Building Inspection


The Building Inspection Department is responsible for issuing building permits, performing inspections, and providing plan review for all new and remodeled construction performed in the City of Gainesville.

General Information

- We are located on the first floor of Thomas Center Building B – 306 NE 6th Ave, Gainesville, Fl 32601

- General office hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

- Mailing address: PO Box 490 Station #9, Gainesville, Fl 32627

Contact Information

- Main phone number: 352-334-5050

- Fax number: 352-334-2207

-Email address:



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New Hours for Permit Counter at Building Inspection Department

Effective January 30, 2017, the permit counter at the Building Inspection Department will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Permit applications will be accepted in the office from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New Permitting Policy for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

Effective December 1, 2016, remodel permits for one- and two-family dwellings will be able to include the subcontractors (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, & roofing) on the primary permit instead of having separate permits pulled.

From this date forward, a subcontractor form listing the subs working with the general contractor will be required before the remodel permit will be issued, or it must be stated during the application process that the subs will not be covered under this permit and must pull their own permits.

The subcontractor form is available on our website at

Limited Online Permitting Available Through Citizen Access

Starting December 11, 2014, the Building Inspection Department will begin accepting some types of permit applications and payment on-line through our Citizen Access Portal. Contractors and property owners that have previously registered in-person with the Building Inspection Department as required by the Florida Statutes will be allowed to use this service to apply for permits that do not require a plan review.  This includes some types of mechanical and electrical permits, as well as permits for garage doors, roofing, HVAC change outs, water heater replacements, plumbing re-piping, gas piping, and window and door replacements.  Please note that this is an application for a permit and that the permit will not become active until it has been approved and issued by the Building Inspection Department.  Please see the Online Permit Request and Payment Tutorial for more information.

Attention Contractors and Homeowners

The Gainesville Building Department has implemented our new online inspection program called CITIZEN ACCESS.

What is it?  CITIZEN ACCESS is an internet web site where you can register with the City of Gainesville Building Department and request building inspections on-line.  You will no longer have to come to the Building Department or call us.  Everything you need to do to request an inspection will be available via internet at your convenience 24/7 .

Who can use it?  If you have a computer, internet access and a business e-mail, contractor e-mail, or personal e-mail address, you will be able to use CITIZEN ACCESS.

How it works:  Once you have applied and paid for a building permit and the work has been completed and is ready for inspection, you can go to the GRU CITIZEN ACCESS web site and request the inspection online.  Your request will be automatically assigned to a Building Inspector. It’s as simple as that.

No more gas costs, drive time, phone calls or waiting. CITIZEN ACCESS will save you time and money.

(See the Citizen's Access tutorial  on the Inspections page of our website for more information on how to register.)

The Codes in effect in our jurisdiction are listed below.  All structures shall comply with the city of Gainesville zoning ordinances and construction codes including the following: 

Building Inspection

Department Head:
John Freeland
Phone: 352-334-5050
Fax: 352-334-2207
P.O. Box 490
Station 9