Determine the Permit Needed and Collect Your Documentation
Guides and Forms page to help you determine the type of permit you need, how to complete the application, and which document must be submitted with the application.
Get eConnect Access
|||After using the guides to determine information needed for the application process, prepare to use the online permitting service delivery system called eConnect. New users must register for an eConnect account. Instructions for
New Users: Register for an Account are included on the eConnect login page. Once registered, the system is available to apply for services and to upload the required documents. Contractors are required to use eConnect. Review the eConnect User Guide for more details.
Submit the Application
eConnect to complete the online application and attach plans and other supporting documents online. Refer to the appropriate
Application and Permitting Guide as you go through this process. All applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically, however, Owner-Builders may still submit paper applications.
Application Package Processing and Review
Completeness Check: When first received, the application package is reviewed for completeness to check that all required documents, signatures and seals were submitted. The applicant must provide missing information before the application package can be taken in for review.
Application Review: Complete applications may be forwarded to multiple functional areas for review. eConnect applications can be reviewed simultaneously by the required reviewers. Paper applications are reviewed by one person at a time and must be physically handed off among the required reviewers.
Notice of Rejection or Approval:
Rejection Notice: If applicable, the final reviewer consolidates all comments and an email notice is sent to the applicant. A rejection notice will be provided to the applicant with specific points of failure that must be corrected prior to resubmitting for approval. Applicants have 30 days to address the points of failure and to resubmit information and documentation. A cover letter addressing the points of failure is required with the resubmittal.
Resubmitting an Application via eConnect: To update the required information and to ensure correct versioning in eConnect,
attachments that are resubmitted should have the same file name as the original.
Resubmitting a Paper Application: Bring updated documentation to the first floor of the Lee County Public Works Building, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers, FL 33901.
Notice of Approval:
File Verification - Notification: Staff completes a final document review to determine any outstanding documents and invoices all applicable fees. The "Ready Sheet" outlining outstanding fees and required documents is emailed to each applicant.
|||At any point in the project, applicants can view status, conditions and record details by searching the record number within eConnect.|
eConnect: Permit Search
| eConnect: Approved Downloads
eConnect Applications: If your application was submitted through eConnect, we will email you to let you know your plans are available for download. Search for your permit application using My Records, the Global Search or the Search Applications. Under the Permitting menu, click on the record number for your permit application, select
Attachments to view/print the approved documents. Note: The approved plans will be listed as "Final Documents" under Type.
NOTE: Owner-Builders are required by Florida Statute to personally appear at the Lee County Public Works Building, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers, FL 33901 to sign for the building permit regardless of how it was submitted. Permits and the approved plans will be issued in person at that time.
Paper Applications: The permit and approved plans are issued in person.
|||Don't forget to post your approved permit and plans at the project site.|
|||All payments must be received prior to scheduling an inspection. We will email you payment instructions once the permit has been approved and verified. You can view any fees that are due and pay them using
eConnect. Log into
eConnect, locate your record number, select the menu option for
Fees, then click Pay Fees button and follow the instructions. |
eConnect: Pay Fees
- Make payments through eConnect
- Deliver the payment in person to the Lee County Public Works Building, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers, FL 33901
- Make a credit card payment by phone, 239-533-8997, option *.
Cash is not accepted; please pay by credit/debit card, check, eCheck, or money order.
Schedule an Inspection
|||Be sure all your fees are paid before scheduling an inspection. Different permits need inspections at certain points in the project. Permits must pass at least one inspection within 180 days from issuance or the permit will expire. To schedule an inspection log into
eConnect, locate your record number, select
Inspections then select the
Schedule or Request an Inspection button.|
eConnect: Schedule an Inspection
Get your Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion
|||Once all inspections have passed, and all outstanding conditional documents and fees have been satisfied, the Certificate of Compliance and/or the Certificate of Occupancy are issued, the permit is closed, and a notification email is sent to the applicant. Applicants may obtain certificate info, log into
eConnect. Search for your permit application using
My Records, the Global Search or the
Search Applications. Under the
Permitting menu, click on the record number for your permit application. Select
Reports at the top of the screen, select
Certificate from the list and a new window will display the document; options to save or print will be displayed.|