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Notice to Permit Applicants - Escambia County is required to comply with Florida Construction Lien Laws and all applicable state laws concerning construction permit applications and permit issuance. A completed application is required before we can assign you a permit number. A completed application requires the notarized signature of the contractor making application. If you need notary assistance, we will be happy to provide this when a technician is available.

A recorded Notice of Commencement is required for any work with costs of $2,500 or more. A certified copy must be provided. HVAC changeouts require a recorded Notice of Commencement when costs are $7,500 and above.

Permit(s) Required:

  • Air Conditioning Permit: Installation of or changing existing system.
  • Aluminum Structure: Screen rooms, carports, pool enclosure, etc.
  • Demolition Permit: Demolition of any structure.  
  • Electrical - Basic Work: Changing or adding to existing electrical circuits; adding additional loads to the electrical panel; wiring of new equipment or appliances.  
  • Electrical Service Change: Changing electric panel from fuses to circuit breakers or upgrading to a larger rating.  
  • Mobile Home Permit: Replacement or setup of new mobile home.  
  • Plumbing Fixture Permit: Relocation of any fixture or the replacement of bathtub with shower or a whirlpool tub or shower pan.
  • Re-Roofing Permit: Re-roofs greater than 2 squares. Click here for more information on the 25% re-roofing rule.
  • Residential Permit: Construction of new home or any addition to a one-, two- or three-family dwelling unit.  
  • Septic to Sewer Permit: A plumbing permit is required for the replacement of an existing septic tank and connection to sewer services.  
  • Soffits, Fascia and Siding: A building permit is required for the replacement of the soffits and fascia as well as siding.  
  • Swimming Pool Permit: In-ground – vinyl, concrete.
  • Water Heater Permit: A plumbing permit is required for the replacement of any water heater. 
  • Water Service Replacement Permit: A plumbing permit is required for the replacement of the water service.  
  • Windows and Door Replacement: A building permit is required for the replacement of all types of windows and all exterior doors, including sliding glass doors and garage doors. 
  • Utility/Storage Sheds: Any utility shed with a poured slab or post installed into the earth, regardless of size.

No Permit(s) Required:

  • Utility Sheds: Portable (skid-mounted) utility shed of less than 400 square feet.
  • Work of a Strictly Cosmetic Nature: Painting, wallpapering, carpeting, kitchen cabinets, etc.
  • Roof Repair: Less than four squares.
  • More detailed information may found and viewed at FBC Chapter 1, 101.42 and Section 104.

However, there may still be requirements for zoning, environmental and engineering. These include height limitations, setback requirements or sight distance standards, which must be met even if there is no requirement to obtain a building permit for the work.

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