Permitting

General Information


 

Read about local, state and federal licenses required for your business and get information about the permitting processes.

Depending on what you do and where you plan to operate, your business may be required to have various state and/or local licenses, certificates or permits.

If you have general questions about business resources, please contact Alachua County Economic Development Coordinator Edgar Campa-Palafox.

  • Edgar Campa-Palafox
  • Alachua County Economic Development Coordinator
  • 12 SE 1st Street
  • Gainesville, FL 32601
  • 352-374-5204

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Building Permits


 

A Building Permit is a legal document that gives you permission to start construction of a building project at an agreed upon location, within a set time frame, in accordance with approved drawings and specifications. It also gives lending institutions the assurance that the contractor is licensed, insured and has a legal right to build the project.

Generally, when any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, a permit is required.

If you are uncertain whether you need a permit, please check Building Permits page or contact the Building Department of Growth Management, we will be happy to answer your questions.

  • Building Department
  • Alachua County Growth Management
  • 10 SW 2nd Ave
  • Gainesville, FL 32601
  • 352-374-5243

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Home Based Business Permits


 

A permit is required to ensure that the business you're starting conforms to the character of your neighborhood, does not have a negative impact on your neighbors, does not pollute the environment, and conforms to the Land Development Code (ULDC) and all other County ordinances relating to Home Based Businesses.

Please check here to read more details about the requirements and how to apply. Please feel free to contact the Building Department of Growth Management.

  • Building Department
  • Alachua County Growth Management
  • 10 SW 2nd Ave
  • Gainesville, FL 32601
  • 352-374-5243

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