New City of Miami expedited permit process guarantees select permits in 30 days

(Miami, FL March 29, 2018) – Starting April 9th, homeowners seeking select permits in the City of Miami will no longer need to run permit applications from department to department. Instead, city workers will process permit applications on their behalf, in 30 days or less. The new expedited permit process is part of the City’s promise to innovate how the City of Miami does business.

“Working with the City of Miami should always be an easy and efficient experience for our residents. Expedited permitting is an important step towards continuing to innovate our internal processes. My vision is to fully digitize the experience, so that soon residents can access City Hall without having to leave their homes,” said Mayor Francis Suarez.

“We’re focused on unclogging our processes every day. The new expedited permit process has us doing the legwork, and gives residents the ability to oversee the process without it being a burden,” said City Manager Emilio Gonzalez.

The expedited permit process can be used for more than 50 types of permits including remodeling, garage doors, fences, windows, awnings and many more. Permits requiring tree removal, located in a historic or NCD3 District, and/or requiring waiver, warrant exception, variance or replat will not be considered for expedited service. Click here for more details and exclusions.

Permit applications can be found online, but must be submitted in person. After submitting a notarized permit application along with plans and/or other required documents, applicants can track the status of their permit application using their unique Building Department Number (BD Number). If a permit application is flagged by a department for any reason, the applicant will be contacted by the City and given the chance to correct the problem within 7 days. Only two 7-day correction periods are allowed. Within 30 days, the applicant will be contacted with a final decision on their permit application and instructions for permit pick-up if applicable.

The City of Miami is working to introduce electronic plan review in the near future, which will make it even easier for applicants, allowing them to submit permit applications online.

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