A building permit is required for all new construction, remodeling, renovations, changes and additions to structures. A permit is also required for any accessory buildings, fences or flatwork. Applications can be submitted to the Community Development Department. For information about permit fees, please refer to the City's fee schedule (PDF).
New commercial construction projects and major commercial remodels are encouraged to attend Design Review Committee meetings. More information can be found on the DRC page.
**Any mechanical, electrical, or plumbing subcontractors will need to individually submit a validation application. No permit will be issued until all MEP subcontractor validation forms are received. Validating and registering are two separate processes. For more information about registering as a contractor, please visit the contractor information page.
View the Drainage Design Requirements (PDF).
View the Moss Lake Boat Dock (PDF) (New Construction).
View the Accessory Building Application (PDF) (Fence, Storage Bldg., Storm Shelter).
View the Fire Protection Equipment Application (PDF). Fire Protection Equipment submittals require 3 paper copies and 1 digital copy for review.
Required for all Commercial Businesses
Certificate of Occupancy
Every business within the City of Gainesville shall have a current Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.). This Certificate of Occupancy shall be posted or displayed at each place of business.
This certificate ensures the public that the business has been inspected and meets the City's requirements for zoning, business use, and that the building meets the health, safety, and welfare requirements of the City.
If your business does not have a current Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.), please apply at the Community Development Department office located at 104 West Hird Street.
A permit is required for all plumbing (such as water/sewer lines, hot water heater, gas tests, etc.), electrical (service upgrade, etc.), mechanical systems (new or replacements). Applications can be submitted to Community Development Department.
A permit application must be filled out for all jobs to be done.
View the Commercial Permit Application (PDF).
A permit is required for all Annual Permits.
A permit application must be filled out for all new docks/pump withdrawals. Applications can be submitted to Community Development Department.
View the Dock Permit Application (PDF).
View the Alarm Permit Application (PDF).
Access information about Alcohol Permits.
food establishment permits
View the Food Establishment Permit Application (PDF). - Annual Permit
View the Temporary Food Establishment Permit Application (PDF). - Single Event Permit
A permit is required for any tent 200 square feet or larger.
Applications can be submitted to Community Development Department.
View the Tent Permit Application (PDF).