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The City's Planning and Development Services Department has transitioned all services to electronic and virtual formats in an effort to reduce person-to-person interactions.

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The City Planning and Development team will strive to provide the same level of service to our customers through email, phone and virtual options.

All meetings will be handled as conference calls. All plans must be submitted utilizing electronic applications, and all “while you wait” services will be suspended. Please review the PDS Covid-19 Emergency Operation Procedures for details.

Services Offered: 

STOP! If you have previously submitted paper plans in person DO NOT CREATE A NEW PERMIT ONLINE. Contact us at or so your original permit can be converted. This applies to ALL REVISIONS AND RESUBMITTALS of paper plans that already have a permit/application number. Thank you.

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  • Florida Energy Conservation Code States:
    Effective July 1st 2017; New Construction on residential buildings or dwelling units shall have Blower Door Testing performed by an Approved 3rd Party Agency.
  • In an effort to improve the service experience we offer, Construction Services and Permitting Office has launched a new digital queue technology "QLess". View real-time wait times in our office!  Read more about the QLess technology or check our office wait times

  • In an effort to increase our Plan Review service scope, we now offer an email or fax alert which allows comments in real time as each agency completes the review. Please note these emails will be in addition to the complete summary you will receive when all reviews have been completed. Click here to sign up for email or fax notifications for the most recent plan review comments.  

  • is now live! An interactive map displays active large development projects located in St. Petersburg. View a particular project for more information! Subscribe to a project and receive notifications on the latest news.

  • Effective January 2019, the City is offering a 10-day expedited plan review for qualifying Affordable/Workforce Housing projects. Please visit the Housing Developers page to fill out the Certification of Affordable/Workforce Housing for Expedited Permitting & Zoning Incentives form. For questions, please contact Joshua Johnson at

Mission Statement 

The primary mission of the Building Department is to provide quality service to the community that is informational, efficient, comprehensive and helpful to the public. The intention is to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the construction, quality of materials, and use of all buildings and structures within the City of St. Petersburg. The department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the most recent edition of the Florida Building codes, Florida Accessibility Codes, Flood Plain Administration and related Federal, State, and City adopted laws and ordinances.

Business Hours: 

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday   
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday
Last customer taken 1/2 hour prior to closing.

Commercial over-the-counter plan review:
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Tues & Thurs
Allow extra time for plan reviews. 

 Current wait times

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