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: Permit applications are accepted from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays.
  • ***NEW*** 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.


Recent system maintenance for Public Access and Inspections applications in Innoprise has been completed and these applications are again available for public and contractor use.  We thank you for your patience.


The Building Inspection Department will be closed on Thursday, November  27, 2014, and Friday, November 28, 2014, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will re-open on Monday,December 2, 2014, at our normal time.  Since no inspections will be performed on Thursday or Friday, inspections that are called in on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, will be performed on Monday, December 2, 2014.  We hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.


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.)

Extended Hours

As of November 22, 2013, the Building Inspection Department has offered extended permitting hours. The Building Inspection Department is now open to the public for permitting on Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. until further notice.

Building Inspection

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