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Building Division

The City of Cape Coral Building Division conducts plan reviews and inspections for structures throughout the city to ensure compliance with the federal, state, and local laws, building codes, and floodplain management regulations. We are committed to preserving our commercial and residential neighborhoods by promoting the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Cape Coral.

The Building Division staff strives to deliver superior services and communication as we enforce the applicable codes to make Cape Coral a desirable and safe place to live and work.

The City of Cape Coral is in a wind-borne debris region with a wind speed of 160 mph for residential; commercial and other structures may be 170 mph, reference chapter 16 of the Florida Building Code. FBC Wind Zone Cape Coral Permitting Counter Hours of Operation:
Open 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.* Last sign in for the day is 3:45 PM.
*On Thursdays only: Open 8:00 AM due to staff meeting

Permitting 239-574-0546
Automated Inspection Scheduling 239-574-0550
Administration      239-574-0549

Codes Enforced by the Building Division
2017 (6th Edition) Florida Building Codes (FBC)
Effective for permits with application dates between December 31, 2017 and December 30, 2020
  Cape Coral Code of Ordinances
2020 (7th Edition) Florida Building Codes (FBC)
Effective for permits with application dates on or after December 31, 2020
  Cape Coral Land Development Code (LDC)
Cape Coral Engineering Design Standards (EDS)   Florida Statutes (F.S.)
Federal Floodplain Management Ordinance (Article 9 of the LDC)   2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)
Other Resources
2020 FBC Wind Map
For Category II (Single-family homes and many non-residential structures). See also 2020 FBC-B TABLE 1604.5.
  ATC Hazards By Location
(Wind Speed Calculator-Most Buildings are Category II)
CapeIMS (City of Cape Coral Geographical Information System (GIS))
Check zoning, eagle zones, flood zones, and more
  Consumer Pamphlet: Building a Home
State of Florida Product Approval   Occupancy Classification and Use Designation in NFPA 101 and FBC
Miami Dade Product Approval   International Code Council