Beginning October 1, 2021, the Building, Planning, & Code Enforcement Departments’ credit card payment processing company will begin charging a nonrefundable service fee of 3.1% with a minimum charge of $2.00 for the use of a debit or credit card in person, online, or by phone. (The City will not retain any portion of this fee).   To avoid this Service Fee you are welcome to pay by cash, check, setup applicable accounts with the City of Fernandina Beach using Auto Draft from a checking or savings account, or activate your bank account Bill Pay option.  

The Building Department ensures development proposals comply with building codes and ordinances, regulations and standards set forth by the 
Florida Building Code and other regulatory agencies. The department reviews building plans and oversees the City permit issuance process, performing prompt and thorough inspections at the various stages of constructions.

For questions relating to Building, Electric, Mechanical, Plumbing, or ADA Codes, call (904) 310-3135, or email To make an appointment to meet with the Building Official/Director, please contact Angie Lester: 

We are now using our online permitting software. We are accepting online applications for trade permits ONLY at this time. To use our online system, you must register with an email address currently on file with the City. If you do not have an email address on file, or if you would like to use a different email address, please call the Building Department: (904) 310- 3135. 

To report after hours unpermitted construction-related activities, please call (904)310-3135, select Building Department, and leave a message. 

All records produced prior to our online permitting software going live in March 2020 may be obtained by sending an email to or by completing a Public Records Request

Helpful Links
Links are not imperative to navigating the City of Fernandina Beach website. Clicking said links will navigate user to outside webpage that may or may not be ADA accessible. Please contact the Building Department (904) 310-3135 for assistance.

Construction Site Management Plan Key
Guide to Online Permitting
Address Assignment Request
Quick Guide - Floodplain Management in Florida 2017
Addressing Requirements for Residential and Commercial Buildings
Department Forms
Request to Withhold Collection of Impact Fees
Tips for Hiring Contractors
Analysis of Changes for the 6th Edition 2017 Florida Building Code 
Standard Operating Procedure for a video tape inspection for HVAC change outs (residential only)