Due to ART BASEL The Building Department will be closed December 6, 7 & 8.
North Beach Office will be open for Drop-off and Limited Over-the-Counter Services.
(962 Normandy Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33141)

Building Department Post Irma Efforts

The City of Miami Beach Building Department North Beach office located at 962 Normandy Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33141 will be open for business tomorrow, September 14th, 2017 processing emergency Hurricane Irma related minor repair permits only.

In attempts to expedite and simplify recovery efforts the Building Department has added an Emergency Minor Repair Permit to ensure that any building related damage can be addressed immediately. To download the Emergency Minor Repair Permit package, click here.

This would allow building repairs to begin immediately and a permit to be obtained the same day.

This permit will be issued at the permit counter, for in-kind replacement items only.

    1. Letter from Engineer or Architect signifying no structural damage
    2. Less than $20,000 total cost of work
    3. Replacement of in-kind features only ie: same windows or fence type, size, location…etc.
    4. Owner /contractor affidavit         


Residential roofs with less than 10% roof damage?
If you have less than 10% roof damage, no permit is needed so long as the repairs are performed by a licensed contractor. Submittal of roof damage photos and a letter for the repair from the licensed contractor is required upon completion of work to the City of Miami Beach.


City Hall 1st floor permit counter will be open with limited staffing to process emergency minor repair permits and provide information.


Inspections are proceeding as usual and available for scheduling.


All other business (including Temporary Certificates of Occupancy) will resume on Monday, September 18th , 2017.


For all Building related questions and concerns please call (305) 673-7610 


If you were unable to attend the public forum, "Streamlining the Permit Process", which was held on Thursday August 17, 2017, you may watch the meeting in its entirety by clicking on the following link:  http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T03249&video=318606


On April 26, 2017, the City Commission of the City of Miami Beach approved a One Year Building Permit Reprieve Ordinance.  The program will be effective May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018.  This program establishes a procedure to bring structures built without proper permits or built lacking mandatory inspections into compliance with the Building Code.  The One Year Grace Period Program encompasses all work done without a permit as part of a Single Family Residence, Multi-Family, or Commercial construction projects.





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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