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Permit Requirements


Attention Contractors: Please use eTRAKiT to apply for permits, especially those that require submission of plans, as the eTRAKiT permit application launches the project and sends your invitation to upload plans into ePlan.  For assistance, please contact eplanhelp@lakelandgov.net or call the Building Inspection Division at 863.834.6012.

Residential Permitting Guidelines

Contractor & Home Owner Permitting:

Download the Residential Plan Requirements form, which includes a list of all required information necessary for permitting for new homes and additions to existing homes.

All accessory buildings such as detached carports, garages, workshops & storage sheds require a building permit.


Fences

Residential fences can be a maximum of six feet (6') in height on rear and interior sides, and can be placed adjacent to or on property lines, subject to the requirements of the Land Development Code and subject to the regulations relating to visibility at intersections.  Fences in front and street side yards can be a maximum of four feet (4') in height unless the fence is located outside the required front or street side setback, in which case the fence can be a maximum six feet (6') in height.  Fences must also be set back at least three feet (3') from all improved alleys.  No barbed wire, razor wire or electrified fence shall be allowed in any residential district.

A permit is required for all fences, including replacement of an existing fence.  You can download the application here or contact Building Inspection for additional information.


 

Swimming Pools

All swimming pools (in-ground or aboveground), non-portable spas & hot tubs require a permit. These structures have zoning requirements allowing them to be built or placed in side or rear yards only, and are required to meet a certain distance (setback) from the side or rear property line. Click Here For Setback Information.

Pools also have certain barrier protection requirements to help prevent drowning. Certain P.U.D. zoned areas could have a special setback requirement.


Historic Districts

Exterior renovations, additions, demolitions, and new construction in historic districts require approval of the Historic Preservation Board prior to submission of a building permit application.


No Permit Required

This list is not all-inclusive. Only certain examples are listed. Please call us at 863.834.6012 for additional information if necessary.

Building

  •  Painting
    • (Painting of commercial buildings within the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority boundary and historic districts MUST have Design Review approval prior to painting.)
  • Carpeting
  • Replacing cabinets
  • A permit is not required for minor (non-structural) repairs less than $750, or painting, installing new carpet or flooring.

Electrical

  • Replacing existing:
    • Light fixtures
    • Fans
    • Cover plates

Plumbing

  • Stopping of leaks
  • Clearing drain stoppages, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement/rearrangement of valves or pipes
  • Replacing faucets

Mechanical

  • Replacement of any part within a single piece of equipment
  • Connection of portable equipment such as
    • Portable heating appliances
    • Portable ventilation equipment
    • Portable cooling unit

 

Permit Required

This list is not all-inclusive. Only certain examples are listed. Please call us at 863.834.6012 for additional information, if necessary.

Contracted Work

Usually, any work you are contracting out to a licensed contractor requires a permit.

Call us and we can verify if the contractor is licensed and registered to do the type of work under his contract and if permits are required.


Permits are required for most of the following work:

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • Roof
  • Gas
  • Fences
  • All storage buildings (sheds and other accessory structures such as carports, garages, workshops, etc.)

A permit is not required for minor (non-structural) repairs less than $750, or painting, installing new carpet or flooring.


Looking for Special Event Permits?

Visit our Special Event Permits page in Parks & Recreation.