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Please be aware that due to the COVID19 pandemic and the need to maintain physical distancing, we have modified how we accept permit applications. Customers are allowed to conduct business in the building Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., provided they adhere to strict guidelines that have been put in place to protect health and safety and ensure proper social distancing. A check-in process has been established in the DSD parking lot that requires customers to remain in their vehicles and provide staff with their name and phone number. Each customer receives a call when it is their turn to enter the building. Prior to entering, customers are required to have their temperature taken, clean their hands, have any paperwork disinfected, and be wearing a facial covering. Signage inside the lobby prompts customers to follow a designated one-way counter-clockwise direction. Customers proceed to a designated permit services technician for permitting assistance, and those awaiting service are positioned a minimum of six feet apart from each other. Customers with questions may contact the DSD call center at 954-828-6520. 


In addition to e-permitting, we are also accepting permit applications via email that do not require signed and sealed documents. Please submit permit applications and backup documentation via e-mail to permitintake@fortlauderdale.gov.  

  • PDF documents larger than 5MB may need to be broken up into smaller, separate emails (due to City file size limitations).

  • Permits requiring signed and sealed documents will not be accepted via email.

Step 1: Send an email with the permit application and backup documents to permitintake@fortlauderdale.gov.  

Step 2: Wait for notification from LauderBuild with next steps.

Step 3: If notified that the permit is ready, please complete payment and print your permit card to display it at the job site. 

  • In order to view, pay and print permit documents online, register for a LauderBuild account. Payments must be made on LauderBuild prior to permit issuance.


The Building Services division is responsible for all permitting efforts in the City. Building Services provides records, issues permits, and performs building inspections. A major focus of the division is to ensure that commercial and residential buildings and structures comply with the Florida Building Code (FBC) and all other applicable laws and ordinances. Whether you are remodeling a home, building your dream house, or constructing a high-rise building, we look forward to serving you.


Interested in joining our team? Check out current job opportunities with the City.

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General Info: 954-828-6520 or 700 NW 19 Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

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