Building Department

Mission Statement

The Building Department duties are to enforce the local and state codes regarding the construction and maintenance of the buildings and structures in an impartial manner in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Bay Harbor Islands. The Department will strive to educate staff, the construction industry and our residents on codes and procedures to preserve the quality of life for our community.

A Building Permit is required for most types of construction work within the Town of Bay Harbor Islands. Please contact the Building Department at (305) 993-1786 to determine which types of projects do not require a Building Permit.

Apply for Building Permits and Much More Online

The Town of Bay Harbor Islands now uses the Citizenserve Web Portal to allow you to apply online for all construction related permits. Please click on the link to continue to our online portal www.citizenserve.com/bhi.

It’s easy to use, too! Once you are enrolled it allows you to apply for a permit, make payments via credit card, upload documents, request inspections, review inspection results and access to all your permits.

Required Approval

The town required review and approval by the Town Community Planner and/or the Planning and Zoning Board prior to review by the Building Department for proposed work affecting the exterior of the structure such as: 

  • Additions
  • Awnings
  • Doors
  • Driveways
  • Fences
  • Paint
  • Signs
  • Windows

Hours of Construction

Construction hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (excluding holidays).

No construction work allowed in the Town on Saturdays or Sundays.

Florida Building Code

The Town of Bay Harbor Islands operates under Florida Building Code 2017.