Permit Requirements

The building permit counter is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.

Contact Information

Please e-mail us at:

ebpermits@cityofsafetyharbor.com for permit related questions

Please call us at (727)724-1515 if you have any questions.

Permits Reviewed by Pinellas County

Effective May 1, 2021, the City of Safety Harbor building and inspection activities are subject to an Interlocal Agreement with Pinellas County. Pinellas County will issue many permit types. Most permits will start out by being submitted to the Safety Harbor Building Department, but the following permit applications will be submitted solely to Pinellas using Pinellas County's forms and procedures:

1. Electric (on private property only)
2. Plumbing (on private property only)
3. Window/Doors/Garage Doors
4. Roofs
5. Mechanical and A/C changeouts
6. Gas permits for natural gas without new service

Below is contact information for Pinellas County Building Services

Address: 440 Court Street, Clearwater
Phone: (727)464-3888.

Below is a link to instructions and a permit review by type list.

Safety Harbor Permitting Brochure

Online Permits

We are accepting online permit applications for driveways, sheds up to 100 sq. ft., fence and walls (non-masonry and without columns), irrigation permits for existing homes, pavers and parking lots, and tree removal applications.

Click here to apply.

Select “Apply for a Permit”
• You will need to register under “Currently not signed in” at the top right of the screen before scheduling the first inspection.
• You will need to obtain a pin number by emailing or calling the building division.
• Once you are registered and have a pin, you will be able to apply for an on line permit.

If you are applying for all other permits such as new commercial construction, new residential construction, and tree permits, additions, or any other project that requires full-size plans, you must apply in person at City Hall, 750 Main Street, Safety Harbor.

Permits for New Residential or New Commercial Construction 

We recommend an appointment to drop off new residential or new commercial construction permits. During this time, staff will confirm that all documents on the checklist are included and the correct number of copies are provided. To schedule a time, please call 727-724-1515.

Inspections

City staff conducts inspections to ensure compliance with the Land Development Code, City Code, and Fire Code. Pinellas County conducts inspections to ensure compliance with the Florida Building Code. Inspection scheduling procedures by permit type are below:  

Inspections for permits issued before May 1, 2021

• E-mail inspection requests to inspections@cityofsafetyharbor.com by 3 pm on the last business day the city is open before the requested inspection date. Please note that the city is not open on holidays and requests would be needed the business day before a holiday to schedule an inspection on a day after a holiday.  

• Indicate any needed information such as gate codes, phone numbers, or special instructions to access the property.

• Please note that Pinellas County will accept requests for morning or afternoon inspections. They will do their best to meet these requests.  

• You can call Pinellas County on the day of your inspection at 727-464-3888 and request more information about general time frames.  

County Only Inspections for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and building permits issued after May 1, 2021

• Contact Pinellas County to schedule the inspection.

City Review Only Permit Inspections 

• E-mail inspection requests to  inspections@cityofsafetyharbor.com on the last business day the city is open before the requested inspection date. Please note that the city is not open on holidays and requests would be needed the business day before a holiday to schedule an inspection on a day after a holiday.  

• Indicate any needed information such as gate codes, phone numbers, or special instructions to access the property.

City-County Review Inspections 

• E-mail inspection requests to  inspections@cityofsafetyharbor.com on the last business day the city is open before the requested inspection date. Please note that the city is not open on holidays and requests would be needed the business day before a holiday to schedule an inspection on a day after a holiday.  

• Indicate any needed information such as gate codes, phone numbers, or special instructions to access the property.

• Once city staff has approved city inspections, please schedule inspections with Pinellas County for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and building inspections.

Certificates of Occupancy/Certificate of Completion Final Inspections for permits issued after May 1, 2021 

• Temporary COs/CCs will not be issued. 

• Once all work is complete, please email CO/CC inspection requests to inspections@cityofsafetyharbor.com on the last business day the city is open before the requested inspection date. Please note that CO inspections can take a few weeks to complete. Please note that the city is not open on holidays and requests would be needed the business day before a holiday to schedule an inspection on a day after a holiday.  

• Once city staff has approved the city inspections, please schedule a CO/CC inspection with Pinellas County.  Once all inspections are final, Pinellas County will issue the CO/CC.  

Inspection Results and Permit Information for Contractors

Contractors can click here, log in and select “view my activity” to view inspection results or review completed inspections.

Permit Information Searches

Permit information can be searched by clicking here, selecting building department search, and typing an address.

Permit Payments

For permit payment options, click here.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Carports
  • Commercial Additions
  • Commercial Renovations
  • Demolitions
  • Driveways/Slabs
  • Electrical Work
  • Fences
  • Fire Alarms
  • Fire Sprinklers
  • Garage Doors
  • Gas
  • House Moves
  • Mechanical Work
  • Mobile Home Replacements
  • New Commercial
  • New Mobile Homes
  • New Residential
  • Plumbing Work
  • Pools
  • Residential Additions
  • Residential Renovations
  • Roofs
  • Screen Enclosures
  • Sheds
  • Sidewalks
  • Signs
  • Water Heaters
  • Windows/Doors
Requirements for each permit will vary depending upon permit type. Copies of requirements are available upon request.

Residential Permit Requirements


New Single Family Homes and Additions

Commercial Permit Requirements


New Buildings/Additions


Building Permit Revisions

All permits with revisions to any permit plans are required to include:

  1.  A cloud around all data that has changed.
  2.  A revision table that lists all revisions, a summary of the revision, and the date of the revision.
  3.  A letter or memo summarizing all changes.
  4.  All pages of the site plan and permit plan to create a full, revised set.