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If you build it, they will come. But before you do, make sure to get the proper permits through Polk County's Building Division.

The division is the clearinghouse for permits in the unincorporated parts of the county. It permits and inspects new construction, remodels, additions, repairs, demolitions, mobile home setups, signs and other structures. The division also ensures that contractors who get permits from the county are properly registered and have insurance and meet other requirements. In addition, the division investigates complaints against locally-licensed contractors.

Lobby Avg Wait TimesBartow Location Only

Without Plans

33 mins

With Plans

90 mins

Application Cut-off TimesAll Locations

(Must be in the queue)

  • Residential With Plans: 12 p.m.
  • Mobile Home Setup: 12 p.m.
  • Residential Without Plans: 1:30 p.m.

Helpful Contacts:

  • Permit Tech on Call – (863) 534-6080
    Permitting process or requirements inquiries.
  • Planner on Call - (863) 534-6084
    Land Development regulations inquiries.
  • Cashier – (863) 534-6535
    Pay permitting fees by phone or add funds to an escrow account.
  • Inspections and Power Release Helpline – (863) 534-6708
  • Contractor Licensing – (863) 534-6530,
    For licensing questions or to file a contractor complaint.
  • Re-open expired

Request a search of open or expired permits for a property by emailing a research request form to

Contact Us

Chandra Frederick

Phone: (863) 534-6080
Toll Free: (800) 780-5346

330 W. Church St.
Bartow, FL 33830

Office Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Satellite Office

Residential Permitting Services Only
28039 U.S. 27
Dundee, FL 33838

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