NOTICE: Revised Permitting Software Update
To ensure the best product possible, Indian River County Building Division is pleased to announce a May transition to launching the MyGovernmentOnline (MGO) permitting software for the submission, review, and approval of permit applications.
To prepare for our new permitting system, approximately two (2) weeks prior to go live we will stop accepting permit applications submitted to email@example.com.
We are excited to offer a more efficient and streamlined permitting service with MGO. To make sure of a smooth transition, we are in the process of addressing all remaining transition tasks. Please stay tuned for our go-live actual date announcement.
Please review the E-MAIL address and PHONE number displayed on your Indian River County contractor license (Comp Card).
A valid email address is necessary when creating your MyGovernmentOnline customer portal account.
If the E-MAIL address on your Indian River County Comp Card is not your current or correct E-MAIL address, please contact Contractor Licensing immediately at 772-226-1960 to have your contractor license information updated. The e-mail address on file with contractor licensing will be used to validate your account when associating your contractor license to your MyGovernmentOnline customer portal account.
The PHONE number displayed on your contractor license must be associated with your MyGovernmentOnline customer portal account. Even if the PHONE number displayed is incorrect or no longer active, it still must be associated to your account in order to associate all of your existing permits to your MyGovernmentOnline customer portal account. If this PHONE number is no longer a working telephone number, please contact the MyGovernmentOnline help desk at 1-866-957-3764, option 1 to have the number manually 'verified' on your customer portal account.
Statement of Function
It is the responsibility of the County Building Division to enforce the Florida Building Codes required by the state and adopted by the County. The Division has jurisdiction within and serves the unincorporated county and the City of Vero Beach. The Florida Building Code covers all types of construction and includes provisions relating to plumbing, electrical, mechanical, building, and other activities, as well as Florida Accessibility Code and Florida Energy Code provisions. Enforcement involves reviewing building plans; issuing construction, repair, and demolition permits; conducting inspections; and conducting activities related to code compliance, contractor licensing, unlicensed and unpermitted activities. The Building Division is also responsible for enforcing the portions of the Indian River County Code relating to the condemnation of substandard and unsafe buildings by reason of dilapidation, obsolescence, abandonment, vandalism, inadequate and unsafe egress, and damage due to fire or accidents.
4/15/21 Re-opening of some Walk-in/Over-the-Counter Permit Services
Due to the desire to provide a more normal permitting application process and enhanced customer service and options, the Building and Planning Departments will re-open many permit types to walk-in's and over the counter processing. Read Full Public Notice
Electronic Permit Filing
We urge the public to download e-applications, attach plans electronically in 11" x 17" format (maximum), and submit those applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please FAX a credit card authorization form for fee payment (Building Department Permits only, FAX number (772)770-5333) or drop off payment at the locked payment drop box during normal lobby hours (8:00am – 5:00pm) to process payment. Some permits, such as Air Conditioner Permits, are available completely on-line. Please visit the Building Division permits and applications page to download permits and for more detailed permit instructions.
The 2020 7th Edition Florida Building Codes are effective at midnight December 31
The 2020 7th Edition Florida Building Codes, including the 2017 National Electrical Code, are effective at midnight December 31, 2020.
All projects and permit applications submitted after that date and time must comply with the new codes. Here are links to some of the significant code changes:
Analysis of Changes to the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code
2019: Priority-Driven Inspection Scheduling for BRCOM Permits
FBC Energy Conservation Code Section R501.7 as it relates to Replacement Windows
Effective immediately, this office will be enforcing the requirements of Florida Building Code Energy Conservation Code section R507.1 as concluded by The Florida Building Commission in the subject DEC statement. The requirements of DS 2018-072 do not exempt renovated buildings. See FBC Energy Conservation Code section R101.4.2. More DS 2018-072 Information
Due to current overall workload there will be a limit of 10 permits accepted per day from any one applicant/company. There is a reduced staff level from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily due to County Administrative policy which requires staff to take their assigned lunch break during these hours.
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
(Friday morning meeting 7:30-9:30)
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
2021/2022 Goals & Objectives
- Continue implementing on-line and electronic permit and plan review systems and easy-to-access information for customer convenience.
- Continue organizational training program to provide redundancy in all procedural requirements.
- Promote consumer protection by reducing and preventing unlicensed and unpermitted construction activity.
- Continue providing in-house training for staff via weekly meetings.
- Maintain a customer friendly environment through excellent communication, high integrity, and professionalism in the office and in the field.
- Continue educational programs for licensed/certified staff by selecting and funding participation in relevant courses.
- Review all permit applications in a timely manner; improve permit experience for customers.
- Conduct timely field inspections.
- Implement a "Virtual Inspection" process to better serve the construction industry during COVID.
- Continue to implement clear, concise written policies and procedures.
- Promote a "team", "can do", and "how can we help" attitude and atmosphere.
- Increase Contractor Licensing staff in-field hours to protect the general public and consumers from unlicensed activity.
- Conduct ride-a-long and audit inspections of both staff and supplemental inspectors promoting consistency.
- Continue looking into the use of drones for specialty roof and other type inspections.
- Continue working towards implementation of a new Building Division permitting, inspection, reporting, licensing, electronic permitting, and electronic plan review systems in order to provide better customer service through simplified use, enhanced features, better tracking and additional features for improved workflow that includes an enhanced public use interface.