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    Projects that are required to have DERM and/or WASD plan review approval may be submitted to the Building Department at the DROP OFF window. We will convert them to digital format and upload them to Miami Dade County for DERM review.  If your submittal is reviewed as a walk thru, you may leave the plans with us upon completion of the walk thru for electronic submittal to Miami Dade County.  We are working harder so you won't have to!

    Provide time and cost savings to customers by minimizing the need to travel to county facilities to conduct
      plan review and permitting activity.

      Streamline and expedite the permitting process by allowing reviews to be concurrent.

      Provide ability to track the status of plan review as well as review comments.



    The City of Miami Beach Building Department was established in 1925. The City had its own Building Code until the 1950s when the City adopted the South Florida Building Code.

    The modern construction boom began in the 1970s and the State of Florida started mandating statewide building codes. The first law required all municipalities and counties to adopt and enforce one of the four state-recognized model codes known as the “state minimum building codes.”

    During the early 1990s a series of natural disasters, together with the increasing complexity of building construction regulation in vastly changed markets, led to a comprehensive review of the state building code system. The study revealed that building code adoption and enforcement was inconsistent throughout the state and those local codes thought to be the strongest proved inadequate when tested by major hurricane events. The consequences of the building codes system failure were devastation to lives and economies and a statewide property insurance crisis. The response was a reform of the state building construction regulatory system that placed emphasis on uniformity and accountability. 

    The 1998 Florida Legislature amended Chapter 553, Florida Statutes, and Building Construction Standards, to create a single state building code that is enforced by local governments. As of March 1, 2002, the Florida Building Code supersedes all local building codes. The Florida Building Code was developed and maintained by the Florida Building Commission. It is updated every three years and may be amended annually to incorporate interpretations and clarifications.   Full content 


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