Building and Permitting

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NOTE:  Okeechobee County contracts with SAFEbuilt Florida, LLC. to operate the Building Department.

Notice: FBC 8th Ed. eft. 2024

NOTICE                                                                                                         New Technology Fee, Effective July 1, 2024   

Beginning July 1, 2024, all transactions through the Okeechobee County Community Development Department will be assessed a Technology Fee of 5% of the transaction amount.

Kevin Throop, Building Official 
1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Office: (863) 763-5548

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (excluding holidays)

This page is designed to provide information and assistance to residents and contractors looking for a building permit and/or who need an application for building in Okeechobee County.  To view the Florida Building Codes, click here: Florida Building Code Online

** Important notice for eTRAKit users ** - When entering the website you may receive a pop up notification asking you to "select a certificate for authentication".  Should this occur, please select CANCEL.  Failure to do so will result in denied access to eTRAKiT. 

To access permitting records online, click here to use eTRAKiT.    Public users, click on search permit under the Permits Sections (no login required)

If you are an active contractor on file with Okeechobee County, view instructions to create your eTRAKiT account here. 

When Submitting A Permit Application:

NOTE- Effective 4/1/16 per Florida State Statute 713.135 (6) (a), all permit applications applied for must be signed and notarized at time of submittal.  For permit applications submitted electronically, the following additional statement must be included in the submittal:  "Under penalty of perjury, I declare that all the information contained in this building permit application is true and correct."   

Click here to view the Florida Statute:

• A Site Plan is required showing setbacks, fire separation, overhead and underground utilities, septic tanks
• Owner/Builder Disclosure (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:
(These items must be submitted to the building department.)

• Notice of Commencement (NOC) for jobs with a value greater than $5,000.00
• Preliminary Pest Certificate
• Road & Bridge Approval for Right-of-Way/Driveway Connection Permit
• Preliminary Soil Compaction
• 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
• Blower Door Test

Prior to Issuance of Certificate of Occupancy:

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

This page is designed to provide information and assistance to residents and contractors looking for a building permit and/or need an application on building in Okeechobee County.  Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.