Obtaining a Permit

Permit Counter

Permits are issued online or by the Building Development Division at the permit counter which is located in the Public Works / Technical Services Building at:
6051 78th Avenue N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

The permit counter is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can contact us by calling 727-369-5647.

Defining a Complete Set

On some simple jobs, a permit may be obtained during the first visit. However, in most circumstances, more time will be needed to review the plans in detail prior to issuing any permits.

A minimum of three complete sets of building plans and 5 sets of site plans are required to obtain permits for most projects. Staff at the Permit Counter can assist you with the requirements for your specific project. In general, however, a complete set includes:

  • Plot Plan - showing the position of the proposed project in relation to existing buildings, property lines and any easements.
  • Foundation Plan - indicating the type, size and location of new foundations or footings.
  • Floor Plan - detailing the location of walls, supports, size and location of doors, windows, electrical outlets, heaters, plumbing fixtures, smoke detectors and the square footage of the project. Again, as with the plot plan, what is existing and what is proposed to be built should be clearly noted.
  • Roof Framing - clearly indicating the size and methods of assembly of roof rafters and ceiling joists. Typically, roof slope and roofing materials are called out on this plan.
  • Floor Framing - clearly indicating the size and methods of assembly of all floor framing members. Floor joists, girders and sub floor size along with foundation connections should be shown on this plan.
  • Cross Sections - clearly indicating ceiling heights, wall construction and R-value of any insulation to be used.
  • Exterior Elevations - clearly showing how the exterior of the building will look upon completion. Doors, windows, exterior material, etc. should be shown.
  • Energy Calculations - any time conditioned (heated or cooled) space is added to a building you are required to show compliance with the Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction.
  • Structural Calculations - structural calculations may be required if your project is of a large size, unusual shape and/or more than two stories in height. These calculations allow the Building Development Division to verify that structural elements are adequately sized and connected. This portion of the project must be prepared by a licensed engineer or architect.