Building Inspection


The Building Inspection Department is responsible for issuing building permits, performing inspections, and providing plan review for all new and remodeled construction performed in the City of Gainesville.

General Information

- We are located on the first floor of Thomas Center Building B – 306 NE 6th Ave, Gainesville, Fl 32601

- General office hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

- Mailing address: PO Box 490 Station #9, Gainesville, Fl 32627

Contact Information

- Main phone number: 352-334-5050

- Fax number: 352-334-2207

-Email address:



Electronic Plans Review is Available

As noted on our ePlan Review page, the City of Gainesville now has the ability to accept permit applications via Citizen Access, and to review plans electronically.  The electronic permitting and plan review capability allows plans to be uploaded from anywhere, which will help in reducing the need to travel to the Thomas Center to apply for a permit or to deliver plans.  The ePlan review system is anticipated to reduce paper, printing, fuel, storage, and disposal costs, and to improve turnaround times for permits requiring collaborative reviews.  At this time, the use of the ePlan review system is the recommended method for submitting plans for permit review.  As of May 1st, 2017, use of the ePlan review system will be required for all permit submittals.  Please see our ePlan review page for information on the ePlan review system.


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The City of Gainesville and its partners are assessing and inventorying the Gainesville sidewalk network. The project team is conducting a public survey designed to better understand the mobility goals of Gainesville residents and workers. If you live or work in Gainesville, please take this 15-20 minute survey about your walking habits, perceptions of the current walking environment and your priorities for sidewalk improvements. The city plans to use your survey input to help prioritize sidewalk repairs and new sidewalk construction projects in Gainesville. The survey is available at

New Hours for Permit Counter at Building Inspection Department

Effective January 30, 2017, the permit counter at the Building Inspection Department will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Permit applications will be accepted in the office from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New Permitting Policy for One- and Two-family Dwellings

Effective December 1, 2016, remodel permits for one- and two-family dwellings will be able to include the subcontractors (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, & roofing) on the primary permit instead of having separate permits pulled.

From this date forward, a subcontractor form listing the subs working with the general contractor will be required before the remodel permit will be issued, or it must be stated during the application process that the subs will not be covered under this permit and must pull their own permits.

The subcontractor form is available on our website at

The Codes in effect in our jurisdiction are listed below.  All structures shall comply with the city of Gainesville zoning ordinances and construction codes including the following: 

Building Inspection

Department Head:
John Freeland
Phone: 352-334-5050
Fax: 352-334-2207
P.O. Box 490
Station 9