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Permits & Inspections
Is a Permit Required?

We often receive inquiries from residents as to whether or not they need a permit for various types of construction. The city building codes require a permit for any new building, addition, structure, remodeling work or demolition work. The City requires a permit so that construction plans can be reviewed and work can be inspected for compliance with all city building and zoning codes.

All of the following require a permit:

  • New buildings including storage buildings, boat houses, docks, greenhouses and screen enclosures
  • Temporary buildings (construction, etc.)
  • Demolition
  • Mobile home set-ups
  • Tents
  • Masonry walls
  • Fences
  • Signs
  • Awnings
  • Swimming pools (in-ground or above-ground) and spas
  • Patios and decks
  • Room additions
  • Driveway aprons (must be approved by Building Department and Streets Department)
  • Driveways and parking pads
  • Re-roofing
  • Exterior door or window replacement
  • Interior alterations and renovations
  • Structural repairs
  • House siding
  • New electrical, plumbing, gas and air-conditioning systems
  • Electrical services change-outs
  • Air conditioner change-outs
  • Temporary power poles
  • Fire sprinkler systems
  • Fireplaces
  • Fire Suppression Hood System

The staff of the Permits & Inspections Department facilitates the permitting process through the provision of checklists and worksheets describing what is required for various types of improvements. Failure to obtain a permit will result in the homeowner or contractor being required to pay double the permit fees as a penalty for non-compliance with city building codes.

If you are uncertain whether a building permit is required, please contact the Permits & Inspections Department at (863) 678-4182 ext. 714.

To obtain a building permit, visit the Permits & Inspections Department located in the Municipal Administration Building, 201 W. Central Avenue, Lake Wales, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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