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Lee County Community Development


January 2015


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Web-based inspection scheduling now available

Community Development continues to expand electronic services in its permitting processes with a new, web-based option for requesting, canceling or rescheduling building inspections.

This new online portal continues the option for online payment of inspection fees and introduces complete inspection scheduling services online.  Previously, scheduling and electronic payments were handled through an automatic, phone-based service, which will continue by dialing 239-533-8997.

The enhanced online service allows for requesting inspections more than one day in advance to accommodate longer-term planning.

Explore this new service at

Community Development continues to “Go Green” with paperless, electronic options for zoning, development and building services.  Currently all building permit applications and plans may be submitted through the ePlan portal.

Please visit the ePlan web page at for additional information.  All users of this program must register (complete a User’s Agreement) prior to using Lee County ePlan.  If you have any questions on this process, please send an email to

Impact fee application dates

At their regular meeting Jan. 20, the Lee Board of County Commissioners amended Ord. 13-06 to clarify permitting-related dates for qualifying for discounts on road, school and park impact fees.

The new Ord. 15-02 makes the discount available to building permits submitted by close of business at 4:30 p.m. on March 13, 2015 and issued by the close of business Sept. 11, 2015.  This ordinance applies only to permits for construction in unincorporated Lee County, and does not apply to permits in Estero.

Read about recent impact fee considerations at the Community Development website

Look-up Ten Mile Canal floodway parcels online

A new “maps and apps” feature is now available online to look up preliminary flood zones and regulatory floodway boundaries for a revision of the Ten Mile Canal floodway maps.

Users of the “Find my Preliminary Flood Zone Revision” website at may search by street address to find the current and the preliminary information for their parcel along the Ten Mile Canal in unincorporated Lee County and in the City of Fort Myers.

The map displays the preliminary flood zones, floodway and affected panels.  The Help icon (?) has a link to the legend as well as instructions for using the site.

On Dec. 15, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released preliminary maps revising the boundaries of the Ten Mile Canal regulatory floodway.  The new maps remove approximately 1,200 acres from the current regulatory floodway, where the placement of fill and new construction require No-Rise Certification.

View the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps at and email comments to  For additional discussion about how this remapping affects individual property owners along the Ten Mile Canal, call (239) 533-8705.

To learn more about flood mapping for the unincorporated areas of Lee County, go to

2014 permit report

For the year 2014, Lee County issued 993 single-family permits, up 15.5 percent from 2013. That includes 76 permits issued in December to build single-family houses in unincorporated Lee County.

Also during 2014, permits issued for 663 multi-family units were up 84.2 percent from the previous year. In December, 30 multi-family units were permitted.  The annual total was boosted by approximately 325 units in the Palazzo Del Sol development on Pamplona run, southwest of McGregor and Pine Ridge Road.

The market value of all new single- and multi-family dwellings built in 2014 is estimated at $315.6 million.

Lee County Community Development issued 42,151 permits of all kinds for all of 2014 with a market value estimated at $942.9 million.

General commercial activity during 2014 included 206 permits for commercial structures, up 53.7 percent over 2013.  The value of this category of commercial permitting was $154.5 million, and included the $30 million Hertz Corporation headquarters, the $19 million Twins stadium renovation, and a $13.5 million Wal-Mart in Estero.

Another 23 permits were issued for commercial additions and remodels, up 27.8 percent over 2013.  Those projects, valued at $159.4 million, included the $150 million Golisano Children’s Hospital addition to the HealthPark campus.

In December, general commercial activity was valued at nearly $6.5 million for 15 permits.

For additional permit reports, go to

Only two months remain to renew license

The March 31, 2015 FINAL deadline is approaching for contractors to renew expired licenses

Renewals of Certificates of Competency for contractors doing business in unincorporated Lee County were due Sept. 30, but may still be renewed with late fees that increase monthly.

The fee for renewal in February is $125 for all trades and $135 for general, building and residential contractors.  Journeyman renewal fees are $43.   

Renew easily online at  Those who must renew in person may do so at the Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers, in the Permitting Lobby.

Certificates for Workers’ Compensation and liability insurance must be active and current in our database.  Verify the status of your certificates online at  Updated insurance certificates can be e-mailed to or faxed to (239) 485-8577.

If your certificate of competency is not renewed or placed on voluntary inactive status by March 31, 2015, it will expire.  The fee for voluntary inactive status is now $35, and you must complete the Application for Inactive Status Form.  Download it at

Renewal of expired certificates requires a new application and approval by the Construction Licensing Board.

Make checks payable to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.

Upcoming meetings and public hearings

Local Planning Agency Monday, Jan. 26, and Monday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers

Land Development Code Advisory Committee – Friday, Feb. 13, 8 a.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers

For the detailed calendar, go to


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