Building & Zoning
The Building Department is open, with very limited access to the public. Approved permits can be picked up, but arrangements must be made (1 hour) ahead of time by calling 954-943-6509 for instructions.
New permit applications are being accepted. They can be submitted via the drop box located at the front door of the Building Department, or see the list of acceptable permit applications being accepted electronically (PDF). There will be no fee to drop off new permit applications.
If you need to reach an inspector, please view the Building Inspectors Contact List (PDF).
Now you can view your application status and inspection results. Visit our Building Department Public Portal.
Broward County 40 Year Building Safety Inspection Requirement
Broward County requires Building Safety Inspections on all buildings over 40 years old and over 3,500 square feet. Single-family homes, duplexes, and all buildings under 3,500 square feet are exempt from this requirement. If you are a single-family home, duplex, or building under 3,500 square feet, you are not required to have this inspection.
The City is aware that engineering and architectural firms are sending out notices regarding the Building Safety Inspection requirements. If you receive one of their notices, remember your property may not be subject to the requirements. The City does not endorse any of the firms sending out the notices.
If you have questions regarding Building Safety Inspections, contact the Lighthouse Point Building Department.
Minimum Housing / Unsafe Structures
Occasionally, residents notice a home in the City that looks like it is more than just unkempt and needs maintenance - it looks unsafe. There may be several stickers posted on the front door by the City warning of imminent action that is being undertaken to eliminate the unsafe condition. However, the City has a long process that must be followed before anything can be done to demolish a structure on private property.
First, the City’s Building Official must perform a detailed analysis of the structure and make a finding of fact that the repairs needed cost more than 50% of the value of the structure. Next, the finding and analysis is forwarded to Broward County to be heard by the Minimum Housing / Unsafe Structures Board. After reviewing the evidence, the Board can make a finding that the structure is unsafe and therefore can be demolished.
The City Commission would then decide to demolish the structure at City cost. The City would lien the property and try to recover costs as identified in Florida State Statutes. It is a long process that is used very infrequently to rid the City of unsafe structures.