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Residents

Building Permits and Licenses

Contractor Requirements

To obtain a building permit in Winter Haven, 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 a building permit will be issued. Required registration documents include a copy of state or local license, proof of workers’ compensation or workers’ compensation exemption, and liability insurance. Registration is free.

Business Tax Receipts

The Building Division issues Business Tax Receipts to those operating 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 the business location and if any Federal and/or State certification or inspections are required. If the business name is different than your legal name, it is required the business name be registered with the Florida Division of Corporations and proof of active registration must be provided.

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

Permitting and Inspection Information

Request an Inspection

Email and supply the following information:

  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 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

References:

Locations
Building Division
490 Third Street NWWinter Haven, Florida 33881
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Contact Information
Fax: (863) 298-7856

Staff

Bill Nolen
Building Official
Alicia Hughes
Permit Specialist
Nicole Hart
Permit Specialist
Brian Wells
Building Inspector