Permit FAQs

** All Building Permitting is done through the Citizenserve online portal. ** 

Are permits required to remove trees?

Yes. Arbor permits are issued by our Planning and Development Services Division. Please contact 407.688.5140 ext. 5144 or contact Christopher Smith at

Where can I get a Garage Sale Permit?

We do not issue garage sale permits; however, Community Improvement does have pertinent information for residents.

Do I need a permit to replace my fence?

Maintenance of fencing is required to prevent dilapidated or hazardous conditions. Please review our Fence Permit Checklist for these regulations. Please check the City of Sanford Land Development Regulation on types of fencing allowed within the City  Schedule F, section 5.0.

Where can I come to pull a Building permit?

Permits are to be applied for using the Citizenserve online portal.  Paper applications and paper plans are no longer accepted.  Please contact our office for additional information at 407-688-5150.

Do I need a contractor to pull permits?

Florida Statute allows commercial or residential property owners to erect, alter, modify, repair, or demolish any building, total value not to exceed $75,000 for commercial construction, for his/her own use. Properties to be offered for sale or lease within one year of completion of construction are exempt from this ruling and all work shall be done by licensed contractors. Proof of ownership is required for all permits. Please see Florida Statute 489.103 for complete information.

How do I choose a contractor?

Ask for and check references and ask to see their state license(s). State law requires the license number to be on the business card and proposal. Check for any license complaints for your contractor.  Check We can check our business tax records to see if any complaints have been made in reference to a specific contractor located within our jurisdiction. If a contractor asks you to secure the permit this is a red flag and if you choose to do this you are at risk.

Does the City restrict the hours of operation regarding construction noise?

The Noise Ordinance is regulated by City Code Section 38-74. - Construction.

Do sub-contractors have to pull permits?

We require the general or building contractor pull the main permit. Then all state licensed sub-contractors must pull their own permits.


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