Building in St. Pete
As St. Pete continues to attract and retain more business and residents, the city grows and builds to accommodate them. The Construction Services and Permitting Division works to facilitate the development process, partnering with citizens and customers to ensure their projects meet minimum code standards.
- List of Exempted Permits
- Current Adopted Codes In Use (effective Dec. 2020)
- Florida Building Code
- St. Petersburg Code of Ordinances Article II. - Building Code
Pinellas County Licensing Board (to verify if a contractor is licensed in Pinellas County)
Building Guides & Checklist
The process for building in St. Pete includes the administration work required to ensure buildings are safe and suitable for the city.
The following checklists and guides assist builders in beginning their construction project plan and list the necessary elements required to make sure the plan is reviewed and approved.
- Click “select permit” on the left navigation menu and enter application #
- Click “plan tracking status” and review individual trade review status
Preliminary Plan Review is an optional service for design professionals to discuss a project before plans are submitted for review offered at a nominal fee. Contact Lisa Butler at 727-893-4120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Effective November 1, 2023, all requests for electronic plan review will be handled through the online portal at Building & Permitting and no longer require a preliminary prescreen by staff through email. This change will streamline the submittal process and provide customers with an application number immediately. Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler permits should only be submitted online if they are not part of a larger project or under a general contractor permit. If unsure, please email or call us.
Applicants will have ten (10) business days to complete their upload and/or address any comments found during the initial submittal to correct the permit application and electronic submittal. Failure to correct the application within 10 business days will result in a denial of the application and the workflow will be terminated. To reactivate, the applicant will need to contact ePlan review staff.
Checklists specific to each project type are online at Building Permits and include what is required for a successful electronic submittal. User help guides are also accessible at the same link.
Our email@example.com mailbox will still be available for any questions or for those applicants who are new to the process and would like a quick prescreen before submitting online. Our ePlan review helpline will also be available at (727)893-7230 for additional assistance.
ePlan Submittal Checklists
- ePlan In-Process Contact Form
- ePlan Submittal Checklist Commercial Project Permit
- ePlan Submittal Checklist Residential NSFR Project Permit
- ePlan Submittal Checklist Generator Permit
- ePlan Submittal Checklist Windows and Doors Permit
- ePlan Submittal Checklist Swimming Pool Permit
- ePlan Submittal Checklist Foundation Only Permit
- ePlan Submittal Checklist Solar Permit
- ePlan Submittal Checklist Sign Permit
- ePlan Upgrade New Features Reference Guide
- ePlan Upgrade New Features Reference Video
- ePlan How to Accept a Task
- ePlan How to Upload Plans and Accept Tasks – Video
- ePlan How to Apply for A Permit with an E-Plan Review – Video
- ePlan How to Pay Plan Review Fees
- ePlan How to Run Reports in E-Plan to Track Progress/Comments
Affordable Housing Expedited Building Plan Review and Permitting Procedure
- Step 1: Complete an application for Expedited Permitting Certification application. Forms can be found at: https://www.stpete.org/residents/housing/documents.php. For more information regarding this form, contact the Housing department team: call 727-551-3460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Step 2: Submit complete construction drawings, specifications, and permit application to the Construction Services & Permitting Division. Include the approved Expedited Permitting Certification and the Reduced fee for Affordable Housing Units (if applicable). For more information, email ePlan@StPete.org
- Step 3: Plans will be reviewed under the following review timeline: 10 days for initial review; 5 days for resubmittal review. If an applicant does not resubmit within 10 days after plan review comments are received, a request for additional time can be requested via an email to AFHpermits@stpete.org.
- If a permit is not approved after the 2nd review cycle, a meeting between the applicant's team and City plan review staff is recommended; if not approved after the 3rd review cycle, staff will schedule a meeting to review and help resolve any remaining design issues
- Step 4: Once all plan review trades are approved, a permit is processed and the contractor is notified to make the final payment.
- Step 5: Contractor submits a recorded (NOC) Notice of Commencement prior to the first inspection
Our Affordable Housing Liaison will track all Certified Affordable Housing projects and support the applications through the development review process, please email AFHpermits@stpete.org for more information.
- Click “schedule/cancel insp.” on the left navigation menu and enter permit #
- Locate the trade that requires inspection, click "schedule"
Difficulty scheduling an inspection could be due to an unknown license status. Confirm PCCLB contractor license status is up-to-date. Call 727-893-7231 to update a license status. Printable instructions for scheduling inspections.
Certificate of Occupancy (CO)
A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is needed for New Construction, change in Single Family Residential, Change of Use, Tenant Build Out where no CO was issued, remodeling condemned buildings, fire damage where occupants were vacated during reconstruction, or combining units. Apply for Certificate of Occupancy once all final inspections have been approved. Research Certificates of Occupancy history for free in the property cards database.
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO)
A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) is offered when a new construction project has a delay in the CO schedule that is not part of a life safety trade. Apply for Temporary Certificate of Occupancy when the minimum standard of a Partially Approved Final or approved status on a Partial Final inspection has been met on all major trades.
Certificate of Completion (CC)
A Certificate of Completion (CC) is for any other construction project that does not require a CO and has been completed. A CC is only required for a shell of a building, otherwise, it is optional. Apply for Certificate of Completion once all final inspections have been approved.
Visit the National Flood Insurance Program website for Elevation Certificate and Instructions.
Use the link above to view elevation certificates from the City's records. A flood elevation certificate is an official FEMA approved document that identifies the elevation (height above sea level), the special flood hazard area, and required base flood elevation (BFE) based on the communities Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM's) in effect at the time of certification. The city’s records for elevation certificates are available from 1990 through present for new construction, substantial improvement projects and additions located in a flood hazard area. View instructions for viewing elevation certificates. Find more flooding information on the Flooding page.