Learn about the process to obtain a permit, why a permit is needed, and overall guidelines, permit exemptions, fee schedule and minimum housing standards.
Get help navigating the permit process by contacting the permitting assistance team and scheduling an appointment.
Obtain or check the status of your application using the Portal or the E-permitting system.
Review approved criteria and guidelines to ensure the construction project is designed in compliance with the code.
Make payments for upfront, permits, certificates, contractor licensing, reinspection and impact fees (E-Payment).
Speak with Permit, Plan Review and Inspection Staff for assistance with your project.
Common Permits & Certificates
Incorporated permits that require County Approval from DERM, WASA, Impact Fees and Fire Rescue.
Requirements for milestone inspections of condominium and cooperative association buildings, three stories and taller.
More Permit Services
- The Florida Building Code EIGHTH (2023) Edition becomes effective on Dec. 31, 2023. All permit applications and plans submitted on/or after that date must comply with this edition. To view the code online, visit floridabuilding.org.
Any application submitted via the online portal after the close of business at 4 p.m. on Dec. 29 will have to comply with the 2023 edition. Applicants who utilize the Cookie Cutter or Master Model Programs should begin updating models to comply with the new code to avoid permitting delays.
For expired permit applications filed prior to Dec. 31, the Department will grant extensions for permit issuance, when the following criteria are met:
- The extension is requested in writing, and an explanation is provided to demonstrate that the application was not abandoned and was being pursued in good faith.
- The extension is requested no later than 180 days after the expiration.
Expired process numbers that do not meet the above referenced conditions will not be extended. The applicant will be required to obtain a new process number, pay up-front fees, and submit plans that conform to the 2023 FBC edition.
To help you prepare for the upcoming code changes, RER hosted the following informational webinars, providing detailed insights into the 8th edition code changes:
- Changes to Electrical (pdf); recorded webinar (part 1) and (part 2)
- Changes to Mechanical & Plumbing (pdf); recorded webinar
- Changes to Building, Flood & Structural (pdf); recorded webinar
- Changes to Roofing (pdf); recorded webinar
On Sept. 6, 2023, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners adopted a local technical amendment to the Florida Building Code (FBC) for new multi-family residential and commercial developments. The amendment modifies sections 602.1 and 602.1.1 of the FBC (Plumbing).
Effective Sept. 18, 2023, any permit application submitted for new construction of residential and commercial properties where two or more dwelling units are served by a single master meter will require the installation of water submeters for all dwelling units. This requirement will also apply to existing buildings undergoing alterations level 2 or level 3, where more than fifty percent (50 %) of the existing plumbing supply lines are being replaced.
If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please register via our MEETQ system with the Plumbing Plan Review Supervisor Queue, Tues. – Fri., from 8 a.m. – noon.
- On May 2, 2023, Miami-Dade County amended sections 21-28 prohibiting the operation of noise-producing construction equipment and machinery at or near residences, including multi-family residences, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
If you must work during restricted hours, you must obtain a Temporary Noise Ordinance Waiver (NOW) before commencing work. This waiver applies to work and construction activities "inside the property line," (i.e. no road closures) and requires an active Building Permit. All waivers will require the applicant to submit an explanation of how the requested work will provide a community need, public purpose or benefit.
Before completing the noise waiver application, the applicant must notify adjacent and adjoining properties of your request for waiver at least 72 hours prior to the commencement of the permitted work. This includes single-family residences, townhouses, duplexes, apartments, and condominiums (the management office, not specific unit owners). The notification must be sent via certified mail. Please retain the confirmation receipt of the notification letters and submit them when filing your application.
To apply for a Temporary Noise Ordinance Waiver online via the Miami-Dade RER Plan Status and Application Submission Portal via our website at miamidade.gov/building. The following items will be required to submit and upload the following with your application:
- Noise Ordinance Waiver Application
- The stamped (and dated) USPS receipts of certified mail for the notification letters sent to neighboring properties.
- On July 7, 2022, the Board adopted Ordinance No. 22-83 which institutes more rigorous standards for new and replacement onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDSs) commonly referred to as “septic tanks” or “septic systems.” Ordinance No. 22-83 provided that the requirements governing the type of OSTDS to be installed would not become effective until January 1, 2023, in response to industry feedback and public outreach during development of the ordinance.
This period allowed for proper planning and transitioning by property owners, engineers, contractors, and the OSTDS industry to the new standards. Until that date, building permit applications that have already been approved by DERM to be served by septic tank may include septic models under the existing standard. In keeping with the educational campaign mandated by Ordinance No. 22-83, development applicants are being advised that no building permits will be issued after January 1, 2023 for septic systems that do not conform to the advanced treatment standards adopted via Ordinance No. 22-83. Hence, development applications (including plats) for parcels served by septic tanks that have not obtained building permits by January 1, 2023 will be required to conform to the advanced treatment standards adopted via Ordinance No. 22-83, regardless of when the application has been submitted.
If you have any questions, please contact the DERM Water and Wastewater Section at 305-372-6789.
- The County’s Workforce Housing Development Program is a voluntary program that provides density bonuses and other incentives for the development of workforce housing.
Families and individuals with incomes ranging from 60 to 140 percent of the County’s median income constitute the workforce target income group and is the focus of our workforce housing program. The Area Median Income (AMI) for an individual living in Miami-Dade County is currently $68,300.
The benefits of building workforce housing include:
- Impact Fees are waived for units designated as workforce housing and target up to 120% of AMI
- Density Bonuses allow for up to 25% more living units to be constructed in a development when a portion of the development is designated for workforce housing
The Department of Health (DOH) Supervisors’ List is now available in MeetQ. The Supervisors’ List will be available Monday through Wednesday and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Customers can register for the list through the MeetQ System or by contacting 786-315-2100. Customers will be notified by text or e-mail when it is their turn, and the supervisor will contact them by phone.
If you need to meet with a DOH plan reviewer to discuss a disapproval comment, they are now available by appointment on Thursday’s Design Professionals day. Customers can schedule the appointment online through the MeetQ System or by contacting 786-315-2100. Appointments will be conducted by phone or through Microsoft Teams. If Microsoft Teams is used for the meeting, you will receive an additional invite with the meeting link prior to the appointment.
MeetQ allows customers to access various services offered by the Permitting and Inspection Center. Some of these services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, while others are by appointment. We encourage all our patrons to review the MeetQ user guide for instructions.
MeetQ, the Design Professional's Day Appointments and Queue Portal, allows you to access various services offered by the Miami-Dade County Permitting and Inspections Center (MDPIC). Some of these services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, while others are by appointment. On the effective date, MeetQ will replace the QMS and e-Appointment systems that currently allow you to request appointments and sign up for services. If you try to access QMS or e-Appointment on or after July 14 you will be redirected to MeetQ.
Access the MeetQ user guide providing instructions for accessing the system, scheduling appointments or signing up for queue services.
Please note that MDPIC is currently offering many of the services available through this portal virtually by phone and online conferencing. For more information on MDPIC services during the COVID-19 please visit Temporary Construction and Permitting Procedures.
Walk-through and inspect the house with the developer/builder or their designee prior to signing the closing documents.
Tips to assist with obtaining work performed by qualified individuals.
Answers to common questions about permits for work to be performed on your property.
Our responsibilities include:
- Enforcement of building codes and zoning regulations. Issuing of contractor licenses and approvals of construction materials and products. Protection of environmental and historic resources
- Review of land development and construction permit applications for compliance with applicable building, zoning, environmental and public works codes, and with the County's Comprehensive Development Master Plan
- Promotion of fair competition through consumer protection efforts (licensing, enforcement and mediation), and consumer education efforts focused on youth and families
- Development and implementation of economic development strategies for the County overall as well as sector-specific initiatives in the agricultural, entertainment and trade industries
- Economic research, land use planning and resilience initiatives to enable sound economic development and policies
- Performance Statistics - Our library of performance measures includes permits, plans processed, plans tracking, inspections, regulations, building recertification, new homes values and quarterly reports
- Permit and Inspection Utilization Report - Permit and Inspection information derived from the most recently completed financial audit in enforcing the Florida Building Code