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.

Permits are issued by the Community Improvement Department, which is located at 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 only 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.

Permits can be paid via check or card. The Department does NOT accept cash payments any longer. 

What is the cost of a permit?

Permit fees are based off of labor and materials, typically your contract price. $70.00 for the first $1,000.00 of work and then $20.00 for each additional $1,000.00 of work. Once you get this base fee, you would multiply it by 2.5% and that would be your total permit cost.

Subcontractors signing onto a permit are a flat fee of $74.00

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.

When do I need an Asbestos Abatement Survey completed with my permit? 

Asbestos is a natural mineral known to have been used extensively in insulation, fireproofing, sound proofing and other building materials. While many assume that it is no longer used, asbestos is still being manufactured and used today and can be found in many materials such as: 

  • Acoustical plaster 
  • Adhesives 
  • Base flashing 
  • Blown-insulation/wiring insulation 
  • Caulking/Putty 
  • Ceiling tiles 
  • Lay-in panels 
  • Cement pipes 
  • Cement siding 
  • Cement wallboard 
  • Decorative plaster 
  • Duct work connections 
  • Electrical cloth/partitions 
  • Fire doors/Fire proofing materials 
  • Exterior building coatings/panels 
  • High temperature gaskets 
  • Spackle/joint/taping compounds 
  • Mastic (floor, tile, carpet, cove base, mirror, etc.) 
  • Packing materials 
  • Pipe insulation 
  • Roofing shingles 
  • Popcorn/textured ceiling treatment 
  • Spray applied insulation 
  • Textured paints and coatings 
  • Vinyl sheet flooring/rolled vinyl floors 
  • Vinyl wall or floor coverings 
  • Wallboard

In accordance with Pinellas County Air Quality, the City of South Pasadena requires that an asbestos abatement survey be completed ANY time there is renovation or demolotion within commercial and institutional structures. Under certain circumstances, a single-family residential home, or an apartment building with four (4) dwellings or less, may be exempt from specific asbestos requirements but you must first contact Pinellas County, Air Quality Division to verify if your project or structure meets these exemptions. (727)-464-4422


Be sure to only hire licensed contractors when having work done at your house, condo unit or business. All contractors 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

• Additions/alterations to existing structures – i.e. kitchen or bath remodels  

• Aluminum enclosures

• Awnings

• Bathrooms - new or remodeled

• Bathroom vanity replacement (requires a plumber for the disconnect/reconnect)

• Boat lifts

• Carports - new or replace or
   close in

• Covered patios - new or replace or
   close in

• Demolition of ANY kind

• Docks

• Doors – Exterior

• Driveways

• Drywall – removal & replacement

• Foundation

• Fire Sprinklers

• Fire Suppression

• Furnaces/Fireplaces – new or replace

• Garage Doors

• Garage - new or close in for habitable
   space or storage

• Gas hook up

• Irrigation Systems

• Kitchen cabinets - removal &

• Kitchen countertop
  replacement (plumber for the disconnect/reconnect)

• Kitchen remodeling/alteration

• Mobile Home – new

• New Structures
   (residential or commercial)

• Patio/Deck – new or alteration

• Paving/repaving

• Porch addition

• Pools & spas - new or replace

• Pool enclosure screened

• Railings - removal & replacement

• Remodeling - interior or exterior

• Retile of bathroom walls

• Roofing - new or re-roof

• Screen rooms - new or replace

• Screen walls - install vinyl or glass
   in existing screen area

• Sealcoat/Striping

• Seawall – new or repairs

• Shed Installation

• Shutters - new or replacement

• Solar Panels

• Stairs - removal & replacement

• Tents – commercial

• Tie Pole

• Wall siding - new or replace

• Walls - removal, replacement or
   adding of walls, pass through

• Wood decks, steps, balconies
   new or replace

• Windows

  •  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, paver 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/replacement
• 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