Before Scheduling Your First Inspection

In order to receive your first and subsequent inspections, you must confirm if your permit requires a Notice of Commencement (NOC) to be filed with the Clerk of Court. A NOC is required if:

  • The job valuation is greater than $2,500 (FS Section 713.13(1)(a) and 713.135(1)(d)), or
  • The direct contract to REPAIR or REPLACE an EXISTING heating or air-conditioning system is in the amount of $7,500 or more (FS Section 713.135(1)(d)).

If a NOC is required, prior to requesting the first inspection, you must submit a recorded NOC to the Building Department (FS§713.135). This must be provided to the Building Department in one of the two following ways (FS 713.135(d)):

  1. Certified copy of the recorded NOC, or
  2. Notarized statement from the owner, or the owner’s authorized agent, of the property stating that a Notice of Commencement has been filed for recording to the Monroe County Clerk’s Office for recording, along with a copy of the Notice of Commencement submitted for recording.

NOC Forms

Request An Inspection Via IVR

Before an inspection is performed ensure the site street address is clearly posted on the property, visible from the road (FBCR 319.1/ FBC 501.2). Owner/builder must be present for all inspections (FS§489.103). 

The permit card issued displays the minimum inspections required. The contractor should request appropriate inspections to cover the scope of work performed in addition to those listed on the permit card.

All inspection requests for permits, including fire, flood, environmental, and planning are to be submitted through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. The cutoff time for a same-day inspection request is 5 a.m.

(IVR may not be available from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday evenings and Friday mornings due to weekly system maintenance.)

After Hours Inspection Requests

Applicants may request required inspections be conducted outside of normal working hours (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by paying an additional fee that will be charged per hour or fraction thereof, with a two-hour minimum. 

Private Providers

Floodplain, Planning, Environmental Resources, and Fire inspections on building permits MAY NOT be conducted by an engineer, architect, or private provider. County staff from these departments will provide inspection services as staff resources are available for issued active permits. Fire inspections can be emailed to Zully Hemeyer.

Private providers are required to use the IVR system to schedule inspection(s) and then submit inspection results within two days for each inspection using the "Inspection Report" form found in the Private Provider Notice packet. At the end of all inspections required, the private provider is required to submit a "Certificate of Inspection(s)/Compliance" form also in the packet.

Use these email accounts to submit ONLY the "Inspection Report" (form found in the Private Provider Notice packet) within two days of completing an inspection:

COVID-19 Update for Private Providers

The following private provider documents are required to be submitted to the Monroe County Building Department. They are no longer accepted via email as instructed during office closure due to COVID19.

  • Private Provider Notice Form (refer to Forms web page)  to add a private provider to a permit.
  • Private Provider “Certificate of Inspection(s)/Compliance” found in "Private Provider Notice Packet"

Track Inspection Progress and Permit Status Using MCeSearch

The Building Department provides unincorporated Monroe County residents with a web application that allows the public to view information on permits, contractors, and code compliance cases entered into Monroe County’s database.

Permit Time Limitation and Expiration

A permit will expire six months from issuance if no passed inspection related to the scope of work is obtained, or 180 days from the date of last passed inspection related to the scope of work. If a permit expires, contact the Building Department for further direction.

Closing a Permit

Once the Building Final (199) or the final inspection noted on the permit card has passed, the contractor should verify the permit has been closed. A Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Occupancy is available upon request. If a permit does not display on MCeSearch as closed, contact the Building Department for further instruction.