When is a permit required?

Per Florida Building Code (105.1), a permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, convert or replace any impact-resistant coverings, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system; the installation of which is regulated by technical code. 

It is best to contact the Town's Building Services Department early on in the planning process of any kind of building or remodeling project to find out what permits are needed.  

 239-765-0202 ext. 2


Visit the permitting section on the Town's website. 

Watch an educational session about permitting conducted at a Town Council meeting and led by staff from the Building Services Department.   Session starts at 1:30:43

In general, condo remodeling of any kind almost always requires a permit due to the potential impact on other condos in the building.  New construction of any building or structure large or small (pool, porch, deck, garage, house) will require some level of permitting. The below lists are a  general guide for common projects in homes or condos.

PLEASE ALWAYS CONTACT THE TOWN when you are planning a project to find out what permits are required for your specific project. Every project has differences that could make permitting  necessary.  Speaking directly with the Town's permitting staff is the best course of action to make sure your particular project is properly covered by the appropriate permits.

Common projects that DO require a permit:

  • Air conditioning - new installation or system replacement
  • Bathtub - remodeling, removal
  • Ceiling fans – installations which alter system wiring or circuits
  • Condo renovations (cabinets, tile flooring, windows, plumbing, electrical, etc)
  • Doors (exterior) – new installation or replacement
  • Driveway and parking lot - recoating
  • Dryer vent - new installation
  • Electric shades or blinds - new installation with new electrical work
  • Exhaust fan - new installation
  • Hot tub - new installation or removal
  • Lighting - new installation 
  • Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Tanks - above ground or underground
  • Pool - new installation or removal
  • Shower tile or floor pan - removal
  • Stairs - inside and outside
  • Storm shutters - new installation or replacement
  • Sprinkler system - inside or outside
  • Windows – new installation or replacement

 Please call us to discuss these common projects as the specifics of the situation may or may not make a permit necessary.

  • Debris removal from a bathroom remodel
  • Flood damage remediation
  • Irrigation system installation in the yard
  • Mold removal

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1. Am I in the jurisdiction of the Town of Fort Myers Beach if I have a Fort Myers Beach U.S. postal service address?
2. How long is my permit good for?
3. When is a permit required?
4. What happens if I choose not to obtain the required permits?
5. How do I submit my paperwork for a rebuild and obtain an issued permit?
6. Glass windows and doors--what is the requirement for replacement of windows and doors? Is there a requirement for a certain level of "hurricane" glass?
7. Where can I find the forms to submit a building permit application?
8. What is the current review period for building permits and how do I contact my reviewer?
9. PERMITS GENERAL (category)
10. How do I check the status of an existing building permit?
11. What are the requirements for a site plan?
12. Which permit do I get for a temporary power pole?
13. Where can I send my general building permit questions? (i.e. fence, remodel, single family home, etc.)
14. How do I extend my permit that is issued but about to expire?
15. Do I need a permit to Erect/ Replace a fence?
16. How much do permits cost?
17. How do I pay for my building permit?
18. How can I respond to a rejection letter that I received from one of the reviewers about my building permit application?
19. How can I submit my building permit application paperwork?
20. What happens if my permit expires?
21. What is a Notice of Commencement (NOC), do I need to file one, and how do file my NOC?
22. Should we get this far, what is the anticipated time frame for obtaining a building permit?
23. Are you currently issuing permits for repair of hurricane damaged homes, or will there be a delay before you begin to issue permits?
24. How close can a pool enclosure/pool be to a seawall?
25. Do I need a permit for a deck?
26. Do I need a permit for a Chickee hut?
27. Only drywall, baseboards, cabinets and finished flooring was damaged in our home. Do I need a building permit and repair/improvement cost form to repair these damages?
28. APPRAISALS (category)
29. Given that the appraisal is higher than the tax assessed value, will this trigger a requirement for a second appraisal?
30. Will an AVM "appraisal" be an accepted alternative appraisal method?
31. CONDOS (category)
32. What do I need if I live in a condo and want to replace my windows?
33. The bottom level of our building was severely damaged by the hurricane. Can ground level areas be rebuilt?
34. What is needed for minor Condo Renovations?
35. CODE (category)
36. How close can you get to a non-seawalled natural body of water (Rip Rap)?
37. What are the code requirements for construction in Fort Myers Beach?
38. What are the rules for swimming pool barriers in Florida and what are my responsibilities as a property owner?
39. CONTRACTORS (category)
40. Does the town have a list of registered contractors?
41. Do I need a contractor? What does it mean to be an "owner builder?"
42. Can you recommend an engineer/architect/contractor?
43. How does a contractor get registered with the Town of Fort Myers Beach?
44. DEMOLITION (category)
45. I’ve decided to demolish my building as it was substantially damaged. Will the city be removing my home?
46. How do I acquire a demolition permit?
47. I’ve decided to demolish my home. What is my next step?
48. ELEVATION (category)
49. Where do I find the elevation of my home?
50. Is it possible to elevate my existing building?
51. What is the “lowest floor” of a building and what is the elevation reference point which must be elevated above the minimum elevation?