Building and Zoning
3701 NE 22 Avenue
Lighthouse Point, Florida 33064
HOURS OF OPERATION
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday through Friday
(Except on holidays)
“BUILDING INSPECTIONS ONLY”
Inspections must be called in by 3:00 p.m. to schedule
for next day inspection or earliest available inspection.
Now you can view your application status and inspection results.
Click Here to view our Building Department Public Portal.
What happens if I build without a permit?
If you begin construction without the required permit(s), a “Stop Work Order” will immediately be issued by an Inspector and a Notice of Violation will be issued by the City’s Code Enforcement Department. You will be required to apply for and receive the permit(s) for the work and pay additional fees (twice the amount of the original fee). After the permit has been properly issued, you will then be required to uncover any work which has been covered so that it may be inspected prior to the release of the “Stop Work Order”, or the building official may allow an engineer or architect to inspect and take responsibility for the work. He would then have to write a letter to the building department accepting responsibility for the work and assuring the work complies with the code. In some cases, regulations or codes may not permit the type of construction that has been done. In this case, you may be required to replace or restore the area to its original condition prior to your construction.
When don’t I need a permit?
Most major projects will require permits of some kind. This is necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards which protect its occupants and neighbors in everyday living and in the case of emergencies or natural disasters.
Some minor projects, such as painting, laying carpet and tile are allowed without obtaining building permits. However the construction of such projects should be in conformance with all applicable codes.
Check with the Lighthouse Point Building Department with any questions 954-943-6509.
Appendix A – Fee Schedule effective November 1, 2014
COMMUNITY APPEARANCE BOARD
2017 MEETING DATES – APPLICATION DEADLINES
September 21, 2017 – August 14, 2017
October 19, 2017 – September 18, 2017
November 16, 2017 – October 16, 2017
December 21, 2017 – November 13, 2017
PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD
2017 MEETING DATES – APPLICATION DEADLINES
October 3, 2017 – September 1, 2017
November 7, 2017 – October 6, 2017
December 5, 2017 – November 3, 2017
CITY OF LIGHTHOUSE POINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DOCUMENTS
NOTICES HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS
RESIDENTS AND CONTRACTORS
FLOOD ELEVATION MAPS
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
The City of Lighthouse Point Building Department has Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) elevation certificate for residential units and commercial buildings available upon request.
The City of Lighthouse Point also has copies of elevation certificates for some properties in the floodplain.
If you have any flood elevation questions or need additional information, please contact the Building Department at 954-943-6509.
IMPORTANT FLOOD INFORMATION
Lighthouse Point is in a flood-prone area and we want to encourage everyone to secure adequate flood insurance protection. Information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Flood Insurance Program is available Flood Protection
FLOOD PROTECTION ASSISTANCE Flood Assistance
FEMA NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM
ELEVATION CERTIFICATE AND INSTRUCTIONS Flood Insurance
Broward County 40 Year Building Safety Inspection Requirement
Broward County requires Building Safety Inspections on all buildings over 40 years old and over 3,500 square feet. Single-family homes, duplexes, and all buildings under 3,500 square feet are exempt from this requirement. If you are a single-family home, duplex, or building under 3,500 square feet, you are not required to have this inspection.
The City is aware that engineering and architectural firms are sending out notices regarding the Building Safety Inspection requirements. If you receive one of their notices, remember your property may not be subject to the requirements. The City does not endorse any of the firms sending out the notices.
If you have questions regarding Building Safety Inspections, contact the Lighthouse Point Building Department at 954-943-6509.
Minimum Housing / Unsafe Structures
Occasionally, residents notice a home in the City that looks like it is more than just unkempt and needs maintenance — it looks unsafe. There may be several stickers posted on the front door by the City warning of imminent action that is being undertaken to eliminate the unsafe condition. However, the City has a long process that must be followed before anything can be done to demolish a structure on private property. First, the City’s Building Official must perform a detailed analysis of the structure and make a finding of fact that the repairs needed cost more than 50% of the value of the structure. Next, the finding and analysis is forwarded to Broward County to be heard by the Minimum Housing / Unsafe Structures Board. After reviewing the evidence, the Board can make a finding that the structure is unsafe and therefore can be demolished. The City Commission would then decide to demolish the structure at City cost. The City would lien the property and try to recover costs as identified in Florida State Statutes.
It is a long process that is used very infrequently to rid the City of unsafe structures.