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 knock down an existing building or structure. This permit is only issued to property owners, licensed general, building or demolition contractors.

Please note: Partial demos, pools or interior-only demos require a building permit, not demolition permits.


Step 1.Complete a Demolition Permit application

Print the application to fill out. The contractor and the property owner must sign the document and you will need to 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
8am-5pm, Monday-Friday (except holidays)

Download the Form

Scan and email your application to

Step 2.We'll review your request

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

Step 3.Prepare your files

While we review your application, you can prepare by gathering the following documents you will need to upload:



  • Rodent Control Certificate by a pest-control operator certified by the State of Florida to eradicate rodents (not required for burn-outs)
  • Tree Removal Permit, if trees will be removed
  • If the demolition is a commercial building, a separate Building Permit is required for a temporary 8-foot fence or documentation indicating that there is an existing fence on site


If you work with OUC, you will also need to fill out the Demolition Request form and submit it to

Step 4.Make a payment

You will receive an email with an invoice of your application fees. 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. A $100 Sewer Disconnect fee may be required.

Pay Permit Fees

Step 5.Submit your plans to the city

After we process your application, you will receive an email from with a link to ProjectDox to submit your plans as listed above.

Log into ProjectDox

Step 6.Your utility company will review your plans to sign-off

We will send your submitted plans to your utility company to make sure connections have been removed or sealed and unplugged safely. This also ensures proper clearance before demolition starts.

This step can take up to 20 business days. For questions, contact them at:

Step 7.Pay your final permit fees

Pay remaining fees for engineering permits and/or a fence permit for commercial demolitions.

Pay Fees

Step 8.Download your permit(s) and approved plans

Once all fees are paid, you will receive an email to log into ProjectDox to download all items from the "Approved" folder. Print all items to scale and post at the job site.

Step 9.Schedule inspections

A pre-demolition inspection is required beforehand and a final inspection is required after all demo work is completed.

Schedule Your Inspection

All projects using roll-off containers must use an approved roll-off hauler. View approved haulers here.