Apply for a Demolition Permit

Do you want to knock down an existing building or structure?

You need to apply for a Demolition Permit to ensure safety standards are being met.


Check your eligibility

  • Demolition permits are only issued to property owners and licensed general, building and demolition contractors.
  • Partial demos, pools or interior-only demos require building permits not demolition permits.

Gather your information

You will need to provide:


  • Appearance Review Board approval if the property is in the Downtown Community Redevelopment area
  • Historic Preservation Board approval if the property is within a Historic Preservation district
  • Health Department approval if you are removing a septic or other underground tank


  • A demolition site plan
  • An as-built floor plan showing existing fixtures (for commercial demolitions only)


  • A Notice of Commencement if the proposed job exceeds $2,500
  • A Rodent Control Certificate by a pest-control operator certified by the State of Florida to eradicate rodents (not required for burn-outs)
  • A Tree Removal Permit if trees will be removed
  • A separate Building Permit for a required temporary 6-foot fence or documentation indicating that there is an existing fence on site

Complete a Demolition Permit application

The contractor and the property owner must sign the document.

Download the Form

Get the form notarized

Print out the completed application and get it notarized. If you need a notary, we offer those services at City Hall.

City Hall, Permitting Services Division
400 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays

Submit your application

Scan and upload your completed and notarized application.

Upload the Form

We'll review your request

Once your application has been received, please allow 48 business hours for processing.

Make a payment

  • A cash deposit or damage bond of $1,000 payable to the City of Orlando is required when a property owner pulls his/her own Demolition Permit.
  • All fees are due at the time of application. Fees are based on the square footage of the structure.
  • A $100 Sewer Disconnect fee and a $60 Engineering Permit fee are also required.

Pay Permit Fees

Get inspections

We will conduct a pre-demo inspection to make sure no unsafe or unsanitary conditions exist during or after the demolition process. A final inspection is required after all demo work is done.

Schedule an Inspection