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. We are located on the first floor of the historic Thomas Center, 306 NE 6th Ave., Building B.  Our office hours are:

  • General office hours: Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm; Friday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Permitting:  ***NEW***  Starting December 11, 2014, the Building Inspection Department will begin accepting some types of permit applications and payment on-line through our Citizen Access Portal.  (See our Permit Forms website for more information.)  Where on-line permit applications are not allowed, permit applications are accepted in the office from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays.  
  • Inspection scheduling: Contractors who are registered with the City of Gainesville Building Inspection Department can now register to use the Citizen's Access Portal at any time to schedule an inspection for any future workday.  All other requests for inspections are accepted from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday with the inspection being scheduled for the next working day.  (See the Inspection section of our website for more information.)  
  • Inspections:  Inspections are performed between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Office hours for all inspectors are 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday.
  • Verifying inspection status:  If you would like to check on the status of a permit or inspection, please check out our Public Permit Access section in the ribbon on the left.  If you're not familiar with the operation of our Public Permit Access section, check out the tutorial.

Applicable Codes

All structures shall comply with the City of Gainesville zoning ordinances and applicable codes as identified in the Applicable Codes tab below.

CUSTOMER SURVEY AVAILABLE

The City of Gainesville Building Department is now conducting their annual Customer Service Survey during the Month of August.

If you have used the City of Gainesville, Building Department services within the last year. Please take our 3 minute survey to help us improve our services. Your feedback is important to us.

Instructions: When answering the survey questions think about your experience with the Building Department over the last year. If there is a question you do not want to answer or is not applicable, please check the N/A box.

If you are unable to finish the survey all at once, you can save your answers and return to it at a later time and complete and submit.

Please click on the link below, then select BUILDING DEPARTMENT CUSTOMER SERVICE SURVEY to begin the survey. 

http://www.cityofgainesville.org/openGNV/engageGNV.aspx#peak_democracy

We appreciate your feedback. Thanks so much.

John Freeland, Building Official, City of Gainesville, FL

 

CITY OFFICES CLOSED SEPTEMBER 7, 2015

The Building Inspection Department will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015, in celebration for the Labor Day holiday.  The Building Inspection Department will re-open at our normal time on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Inspection requests taken on Friday, September 4, 2015, will be performed on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  We wish you a happy and safe Labor Day holiday.

LINDA PATRICK RECEIVES AWARD

Linda Patrick, Plans Examiner 2 for the Building Inspection Department, was recently honored as the 2015 Plans Examiner of the Year by the Building Officials Association of Florida, in recognition of the highest professional standards in service to their organization.  For those who know Linda, you also know that the award was well deserved, and probably long overdue.  We would like to congratulate Linda on the award and thank her for her excellent service to the Building Inspection Department and to the citizens of the City of Gainesville.

NEW BUILDING CODE WENT INTO EFFECT ON JUNE 30, 2015

In accordance with Florida Statute 553.73(7)(a), the Fifth Edition of the Florida Building Code will go into effect on June 30, 2015.  The Fifth Edition of the Florida Building Code is based on the Florida Specific version of the 2012 editions of The International Codes as published by the International Code Council (ICC), and the specific editions of referenced standards identified therein.  More information concerning the adoption of the Fifth Edition of the Florida Building Code and access to a read-only version of the code is available on the Florida Building Commission's website.

NEW FIRE PREVENTION CODE WENT INTO EFFECT DECEMBER 31, 2014

In accordance with Florida Statute 633.202(1), the Fifth Edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code went into effect on December 31, 2014.  The Fifth Edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code is based on the Florida Specific versions of the 2012 editions of NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code, and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, and the specific editions of referenced standards identified therein.  More information concerning the adoption of the Fifth Edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code and access to a read-only version of the code is available on the State Fire Marshal's website.  

LIMITED ON-LINE PERMITTING NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH CITIZEN ACCESS

Starting December 11, 2014, the Building Inspection Department will begin accepting some types of permit applications and payment on-line through our Citizen Access Portal. Contractors and property owners that have previously registered in-person with the Building Inspection Department as required by the Florida Statutes will be allowed to use this service to apply for permits that do not require a plan review.  This includes some types of mechanical and electrical permits, as well as permits for garage doors, roofing, HVAC change outs, water heater replacements, plumbing re-piping, gas piping, and window and door replacements.  Please note that this is an application for a permit and that the permit will not become active until it has been approved and issued by the Building Inspection Department.  Please see the Online Permit Request and Payment Tutorial for more information.

ATTENTION CONTRACTORS AND HOMEOWNERS

The Gainesville Building Department has implemented our new ‘on-line’ internet Inspection program called CITIZEN ACCESS.

What is it?  CITIZEN ACCESS is an internet web site where you can register with the City of Gainesville Building Department and request building inspections on-line.  You will no longer have to come to the Building Department or call us.  Everything you need to do to request an inspection will be available via internet at your convenience 24/7 .

Who can use it?  If you have a computer, internet access and a business e-mail, contractor e-mail, or personal e-mail address, you will be able to use CITIZEN ACCESS.

How it works:  Once you have applied and paid for a building permit and the work has been completed and is ready for inspection, you can go to the GRU CITIZEN ACCESS web site and request the inspection on-line.  Your request will be automatically assigned to a Building Inspector. It’s as simple as that.

No more gas costs, drive time, phone calls or waiting. CITIZEN ACCESS will save you time and money.

(See the Citizen's Access tutorial  on the Inspections page of our website for more information on how to register.)

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
Contact:
Phone: 352-334-5050
Fax: 352-334-2207
bldg@cityofgainesville.org
Address:
P.O. Box 490
Station 9
32627-0490
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