Building Permit Process

The following steps are a general overview of the City of Gainesville's permitting process. Your permit process may vary.

Please note, architectural plans for commercial projects must be submitted for plan review and approved prior to the building permit process.

Step 1: Application

Complete an application describing the type of project, location, size, contractor's name, etc. This information will assist the department in deciding what type(s) of permit(s) you will need and allow the appropriate departments an opportunity to review your project for compliance.


Step 2: Fee (Residential, Commercial & General Inspections)

Once the permit has been approved, you will pay a fee that is used to cover the cost of staff's time spent in the application process, the review process and the on-site inspection process.

View Inspection Permitting Fees (PDF)

Step 3: Permit Issuance

Most building permits can be issued without delay. Occasionally, the permit review system may take up to three days, depending on the complexity of the project, before the permit can be issued. Once the permit has been issued, you will need to post the placard in a window or other conspicuous place that is accessible to the inspector. The approved plans must remain available at the job site, and any changes must be brought to the attention of the inspector immediately.

Step 4: Inspections

Each and every required phase of construction, rough-in for each trade, other in-process inspections and final inspection, must be made in a timely manner by the inspector to make certain the work conforms to the applicable Code, the Building Permit, and the approved plans. Visit the Inspections webpage for more information.

Step 5: Certificate of Occupancy

Final inspection determining the code compliance is a valuable and necessary part of the construction process. Once code compliance is determined, the inspector will issue a Certificate of Occupancy which establishes that your project is completed. This document gives you permission to occupy the building knowing it has met the minimum safety standards.