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Certificate of Occupancy
The City of Tampa's Land Development Coordination department provides information on each project in the City and what the Zoning Districts are. The Zoning District sets the permitted land use for property located within the City of Tampa. If you have questions regarding land use and/or Zoning Districts please contact Land Development Coordination.
Plans are not required for minor remodeling work or minor plumbing, electrical and/or mechanical repairs.
Yes, please contact us at (813) 274-3100.
All plans submitted for public record by an Architect or Engineer must be signed and sealed by the Architect or Engineer who created the plans. The following plans must be prepared by an architect or engineer:
Any commercial construction project greater than $25,000 in cost and all buildings of Occupancy Group A, E, and I intended for public use.
Any construction project designed for public assembly with an area is greater than 5,000 square feet; or an electrical system requiring an aggregate service capacity greater than 400 amperes, or the valuation of the electrical work is greater than $5,000.
Any construction project designed for public assembly with an area is greater than 5,000 square feet; or a plumbing system with more than 250 fixture units; or with a value greater than $50,000.
Any construction project designed for public assembly with an area is greater than 5,000 square feet; or a mechanical system exceeding a 15-ton-per-system capacity; or accommodates more than 100 persons; or with a value greater than $50,000.
If the construction area within the site is greater than 10,000 square feet the plans, the calculations, and the soil report must be signed and sealed by a Florida registered engineer.
To begin work on a construction project before the plan review is complete, an Early Start Authorization may be obtained. All work must be left uncovered. Inspections cannot be scheduled until the permit(s) are obtained. Work done incorrectly must be corrected before the inspection can be approved.
The Construction Services Permit Fee Schedule lists permit fees and rates.
The job value, for the purposes of permit and plan review fees, is based on the values published in the construction valuation table produced by the Southern Building Code Congress International.
Plan review and permit fees are not refundable unless calculated in error or the permit was issued in error. However, a permit fee can, on a case by case basis, be credited towards another permit depending on the circumstances.
The Commercial-Residential Review Guide for construction projects documents the requirements and provides links to the forms to be completed and submitted for a construction project.
You can do the following work without a permit:
No. Many projects do not require plan review (e.g. water heater replacement, A/C change-out, roofing, etc.) The permits issued for these projects can be obtained by using our Express Permits service.
If plan review is required and a general contractor obtains the building permit and has picked up the approved plans the sub-contractor permits (e.g. mechanical, electrical, plumbing, etc.) can also be obtained via Express Permits.
You must hire a contractor to do your construction work, except under the following conditions.
A homeowner can hire laborers to assist them in the work, provided the laborers are supervised by the homeowner and the homeowner complies with the Florida Statutes regarding worker's compensation, insurance and payroll taxes. A homeowner can contract the different areas of the building construction to the appropriately licensed contractor for the different categories of work, but cannot subcontract any electrical, plumbing, or mechanical work, for which he or she has obtained the permit.
A contractor can only do the work listed under the scope of their license. Example: A plumbing contractor cannot do electrical wiring or a mechanical contractor cannot construct a building.
Our Contractor Information page provides basic information as to contractor certification and what work they can perform. For additional information please review the Contractor Categories and Contractor License Information documents. If you need further assistance please call us at 813-274-3100.
All contractors must be licensed by either the local jurisdiction or by the State of Florida, if the category is regulated by either the state or local jurisdiction. The contractor must produce a state license or a local competency card from Hillsborough County when requested to do so.
If a contractor fails to do the work properly you can report the contractor to the Construction Hotline by calling 274-8232.
Any construction work that requires a permit must also be inspected by the City of Tampa and given a final inspection approval.
Our Inspection Information page provides information on the required inspections for the various types of permits, common code violations and a handbook for private providers.
There are two ways to request an inspection:
If you feel your building doesn't meet the minimum standards or there is a hazardous/unsafe condition, please contact the Department of Code Enforcement at 813-274-5545 to schedule a minimum standards inspection. If problems are found it is the responsibility of the building owner to correct them.
If you know who your inspector is you can contact him/her directly. If you are not sure which inspector is assigned to the area where your construction project is located our inspector area maps will assist you in identifying the inspector.
To obtain temporary power for commercial projects prior to the Certificate of Occupancy please follow these steps:
A certificate of Occupancy is required under the following conditions:
A Certificate of Occupancy can be obtained from Inspection Services at the Construction Services Center. All permits must have passed their final inspections and all required fees have been paid in full.
Before a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued final approval must be issued for all Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Gas, Fire, Transportation, Landscaping, and Stormwater inspections. Plus, all required impact and connection fees for transportation, water, and sewer must be paid.
Construction Services has partnered with Municipal Code Corporation to provide an extract the ordinances applying to construction projects within the Tampa city limits. The Construction Development Suite of Codes provides a download of the database plus Folio View for searching the database.
You can obtain copies of these documents at the following locations:
If available, they can be obtained from the Construction Services Center, (813) 274-3100.
Please contact the Department of Code Enforcement at 813-274-5545 to report all zoning violations.
Apply for a Right of Way permit at the Transportation Division, 306 E. Jackson St, 4th Floor, 813-274-8333
Please visit TECO's website at http://www.tampaelectric.com/business/newconstruction/.