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The Building Division is responsible by Florida Statutes for building plan review and building inspections within the City of Winter Haven. The plan review and inspection functions include all commercial and residential construction plan reviews, inspections of these structures while under construction, and the tracking and permitting of the construction process. The Building Division may also disseminate building code information and Florida Accessibility standards. In addition, the Building Division oversees the local Business Tax Receipt program for the City of Winter Haven.

Contractor Requirements

Any current state licensed contractor may obtain a building permit in Winter Haven. Certified contractors must be licensed by the State of Florida and registered contractors must be licensed by the Municipal Board of Examiners of Polk County. Contractors must register with the Winter Haven Building Division before being issued a building permit. Required registration documents include a copy of state or local license, proof of worker’s compensation or worker’s compensation exemption, and liability insurance. There is no fee for registration.

Business Tax Receipts

The Building Division issues Business Tax Receipts to those having a commercial and/or residential business within the city limits of Winter Haven.

Prior to applying and paying for a Business Tax Receipt, it should be determined if the business meets the Winter Haven zoning requirement for that location and if any Federal and/or State certification or inspections are required. If the business name will be different than your legal name, it is required that the business name be registered with the Florida Division of Corporations and proof is provided that the registration is active.

Home businesses are also required to provide proof of residency at the location where the business will be operating.

Business Tax Receipt Application

Peddlers Business Tax Receipt Application

Business Tax Receipt Checklist

Permitting-Inspection Information

For Permitting Information call (863) 291-5695

To Request an Inspection:

To request an inspection email:

The permit holder will need to supply the following information in the email:

1. Permit Number

2. Site Address

3. Type of Inspection Requesting

4. Contact Number

5. Date of Inspection

An inspection can also be requested by calling (863) 298-7598.

This number is answered by voicemail 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All requests for inspections must be made by 4 p.m. the day before the inspection is desired. For Fire Inspections, please allow 48 hours for inspection to be scheduled.

All required documentation (approved plans, truss engineering, permit placard, etc.) must be on the jobsite, accessible to the inspector and protected from the weather. Any deviation may result in work delays and/or re-inspection fees imposed.

Building Division Forms and Applications

Building Division Permit Application

Contractor Registration Requirements

County & City Impact Fees for Single Family

Demolition Permit Application

Dock Requirements

Driveway Connection Approval Application

Notice of Commencement

Re-Roof Affidavit

Residential Swimming Pool Safety Requirements

Sign Permit Requirements

Submittal Requirements

Tent Permit Application



Building Officials Association of Florida

Florida Building Code Information System - BCIS

Florida Building Commission

Florida Department of Community Affairs

ICC International Code Council

Polk County Business Tax Receipts

Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

Florida Division of Corporations

Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants (Food Service)

Florida Department of Motor Vehicles

Bill Nolen
Building Official

Office Location:
Winter Haven City Hall Annex East
490 Third Street NW
Winter Haven, Florida 33881

Contact Information:
Phone: (863) 291-5695





City Hall:  451 Third St. NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881    tel: (863) 291-5600


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