When is a permit required? See the list of projects that require a permit and projects that do not. Watch an educational session about permits that was held during a meeting of Town Council.

Per Florida Building Code (102.2), a permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, alter, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system; the installation of which is regulated by technical code. 

It is best to contact the Town's Building Services Department early on in the planning process of any kind of building or remodeling project to find out what permits are needed.  

 239-765-0202 ext. 1303


Visit the permitting section on the Town's website. 

Watch an educational session about permitting conducted at a Town Council meeting and led by staff from the Building Services Department. 

Session starts at 1:30:43

In general, condo remodeling of any kind almost always requires a permit due to the potential impact on other condos in the building.  New construction of any building or structure large or small (pool, porch, deck, garage, house) will require some level of permitting. The below lists are a  general guide for common projects in homes or condos.

PLEASE ALWAYS CONTACT THE TOWN when you are planning a project to find out what permits are required for your specific project. Every project has differences that could make permitting  necessary.  Speaking directly with the Town's permitting staff is the best course of action to make sure your particular project is properly covered by the appropriate permits.

Common projects that DO require a permit:

  • Air conditioning - new installation or system replacement
  • Bathtub - remodeling, removal
  • Ceiling fans – installations which alter system wiring or circuits
  • Condo renovations (cabinets, tile flooring, windows, plumbing, electrical, etc)
  • Doors (exterior) – new installation or replacement
  • Driveway and parking lot - recoating
  • Dryer vent - new installation
  • Electric shades or blinds - new installation with new electrical work
  • Exhaust fan - new installation
  • Hot tub - new installation or removal
  • Lighting - new installation 
  • Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Tanks - above ground or underground
  • Pool - new installation or removal
  • Shower tile or floor pan - removal
  • Stairs - inside and outside
  • Storm shutters - new installation or replacement
  • Sprinkler system - inside or outside
  • Windows – new installation or replacement

 Common projects that DO NOT require a permit:

  • Back splash - new installation 
  • Bathroom fixture - replacement
  • Blinds - manual
  • Bug infestation - treatment
  • Carpet - new or replacement
  • Ceiling fans – replacement of existing
  • Countertop - replacement 
  • Electric sockets - replacement
  • Exhaust fan - replacement
  • Garbage disposal - new installation or replacement
  • Kitchen sink (condo) - replacement
  • Lighting - replacement
  • Light switch - replacement
  • Locks – replacement
  • Painting - inside or outside
  • Satellite TV - new installation or replacement
  • Sewer - jetting or snaking (maintenance)
  • Shades - new installation
  • Sink - replacement
  • Toilet - replacement
  • Water heater - replacement

 Please call us to discuss these common projects as the specifics of the situation may or may not make a permit necessary.

  • Debris removal from a bathroom remodel
  • Flood damage remediation
  • Irrigation system installation in the yard
  • Mold removal

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1. When is a permit required? See the list of projects that require a permit and projects that do not. Watch an educational session about permits that was held during a meeting of Town Council.
2. Do I need a contractor?
3. What happens if I choose not to obtain the required permits?
4. How long is my permit good for?
5. How does a contractor get registered with the Town of Fort Myers Beach?
6. How do I extend my permit that is issued but about to expire?
7. If my permit has "failed" an inspection, is there an extra fee charged?
8. What is the current review period for building permits?
9. What do I need if I live in a condo and want to replace my windows?
10. Do I need a permit to Erect/ Replace a fence?
11. Do I need a permit for a deck?
12. How close can a pool enclosure/pool be to a seawall?
13. How close can you get to a non-seawalled natural body of water (Rip Rap)?
14. What is needed for minor Condo Renovations?
15. Do I need a permit for a Chickee hut?
16. What do I need to know when purchasing a property in Fort Myers Beach?