Permit Application Process

  1. Please complete the Building Permit Application form.  Be sure to include the appropriate State of Florida Contractor License number and have the form signed by the license holder. The Qualifying Agent (license holder) or someone with legal written authorization will be required to sign for the permit when it is ready to pick up at our office.
  2. Include the University of Florida project number and/or work order number for us to bill permit fees to unless you plan on paying the permit fees yourself by company check.
  3. Include the total contract dollar value of the construction work, permit fees are based on this amount.
  4. Provide a description of the work, including structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing or roofing work.  Projects in excess of $50,000 in value require two sets of duly signed and sealed drawings by a state of Florida architect or engineer as appropriate. Smaller projects may only require drawings with sufficient detail & clarity to indicate the nature of the work.
  5. Provide proof of Workers Compensation insurance (copy of insurance certificate).
  6. Provide a list of subcontractors (building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, roofing, fire, etc) and their address, phone, Fla. Contractor License number.  Provide proof of Workers Compensation insurance for each.

Permit Application (Permit Application Form)

A permit application is required to process your building permit for University of Florida projects. Please review the following to ensure your application package is complete. Permit/plan review time can vary from one or two working days to several working days depending on the complexity of the project and work load.  View our Building code Program information.

The permit application form is divided into four main sections: Applicant, Project, Architect/Engineer, and Subcontractor List (See Attachments below). Fill in all applicable spaces on the permit application form.


The applicant or qualifying agent must be the entity or person responsible for the project and providing supervision of the work. The required applicant signature may be a person that has power of attorney to sign for the qualifier (notarized letter of authorization required). The primary contact name can be the job site superintendent or project manager. 

NOTE:  In accordance with F.S. 489.103(3), the permit applicant may be an authorized employee of the University of Florida for work described as: “performing routine maintenance or repair or construction not exceeding $200,000 to existing installations, if the employee does not hold himself or herself out for hire or otherwise engage in contracting except in accordance with his or her employment.” While this is an exception to requiring a licensed contractor, the applicant fully assumes the responsibilities and role of the contractor and is subject to the same code enforcement applications.


Please include project name, project number, project street address and/or UF building number, value of construction, and a description of the work to be performed. The building height, construction type, occupancy classification, and square footage of each occupancy classification must also be provided as appropriate. Provide contact name and telephone number of the University of Florida project manager or person responsible for the project. 

NOTE:  Prior to any demolition work, please contact EH&S Industrial Hygiene at 352-392-1591 for instructions on abatement of hazardous materials. Contact Laboratory Safety at 392-1591 if you are installing new or relocated lab hood systems.    


Please provide name, address, telephone/fax number, of the prime Architect/Engineer of Record. If the designer is not an architect or engineer, please provide name, address, and telephone/fax number of the person(s) providing the design drawings for the work.

Application Attachments

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide these documents with the Building Permit Application.

Subcontractor List

This is a separate form (available on our website). If subcontractors requiring state license have been retained, their license information must be submitted on the subcontractor list. The applicant must provide the name, street address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and state contractor’s license number of each subcontractor. If any subcontractors requiring state license are added after permit has been issued, the permit holder must provide the appropriate data and license number before they begin construction.

Construction Documents

A minimum of two sets of final plans and specifications must be included with the Building Permit application.

Identification of Minimum Premium Policy

Valid workers’ compensation insurance certificates are required for permit applicants per F.S. 440.103: “Such proof of compensation must be evidenced by a certificate of coverage issued by the carrier, a valid exemption certificate approved by the department or the former Division of Workers’ Compensation of the Department of Labor and Employment Security, or a copy of the employer’s authority to self-insure and shall be presented each time the employer applies for a building permit.”  

Threshold Building

If the project includes a threshold building, the applicant must include the structural inspection plan and shoring/re-shoring plans in accordance with section 105.13 of the Florida Building Code.   

Construction Project Plan Review – Letter of Code Compliance

If your project design has been submitted to our office for review in advance of making application for permit, please provide a copy of the Letter of Code Compliance (LOCC) with your permit application package (the review letter will state it is a “letter of code compliance”). The LOCC is sent by the Building Code Administrator to the UF Project manager once the review process has been completed and plans have been fully reviewed for code compliance. If you have not received a copy of the LOCC, please wait until it is received prior to making application for permit.

Structural Criteria/Calculations

The applicable building code information & structural criteria must be listed on the drawings per the Florida Building Code requirements.

Permit Application Document Review

Once we have received your permit application package we will date-stamp and perform a preliminary review for completeness. If the permit application documents are incomplete, EH&S Buidling Codes office will notify the applicant of the information required to further process your application. The Building Code Administrator will review your permit application package and indicate that plans and specifications have been reviewed for code compliance with a signature and date.

Codes & Standards used by University of Florida

Plans Examination

The construction documents will be reviewed by qualified EH&S plan review staff for compliance with applicable codes and standards and in accordance with the Florida Building Code and applicable Florida Statutes.

Building Permit Issuance

Once your permit is ready, you will be notified to visit our office to sign and pick up the building permit. You may sign for the permit only if you are the qualifier or an authorized agent. You will be given your copy of the permit documents. These are to be retained on the jobsite and be open for inspection by the Building Code Administrator or his authorized representative. The permit card must be posted conspicuously on the premises. Please read the Permit Supplemental Instructions after you have received your building permit card. 

Permit Card Content

Your building permit card will include information as shown on the application and include the following:

“In addition to the requirements of this permit, there may be additional restrictions applicable to this property that may be found in the public records of this county, and there may be additional permits required from other governmental entities such as water management districts, state agencies, or federal agencies.”  

Building Permits for the demolition of renovation of an existing structure must contain an asbestos notification statement which indicate the owner’s or operator’s responsibility to comply with the provisions of F.S. 469.003 and to notify the Department of Environmental Protection of his intentions to remove asbestos, when applicable, in accordance with state and federal law.  

The Building Permit becomes active when permit card is signed and dated by the Building Code Administrator.

Please review permit information to verify it is accurate.