In order to receive your first and subsequent inspections, you must first confirm if your permit requires a Notice of Commencement (NOC) to be filed with Clerk of Court.

A NOC is required if:

  • The job valuation is greater than $2,500 (FS Section 713.13(1)(a) and 713.135(1)(d)), or
  • The direct contract to REPAIR or REPLACE an EXISTING heating or air-conditioning system is in the amount of $7,500 or more (FS Section 713.135(1)(d)).

If a NOC is required, prior to requesting the first inspection, you must submit a recorded Notice of Commencement to the Building Department (FS§713.135). This must be provided to the Building Department in one of the two following ways (FS 713.135(d)):

  • Certified copy of recorded Notice of Commencement, or
  • Notarized statement from the owner, or the owner’s authorized agent, of the property stating that a Notice of Commencement has been filed for recording to the Monroe County Clerk’s Office for recording, along with a copy of the Notice of Commencement submitted for recording.

Please refer to the “Other Permitting Forms” section at Permitting Fees, Forms & Applications for the NOC form and/or Affidavit.


Before an inspection is performed ensure the site street address is clearly posted on the property, visible from the road (FBCR 319.1/ FBC 501.2).  Owner/builders must be present for all inspections (FS§489.103)

The permit card issued and posted on-site displays the minimum inspections required. The contractor should request appropriate inspections to cover the scope of work performed in addition to those listed on the permit card.

All inspection requests for permits, including fire, flood, environmental, and planning are to be submitted through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. The cutoff time for same-day inspection request is 5 a.m.

IVR PHONE NUMBER:  305-295-5160 

(IVR may not be available from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday evenings/Friday mornings due to weekly system maintenance.)

Reference the following resources for details on the IVR system and how to schedule an inspection using the IVR.

After Hours Inspection Requests

Permit applicants may request required inspections to be conducted outside of normal working hours (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by paying an additional fee that will be charged per hour or fraction thereof, with a two-hour minimum. Complete and submit to the Building Department: After Hours Inspection Request

Private Providers

NOTE:  Floodplain, Planning and Environmental Resources, and Fire inspections on building permits MAY NOT be conducted by an Engineer, Architect, or Private Provider.   County staff from these departments will make every attempt possible to provide inspection services as staff resources are available for issued active permits. Questions regarding Fire inspections can be emailed to Zully Hemeyer.

Private Providers are required to use the IVR system to call in/schedule inspection(s) and then submit inspection results within 2 days for each inspection using the "Inspection Report" form found in the Private Provider Notice packet.  Additionally at the end of all inspections required for the job the Private Provider is required to submit a "Certificate of Inspection(s)/Compliance" form also found in the 

Please use these email accounts to submit ONLY the "Inspection Report" (form found in the Private Provider Notice packet) within 2 days of completing an inspection:

Effective June 1, 2020

The following Private Provide documents are required to be submitted only to Monroe County Building Department; They are no longer accepted via email as instructed during office closure due to COVID19.

  • Use of Private Provide Notice form to add a private provider to a permit.
  • Private Provider “Certificate of Inspection(s)/Compliance” found in "Use of Private Provider Notice"

Track Inspection Progress and Permit Status Using MCeSearch

The Building Department provides unincorporated Monroe County residents with a web application that allows the public to view general information on permits, contractors, and code compliance cases entered into Monroe County’s database.

Permit Time Limitation and Expiration

A permit will expire six months from issuance if no passed inspection related to the scope of work is obtained, or 180 days from the date of last passed inspection related to the scope of work. If a permit expires, contact the Building Department for further direction.

Closing a Permit

Once the Building Final (199) or the final inspection noted on the permit card has passed, the contractor should verify the permit has been closed. A Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Occupancy is available upon request. If a permit does not display on MCeSearch as closed, contact the Building Department for further instruction.