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Building Permits
This service area involves the intake and processing of building permits for all residential and commercial construction activities within unincorporated Hillsborough County. This includes permits for single family and multi-family homes, pools, screen enclosures, signs and walls, and all commercial and industrial construction. It also includes sub-contractor permits for activities such as electrical, roofing, mechanical, plumbing, etc.

A permit is required by any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires 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 electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system. If your property lies within the City of TampaCity of Temple Terrace, or Plant City, please contact your respective Building Department.

For projects with a cost of $2,500 or higher, a
Notice of Commencement (NOC) must be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. A recorded certified copy must be submitted to one of Building Services’ two offices prior to requesting the first inspection.

NOTE: As of March 15 2012, pursuant to the amended Hillsborough County Construction Code 01-33:

Permits will no longer be required for low voltage projects within existing residential structures. However, low voltage permits are required on all commercial and new residential structures.

Stand-alone permits such as roof, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and any other permits not tied to a general building permit, will now expire 90 days from the date of issue instead of the previous 180 day period. 

Photovoltaic Permitting Guidelines

Step by Step Process on How to Obtain a Building Permit

Learn About Electronic Plan Review

Permit Expiration

Temporary Underground (TUG) Electrical Permits Program

Important Resources

Contact Information
Building and Construction Services
County Center
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
19th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602

South County
410 S.E. 30th St.
Ruskin, FL 33570

Phone Number: 813-272-5600
Fax Number: 813-274-6721

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.