Guide to Getting a Permit

1. Before you Begin

Keep in mind the below information, before you apply. 

  • By law, the State of Florida requires you to get a permit for most projects. 
  • The process below is an overview of the step(s) involved in getting a permit from the following City of Miami Departments
    • Building
    • Resilience & Public Works
    • Planning 
    • Zoning 
  • Depending on your application, additional permits from other City departments and/or from other government entities may be required. 

2. Look for Instructions

We have created a permit landing page, or a catalog of instructions regarding different types of permit applications.  This page is being added to weekly.  

If you don't find what you are looking for, you may want to check www.MiamiGov.com for additional information. 

3. Apply for a Permit

The City of Miami recently implemented an online application process called Electronic Plan Review (ePlan). When you're ready to apply, you will be required to submit an online application

We strongly suggest you visit the permit catalog for instructions. 

Permit Instructions

If you'd like to simply enter the application "portals" directly, see below. 

For a Building Permit, please visit here to submit your application. 

For a Public Works Permit, please visit here to submit your application. 

For a Planning and/or Zoning special permit request, please visit here to submit your application. 

NOTE: If you are submitting a request for a building permit and your project requires approval from Miami-Dade County’s Department of Environmental Management (DERM), Water and Sewer Department (WAS-D), or payment of Impact Fee(s), you will be required to complete the Miami Dade County Municipal Application included in the PDF application package that is generated from iBuild. 

4. Pay Upfront Fees

Depending on your application, you will be required to pay an upfront fee prior to uploading or an in-person submission of your document and drawing. You will be notified of this fee after you fill out your application. 

  • For building/planning/zoning, select "use transactional ID" (not customer number).
  • For public works utility companies, use customer number (not transactional ID)

Pay Fees

Note: The payment of upfront fees for the City of Miami Building Department does not include the upfront fees accessed by Miami-Dade County external agencies (DERM, WAS-D, Impact Fees). All upfront fees accessed by the above agencies shall be paid separately once a Miami Dade County Project Number (M#) has been issued.  

5. Name Your Files Properly

You will be required to collect certain documentation, depending on the permit type. You can view the checklists for special permits here, and other specifics on our "Get a Permit" page.  We will be adding to this page continuously. 

Each page of your plans/drawings must be named individually, and must follow a standard naming convention before you can upload to our system (below). Each page must be submitted as a single file. 

View Instructions for Naming Convention 

NOTEYour application will not be accepted if the naming convention is not followed. 

6. Submit Drawings & Documents

Online: The City of Miami now allows you to submit drawings and documents electronically, using the City’s Electronic Plans Review (ProjectDox) portal. You will receive an e-mail from eplans@miamigov.com with the subject “Applicant Upload Task” with instructions for this step. 

How to Submit Drawings & Documents 

NOTE: If you are a first-time user of the City’s Electronic Plans Review Portal (ProjectDox), in addition to the “Applicant Upload Task” you will also receive a Welcome and New Account Request e-mail with instructions on how to activate your account. Once you have activated your account you will be able to use the e-mail and password you used previously every time thereafter. 

Upload Plans Here

In Person: If you are not able to submit your drawings and documents electronically using the City’s Electronic Plans Review (ProjectDox) portal, you may visit the City of Miami Building Department located at 444 SW 2ndAvenue, 4thFloor, Miami, FL 33130 to submit your drawings and documents for a Building Permit or Special Permit Request. 

If your request was for a utility construction or non-construction permit administered by the Department of Resilience & Public Works you may also present hard copy documents to the Department of Resilience & Public Works for scanning at 444 SW 2ndAvenue, 8thFloor, Miami, FL 33130.  

NOTE: Documents that are required to be scanned by the City of Miami may incur a three to five business days delay. Fees to scan drawings and/or documents may be assessed.

7. Wait for Application Acceptance

Once your drawings and documents have been received by the City of Miami, a Permitting Coordinator will review your submittals for acceptance. 

NOTE: We will notify you via e-mail if there is a problem with your submission. 

TIP: A common mistake is not following the City’s standard file naming conventions or having more than one page per file for drawings or document files.  

8. Respond to Review

Once your application has been accepted, it will undergo review, and we will send you comments back. 

NOTE: For a Building permit application it usually takes 14 business days for the first cycle of review to be completed. For a Special permit application, it usually takes 35 business days for the first cycle of review to be completed. For an Utility-Excavation or Non-Construction, it usually takes 40 business days for the first cycle of review to be completed. 

9. Submit Revised Drawings and Documents

If corrections are required, you will receive an e-mail from eplans@Miamigov.com with the subject “Resubmit Applicant Task,” with instructions regarding corrected sheets for additional reviews and approvals. 

You will need to replace each sheet that the reviewers applied a "Changemark" on, or requested changes to in the comment checklist. 

NOTE: If you are re-submitting corrected pages, please give the corrected page the exact same name as you did previously. We will know it’s a new version, and will review accordingly. 

NOTE: Re-submittals may occur multiple times for a single application to ensure that the plans and documents as submitted are compliant with Florida Statute and City Ordinance. 

Address Changes

10. Await Approval, Finalize

Once your plans have been approved. You will be required to complete several finalization steps, which may include “Adding/Updating Contractor” or paying any outstanding fees that may be applicable. 

For the Department of Resilience & Public Works the main point of contact will be required to accept and pay all related permit fees for a permit to be issued.

11. Meet with Hearing Boards, if Applicable

Some special permits require that you go before the Hearing Boards division - rezones, exceptions, and more. You must follow these detailed instructions for how to request a hearing, which start with a Hearing Boards meeting. 

12. Pay Permit Fees

You will be notified of the review and/or permit fees owed via email.

NOTE: For building permits, you will pay review fees, then pull your permit, then pay permit fees. 

  • For building/planning/zoning, select "use transaction ID" (not customer number).
  • For public works utility companies, use customer number (not transaction ID).

Pay Fees Here

13. Pull & Print Permit Card

If you are applying for a building permityou will be required to pull and print your permit. A building permit can be pulled online here by selecting "Permit, Pull Permit."

From there, you need to print, by selecting the “Print Permit Card” option. Enter the permit number (from above) and the permit card will be made available for you to print. You can also do this in person at the Building Department: 444 SW 2nd Ave, 4th floor).

  • If you are the owner, and you plan to complete a home project on your own, you will be required to complete the Owner/Builder test. This test is administered in person at the Building Department.
  • If you are a contractor and the master permit holder, you may pull a permit online if you are eligible based on your respective qualifier(s). This is also applicable to all sub-contractors who plans to pull a sub-permit online. 

14. Download Approved Plans & Documents

After you have paid your fees, we will e-mail you to let you know your final plans are available for download. You will need to log-in to ProjectDox here and download your plans from the Approved Folder. 

Note: If your request is for a Construction or Non-Construction permit administered by the Department of Resilience & Public Works, your permit card will also be available in the Approved Folder. 

15. Apply for Sub-Permits, if Necessary

Get a Sub-Permit

16. Begin Construction or Permitted Work

Don’t forget to always have your permit card and a job site copy of the approved plans at your project site. 

17. Inspections

After you've finished work, you'll have to undergo inspections in order to close your permit. We've outlined some of the steps for getting inspections on the below page.  

Inspections