Permit Information

 The Building Department operates under the 6th Edition of the Florida Building Code effective January 1, 2018. Any permit applications dated January 1, 2018 or later must comply with the current code.

Single Family home application submittals will need to be in by 3:30 pm in order to receive same day permit number. All Single Family home applications received after 3:30 pm will be processed and stamped for the next business day. (This will not affect single trade permit applications)

Is A Permit Required?

Whether you are a homeowner or a licensed contractor who wished to construct or develop within the City of St. Cloud, a permit is often required prior to starting on a proposed project.

Projects That Require a Permit

Any structural improvement or work that is regulated and requires a licensed contractor to perform will require the issuance of a building permit by the City of St. Cloud Building Department. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • All Commercial and Residential Structures (homes, town homes, condos, retail and office spaces, restaurants, etc.)
  • Alterations and additions to existing structures
  • Boat docks
  • Construction trailers
  • Conversion of existing space to a new use (Tenant Occupancy)
  • Fences
  • Garage doors
  • Garage conversions to living or office space
  • Gas Installations
  • Hurricane shutters
  • Irrigation
  • Manufactured homes - new and replacement, park models
  • New electrical services, adding fixtures, meters, upgrading or repairing existing service
  • Plumbing - new and replacement fixtures, water heaters, re-piping
  • New and replacement HVAC systems
  • Pole barns (except agricultural farm buildings)
  • Pools (in-ground and above ground over 24" deep), spas
  • Pool enclosures
  • Prefabricated structures such as storage buildings (sheds), gazebos and carports
  • Re-roofs and structural roofing repairs
  • Screen Rooms, changing screen rooms to glass windows
  • Signs, billboards
  • Skateboard ramps in residential districts
  • Stucco over 32 sq. feet
  • Ticket booths
  • Vinyl siding over 32 Sq. feet
  • Windows and exterior door replacements
  • Wood decks or ramps over 20 sq. feet

Projects That Do Not Require a Permit

  • Air Conditioning Window Unit: Unit in existing opening with existing electrical
  • Appliance Replacement: Excluding hot water heater
  • Bath Tub - Apartments & Condominium: Permits are required for 2nd floor and above
  • Bath Tub- Single Family & Duplex- No permit if replacing in existing location
  • Cabinets - Replacing existing
  • Carpeting
  • Doors- Replacing interior only
  • Driveway - reseal existing on-site asphalt for single family/duplex - no striping (any work within the right-of-way requires Public Works and Engineering approval)
  • Drywall - Wall repair excluding fire & smoke rated walls
  • Electrical - Replacing existing light fixtures, fans, outlets, switch or cover plates with a similar approved product
  • Gutters - Residential only
  • Painting
  • Plumbing - Stopping leaks, clearing drain stoppages, and replacing faucets provided such work does not involve or require replacement / rearrangement of valves or pipes
  • Screen Room - Replacing screening only
  • Siding Repair up to 32 sq. feet
  • Sink or Faucet - Replace existing using existing supply and drain
  • Soffit or Fascia - Repair ( not including structural members)
  • Water Closet - Replace in existing location
  • Window Glazing
  • Window Repair
  • Wood Deck - Repair up to 20 sq. feet
  • Typically any minor non-structural repair less than $1,000.00

View all Building Department forms or view most common Building Permit Application Packets.

Where repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day to the building official.

Wind Speed

The ultimate design wind speed, Valt for risk category ll Buildings and other structures, is 140 MPH for the City of St. Cloud.

Florida Lien Law
Dangers of Pulling Owner/ Builder Permits