Floodplain Management

Monroe County offices are closed to the public until at least April 6 and will be reviewed continually. All essential services, like solid waste, social services, animal control, and emergency management, will continue to operate. County staff directory can be found at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/directory

County Building Department 

Monroe County Building Department (the Department) is closed for permitting, plan review and inspections until April 6, 2020 with extensions as needed. THIS INFORMATION MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME. During this time, no building permit applications will be processed in any capacity, which includes issuance, revisions, updates, and corrections. In addition, the Department will not be conducting plan reviews or inspections during this time frame. 

In order to offer the ability for existing permitted work to continue we have three alternatives available:

  • PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
  • ARCHITECTS
  • PRIVATE PROVIDERS

The Building Official hereby requests that Professional Florida Engineers and Architects provide inspection services only for job sites with active existing permits for purposes of satisfying F.S. 471.045 and 481.222, if owners chose this option. Private Providers may also offer inspection services as defined below if owners chose this option.

In order to accommodate our customers and their intentions to safely proceed with inspections during this time. The following options are available for active building permits: Inspections may be resumed by the Department once normal operations are reinstated, if a permit holder retains a professional engineer or architect to conduct inspections. Inspections will not be resumed by the Department, if a private provider takes over inspections.

Any permit holder (contractor or owner builder) who requires a 21-day elevation certificate and final elevation certificate, contact Karl Bursa at Bursa-Karl@monroecounty-fl.gov for upper keys or Mary Wingate at Wingate-Mary@monroecounty-fl.gov for lower keys.

If you are interested in having your existing job sites inspected under these three alternatives, while the County inspections are closed, please contact Elba Ramirez at 

  • (305) 295-3993
  • upperkeysinspections@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov
  • lowerkeysinspections@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov

Planning and Environmental Resources Biological  Inspections

The Planning & Environmental Resources Department inspections may not be conducted by an Engineer, Architect or Private Provider. County staff will make every attempt possible to provide inspection services as staff resources are available for issued active permits. Work on an active permit may NOT proceed if a Pre-Clearing Inspection (850) is required as identified on your permit conditions and issued permit card, and was not completed by a County Biologist prior to the closure of the County offices. This effort for ongoing inspections under COVID-19 is to provide a way for jobs already started to proceed. If a job hasn’t started it is on hold.

Other BIOLOGICAL and PLANNING inspections can be requested by email. Please send all requests (both Biological and Planning) to Environmental@monroecounty-fl.gov. Please indicate the Building Permit Number and the type of inspection(s) requested:

  • 863 Erosion/Sediment Control
  • 864 Pre Storm Bury
  • 865 Final Stormwater
  • 893 Final Landscaping
  • 894 Final Biological
  • 895 Final Planning

The Planning Director will determine if inspections can be provided on a case by case basis. We will do our best to complete inspections as staff resources are available.

Flood Inspections

The Flood Department inspections may not be conducted by an Engineer, Architect or Private Provider. County staff will make every attempt possible to provide inspection services as staff resources are available for issued active permits.Please email Karl Bursa at Bursa-Karl@monroecounty-fl.gov for Upper Keys or Mary Wingate at Wingate-Mary@monroecounty-fl.gov for Lower Keys.


All of Monroe County is identified as a coastal floodplain and may be subject to flooding. If you are buying property, Monroe County encourages inquiries from lenders, real estate representatives, insurance agents, and property owners to request flood information before buying or selling land in the county.

New PRELIMINARY FEMA COASTAL FLOOD MAPS for Monroe County:

Review of these preliminary maps is important, as changes to maps may impact development standards and future insurance requirements and costs.  Staff will be reviewing and gathering comments on these maps.  Click HERE for more information.


Know Your Property Flood Zone and Build Smart:

Please refer to these links for flood-related information on building requirements, flood zone, map links, and safety:

Mobile Homes/Manufactured Units

Protect Your Property and Yourself

For information on how to insure and protect your property, as well as be aware of flood warnings from Monroe County Emergency Management.

Coastal Hazards and Coastal Mapping 

Stay Informed

Attend the multi-jurisdiction meeting on the Community Rating System Program for Public Information. Click here for meetings, agendas, and information.

Monroe County Building Department Floodplain Coordinators

Contact the Monroe County floodplain management office staff listed below for the latest information regarding the insurance inspection program, flood elevations, restrictions on development, and the permitting requirements for construction below base flood elevation.

Mary Wingate
305-289-2866

Karl Bursa
305-453-8759

Mallory Jones
305-289-2567

Chris Edwards
305-453-8729


If you see illegal development in the floodplains, report the issue through the Monroe County Request Tracker.