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: 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 permit and inspection activities are subject to an Interlocal Agreement with Pinellas County.   Pinellas County will issue many permit types. Most permits will still 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), tents, 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.


  • To schedule an inspection for a permit that was issued by Safety Harbor, please either email your inspection requests to or call 727-724-1555.
  • Please make sure all inspections requests are submitted by 3 p.m.
  • Photo and video inspections are no longer accepted. All inspections will be conducted on-site and carried out by Pinellas County.
  • If you need inspection time, please contact Pinellas County the day of your inspection at 727-464-3888.
  • If your permit is issued by Pinellas County, please contact them directly to schedule your inspection.

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.

Permit Requirements

Residential Permit Requirements

New Single Family Homes and Additions
  • 2 sets of plans
  • 2 copies of survey*
  • 2 energy calculations*
  • 2 A/C information*
  • Notice of Commencement (PDF) (certified copy)**
  • Elevation Certificate (if within flood zone)
* Depending on scope of work
**If value of job is over $2,500

Commercial Permit Requirements

New Buildings/Additions
  • 3 sets of plans
  • 3 surveys/site plans
  • 2 energy calculations*
  • 2 A/C information*
  • Asbestos report*
  • Notice of Commencement (PDF) (certified copy) **
  • Elevation Certificate (if within flood zone)
* Depending on scope of work
 ** If value of job is over $2,500

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.