Building & Permitting Services

Residential Building & Zoning Standards Open Forum Powerpoint Presentation

The Building Department is responsible for inspecting new and active construction related issues to include, construction parking, additions and remodeling structures in accordance with the Florida building codes. Also, issues business license (zoning should be check, the applicant must have appropriate parking for business, and change out of signs must be approved/permitted).

The 2010 Florida Building Codes will take effect on March 15, 2012. The implementation of the codes will be based on application date.

You may access all Florida Building Code Editions online at; or purchase the codes at or

Our primary mission is to provide for the public safety, health, and general welfare in the built environment through education and enforcement of the building codes, local ordinances, and state laws. Life safety is our main goal and objective.

Permitting Flow Charts
Permitting Procedure Guides

The City of Winter Park Building Division adopted its first code on April 8, 1926, for electrical wiring safety in building construction. Since then, the division has adopted new codes as they become available as required by law. Currently, we utilize the latest edition of the Florida Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Gas Codes, The Florida Energy Efficiency Code, The Florida Accessibility Code (ADA), and the National Electric Code. Just as the number and complexity of codes has changed over the years, so have the functions of the Building Division. The Building Division is responsible for the issuance of building permits, demolition permits, building inspections, Land Development Code zoning review, occupational license issuance, garage and estate sale permits, and processing applications for variances through the Board of Adjustment. All plans are routed through the Building Division for coordination with engineering, utilities, storm water, fire, parks, police, CRA and planning. The division is always available to answer questions and work with citizens, contractors, architects and engineers on a daily basis.

This goal is accomplished by a dedicated staff of state and nationally certified building officials, plans examiners, building inspectors, and support personnel. The only national rating service of building departments, ISO, has classified Winter Park’s department as a number 2 out of 10. There are only two number 1’s in the United States. This is a testimony to the quality of services provided to the citizens and contractors in Winter Park. The staff actively participates in national, state, and local organizations, such as the Building Officials Association of Florida, the Florida Building Commission, and the International Code Council that support the maintenance and development of building codes.

View all City of Winter Park Ordinances, including the LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE which includes all Zoning categories, on the Municode Web site.

Contact Information

Office Hours
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Permitting Hours

8 a.m to 4 p.m.

Do I need a permit?

Permits & Licenses 407-599-3237
Fax Line 407-599-3499
Automated Inspection Line 407-599-3350

Pre-review meetings
Contact the Building Division

Permit & Plan Review Status Check status

Business Certificate Contact the Building Division

Director George Wiggins
gwiggins@cityofwinterpark.orgp: 407-599-3237

Building & Permitting Manager Kristopher Stenger
p: 407-643-1660

Assistant Building Official Doug Diebler
p: 407-599-3524

Chief Building Inspector Ken Whittle
p: 407-599-3402

Building Inspectors Tom Lilly
Tom Wilson p: 407-599-3401

Plans Examiner Ashley Ong