Your Guide to Getting a Permit to Build an Office in Miami

Companies have been flocking to South Florida in recent years, and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re looking to relocate your corporate headquarters to Florida or further expand your existing presence in Miami, there’s a lot to know about getting started with an office build or renovation in Miami-Dade County. And you can’t get started until you have obtained your construction permits.

The Devil is in the Details

Securing construction permits is layered in details. Before you can even begin pulling them, you must ensure your property has secured appropriate zoning approval, if needed.

Then, the permit application process can begin. In Miami, this can be done online via the iBuildMiami portal. To ensure a smooth and efficient permitting process, it’s imperative to gather and submit all required documentation on the first go-around. If the application is deemed incomplete, you’ll have to resubmit, and there’s nothing worse than having your project delayed before it even begins!

What to Include in Your Permit Application 

There are several documents you’ll need to gather and attach to your permit application for an office project. While the list below is by no means exhaustive, it gives you a starting point for things you’ll need to consider.

  • A folio number from your property tax statement
  • Proof of ownership in the form of a warranty deed, closing statement or tax receipt
  • Contractor and general building information
  • Two sets of plans, including a site/plot plan and floor plan. The plans will also need a plat survey fewer than 180 days old, the project’s wind load requirements, a life safety plan, as well as a fire alarm and fire sprinklers.
  • Upfront payment of permit fees
  • Up-to-date licensing and insurance information for your general contractor
  • And more

The permitting process in Miami can take a lot longer than many anticipate – and that’s after you’ve submitted all the required forms and documents. By the time you get to submission, you don’t want to make any mistakes that could delay getting started with your project.

For a seamless permitting process that is done right the first time, come talk to us at Seacoast Construction. We’ve been building in Miami for more than two decades and know what it takes to ensure your project gets approved by the city and the county.


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