Building & Zoning
Hours of Service in the Building Department
The Building Department is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
New permit applications can be accepted online and in person. A check made payable to the City of Lighthouse Point will be required for permit submittals.
If you need to reach an inspector, please view the Building Inspector Contact List (PDF).
Now you can submit your permit application and view your application status and inspection results by visiting the Building Department Public Portal.
Broward County 40 Year Building Safety Inspection Requirement
Broward County requires Building Safety Inspections on all buildings over 40 years old and over 3,500 square feet. Single-family homes, duplexes, and all buildings under 3,500 square feet are exempt from this requirement. If you are a single-family home, duplex, or building under 3,500 square feet, you are not required to have this inspection.
The City is aware that engineering and architectural firms are sending out notices regarding the Building Safety Inspection requirements. If you receive one of their notices, remember your property may not be subject to the requirements. The City does not endorse any of the firms sending out the notices.
If you have questions regarding Building Safety Inspections, contact the Lighthouse Point Building Department.
Minimum Housing / Unsafe Structures
Occasionally, residents notice a home in the City that looks like it is more than just unkempt and needs maintenance - it looks unsafe. There may be several stickers posted on the front door by the City warning of imminent action that is being undertaken to eliminate the unsafe condition. However, the City has a long process that must be followed before anything can be done to demolish a structure on private property.
First, the City’s Building Official must perform a detailed analysis of the structure and make a finding of fact that the repairs needed cost more than 50% of the value of the structure. Next, the finding and analysis is forwarded to Broward County to be heard by the Minimum Housing / Unsafe Structures Board. After reviewing the evidence, the Board can make a finding that the structure is unsafe and therefore can be demolished.
The City Commission would then decide to demolish the structure at City cost. The City would lien the property and try to recover costs as identified in Florida State Statutes. It is a long process that is used very infrequently to rid the City of unsafe structures.