Building and Permitting
Permit Applications and Review
The Building Department intakes and issues permits for all types of development, including plan reviews by planning, environmental, structural, plumbing, mechanical, electric, floodplain, and fire.
Use the plan review matrix to see permit types, the various disciplines that review each permit type, and estimated turnaround times for permit submittals.
Services will be provided, as indicated below, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Key Largo, Marathon, Stock Island, and Ocean Reef permitting offices.
COVID-19 precautions will be in place at all four permitting offices. Three offices have insufficient space and will be open with limits to maintain the Center for Disease Control (CDC) distancing guidelines. There are no restrictions on the number of permit applications a person can submit.
Due to space limitations, meetings with plans examiners, inspectors, planners, and biologists will continue via phone, email, and Zoom. Please plan appropriately. Pre-COVID-19, staff tried to assist all customers who arrived before 3 p.m., but now all customers who arrive before or at 3 p.m. may not be served.
Calculate the estimated amount of your payment using the fee estimator. If the fee amount you submit isn’t correct, it will be adjusted at permit issuance or you will be asked to mail in the difference.
For the safety of you and our inspectors:
- Please use electronic communication and social distancing before and during inspections. Inspectors will call the contact phone number associated with the permit prior to their arrival.
- Have plans ready and open to pertinent pages for all inspections to occur at the site.
- Forms and affidavits will NOT be accepted in the field.
- For items such as AC change-outs, size of the breaker in the panel, a photo may be requested by the inspector.
6-Month Permit Extension Due to COVID-19
Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-52 on March 9, 2020 declaring a state of emergency because of COVID-19 which allows the Building Official to extend Building Permits and the Planning Director to extend Development Orders. This Executive Order has been extended multiple times, most recently Executive Order 21-94.
All Building Permits and Development Orders active on March 9, 2020 are eligible to receive an additional 6 months to receive a passed inspection (once a passed inspection occurs then the permit would again be subject to the continuing 180-day passed inspection cycle.)
The permit holder is required to notify the county in writing (email is acceptable) and identify the specific permit/development order of their intent to exercise this extension within 90 days after the termination of the emergency declaration. The termination date will be forwarded once it is known.
Building Permits, for example, had an inspection due by April 2 (after March 9,) then the requirement to have that inspection would be extended 6 months to October 2.
Please send Building Permit extension requests to Sebben-Crystal@MonroeCounty-FL.Gov or Monroe County Building Department, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037, Attn: Crystal Sebben – Permit Extension.
Certificate of Occupancy (CO)
Staff will contact permit holders who are ready to receive a CO via email.
Additional Information on Permitting
Outside Agencies Approvals
Prior to commencing construction, the contractor, owner, or builder must first apply to obtain a permit. Obtaining a permit may require the interaction and approval of several agencies outside of the Building Department; with small exceptions, each of these agencies charges fees for their review procedures. The Building Department works to coordinate the involvement of other agencies in the permitting process to obtain a building permit in the most expedient manner while maintaining the county’s high level of quality. This service is not a substitute for a customer’s responsibility to interact with all participating agencies.
Permitting Process for Sewer Tie-In
- Permitting Procedures for Sewer Tie-In
- Florida Department of Health permitting Environmental Health and Onsite Sewage Programs
- State of Florida Construction of “public” (commercial) swimming pools
- Florida Department of Health details and application
Parking of Vehicles/Watercraft
- Shipping/Storage Containers at Residential Location for Storage Only
- Shipping Containers at Non Residential Locations
Federal Rules for Renovating & Painting Older Buildings
The Environmental Protection Agency has rules regarding the renovation and repair of painted surfaces in buildings built prior to 1978 or in buildings with children. Contractors removing windows or painting must be certified and must follow certain safety procedures. These rules only require safety procedures, not testing or removing lead-based paint. Property managers and contractors can be fined $38,000 a day for violating these rules.
- Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
- Florida Department of Community Affairs
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- United States Army Corps of Engineers
The mission of the Building Department is to protect public health and safety, property, and the environment by providing an efficient, effective, and considerate permitting and code administration system, in accordance with the Monroe County Code and Florida statutes consistent with and furthering the Monroe County Comprehensive Plan.