Building Inspections on Site

Mission Statement


The Building Services Department provides a safeguard for the health, safety and welfare of Escambia County citizens, property owners, businesses and visitors by requiring the certification of individuals engaged in the business of contracting within the county, investigating contractor complaints, regulating contractor licenses and policing unpermitted or unlicensed building activities. The department also conducts plan reviews and inspection services to ensure the integrity of all new structures and major improvements to existing structures built in the unincorporated area of the county, while ensuring all residential and commercial construction is in compliance with state and local building codes.

Building Inspections Customer Service Desk

FY 2016-2017 Accomplishments

  • The Building Services Department continued to ensure all permitted residential and commercial construction activity is in compliance with state and local building codes.
  • Issued 20,881 building permits, with 928 new residential projects and 148 new commercial projects. The department also conducted same-day review of 58 percent of plans submitted, 93 percent within three days, and performed 38,848 inspections.
  • Maintained Escambia County’s current CRS Rating of 6 and helped seven families obtain FEMA grants to remove their homes from the threat of flood within the special flood hazard areas.
  • Reviewed 39 applications for Examination for Certificate of Competency licensure that were approved by the Contractor Competency Board and Board of Electrical Examiners. Received and reviewed 60 written complaints against licensed contractors, with 25 percent resulting in resolution between the parties and seven disciplinary actions taken by the boards.
  • Investigated over 700 cases of unlicensed/unpermitted activity, with over $16,000 in citations, four probable cause arrest affidavits issued and over $200,000 in restitution returned to victims. Achieved a 98 percent success rate of obtaining permits for unpermitted work.
  • Building Services came under the direction of the new building official – Director of Building Services Tim Tolbert in December 2016.
  • Seeking to improve customer service and streamline operations, Building Inspections, along with Development Services and Environmental Code Enforcement, entered into a contract with South Central Planning & Development Commission for new permitting software called MyGovernmentOnline. This software opens many doors for contractors and homeowners by allowing them to submit plans, obtain permits, renew licenses and schedule inspections online.
Building Inspection Plan Review


Building permits issued


Over 700 cases of unlicensed/unpermitted activity investigated


Applications for Certificate of Competency licensure were reviewed and approved