Most construction in Hillsborough County requires approval and permits from Building Services to make sure that the work meets proper safety codes. You can do the construction on your own and pull your own permits. If you hire a contractor, they will obtain all of the necessary permits.
- What to look for when hiring a contractor Before hiring a professional, make sure the individual holds a valid contractor license and is insured to work in Hillsborough County. This protects you as a homeowner, property owner, or tenant, and also protects the contractor and assures that the work is done safely and completed according to all building code requirements. Search records on the HillsGovHub portal or visit the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation to search for a contractor.
- Can I request a permit if I am doing work on my own home Generally, homeowners are able to pull their own permit and act as their own contractor under Florida Statute 489.103(7). The property must be in the homeowner's name and it must be the homeowner's primary residence. An Owner Builder Disclosure Statement must be provided and the property cannot be sold for one year from the date the work was completed.
What work is exempt from permits
Work that does not require a permit is typically cosmetic, such as:
- Floor coverings including carpet, vinyl, wood, and more.
- Cabinet Work
- Wall papering
For a detailed list, view Work Exempt from Permits.
Certain projects, such as bathroom or kitchen remodels, may require permits depending on the type of work being performed. For instance, a bathroom remodel where plumbing work is involved would likely require a permit. However, a bathroom remodel involving only tile installation and cabinet work would likely not require one.
*You do not need a permit for painting or tiling, but if you hire a contractor to do the work, they must have a license.
How to get a permit
To begin the process you will need the property folio number with legal description. The type of additional information you will need to provide is dependent upon the type of permit you are requesting.
Please take a look at our checklist of the various permits and a detailed process of what is required and how to obtain each permit.
- Mobile Home for private property
- Re-roof Inspection Worksheet
- Residential Addition
- Single-family Residence/Duplex
- Swimming Pool Checklist
- Townhouse/Single-family Attached
Submission of a permit application does not constitute the issuance of a permit. The permit is not issued until the application and the accompanying documentation has been reviewed and approved and applicable permit fees paid. Search for your permit on the HillsGovHub portal for the status of your permit.
If you have already started your project before obtaining the proper permit and it is still under construction, stop the work immediately and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to obtain an After-The-Fact permit. If you don't stop the work immediately, it will be more costly to resolve the problem and you may be issued a citation of up to $500 per violation.
Where can I go to get a permit
Apply for permits through our online permitting portal, HillsGovHub.
- How do I check my permit status
- Resources for permits
For more information, contact Development Services at (813) 272-5600.