Building, Permitting, & Inspections Division
Current Building Code The Fifth Edition (2014) of the Florida Building Code (FBC) has been adopted by the State and is in effect at the City of Fort Myers as of June 30, 2015. This includes the Accessibility, Building, Energy Conservation, Existing Building, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing and Residential Codes. All permit applications submitted on or after the effective
date referenced above are subject to compliance with the aforementioned code editions.
Current Electrical Code
The 2011 edition of the National Electric Code is in effect at the City of Fort Myers as of June 30, 2015. All permit applications submitted on or after the effective date are subject to compliance with the revised code edition.
Current Fire Prevention Code
The 5th (2014) Edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code (NFPA) has been adopted by the state and became effective in all jurisdictions on December 31, 2014. All permit applications submitted on or after the effective dates reflected above, are subject to compliance with the aforementioned code editions. Please direct any questions concerning this matter to the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 850-487-1385.
Do I Need a Permit?
Per the 2014 Florida Building Code
[A] 105.1 Required.
Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any impact-resistant coverings, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.
Improvements or repairs not requiring a permit:
Please reference the Florida Building Code Section 105.2 and the Land Development Code Section 102-81
To assure the public safety through effective, efficient, quality enforcement of the Florida Building Code through review and approval of construction plans, issuance of construction and other permits, field inspection of construction work, and issuance of certificates of occupancy.