Get a Permit

Are you looking to do any sort of construction or renovation project?

View the City of Orlando permit guide and apply for a permit. 

Keep in mind:

  • By law, the State of Florida requires you to get a permit for most projects, even small ones.
  • This is an overview of the process and steps involved in getting a permit for most projects.
  • Depending on your project and the type of permit you need, additional steps may be necessary.


Step 1.Determine what permits you need

Construction and renovation projects require different types of permits. If you know what permit you need, view our forms page for applications. Otherwise, use our permit guide to determine what permits you need.

Permitting Forms

Permit Guide

Step 2.Submit a Recorded Notice of Commencement

If your project value exceeds $2,500 you will need to file a Notice of Commencement with the Orange County Comptroller's Office prior to starting any work. Once the Notice of Commencement is filed, you need to post a certified copy at the job site and provide a copy to the City of Orlando.

Submit Your Recorded Notice of Commencement

Step 3.Submit plans

The City of Orlando allows you to submit your plans digitally so you can have them reviewed online. You will receive an email after we process your application. It will give you a link to ProjectDox and a temporary password.

Submit Plans

Step 4.Check plan status

We expect to review initial commercial project submissions within 20 business days and 10 business days for residential projects. If you need corrections, you will receive an email. We expect to review revisions within 15 business days for commercial projects and 5 business days for residential.

At any point in the project, you can check your permit status using our Permit Lookup tool.

Look up Permit

Step 5.Make a payment

We will email you payment instructions once we approve your permit application. You can view any fees that are due and pay them using our Permit Lookup tool.

Pay Fees

Step 6.Download permit and plans

After you pay your fees, we will email you to let you know your plans are available for download. Login to ProjectDox and download your plans from the Approved folder.

Download Plans

Step 7.Begin construction

Don't forget to post your approved plans at your project site.

Step 8.Schedule an inspection

Different permits need inspections at different points in the project. If your permit is open for six months without an inspection, it will expire.

Schedule an Inspection

Step 9.Check your permit status

Once you complete and pass your inspections the permit will be final. If you don’t close out your permit, this could cause issues later when trying to sell your property. Use our Permit Lookup tool to check the status of your permit and ensure that the status is final.

Check Permit Status

Step 10.Get your Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion

To receive a copy of your Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion, email Include your permit number in the subject line.