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Building Division

The Building Division in the County Administration Building is open for business; however, the services offered are limited so that we may practice social distancing for the protection of our customers and employees. The following services are currently offered:

  • Drop off service for hard copy plans at the Building Division County Administration location only;
  • Call ahead service to pick up approved hard copy plans. To schedule a pick up, call (863) 534-6535.
  • For assistance with completing an application using the kiosk in the Building Division lobby, call (863) 534-6080 to schedule an appointment. An appointment is for completing the application only, and not the processing of the permit.

Services that will continue:

  • Accepting permits online through the Accela Citizen Portal at www.polk-county.net/aca
  • Accepting digitally signed and sealed plans uploaded through Accela
  • Assisting customers with permitting questions by phone at (863) 534-6080
  • Assisting customers with permitting questions by email at BuildingDivision@polk-county.net
  • Performing inspections scheduled through Accela
  • Performing virtual inspections for certain types of inspections, email VirtualInspections@polk-county.net to request more information
  • Planner-on-Call assistance at (863) 534-6084, or planneroncall@polk-county.net. In person visits with the Planner-on-Call may be available by appointment. Call (863) 534-6084 for this service
  • Owner-builders, acting as their own contractors, will be allowed to complete online applications during this health crisis

Services not yet being offered:

  • Walk-through/same day permitting at the Dundee satellite office

Reopening of Bartow Permit Office: Nov. 2

The Building Division will again reopen to walk-through customers Nov. 2.

  • Walk-Through Residential Permitting Business Hours:
  • Applications with plans: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Mobile home applications: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Applications without plans: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

We encourage our customers to practice social distancing while visiting the Building Division. Seating is limited and will be spaced appropriately. Please keep six feet apart and we encourage the use of masks for the protection of those around you.

Permit applications must be complete before entering the permit queue by the cutoff times listed above. Cut-off times may also be adjusted as needed, depending on volume and staffing levels.

Customers May:

  • Walk-through up to three permits with plans at a time, up to a maximum of six same-day plan reviews per day, or
  • Walk-through up to four permits without plans at a time, or
  • Walk-through up to two mobile home set-up permits at a time.

Although we will make every effort to issue walk-through permits by the close of business, those clients arriving close to the cut-off time when the lobby is full, or with multiple permit applications may be asked to return the next business day to finish the permitting process. Also, anyone seeking to walk-through a permit will not be allowed to drop it off and return later in the day.

Applicants needing help navigating Accela’s registration, or any other assistance, should call (863) 534-6080. Polk County thanks you for your patience and understanding during this critical time in our country.

Lobby Avg Wait TimesBartow Location Only

Without Plans

17 mins

With Plans

57 mins

Application Cut-off TimesAll Locations

(Must be in the queue)

  • Residential With Plans: Noon
  • Mobile Home Setup: Noon
  • Residential Without Plans: 1:30 p.m.

Helpful Contacts:

  • Permit Tech on Call – (863) 534-6080
    Permitting process or requirements inquiries.
  • Planner on Call - (863) 534-6084
    Land Development regulations inquiries.
  • Cashier – (863) 534-6535
    Pay permitting fees by phone or add funds to an escrow account.
  • Inspections and Power Release Helpline – (863) 534-6708
  • Contractor Licensing – (863) 534-6530, ContractorLicensing@polk-county.net
    For licensing questions or to file a contractor complaint.
  • Re-open expired permitsExpiredPermits@polk-county.net

Request a search of open or expired permits for a property by emailing a research request form to PermitLienSearch@polk-county.net.

Contact Us

Benjamin Dunn
Director

Phone: (863) 534-6080
Toll Free: (800) 780-5346

BuildingDivision@polk-county.net

Address:
330 W. Church St.
Bartow, FL 33830

Office Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Satellite Office

Residential Permitting Services Only
28039 U.S. 27
Dundee, FL 33838

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