Building & Permitting Services

Effective August 12, 2020: Amended hours for construction noise
Please access the amended hours for construction noise notice pertaining to Chapter 62. DIVISION 2. – NOISE AND DISTURBANCE CONTROL, as it may pertain to your construction project.

For permits issued prior to July 10, please continue to view, review comments and schedule inspections via our legacy system:

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.

The Building & Permitting Services Department is responsible for inspecting new and active construction related issues, construction parking, additions and remodeling structures in accordance with the Florida building codes, as well as issues pertaining to business licenses (zoning should be checked, the applicant must have appropriate parking for business, and change out of signs must be approved/permitted). You may access all Florida Building Code Editions at floridabuilding.org or purchase the codes at boaf.net or iccsafe.org.

Fence Guidelines

As of December 31, 2017, the 6th Edition of the Florida Building Codes went into effect. An analysis of the changes between the 2014 and 2017 codes with comparison tables for each of the codes (Building, Energy Conservation, Existing Building, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing and Residential) can be accessed via the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation website.

Also, the 2014 National Electrical Code went into effect December 31, 2017. Information about the code can be accessed via the National Fire Protection Association website.

Please note that all master plans approved under the 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Codes have expired and cannot be used for further permitting. New master plans in compliance with the 6th Edition (2017) Florida Building Codes will need to be submitted for review and approval before being used.

For further questions, please contact 407-599-3237.

Residential Building & Zoning Standards Open Forum Presentation

Helpful Resources

Contact Information

Permits & Licenses

Fax Line

Automated Inspection Line

Pre-Review Meetings

Kris Stenger

Assistant Director

Ashley Ong

Assistant Building Official

Ken Whittle

Chief Building Inspector

Tom Lilly

Building Inspector

Theresa Dunkle

Code Analyst/Inspector

Business Hours

Office: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Permitting: 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

The City of Winter Park Building & Permitting Services Department adopted its first code on April 8, 1926, for electrical wiring safety in building construction. Since then, the department 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 & Permitting Services Department. The department 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 department for coordination with engineering, utilities, storm water, fire, parks, police, CRA and planning. The department 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 website.

View the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code (updated every three years)

Our Vision

Winter Park is the city of arts and culture, cherishing its traditional scale and charm while building a healthy and sustainable future for all generations.