Permit Information

Required Permits

Building Permits

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).


View the Residential Permit Submittal Requirements packet (PDF) and Permit Application (PDF).

View the Commercial Permit Submittal Requirements packet (PDF) and Permit Application (PDF).

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.

View the Certificate of Occupancy Application (PDF). Applications can be submitted to Community Development Department.

Sign Permits

View the Sign Application (PDF). Applications can be submitted to Community Development Department .

Required Permits

Trade Permits

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 Residential Permit Application (PDF).

View the Commercial Permit Application (PDF).

Required Permits

Annual Permits

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).

View the Moss Lake Pump Withdrawal 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

Required Permits

Tent Permits

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).