Building Services & Permitting Services

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Phase Out of Contractor Local Licensing: 

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners has approved a plan to phase out local licensing, consistent with HB 735

All local licenses will expire on June 30, 2023 and will not be renewed. 

The Contractor Licensing Board has been phased out, and no new local licenses will be approved. Those interested in obtaining a new contractor license should contact the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation regarding State licenses approval process.

Effective July 1, 2023: To perform work in the Town of Fort Myers Beach, contractors must have a state-issued license. Prior to July 1, 2023, a contractor must have a current Certificate of Insurance for liability and worker's compensation and/or a current worker's compensation exemption status with the State of Florida.

Effective June 21, 2022: All new application submittals must be done through the Request Portal. Any new applications sent to will be returned.

Effective June 21, 2022: All inspections will need to be requested through the Permit Portal. If you need your access code, please email

Effective September 22, 2022: All contractors registered with the Town MUST be a licensed contractor through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Contractors licensed through the Lee County Contractor Licensing Board will not be allowed to register with the Town or apply for building permits.

The Florida Building Code Update became effective on December 31, 2020 at Midnight.

Effective December 30, 2020, in our transition to being paperless, your permit and master plan submittals are now to be submitted electronically and must be certified to the Florida Building Code 7th Edition (2020.)

The new forms are available on the Building Services Applications & Forms page.

For more information about the code or to purchase the code, visit

Building permit fee schedule


Use iWorQ, our online permitting service to:

  • Search and view permit
  • View status
  • Download/ print approved documents
  • Pay fees
  • Schedule inspections


If you are searching for record information or paying fees, you are not required to create an account.

Guide to permitting/E-Services and Inspections

iWorQ systems, a web based program that allows citizens to submit Building applications, Zoning applications, Development Orders, Limited Development Orders, Zoning verification requests, etc. and receive permits and plans through our system remotely, reducing the paper, fuel, and time associated with permitting.

Email for any permitting questions: 

Email for updating license, liability, and workman's com;

Email for any zoning questions;


  Submit your application: 

 Click on the REQUEST PORTAL to submit your request.  

Request Portal Submittal Requirements

Click on “Submit request”. Complete the appropriate fields, upload the application, plans and any other supporting documents and click submit. Once staff processes the request, you will receive an email from iWorQ with further instructions if additional information/ documents are needed or an invoice to pay fees.

fees Please note that fees must be paid prior to any reviews being completed.

Check status:

When ready to check the status of your application, pay fees, print the permit board and approved drawings click on PERMIT PORTAL.

When ready to check the status of your zoning or development services application, pay fees, and print approved drawings click on PROJECT PORTAL .

Note: (Owners can submit online) Pursuant to the owner-builder exemption 489.1.3(1) but must pick up their permits at the Town of Fort Myers Beach permitting office.

To Scheduling Inspections

Permit portal online. An access code is required. Once you obtain your access code you may use that for all future permits. The access code can be obtained by calling the Permitting Department at 239-765-0202. 

Provide the following info when scheduling your inspection. 

  • Permit #
  • Site address of the property
  • Inspection type/code (located on your permit board)
  • Contact # along with any notes or special instructions for the inspector    

Time specific Inspection appointments are not available at this time.

* Please be aware that inspections scheduled after 4 pm will not be scheduled until the following business day.

* If you need to make changes to an existing inspection request, please email

Required on job site at time of inspection

  • Inspection permit board
  • Recorded Notice of Commencement
  • Approved plans (JOBSITE COPY)
  • NOA's or Product Approvals
  • Threshold paperwork (if applicable)
  • Private Provider paperwork (if applicable)

If your permit requires any fire inspections, schedule by emailing: along with the permit number, site address, inspection type and any notes to the inspector.                    

  1. Steve Streder

    Building Official

  2. Ilen Exposito Lopez

    Permit Supervisor

  3. Andrew Garry

    Permitting Technician

Are you a prospective homeowner or current homeowner with questions about building services, planning or zoning? 

Walk in appointments to ask quick questions are available on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to Noon

Appointments are recommended to limit wait times. 

Schedule appointments at


Walk in Tuesdays are not for design professionals or property owners who have hired design professionals. Questions and answers about properties that involve design professionals tend to be more complex and take more time to research. Please schedule a meeting at

  1. Jason Smalley

    Senior Planner
    Phone: (239) 765-0202

  1. Chadd Chustz

    Environmental Projects Manager
    Phone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1312

  1. Andrew Garry

    Permitting Technician
    Phone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1302

  1. Ilen Exposito Lopez

    Permit Supervisor
    Phone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1305

  1. Kendra Rosa

    Zoning Technician & Permitting Analyst
    Phone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1311