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"It Starts with a Good Foundation"

City of Port St. Lucie Building Department 2018 Accomplishments

  • Increased Management Site-Visits by 20%Bulletins of Interest-Vision
  • 39,943 Permits issued
  • Express Permits for Single-family Residence, a.k.a. Master Permits
  • Created Building Department Promo Video
  • Completed permit lobby and training room remodel
  • Participated in public education for the Career Tech Academy
  • Developed Inspection Route Optimization Program
  • Developed Business University
  • Provided support to Fairfax County and City of Pompano Beach Building Department
  • Online permitting expanded to include Pool Heater, Shutter and Screen Enclosure Permits
  • Participated in the city-wide "Litter Campaign"
  • Issued Permits to City Electric and VA Nursing Home
  • Reduced Online Permit fee for Screen Enclosures
  • Added Drop-box for after hours submittals
  • Updated Permit Timeline Service Goals
  • Created time limitation for Single-family Residence Permits
  • Received State approval for a (1) year Building Inspector Internship Program
  • Presented at the BOAF Emerging Technologies Conference
  • Added GPS to all City vehicles
  • Added Roofing Contractors to monthly Stakeholder Meetings
  • Updated Safety Gear for all employees
  • Initiated Building Department Pre-Build Meetings
  • Developed Project "FUSION"
  • Developed orientation meetings for NEW contractors
  • Completed Internal Procedure Manual

 2018 Building Department Activities

 Permits Issued                                  39,943
 Single Family Permits Issued  2,201
 Certificates of Occupancy Issued (SFR)  1,824
 Number of Inspections Completed  115,072
 Number of Plans Reviewed  13,559
 Number of Permits Applied for Online  13,421

Online Permit Training

Interested in applying and obtaining permits online? Please contact Tommie Fowler, Electronic Permit Specialist, at tfowler@cityofpsl.com for training or information on how you can begin using the E-Permitting Portal.

Note: Online permits are available to licensed contractors only, per Florida Statute 489.103(7)(c)

Homeowners must personally appear and sign the building permit application in person and satisfy all permitting requirements.

Reminder! Construction hours in the City of Port St. Lucie are from 7:00 a.m. - sundown, 7 days a week, including holidays.

Be a Good Neighbor

  • Keep work sites clean and free of trash
  • Use water or electricity only with permission
  • Keep radio and noise low (within permissible limits per City Code Section 94.04)
  • Buffer equipment away from neighbors
  • Keep roadway free of dirt and debris
  • Drive slowly through neighborhoods and do not block driveways

Stakeholder Meetings

In an effort to provide the highest level of Customer Service, the Building Department began initiating monthly stakeholder meetings with different contractor groups. The goal of these meetings are to:

  • Solicit input on how to improve our permitting, plan review and inspection processing.
  • Offer assistance to the contractors to improve our level of customer service

Some of the positive outcomes of these meetings are:

  • Combining miscellaneous work under one permit
  • Reduction in permit fees
  • Increasing the number of Online Permits
  • Red Tag Elimination Program
  • Most Common Code Violation notifications to contractors
  • A/C Inspection time slots
  • Inspection Routing Program with contractor email notifications

We encourage project managers, foremen, superintendents and assistants to attend these meetings.

All meetings are FREE and FREE material will be provided to everyone. To view when our next stakeholder meeting will be held, visit our CALENDAR of events.

Inspection Request

Inspection request can be made 24 hours a day. Request scheduled before midnight will be conducted the following business day. Please note, inspection request can NOT be made over the phone. To request inspection, you must use (1) of the following options:

Option A:

Log in to your profile, select the active permit that you would like to schedule inspection for. (This option will allow contractors to submit a request for inspection without the permit number or 3 digit pin number.)

Option B:

Click the schedule inspection button, enter your permit number and 3 digit pin number. Select the inspection you would like to schedule and click submit request. (The permit number and 3 digit pin number can be located on your receipt and permit application.)

These options are available at, www.cityofpsl.com/building

Generators for Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

On September 16, 2017, Governor Rick Scott issued an emergency action requiring Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes to have backup generators. There are very specific compliance requirements and deadlines.

We ask that you please view:

Hire Licensed Contractors!

Please view Tips For Hiring a Licensed Contractor and the DBPR Natural Disaster Guide Tips for hiring a licensed contractor.

Notice to contractors of new single-family construction and additions to single-family dwellings:

Per the Florida Building Code all permits applied for after June 30, 2017 will be subject to New Blower Door Certification Requirements prior to the issuance of the certificate of occupancy. All affidavits are required to be submitted to the inspections division for review. Affidavits can be emailed to Inspections@cityofpsl.comPlease allow 48 hours for review of this document. Document approvals will be posted in PANDA.