About Us

The Building Department enforces codes and regulations established by the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County governing the construction, alteration, and maintenance of buildings and structures within the City of Miami for the protection of residents and property.

The department's staff reviews applications and issues building permits for the construction of new buildings and structures and for the alteration of existing ones.  The staff performs inspections as construction progresses to verify compliance with the applicable construction codes and regulations. The Department also investigates complaints, enforces the correction of building code violations related to new and existing buildings, enforces local regulations related to unsafe structures, and reviews the proposed construction products used for the protection of the building envelope to ensure that required standards within the manufacturing industry are maintained through a comprehensive quality assurance program, as well as administers the local contractor trade licensing process, promotes adherence to contractor regulations and investigated unlicensed contractor activity.

The primary customers of the Building Department are property owners, homeowners associations, private and charter schools, City departments and the building construction industry at large.

The Building Department accomplishes these functions with the following divisions:  

Office of the Director

Directs, administers and manages departmental activities and professional or technical employees engaged in providing interpretations and enforcement of the Florida Building Code, develops and formulates policies and procedures, the departmental budget, and short and long-range plans.

Administration

Prepares and implements the departmental budget, monitors revenue, personnel activities and the issuance of all certificates; performs routine clerical duties, and legislative packages as required.

Inspection Services

Conducts field inspections of new construction, remodeling, repairs and condemnation and possession of permits; checks for conformity with the Florida Building Code and Miami-Dade County Code and approved plans and specification requirements; outlines plans and procedures for carrying out of inspection activities affecting installations, materials and appliances.

Plans Review

Assists homeowners and contractors with the permits and plans review process; establishes procedures and guidelines to expedite the plans review process and supervises the organization and coordination of the plans review process of all sections to ensure they are completed in a timely manner.

Permit Counter

Issues permits; collects fees and records it in a computerized system; performs data entry; assists callers and monitors message center; returns calls and distributes messages as needed; reviews and prepares documents for digitizing, reviews a variety of permit documents for accuracy and legibility, and maintains electronic files.

Records

Conducts research on record requests received from the general public; coordinates the digitizing of records to comply with State of Florida Public Records requirements; maintains control of all records; enters and retrieves information from the filing system.