What are permits and why do I need one?

Permits are the way the City of South Pasadena regulates construction.  There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction or development.

How do I get a permit?

Permit applications can be found in our Document Center.  For more information regarding obtaining a permit, please contact the Community Improvement Department at 727-343-4192.

What happens if I build without a permit?

If you begin demolition or construction without the required permit(s), a "stop work order" will be issued by an inspector.  You will be required to apply for the after the fact permit(s) and pay additional fees (five times the amount of the original permit fee). After the permit has been properly issued, you will then be required to uncover any work that has been covered so that it may be inspected prior to the release of the "stop work order". In some cases, regulations or codes may not permit the type of construction that has been done. In this case, you may be required to replace or restore the area to its original condition prior to your construction.

How and where do I get a permit?

Permits are issued by the Community Improvement Department, which is located 6940 Hibiscus Avenue South, South Pasadena, FL 33707. The permit office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please note permits are issued until 3:00 p.m.  You may contact us by calling the office at (727) 343-4192. On some simple jobs, a permit may be obtained during the first visit. However, in most circumstances, more time will be needed to review the plans in detail prior to issuing any permits. A minimum of two (2) complete sets of building plans and ten (10) sets of site plans are required to obtain permits for most commercial projects, two sets for residential projects. Staff in the office will be happy to assist you with the requirements for your specific project.


Be sure to only hire licensed contractors when having work done at your house, condo unit or business. No permit is necessary for painting or installation of carpet, but most other items DO require a permit. Allcontractors must REGISTER with the City of South Pasadena at the Community Improvement Department before they can work in the City or be issued a permit in the City. This is done to ensure that only qualified licensed and insured contractors are doing work for the residents of our community. Remember, it is your responsibility to make sure that a permit has been obtained prior to work being started. If there are any questions as to whether or not a permit is necessary please do not hesitate to contact the Community Improvement Department at 343-4192 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

How to choose a contractor:

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board

When do I need a permit?

The following are examples of the most common types of permits.  This list is not all inclusive.  If you are not sure if a permit is required for a specific activity, please call the Community Improvement Department at 727-343-4192.


 Building Permits

Electrical Permits

Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
Mechanical Permits

• Demolition of ANY kind
• New Structures
   (residential or commercial)
• Additions to existing structure
• Roofing - new or re-roof
• Awnings - commercial
• Screen rooms - new or replace
• Screen walls - install vinyl or glass
   in existing screen area
• Tents - commercial
• Covered patios - new or replace or
   close in
• Fireplace - new or replace
• Carports - new or replace or
   close in
• Wall siding - new or replace
• Aluminum enclosures
• Wood decks, steps, balconies
   new or replace
• Walls - removal, replacement or
   adding of walls, pass through
• Kitchen cabinets - removal &
• Kitchen countertop
• Kitchen remodeling
• Bathrooms - new or remodeled
• Doors - exterior
• Windows
• Drywall - removal & replacement 
• Garage - new or close in for habitable
   space or storage
• Hurricane shutters - new or replacement
• Pools & spas - new or replace
• Remodeling - interior or exterior
• Stairs - removal & replacement
• Railings - removal & replacement
• Garage doors
• Electrical service - new or replacement
• Electrical system - new or replacement
• Appliance/Equipment - new location or supply
• Heat strips - new or replacement
• Adding new circuits


Miscellaneous Permits

• Sheds - new or replacement
• Concrete patios - new or replacement
• Concrete sidewalks/steps - new or
• Concrete or asphalt driveway - new or replacement
• Concrete or asphalt driveway - 
resealing and/or striping
• Trees - new or replacement or removal
• Flag poles - new or replacement
• Fences
• Signs - Alteration - new, replacement 
• Signs - face changeout

• New systems or equal change-outs
• Duct works - replacement
• Exhaust vents - new or replacement
• Condenser - replacement
• Air handler - replacement
• Equipment hoods - new or replacement


Plumbing Permits

• Shower & tub valves - replacement or
• Appliance - new location of drain or
   water supply
• Water heater - replacement
• Water lines - replacement
• Toilet - relocated
• Water softener - new or relocated
• Shower pan - replacement
• Sewer line - replacement
• Sink - kit/bath - if relocated
• Fire system - new or replacement
• Spas - new or reconstruction
• Tub - new or replacement