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Getting a Master Building Permit in Miami


If you are seeking a building permit in Miami, there is a complex process involved in preparing the application. There are conditions that developers and land owners must meet order for the permit application to be accepted, let alone process smoothly, and steps that also must be taken once the permit has been obtained.

The Application Process

Unpaid Civil Penalties

You cannot have any unpaid liens or civil penalties owed to Miami-Dade County or else your permit will not process. Administrative hearing, investigative, enforcement, testing, and monitoring costs payable to the County will also disallow you from filing a building permit.

Notice of Commencement

If your proposed property improvements cost more than $2,500, you must file a Notice of Commencement with the Clerk of the Courts prior to getting your permit. This notice must be signed by you, and be completed and recorded within 90 days before starting the work. If the work doesn't start within those 90 days after recording, a new Notice must be recorded.

Copies of payment bonds, if your contractor requires one, must also be attached to the Notice of Commencement.

The only exception to having to file a Notice of Commencement is the replacement of existing heating or air conditioning systems for less than $7,500.

Notice of Commencement Filed by Lender

If you don't file a Notice of Commencement, you can end up paying twice for your improvements. However, if you are financing your property or improvements, your lender can file the Notice for you on account of Florida construction lien law.

Additional Stand-Alone Permits Required for Most Maintenance and Installation Work

In addition to the the initial building permit and Notice of Commencement, separate permits are required for the following improvements to be done on your property:

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Signs
  • Pools
  • Mechanical work
  • Windows
  • Shutters
  • Roofing

Properties that entail the construction of septic tanks must obtain additional an additional permit from the Department of Health in addition to the building permit.

Building Permit Categories

There are 32 categories of building permits depending on the type of work that is being done or structure that is built. You must  select the category that best describes your project. Certain categories carry additional roadway impact fees, primarily for the construction of new residential and commercial properties.

Required Information

You must disclose the following your permit:

  • Location of improvements
  • Type of improvements
  • Contractor information
  • Owner's name
  • Architect/engineer information
  • Bonding agent
  • Lender


Miami building permit fees have varying costs depending on the type of property and/or improvements. The City of Miami has laid out the following fee schedule:

  • Residential construction and remodeling, up to three dwelling units: 50% of estimated construction costs, including labor and materials
  • Residential improvements: $45 if the improvements are less than $2,500
  • Commercial and multifamily construction: For buildings with estimated construction costs lesser than or equal to $30,000,000, 1% of the construction costs per Miami-Dade County Code Compliance minimum construction cost value. For projects exceeding $30,000,000, the fee is same plus one-half percent of the amount in excess of $30,000,000.
  • Revision to any building permit: $110


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