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Do you need to know what the permitting requirements are for your project? Click on the image below to bring up a full screen version. Then simply select the area you would like information about to bring up a comprehensive checklist.   

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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  

  • 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  

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, reister for a LauderBuild account. Payments must be made on LauderBuild prior to permit issuance.


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  • Please be advised that the use of the revised Broward County Uniform Retrofit Window and Door Schedule will be mandatory countywide as of July 1, 2020.  
  • City to Resume Processing Permits for Interior Construction of Occupied Structures
    The Department of Sustainable Development will begin allowing interior construction within occupied structures. Permits will be processed and issued subject to the execution and strict adherence to a Request for Release of Permit/Continuation of Construction Form. As part of the process, contractors will be required to certify their compliance with all applicable CDC Guidelines, including avoiding and minimizing contact with building occupants, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing. Contractors will also be required to adhere to any individual building management requirements and protocols. If contractors are found to violate these requirements, the work may be suspended by the City until the conditions are resolved.
  • FEMA Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been issued for Broward County, including the City of Fort Lauderdale. Residents and businesses are encouraged to view the maps here.
  • Inspections can now be scheduled using our new LauderBuild Accela Citizen Access Portal (ACA). 


  • The 30-day building code enforcement policy for Hurricane Dorian related permit applications will be coming to an end on October 1, 2019. Please submit your Hurricane Dorian related permit applications as soon as possible to meet this deadline.
  • The Building Permit Revision Policy has been made available online and can be found by clicking here
  • For commercial roofing applications any roof surface or parapet above 16 feet from grade a permanent access ladder or roof access stairs must be provided. Properties without permanent stairs or hatch access to the roof and roof surface is less than 16 feet above grade, an OSHA approved portable ladder must be provided and secured to the structure to allow for safe inspections with side rails at least extended 30” above the roof surface or top of parapet wall.
  • For residential roofing applications, on the day of the roofing inspection,  when roofing applications are done to residential properties without permanent stairs or hatch access to the roof, an OSHA approved portable ladder must be provided and secured to the structure to allow for safe inspections with side rails at least extended 30” above the roof surface or top of parapet wall.
  • Re-inspection fees will be accessed if a ladder is not provided by the property owner or contractor. 
  • The City of Fort Lauderdale will no longer accept the Discover credit card after March 31, 2019. 
  • The City of Fort Lauderdale Commission approved a new simplified process for calculating building permit fees. These changes go into affect on December 1, 2018. 
  • Requesting exemption from the noise ordinance: In order for a contractor to work outside of normal work hours, the contractor must submit a noise control/management plan. The noise control/management plan must be approved by the Building Official and City Manager before any work outside of the normal hours is commenced. The City of Fort Lauderdale limits time construction work may take place and any associated noise within the City’s noise ordinance in Section 17-7.4, (b) of our municipal code.
  • Sec. 17-7.4. Construction: b). It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or cause to be operated equipment for the aforementioned uses Monday through Saturday before 8:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. and Sunday before 10:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m., except for public works transportation projects that are approved pursuant to Section 17-9.

    Exemption to this ordinance is provided under section Sec. 17-10: Read the complete information and instructions on how to obtain approval for an exemption.

  • The Board of Rules and Appeals rate decrease becomes effective on October 1, 2018. Resolution # 2018-368 revises the construction fee to .65 cents per $1,000.
  • House Bill 535 enacted a provision to Florida law whereby local jurisdictions may no longer require the payment of any additional fees, charges, or expenses associated with:
    • Providing proof of licensure pursuant to chapter 489
    • Recording or filing a license a license pursuant to chapter 489; or,
    • Providing, recording, or filing evidence of workers’ compensation insurance coverage as required by ch. 440
    • Therefore, effective immediately, this fee will no longer be charged
  •  Asbestos Certificates: The asbestos section of the air quality program will no longer reside within the Environmental and Consumer Protection Division of Broward County. It is now within the Environmental Engineering and Permitting Department of Broward County. For more information, please call 954-519-0340 or send an email to
  •  As of June 1, 2018, DSD will no longer accept owner-builder re-roof permit applications due to conflict with 2018 FL State Statute 489(7)(a)2. We will accept permit applications for:

    • 200 square ft. or less roof repairs
    • Owner-builder re-roof permit applications during a Governor declared state of emergency
  • White out corrections on applications must be approved first by the Building Official or his designated Assistant. This additional approval might cause delays in the timely processing of documents. For efficiency and for a smoother application process, please provide applications without any white out corrections. It will avoid delays.
  • Condominium Associations: Please note that permits must be pulled for remodeling work in any condominium unit. 
  • As of October 1, 2015, all plans submitted to the City must be no larger than 24 x 36 inches only. This standard size will be vital to our digitization efforts in the future.



According to Florida Statute 713, Part 1, as it pertains to home construction and remodeling, those who work on your property or provide materials and are not paid-in-full have a right to enforce their claim for payment against your property. This claim is known as a construction lien.

If your contractor fails to pay subcontractors or material suppliers, the people who are owed money may look to your property for payment, even if you have paid your contractor in full. This means that if a lien is filed against your property, your property could be sold against your will to pay for labor, materials, or other services which your contractor may have failed to pay.


As a convenience to customers, the City of Fort Lauderdale is has compiled a list of area contractors. Please note that this list does not serve as an endorsement or referral of any kind. Selecting a contractor is solely the decision and responsibility of the property owner.


It is once again time to update your professional license information for State License or Broward County Certificate of Competency as of 08/31/2016. Please use the following online form to electronically submit your renewal forms and information so that we may maintain a current and accurate database and avoid any delay of permitting due to license expiration. Contractor Registration Renewal Form



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