Single Family/Duplex

​​​COMPLETED APPLICATION - Get the application
  1. Property owner's name
  2. STRAP Number (17 digit number found on tax bill, available from the Lee County Property Appraisers Website or at 239-533-6150)
  3. Site address
  4. Directions to job from downtown Fort Myers
  5. Contractor information (Name, License Number, Address, Phone & Fax Number
  6. Electrical amps, Roof type, HVAC SEER rating  KW’s & tonnage and Hurricane Protection​​

PLOT PLAN / SITE PLAN. Three (3) copies of a plot/site plan drawn to scale (1/8" = 1' minimum). The scale and north arrow must be indicated. The following items must be on your plot/site plan:
  1. All four lot corners, lot lines and dimensions.
  2. Location and name of streets or drives bordering the lot.
  3. If there is a water body within 25 feet of your project, indicate the mean high tide line or the edge of water and label the type of water body (for example: lake, creek, canal, river, Gulf).
  4. The size of the existing and proposed building(s); the location of driveways; and the location of all easements on the lot.
  5. Setbacks of the buildings (and any proposed additions thereto) from the four lot lines and other existing structures. Setbacks must be taken from the closest point of the building to the closest point of the property line.
  6. The plans must show the roof line as well as the foundation. Roof lines may not encroach into or over easements.

  1. If the property is located within a coastal zone area, a certified sealed survey indicating both Coastal Construction Zone lines, the Flood Zone requirement for the zone, and existing elevation of grade must be submitted with the application.
  2. If the property is located on a BARRIER ISLAND, i.e. CAPTIVA, UPPER CAPTIVA, BOCA GRANDE, BONITA GULF FRONT property, etc., the construction drawings must be sealed by a registered Florida architect or engineer and the certified survey must address the COASTAL CONSTRUCTION ZONE in addition to flood zone.
  3. A certified elevation certificate will be required indicating the NAVD elevation prior to tie beam inspection on CBS structures or framing inspection on wood structures. 

MASTERED BUILDINGS. If you are planning to purchase a manufactured garage, pole barn, gazebo, shed, utility building, etc. from a distributor please check if the approved plans for your make and model are on file with the Building Department. Otherwise, original plans signed and sealed by a design professional will be necessary. 

CONSTRUCTION DETAIL (BLUEPRINTS).​ Three (3) copies. Plans that are prepared by a Florida registered architect or engineer must be prepared in compliance with Florida Building Code Sections 1603.1.4​ and 1603.1.6, and must contain a statement on the plan that the building/structure has been designed according to the Florida Building Code 7th Edition (2020).​ The following information related to wind loads must be shown on the construction drawings: 

  1. Ultimate design wind speed and nominal design wind speed
  2. Risk category
  3. Wind exposure
  4. Classification of the applicable enclosure (internal pressure coefficient)
  5. Design wind pressure to be used for exterior components and cladding
  6. Geotechnical information​

If the construction is located in a coastal area specific to the limitations under the Lee County Land Development Code, Chapter 14​, Article II, Division 2, Sea Turtles; Chapter 6, Article III Coastal Construction Code, or Article IV Flood Hazard Reduction, the architect or engineer must provide a statement of compliance with those applicable code sections.

If plans are intended to be mastered, the engineer or architect must indicate by a sealed letter or statement on the plans that he approves of the repetitive use of the plans for permitting or, if a case by case approval (by letter from the architect or engineer) specific to each application is required for permitting.
When applicable (out of a Fire District, requirement for type of construction, or provision of a Development Order) note compliance with NFPA 13D for fire sprinklers.

Provide in-depth information on the details and specifications (required on all plans).

​​​PUBLIC WATER​/SEWER (SFR & DUPLEX ONLY). If construction is located on private or public water and sewer, a letter must be submitted from the appropriate utility company verifying availability to the site at the time of submittal of application. 

SEPTIC (SFR, DUPLEX, ADDITIONS, SANITARY FACILITIES). If construction is located on SEPTIC SYSTEM, applicant must apply for his Septic Permit at the Health Department prior to the submittal of the building permit. A copy of the paid receipt is required at submittal of building permit. (Applications are available at Development Services) If Septic is existing, you will need a letter from the Health Dept. stating it will be sufficient for size of dwelling at the time of submittal. (2295 Victoria Avenue 239-690-2100) 

WELL (SFR & DUPLEX ONLY). If the property requires a well for potable water, a signed  Well Affidavit must be submitted at the time of application for a building permit. The Well permit must be obtained and inspection finaled before the Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. If the well is existing, a letter stating compliance from Natural Resources will be required at the time of application. (239-533-8109) 

ENERGY CALCULATIONS (SFR, DUPLEX AND/OR ALL LIVING AREA ADDITIONS). Three (3) copies of the energy calculations per Florida Building Code 7th Edition (2020) energy conservation guidelines and one (1) cover sheet (copy of 1st page of energy calculations​) must be submitted with your application. 

OWNER-BUILDER DECLARATION OF SELF USE. An Owner Builder must appear in person and sign an Owner Builder Disclosure Statement pursuant to §489.103, Florida Statutes. She/he must be able to do all the work herself/himself or hire licensed contractors as outlined in the Owner Builder Disclosure State.

NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT (if construction is greater than $2,500). A Notice of Commencement must be recorded with the Lee County Clerk of Court prior to issuance of the building permit. A copy of the recorded Notice of Commencement must be supplied at the time of pick-up of your building permit. (239-533-5007) 

IMPACT LETTER (SFR & Duplex Only). Learn about Impact Fees. An Impact Letter, signed by the owner must be submitted.​​ 

DRAINAGE. If the final grade on the lot exceeds 18 inches above the crown of the road or any adjacent developed lot, and is not in a subdivision subject to a current (active) Development Order, it will need to comply with the Land Development Code Section 34-3104. A COPY OF THE SITE FILL GRADING PLAN MUST ACCOMPANY THE PERMIT APPLICATION. 

DRIVEWAYS, LANDSCAPING & IRRIGATION (DUPLEX). Permits for a duplex (two-family or single-family attached), and not in a subdivision subject to a current (active) Development Order, will be required to comply with the Land Development Code​ Section 34-3107 and 34-3108, paved driveways, landscapes and irrigation.​

FEES AND ADDITIONAL PERMITS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED. Depending on your scope of work, additional sub-permits maybe required. 

  • Plan Review $50 min.        
  • New Residential, Additions, Remodels $.25 / $200 min.
  • Plumbing permit $.03 / $100 min.
  • Electric permit $.20amp / $75 min.
  • HVAC permit $.03 / $100 min.
  • Duct Work Only permit $75
  • Roof permit ​$75
  • Each permit is charged an Administration fee of 1.5% of the permit fee, minimum of $2.00
  • ​​Each permit is charged an Radon fee of 1% of the permit fee, minimum of $2.00

Review the fees associated to all permits.

Please note that additional fees apply for new dwellings and some additions. Click the links below for other types of fees that apply to some permits.