How to Obtain a Building Permit in Collier County, Florida


Located in Southwest Florida, Collier County is a popular destination for many tourists and seasonal residents. Ft. Myers International Airport serves Collier County residents, most living along the Gulf coast. The two main cities, Naples and Marco Island, are a two to three hour drive from Miami. Collier County experienced a building boom in the early 2000s, with building slowing by 2008. If you're looking to build, the Collier County Building Review Department handles permit issuing.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 copies of building plans
  • Building application
  • Owner Builder Statement/Affidavit
  • Vegetation Removal Permit
  • Notice of Commencement

Identify the Required Applications

  • Assemble all building plans. Collier County will require two sets of all plans. If the plans are more than 3 pages long, they need to be rolled, printed side out. (If there are 2 or fewer pages, they can be stapled.) Any attachments to the plans must be stapled on the left side of the page. The Permanent Site Drainage and Construction Site Management Plans should be simple to find.

  • Select the appropriate building application for the kind of building you wish to construct. All applications are available from the Collier County Government Department of Operations and Regulatory Management website. (See Resources.) As an example, you may be constructing a New 1 & 2 Family Home. For any type of permit application, only one application copy is required.

  • Acquire all relevant information for the working contractor. This includes the contractor's Collier County and State-level certification numbers, as well as full contact info. This information must be entered into the application.

  • Determine all the details of the projected build. Such building details as the number of rooms, bedrooms, total square feet, total living and non-living area, number of stories and A/C tonnage must all be filled out on the application.

  • Determine the utilities that will be used in the building. Sewage disposal may be administered by Collier County, the City of Naples or with a septic tank. This information must be entered into the application.

  • Fill out the Owner Builder Statement/Affidavit if you are both the owner and builder. This statement outlines your legal and financial responsibilities for the building. It can be found on the Collier County Government website. (See Resources 1.)

Accompanying Paperwork

  • Determine whether you need to submit a Vegetation Removal Permit. If you will need to remove any vegetation or flora in order to complete the building, you need the permit. It is available from the County Government website. (See Resources 2.)

  • Submit the application, complete with all relevant plans and additional forms, to the Collier County Clerk of Courts. You can track the application status online at the Collier County Government website (See Resources 3.)

  • Determine whether you need to post a Notice of Commencement. If your application is accepted, upon beginning building you will need to supply the Collier County Clerk with a Notice of Commencement for any project costing more than $2,500.

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