Building & Licensing
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.
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
For Permitting Information call (863) 291-5695
To Request an Inspection:
To request an inspection email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Driveway Connection Approval Application
Notice of Commencement
Residential Swimming Pool Safety Requirements
Sign Permit 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