric service?

The structures located in the Town of Fort Myers Beach have been severely impacted by Hurricane Ian with widespread visible damage to one or more structural and electrical components. Due to the severity of the storm and with the intent of protecting against further loss of life, it is the position of the Town of Fort Myers Beach that all structures are currently considered unsafe until a certification of safety can be completed for the structure and electrical systems.

Prior to occupying a structure or proceeding with building, renovating, or adding to a structure, a structural inspection and an electrical inspection must be completed. 

The structural inspection must be performed by a professional engineer with structural experience licensed in the State of Florida. Upon completing the inspection, the structural engineer must offer their findings and expert opinion in the form of a post-inspection report. This report must be signed, sealed, and dated by the structural engineer and must certify the following:

1)   The integrity of the structure has been maintained

2)   The structure is currently in a condition to securely withstand the weight of its anticipated loads

3)   The structure will continue to perform safely as intended for the foreseeable future.

The electrical inspection must be performed by either an electrical engineer licensed in the State of Florida or a Florida-licensed electrical contractor. The report must certify that in the expert opinion of the Florida-licensed electrical professional, the electrical system is safe to reconnect to electrical service.

The electrical report must be emailed to the Town of Fort Myers Beach Building Services Division at buildingpermits@fmbgov.com. The format of the report is at the discretion of the contractor, but it must include the contractor’s name, license number, and whether the structure is safe to energize. After submittal and approval of the report by the Town, the information will be forwarded to the electric utility (FPL) for their use in connecting electric to the structure.

Note that it is the property owners’ responsibility to arrange for these inspections with the licensed professionals of their choice and to ensure that the documents are submitted to the Town of Fort Myers Beach. A list of contractors registered with the Town of Fort Myers Beach is available at the Town website at http://www.fmbgov.com. However, the property owner may also select a professional that is not currently registered with the Town but is licensed in the State of Florida. The post-inspection reports must be emailed to the Town of Fort Myers Beach Building Services Division at buildingpermits@fmbgov.com. After submittal and approval of the documents, the structure may be legally occupied.

What is the “50% rule” for substantial improvement or substantial damage?

  1. This is in effect and will continued to be enforced during building permit plan review.
  2. Basic rule: If the cost of improvements or the cost to repair the damage exceeds 50% of the market value of the building prior to sustaining damage, it must be brought up to current floodplain management standards. 

The Town of Fort Myers Beach, following the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements, must determine "substantial damage" and "substantial improvement” for structures.

    1. Substantial damage is defined as damage of any origin sustained by a structure whereby the cost of restoring the structure to its “before damage” condition would equal or exceed 50% of the market value of the structure. (Note: The cost of the repairs must include all costs necessary to fully repair the structure to its “before damage” condition.)
    2. Substantial improvement is defined as any reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other improvement of a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50% of the market value of the structure (before any improvements are performed).
    3. Historic structures may be exempt from these requirements if the compliance would threaten the structure’s continued eligibility for historic designation.

These laws are required by the NFIP to protect lives and investments from future flood damages. The Town must enforce these laws in order for federally backed flood insurance to be made available to Town residents and property owners.  

Where can I get more information regarding Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage (the 50% rule)?

For more detailed information about SI/SD, please see the following FEMA publications:

Substantial Improvement and Substantial Damage Desk Reference:

Questions about Substantial Improvement / Substantial Damage:

If your structure is located in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and is not flood compliant, meaning that the lowest floor elevation of the structure is below the base flood elevation plus 1 foot of freeboard elevation (BFE + 1’), the Town of Fort Myers Beach (the Town) has flood damage prevention regulations that may affect how you remodel, renovate, or add on to your building.

The NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) requires that any structure located in the SFHA (flood zones beginning with A and V) where the cost of proposed improvements or repairs equals or exceeds 50% of the value of the structure must be brought into full compliance with current flood damage prevention regulations.

After submitting the two inspection reports and applying for a building permit, the contractors and design professionals associated with the permit must be registered with the Town of Fort Myers Beach. Note that any person engaging in contracting services in the State of Florida must be currently registered, certified, or possess a certificate of authority through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Under section 489.127 Florida Statutes, anyone providing unlicensed contracting services during a state of emergency commits a felony of the third degree. 

Due to structures throughout the Town of Fort Myers Beach being located in the special flood hazard area, the FEMA “50% Rule” for substantial improvement or substantial damage will continue to be enforced during plan review. Please consult with your design professional to determine whether this rule will impact the design of your construction project.

Temporary Permitting Information HURRICANE IAN (Oct. 11, 2022)

The structures located in the Town of Fort Myers Beach have been severely impacted by Hurricane Ian with widespread visible damage to one or more structural and electrical components. Due to the severity of the storm and with the intent of protecting against further loss of life, it is the position of the Town of Fort Myers Beach that all structures are currently considered unsafe until a certification of safety can be completed for the structure and electrical systems.

Prior to occupying a structure or proceeding with building, renovating, or adding to a structure, a structural inspection and an electrical inspection must be completed.

The structural inspection must be performed by a professional engineer with structural experience licensed in the State of Florida. Upon completing the inspection, the structural engineer must offer their findings and expert opinion in the form of a post-inspection report. This report must be signed, sealed, and dated by the structural engineer and must certify the following:

  • The integrity of the structure has been maintained
  • The structure is currently in a condition to securely withstand the weight of its anticipated loads
  • The structure will continue to perform safely as intended for the foreseeable future.

The electrical inspection must be performed by either an electrical engineer licensed in the State of Florida or a Florida-licensed electrical contractor. The report must certify that in the expert opinion of the Florida-licensed electrical professional, the electrical system is safe to reconnect to electrical service.

 Note that it is the property owners’ responsibility to arrange for these inspections with the licensed professionals of their choice and to ensure that the documents are submitted to the Town of Fort Myers Beach. A list of contractors registered with the Town of Fort Myers Beach is available at the Town website at http://www.fmbgov.com. However, the property owner may also select a professional that is not currently registered with the Town but is licensed in the State of Florida. The post-inspection reports must be emailed to the Town of Fort Myers Beach Building Services Division at buildingpermits@fmbgov.com. After submittal and approval of the documents, the structure may be legally occupied.

 After submitting the two inspection reports and applying for a building permit, the contractors and design professionals associated with the permit must be registered with the Town of Fort Myers Beach. Note that any person engaging in contracting services in the State of Florida must be currently registered, certified, or possess a certificate of authority through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Under section 489.127 Florida Statutes, anyone providing unlicensed contracting services during a state of emergency commits a felony of the third degree.

Note that the following work does not require a building permit:

  • Emergency temporary application of tarps to structures to reduce risk of further water intrusion
  • Removal of debris from on or inside a structure
  • Minor demolition to prevent injury or prevent further damage to buildings
  • Structural shoring and bracing
  • Replacement of broken glass within existing framing for windows and doors
  • Repair or replacement of soffit and gutters
  • Roof shingle replacement of 1 square of shingles (10ft x 10ft area, or less)
  • Minor non-structural repairs made to the exterior of structures
  • Repair of minor water leaks that do not involve the reduction or extension of structural, mechanical, plumbing, or electrical systems. 

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Due to structures throughout the Town of Fort Myers Beach being located in the special flood hazard area, the FEMA “50% Rule” for substantial improvement or substantial damage will continue to be enforced during plan review. Please consult with your design professional to determine whether this rule will impact the design of your construction project.   


Permit applicants are required to apply online via the IWorQ online permitting system.

Owner Builders may apply online and are temporarily not required to come in person to sign the required documents. Instead, they may upload their notarized and signed documents through IWorQ.   

These procedures are designed to facilitate permitting during this catastrophic event. These procedures may be subject to change, without notice, depending on changing circumstances during recovery.

Inspections Information

It remains the responsibility of the Contractor, or Owner-Builder if applicable, to request the required inspections based on the approved scope of work, prior to proceeding to the next step of construction. The use of an approved Private Provider Inspection firm remains an option for permit applicants to perform the necessary inspections and provide inspection reports to the Town of Fort Myers Building Division.

Inspections must be scheduled via IWorQ. Note that post-hurricane search and rescue and cleanup operations are ongoing. Accordingly, inspections scheduling is likely to be delayed as much as several weeks as crews must clear the roads and make them safe for citizens and inspectors. 

ATTENTION BUILDING CONTRACTORS

Phase Out of Contractor Local Licensing: 

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners has approved a plan to phase out local licensing, consistent with HB 735

All local licenses will expire on June 30, 2023 and will not be renewed. 

The Contractor Licensing Board has been phased out, and no new local licenses will be approved. Those interested in obtaining a new contractor license should contact the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation regarding State licenses approval process.

Effective July 1, 2023: To perform work in the Town of Fort Myers Beach, contractors must have a state-issued license. Prior to July 1, 2023, a contractor must have a current Certificate of Insurance for liability and worker's compensation and/or a current worker's compensation exemption status with the State of Florida.

Effective June 21, 2022: All new application submittals must be done through the Request Portal. Any new applications sent to buildingpermits@fmbgov.com will be returned.

Effective June 21, 2022: All inspections will need to be requested through the Permit Portal. If you need your access code, please email inspections@fmbgov.om

Effective September 22, 2022: All contractors registered with the Town MUST be a licensed contractor through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Contractors licensed through the Lee County Contractor Licensing Board will not be allowed to register with the Town or apply for building permits.

The Florida Building Code Update became effective on December 31, 2020 at Midnight.


Effective December 30, 2020, in our transition to being paperless, your permit and master plan submittals are now to be submitted electronically and must be certified to the Florida Building Code 7th Edition (2020.)

The new forms are available on the Building Services Applications & Forms page.

For more information about the code or to purchase the code, visit www.floridabuilding.org

FY2023 Building permits fee schedule

iworq

Use iWorQ, our online permitting service to:

  • Search and view permit
  • View status
  • Download/ print approved documents
  • Pay fees
  • Schedule inspections

Click here PERMIT SEARCH

If you are searching for record information or paying fees, you are not required to create an account.

Guide to permitting/E-Services and Inspections


iWorQ systems, a web based program that allows citizens to submit Building applications, Zoning applications, Development Orders, Limited Development Orders, Zoning verification requests, etc. and receive permits and plans through our system remotely, reducing the paper, fuel, and time associated with permitting.


Email for any permitting questions: buildingpermits@fmbgov.com 


Email for updating license, liability, and workman's com;  contractorregistration@fmbgov.com


Email for any zoning questions; zoningpermits@fmbgov.com

 

  Submit your application: 

 Click on the REQUEST PORTAL to submit your request.  

Request Portal Submittal Requirements

Click on “Submit request”. Complete the appropriate fields, upload the application, plans and any other supporting documents and click submit. Once staff processes the request, you will receive an email from iWorQ with further instructions if additional information/ documents are needed or an invoice to pay fees.

fees Please note that fees must be paid prior to any reviews being completed.

Check status: 

When ready to check the status of your application, pay fees, print the permit board and approved drawings click on PERMIT PORTAL.

When ready to check the status of your zoning or development services application, pay fees, and print approved drawings click on PROJECT PORTAL .

Note: (Owners can submit online) Pursuant to the owner-builder exemption 489.1.3(1) but must pick up their permits at the Town of Fort Myers Beach permitting office.

To Scheduling Inspections

Permit portal online. An access code is required. Once you obtain your access code you may use that for all future permits. The access code can be obtained by calling the Permitting Department at 239-765-0202. 

Provide the following info when scheduling your inspection. 

  • Permit #
  • Site address of the property
  • Inspection type/code (located on your permit board)
  • Contact # along with any notes or special instructions for the inspector    

Time specific Inspection appointments are not available at this time.

* Please be aware that inspections scheduled after 4 pm will not be scheduled until the following business day.

* If you need to make changes to an existing inspection request, please email inspections@fmbgov.com

Required on job site at time of inspection

  • Inspection permit board
  • Recorded Notice of Commencement
  • Approved plans (JOBSITE COPY)
  • NOA's or Product Approvals
  • Threshold paperwork (if applicable)
  • Private Provider paperwork (if applicable)

If your permit requires any fire inspections, schedule by emailing: prevention@fmbfire.org along with the permit number, site address, inspection type and any notes to the inspector.                    


  1. Steve Poposki

    Building Official

  2. Andrew Garry

    Permit Supervisor

  1. Jason Smalley

    Senior Planner
    Phone: (239) 765-0202

  1. Chadd Chustz

    Environmental Projects Manager
    Phone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1312

  1. Andrew Garry

    Permit Supervisor
    Phone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1302

  1. Kendra Rosa

    Zoning Technician & Permitting Analyst
    Phone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1311