Apply for a Demolition Permit


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You can apply to demolish a residential or commercial structure.


Permit Fees

  • Residential: $77
  • Commercial: $154


What you will need for the application:

  • Property owner name
  • Address of the structure
  • Folio #
  • Type of construction
    • Residential needs total heated/AC sq. footage and total area sq. footage
    • Commercial needs total area sq. footage
  • Number of structures to be demolished
  • Owner/Agent signature
  • Plot plan – showing all existing structures and structures to be removed
  • Contractor name, license #, address, phone, fax, email (if applicable)
  • Approval signatures
    • Tampa Electric
    • Public Utilities Department
      For addresses/properties that have Hillsborough County water and wastewater services, the following information is needed prior to sign-off:
      • Type of business or structure that will replace the demolition
      • The sewer line must be severed and capped near the County easement
      • Pictures are required showing waste water line is severed and capped
      • Email the completed application and pictures to: (please allow 5 business days for processing)
      • If you have any questions, please call our Service Availability team at (813) 272-5977 ext.:13611 (Mon. - Fri. from 8 AM to 5 PM)
      • Frontier
        • Needsite inspection required for signature
        • To schedule site inspection you can:
          • email April Kahler
          • Call (813) 978-2166
          • Fax your request to (813) 632-3822
      • Health Department – signature
        • If the property is connected to a septic system, it may be necessary to obtain an abandonment permit
        • If the property is hooked up to a sewer system, bring verification to the Health Department with your application
        • Call (813) 307-8059
        • In person: 1105 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL
      • Environmental Protection Commission (Commercial properties only)- form

Things To Consider

  • Permits are valid for 180 days after we issue them
  • Property owner/agent requirements:
    • certify that they have or will comply with all applicable federal, state, and county laws/regulations pertaining to asbestos removal
    • certify that they received the required reporting forms and will comply with these reporting requirements
    • make sure debris is removed and the lot is properly cleaned and rough graded
  • Property Owners may only apply for a permit at their residential address – no rental or commercial properties. A licensed contractor must apply for all other permits. If the property is held by a corporation, LLC or other business/financial entity, only a licensed contractor can apply for the permit
  • Submitted documents must meet the following requirements
    • All files must be in PDF format. Every plan and document file must be named based on what is contained within. For example, mechanical plan set, energy calculations, etc.
    • Plan sets that include multiple pages must be submitted as a single, combined, multi-page PDF file, per trade. For example, if a mechanical plan set includes five (5) pages, then all five (5) pages must be submitted as a combined PDF file and not uploaded as five (5) individual pages.
    • Supporting documents that consist of multiple sheets must be submitted as a combined pdf and labeled accordingly. For example, Energy Calculations, FEMA Substantial Improvement Documents, Threshold Reports, Private Provider Packet, etc.
    • Plan files must be submitted with a cover page including index of sheets.
    • All plans to be digitally signed and sealed. We cannot accept scanned copies of wet seal and signatures.
    • Plans and documents prepared by design professionals must adhere to the following guidelines:
      • Signatures must follow Florida Statues Chapter 668 – Electronic Commerce and Florida Administrative Code for Engineers and Architect
      • Signatures must come from a trusted Certificate Authority
      • Digital signed plans need to allow for annotations and comments by Hillsborough County
      • Florida Statutes 471, 472 and 481 and Fl. Administrative Rules 61G15-23, 61G1-16 and 5J-17.062 outline acceptable methods for design professionals to digitally sign and seal plans and documents.

How To

1. Download the application

  1. Demolition permit - fillable*
  2. Demolition permit - printable

2. Submit the application

  • Prior to submitting the application, ensure that:
  • You have all the required plans and documents necessary per the appropriate checklist
  • All documents meet the requirements listed above
  • All files are in .pdf format and contained within a single .zip file
  • Highlight all files to be submitted and compress them into a single .zip file
  • Ensure you label this file with the address of the property that corresponds to your submittal
  • If you need assistance creating a .zip file, a visual guide is available

3. Upload your documents

Alternative processes:

Only for files under 25 MB

For all file sizes

  • Mail a thumb drive containing all necessary files to:
    Hillsborough County Development Services
    Building Services Division
    601 E Kennedy Blvd
    19th Floor
    Tampa, FL 33602
    Do not send payment information via email

What's Next

Staff will review the application, plans and any accompanying documentation. You can check the status of your permit online.


Forms and links

*Fillable forms may not work with many browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc.) - if you have issues with the form, do one of the following:

  • Download the form to your computer and open it up with a PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Download the printable version of the form and fill it out by hand
  • Try using the Internet Explorer browser to open the PDF

General permit resources

Get Help

(813) 272-5600

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