How to Get a Miami Dade Building Permit

Need a Miami Dade Building Permit? It Doesn 't Have to Be a Hassle

If you're constructing or remodeling your home, you probably need a building permit. But do you know where to start when applying for one, or if you need one at all? Navigating the process to get a can be challenging. But you don't have to figure out all the details on your own.

DoNotPay knows the most efficient way to get a building permit, so you can focus on the work you want to do at home instead.

When Is a Building Permit Necessary in Miami Dade?

Building permits are required for certain constructions and alterations of buildings.

If you want to "construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change" the following:

  • Any outside area that is used as a portion of a building's designated single or mixed occupancy
  • The occupant content or occupancy of a building

Or if you plan to "erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace" the installation of systems that are regulated by technical codes, such as:

  • Electrical
  • Gas
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing

Replacements of fixtures including:

  • Windows
  • Sliding glass doors
  • Screen enclosures
  • Storage sheds
  • Carports of either canvas or metal

Steps Required to Get a Building Permit in Miami Dade

To get your building permit , here are the steps you 'll have to take:

  1. Check if your project is exempt from Florida Building Code permitting requirements by reviewing the Permit Exemptions.
  2. Fill out a Permit Application, and if needed, a Zoning Improvement Permit. You'll have to include a folio number, which can be found on your property tax statement or from the Miami Dade County Property Appraiser's office.
  3. Attach proof of ownership, such as a warranty deed or tax receipt, and sign the document Instructions to Owner-Builder Form.
  4. Submit two sets of your plans, including (if it's applicable) site or plot plan, a floor plan that shows the location of plumbing and electrical fixtures, elevations, electrical service panels, cross-sections of structural walls, including the details of materials and fasteners, a roof framing plan, and (if new structures or additions are air-conditioned) and energy calculation.
  5. Submit all these documents to the Building Permit and Occupancy office in the city in which the work will be done. If the work will be done in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, you must file at Miami-Dade County's Permitting and Inspection Center, at 11805 SW 26 Street.
  6. Pay your permit fee.

You can find most of the forms you need on the Miami-Dade County website.

What Fees Are Associated With Getting a Permit?

The first thing you need to know is that the cost of a permit can escalate quickly if there are any errors. For example, it will double, plus a fee of $110 if construction starts before the permit is issued. If the owner or contractor loses the plans for the work, the charge is at least $71.55 for a single-family residence or duplex, and a minimum of $128.80 for all other buildings. There are a number of different fees that may apply to your project or not, but the base rate is:

Residential Construction and Remodeling Permits

0.50% of the estimated construction cost

Minimum Permit Fee


These fees do not include any additional surcharges that apply, such as the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations, Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors, Miami-Dade County Code compliance, and city solid waste surcharge.

Sound Complicated? Let DoNotPay Help

There are a lot of details to keep track of when getting a , and it's frustrating to stop and figure them all out when you want to stay focused on your project. But with just a few clicks, you can let DoNotPay deal with the details, and get back to planning the improvements you want.

How to quickly apply for a Building Permit without a Hassle in Miami-Dade County with DoNotPay:

If you want to apply for a building permit but aren't sure where to start, DoNotPay makes it easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Planning Permissions product on DoNotPay.

  2. Choose one of the following options:

  3. Check whether your project needs a building permit or if it's exempt

  4. Generate a permission request letter to send to your HOA
  5. Generate a guide on how to complete the building permit application

  6. Choose the focus of your project (new ADU, pool, shed, fence, etc.) and answer a few questions about your plans, including the size of the structure and estimated cost.

  7. Indicate whether you're hiring a contractor and include the estimated start date and timeline for the project.

  8. Indicate whether any public sidewalk/street space will be used during construction.

  9. And that's it! DoNotPay will help guide you through the building permit process by checking if your project needs a building permit, contacting any HOAs you're a part of to request building permission, or generating detailed instructions on how to start and complete your building permit application process.

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