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NOTICE:  SFWMD has advised that with Lake Okeechobee levels now at 12.5 feet, all five navigation locks on the north shore are returning to normal operations. These locks will be open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning on Saturday, July 15, 2017. 

Building Permits

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Okeechobee County contracts with SAFEbuilt to operate and manage its Building Department services

Mike Desorcy (Building Official)
1700 Northwest 9th Avenue, Suite A
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Office: (863) 763-5548
Cell: (561) 239-0262
email: mdesorcy@safebuilt.com

Important things to remember:

When Submitting Permit Application

  • A Site Plan is required showing setbacks, fire separation, overhead and underground utilities, septic tanks
  • Owner/Builder Affidavit (if applicable) must be signed in person at building department
  • Contractors must be registered with the County and have current liability and workers compensation insurance
  • Three sets of construction drawings are required for non-residential work and two sets for residential

Prior to First Inspection

  • Notice of Commencement (NOC) for jobs in excess of $2,500.00
  • Preliminary Pest Certificate
  • Road & Bridge Approval for Right-of-Way Permit
  • Preliminary Soil Compaction (FAX copy)
  • Form Board Survey (if applicable)

Prior to Final Inspection

  • Final Pest Certificate
  • Final Septic Approval
  • Approved Road & Bridge Inspection
  • Original Soil Compaction
  • Finish Floor Elevation or Elevation Certificate

Prior to Issuance of Certificate of Occupancy

  • Solid Waste and Fire Assessment fees must be paid
  • Fire Fighter Safety Building Marking System emblem must be installed