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If you build it, they will come. But before you do, make sure to get the proper permits through Polk County's Building Division.
State law (Section 489.103, F.S.) outlines the rules that allow some property owners to act as their own contractor. If you plan to apply for building permits using the owner/builder exemption, make sure you are familiar with and follow the law. Applicants are required to submit the Owner/Builder Disclosure Form with their building permit application. It may be helpful in determining whether an applicant is eligible for the owner/builder exemption.
State law also requires owner/builder applicants to personally appear to make application. Therefore, owner/builders are not eligible to use ePlan or the single trade online permitting system.
The division is the clearinghouse for permits in the unincorporated parts of the county. It permits and inspects new construction, remodels, additions, repairs, demolitions, mobile home setups, signs and other structures. The division also ensures that contractors who get permits from the county are properly registered and have insurance and meet other requirements. In addition, the division investigates complaints against locally-licensed contractors.
Permit Tech on Call – (863) 534-6080
Permitting process or requirements inquiries.
Planner on Call – Web Page
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 permits – ExpiredPermits@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.
The Polk County Board of County Commissioners is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Polk County Board of County Commissioners
330 W. Church St.
PO Box 9005
Bartow, FL 33831-9005
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