Building Services & Permitting Services
Temporary Permitting Information HURRICANE IAN (Oct. 6, 2022)
Due to extensive hurricane damage which included the destruction of Town Hall, permitting operations will be delayed temporarily. New applications must be submitted online via the IWorQ system. Due to post-hurricane cleanup, damage assessment, and recovery efforts, some delay in plan review and inspection services should be expected. Be assured that the staff of the Town of Fort Myers Beach is doing their best to restore normal levels of service to the community as quickly as possible.
The first phase of disaster recovery procedures will be focused on helping residents and business owners obtain the necessary permits and inspections to correct the damage to their current inhabitable homes and businesses. Certain permitting projects related to storm damage will be given priority over the processing of other work.
Note that the following work does not require a building permit:
- Emergency temporary application of tarps to structures to reduce risk of further water intrusion
- Removal of debris from on or inside a structure
- Minor demolition to prevent injury or prevent further damage to buildings
- Structural shoring and bracing
- Replacement of broken glass within existing framing for windows and doors
- Repair or replacement of soffit and gutters
- Roof shingle replacement of 1 square of shingles (10ft x 10ft area, or less)
- Minor non-structural repairs made to the exterior of structures
- Repair of minor water leaks that do not involve the reduction or extension of structural, mechanical, plumbing, or electrical systems.
The FEMA 50% Rule is still in effect and will be enforced during review.
Permit applicants are required to apply online via the IWorQ online permitting system.
Owner Builders may apply online and are temporarily not required to come in person to sign the required documents. Instead, they may upload their notarized and signed documents through IWorQ.
These procedures are designed to facilitate permitting during this catastrophic event. These procedures may be subject to change, without notice, depending on changing circumstances during recovery.
It remains the responsibility of the Contractor, or Owner-Builder if applicable, to request the required inspections based on the approved scope of work, prior to proceeding to the next step of construction. The use of an approved Private Provider Inspection firm remains an option for permit applicants to perform the necessary inspections and provide inspection reports to the Town of Fort Myers Building Division.
Inspections are being accepted for a service change on an electrical permit, regardless of hurricane damage.
Inspections can be scheduled via IWorQ. Note that post-hurricane search and rescue and cleanup operations are ongoing. Accordingly, inspections scheduling is likely to be delayed as much as several weeks as crews must clear the roads and make them safe for citizens and inspectors.
When can I get back on the island?
Watch the alert bar at the top of the Town's website homepage for updates and the Town's, the FMB Fire District's, and the Lee County Sheriff Office's Facebook pages.
ATTENTION BUILDING CONTRACTORS
Phase Out of Contractor Local Licensing:
The Lee County Board of County Commissioners has approved a plan to phase out local licensing, consistent with HB 735.
All local licenses will expire on June 30, 2023 and will not be renewed.
The Contractor Licensing Board has been phased out, and no new local licenses will be approved. Those interested in obtaining a new contractor license should contact the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation regarding State licenses approval process.
Effective July 1, 2023: To perform work in the Town of Fort Myers Beach, contractors must have a state-issued license. Prior to July 1, 2023, a contractor must have a current Certificate of Insurance for liability and worker's compensation and/or a current worker's compensation exemption status with the State of Florida.
Effective June 21, 2022: All new application submittals must be done through the Request Portal. Any new applications sent to email@example.com will be returned.
Effective June 21, 2022: All inspections will need to be requested through the Permit Portal. If you need your access code, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Florida Building Code Update became effective on December 31, 2020 at Midnight.
Effective December 30, 2020, in our transition to being paperless, your permit and master plan submittals are now to be submitted electronically and must be certified to the Florida Building Code 7th Edition (2020.)
The new forms are available on the Building Services Applications & Forms page.
For more information about the code or to purchase the code, visit www.floridabuilding.org
Use iWorQ, our online permitting service to:
- Search and view permit
- View status
- Download/ print approved documents
- Pay fees
- Schedule inspections
Click here PERMIT SEARCH
If you are searching for record information or paying fees, you are not required to create an account.
Guide to permitting/E-Services and Inspections
Submit your application:
Click on the REQUEST PORTAL to submit your request.
Click on “Submit request”. Complete the appropriate fields, upload the application, plans and any other supporting documents and click submit. Once staff processes the request, you will receive an email from iWorQ with further instructions if additional information/ documents are needed or an invoice to pay fees.
Please note that fees must be paid prior to any reviews being completed.
When ready to check the status of your application, pay fees, print the permit board and approved drawings click on PERMIT PORTAL.
When ready to check the status of your zoning or development services application, pay fees, and print approved drawings click on PROJECT PORTAL .
Note: (Owners can submit online) Pursuant to the owner-builder exemption 489.1.3(1) but must pick up their permits at the Town of Fort Myers Beach permitting office.
To Scheduling Inspections
Permit portal online. An access code is required. Once you obtain your access code you may use that for all future permits. The access code can be obtained by calling the Permitting Department at 239-765-0202.
Provide the following info when scheduling your inspection.
- Permit #
- Site address of the property
- Inspection type/code (located on your permit board)
- Contact # along with any notes or special instructions for the inspector
Time specific Inspection appointments are not available at this time.
* Please be aware that inspections scheduled after 4 pm will not be scheduled until the following business day.
* If you need to make changes to an existing inspection request, please email email@example.com
Required on job site at time of inspection
- Inspection permit board
- Recorded Notice of Commencement
- Approved plans (JOBSITE COPY)
- NOA's or Product Approvals
- Threshold paperwork (if applicable)
- Private Provider paperwork (if applicable)
If your permit requires any fire inspections, schedule by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org along with the permit number, site address, inspection type and any notes to the inspector.
Are you a prospective homeowner or current homeowner with questions about building services, planning or zoning?
Walk in appointments to ask quick questions are available on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to Noon
Appointments are recommended to limit wait times.
Schedule appointments at email@example.com.
Walk in Tuesdays are not for design professionals or property owners who have hired design professionals. Questions and answers about properties that involve design professionals tend to be more complex and take more time to research. Please schedule a meeting at firstname.lastname@example.org
- When is a permit required? See the list of projects that require a permit and projects that do not. Watch an educational session about permits that was held during a meeting of Town Council.
- How long is my permit good for?
- How does a contractor get registered with the Town of Fort Myers Beach?
- Do I need a contractor?
- What happens if I choose not to obtain the required permits?
- How do I extend my permit that is issued but about to expire?
- If my permit has "failed" an inspection, is there an extra fee charged?
- What is the current review period for building permits?
- What do I need if I live in a condo and want to replace my windows?
- Do I need a permit to Erect/ Replace a fence?
- Do I need a permit for a deck?
- How close can a pool enclosure/pool be to a seawall?
- How close can you get to a non-seawalled natural body of water (Rip Rap)?
- What is needed for minor Condo Renovations?
- Do I need a permit for a Chickee hut?
Jason SmalleySenior PlannerPhone: (239) 765-0202
Chadd ChustzEnvironmental Projects ManagerPhone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1312
Andrew GarryPermitting TechnicianPhone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1302
Ilen Exposito LopezPermit SupervisorPhone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1305
Kendra RosaZoning Technician & Permitting AnalystPhone: 239-765-0202 ext. 1311