Building Services


St. Johns County Extends Building and Permit Fee Reductions for Local Businesses and Residents – In order to provide relief for local businesses and residents who are recovering from the impact of COVID-19, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners extended a 30 percent reduction in all general building permit fees. Specific reduced fees include those related to development review, fire safety inspections, residential and commercial demolition, swimming pool fees, as well as electrical, gas, plumbing, mechanical, and irrigation permit fees. The fee reductions are in effect through November 3, 2020. For more information, please call St. Johns County Building Services at 904.827.6800, or view the updated Fee Schedule.

New Online Permitting without a Depository Escrow Account

New Online Permitting without a Depository Escrow Account now available for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, irrigation and gas contractors. This service requires a Private Account but no longer requires a Depository Escrow Account!

Set up Your Online Account

  1. Visit Building e-Services
  2. On left side of page, select Set Up New Account.
  3. Once your account is set up, and you’ve emailed the activation form to Building Services, instructions will be sent to help you pull your first online permit.

Help is always just a phone call or email away! Contact us at (904) 827-6800 or

Upland Sources of Sand for Potential Use as Fill or for Beach Nourishment. Preliminary Upland Sand Source Inventory.

Wind-Borne Debris Regions – Based on the Fifth Edition 2014 Florida Building Code, Wind Speeds established in St. Johns County: Category I is 122 mph and includes screen enclosures, temporary, agricultural, and minor storage buildings. Category II is 132 mph and includes all residential, most commercial, and buildings or structures not included in Categories I, III, and IV. Category III and IV structures is 142 mph and includes buildings and structures with a substantial hazard to human life and essential facilities.

Please Note: Contractors in Florida performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Click for complete information and requirements.

Our Purpose

The Building Services Division permits and inspects construction activity in St. Johns County to protect the life, health and property of our community. Our contractor licensing program ensures that contractors have demonstrated the knowledge and experience required to perform their trade.

Just getting started?

The following links contain information that will help you complete your project successfully.

Online Management Tools

Tools available 24/7 with Building e-Services:

  • Permit Status – Check inspection history and permit status.
  • Cost Estimator – Calculate permit and plan review fees.
  • Reports – Create reports about permit activity.
  • Plan Log – View plan review comments and status.
  • Contractor Search – Verify that a contractor is registered and allowed to work in St. Johns County.
  • Private Account – Schedule or cancel inspections online.
  • Online Permits – Permit mechanical, electrical, and plumbing.
Contact, Location, & Hours

Open 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

4040 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084. Map

Building Permits
Phone: (904) 827-6800
Fax: (904) 827-6849

Contractor Licensing
Phone: (904) 827-6820
Fax: (904) 827-6847

St Johns County Building Services – Committed to Building Safety