The Permitting Process

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The Florida Building Code is the applicable authority throughout each municipality and county in the state. To secure a permit under this code, please refer to the following steps:


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  1. Determine where your plans/permit application must be filed.
    Plans for work involving demolition, additions, alterations or new construction must first be approved by the Broward County Department of Urban Planning and Redevelopment. After receiving County approval (if necessary), permit applications for work that is new, or that enlarges, reduces or otherwise alters the exterior elevation of any building in Sunrise, must be presented to the City of Sunrise Community Development Department. Permit applications for work such as re-roofing, interior renovations, fencing, interior plumbing or electrical repairs, AC changeouts, etc., do not have to be evaluated by Planning & Development, and may be submitted directly to the Building Division. Completed permit applications may be submitted electronically to the City’s Building Division. If there is any question as to what type of work may be submitted directly, please call the Building Division at (954) 572-2354 for a determination.

  2. File your permit application with the appropriate department.
    When the City receives your application and plans, it will issue you a Control Number that must be used to reference the permit throughout the approval process. Upon submission to the Building Division, your permit application and plans will be examined for compliance with the Florida Building Code.

  3. Make plan corrections as necessary.
    The permit applicant will be notified if there are corrections to be made. Plans may be checked out of the Building Division for correction, or they may be corrected at the department during regular business hours.

    Please note: The Building Division designates each Wednesday between 8:00 a.m. and noon as Professional Day. During this time, Building  Plans Examiners are available to answer questions and review applications on a walk-in basis for all construction and design professionals. No appointments are necessary, but appointments may be made for another time in the week.

  4. Receive a building permit.
    A building permit will be issued only after an application has been approved by all appropriate disciplines (Structural, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and/or Fire). Permit fees are due and payable at the time of pickup, and based upon the Building Fee Schedule [PDF].

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