What is the current review period for building permits and how do I contact my reviewer?

Review times vary based on permit type, complexity, and the number of reviews required by law. Demolition, roofing, and over-the-counter trade permits are generally processed within hours, but allow up to ten to fifteen business days for review of new developments such as new single-family homes and commercial projects. If your permits require corrections, the permit applicant will need to resend corrected documents and this will extend the total processing/review times accordingly. When the reviews are complete, the permitting desk will contact the applicant via email.


The Town of Fort Myers Beach Building Services division is a small division with no building code plans examiners or building code inspectors budgeted as Town positions. The Town utilizes a private provider for floodplain reviews, building code reviews, and building code inspections.  Please email or call the licensed plans examiner or inspector who conducted your plan review (their contact information is provided with their review comments) if you have questions about their review or inspection, or need a clarification of their correction comments.  Applicants with questions about permit processing can address their questions to buildingpermits@fmbgov.com and include the project address. The permitting staff will then be able to locate the exact application in the system and help them.


If your permit is for construction involving a residential building with 3 or more units or a non-residential building, the permit application will also be reviewed by the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District. The Fire District has provided the following time estimates for their review of permits:


Fire review times

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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. What are the requirements for a site plan?
11. Which permit do I get for a temporary power pole?
12. Where can I send my general building permit questions? (i.e. fence, remodel, single family home, etc.)
13. How do I extend my permit that is issued but about to expire?
14. How much do permits cost?
15. How do I pay for my building permit?
16. Do I need a permit to Erect/ Replace a fence?
17. How do I check the status of an existing 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?