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Building plan inspection for Polk County permit

When are Polk County building permits necessary? You might wonder if you need to obtain a building permit to work on your own house, or what kinds of projects require a permit. Well, it is not always needed, but when it is, it’s for the good of the community. Obtaining a Polk County permit means that building inspectors have reviewed your plans to make sure that they meet building codes for your safety and the safety of others.

When Do I Need a Building Permit?

Whether you’re building a shed or planning renovations, we can answer your questions about Polk County permitting. For an extensive list of projects that require permits, please visit our permitting page.

Polk County permits for building and construction

You do not need a permit for simple jobs, such as:

  • Screen replacements
  • Minor roof repairs
  • Interior remodels or renovations
  • Minor electrical, plumbing or interior repairs

You do need a permit for:

  • Construction or demolition of any structure, regardless of size
  • Pre-manufactured storage buildings, residential buildings, and commercial buildings
  • Commercial and residential docks, piers, sea walls, boathouses, bulkheads and boat ramps
  • Conversion of any non-habitable space to habitable space, including the enclosure of garages, carports, porches or similar structures
  • In-ground swimming pools and spas, above-ground swimming pools and spas more than 24 inches deep
  • Decks, walkways, platforms, stairs and landings

Do I Need a Permit to Build a Shed?

Home construction Polk County permitting

Here, are answers to some of your frequently asked questions about building permits in Polk County.

Do I need a permit to build a shed? Yes. A building permit is required to construct a building or structure. This includes sheds, decks and fences more than eight feet high.

Does Polk County perform virtual inspections? Yes. More information about virtual inspections and how to schedule one can be found on our inspections page.

Are there building and permitting construction fees? Yes. All construction permitting fees are due at the time the permit is issued.

Where can I find previously issued Polk County permits? Polk County permit search allows you to view historical building permits dating back 15 years. For permits from 2010 to current, you can visit the Polk County Accela Citizen Portal.

Why You Need a Building Permit.

Building plan inspection for Polk County permitA building permit is like insurance for your project. By having the county’s professionals review your plans or your contractor’s plans, you’re able to make sure that you’re not missing anything. Ultimately, this will help keep your project on track. Working without a permit on a project that requires one is a gamble. If you’re caught, you will need to undo the work you’ve done and there may be a fine, as well. This is why you need a building permit?

The good news is that building inspectors understand you want to get things done as soon as possible. So they try to work within your planned schedule. You also can do a lot of inspection work virtually by visiting our inspections page.

To obtain a Polk County building permit, please fill out an application online and complete the steps for permitting.

All information about Polk County permitting, including when a permit is required, the steps to receive a permit, building and construction permitting fees, transportation zones and more can be found on our permitting page.

Polk County Building Permits

soldier in distress

For many people, the holidays are filled with Yuletide cheer and happiness. Families spend time together, and the smells of traditional desserts fill houses across America.

However, the experience for some of our nation’s veterans is quite different. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also referred to as the “winter blues,” impacts many veterans, as does PTSD. SAD is a serious subset of depression, and it can cause a relapse in PTSD. If you know a veteran, or if have one in your family, keep an eye on them during the holidays. Look for signs of SAD, which might include:

  • A lack of interest in holiday activities with family.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Feelings of restlessness.
  • Having trouble concentrating at work or home.

If you are a veteran or if know someone who may need extra assistance during the holidays, please contact Polk County Veterans Services at (863) 534-5200. Our knowledgeable staff can connect you with resources that can assist you in this difficult time. If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 988 then press 1, or text them at 838255.


The Holidays Are Not Always a Happy Time for Everyone

household hazardous waste facility

Can you imagine if Polk County didn’t have a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility?

Where would electronic items like broken TVs or computer monitors go? They are incompatible with the landfill and they can’t be carted away with the regular garbage. Instead, they’d probably end up sitting on the side of the road, littering our county.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative for Polk County residents. Household chemicals and electronic waste are accepted at no additional fee at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, located at 5 Environmental Loop Rd. South in Winter Haven.

This facility provides a safe, convenient way for residents to properly dispose of hazardous materials free of charge. Some examples of household hazardous waste accepted at the facility are old paint, pesticides, motor oil, compact fluorescent light bulbs, pool chemicals and lithium-ion batteries.

Each of these materials requires special handling. They should never go into the trash or down the drain, or anywhere other than the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Trained and properly equipped staff works at the facility to safely collect, sort, recycle and dispose of these items. This prevents hazardous materials from ending up in landfills or wastewater treatment plants where they can cause environmental harm.

So, now, it’s up to you to do the right thing. When you use the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, you’re helping to keep your neighborhood safe and healthy.

For information about Polk County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility and upcoming disposal events, visit

Polk County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility

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