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Building & Code Enforcement

The Building and Code Enforcement division and inspection staff consists of the Building Official, Code Enforcement Officers, Building Inspector, and administrative support who regularly monitor building and commercial activity throughout the city.

The Building Department is responsible for the issuance of building permits, conducting construction plan reviews, and performing inspections of all construction within the St. Augustine city limits. All applications and plans are reviewed to ensure that they comply with the adopted Florida Building Codes, the American with Disabilities Act standards for accessibility, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency standards for flooding. All construction is required to pass inspections during different phases of the project to verify the contractor is complying with these codes and standards. Once the construction has passed the final inspection, the Building Department will issue a Certificate of Occupancy.

The Code Enforcement division is responsible for investigating code violations, addressing public nuisance complaints, and reviewing applications for tree removal. Download the Citizen Complaint form to file a complaint.

  • A violation is an act or instance of violating the City of St. Augustine Municipal Code and a failure to do what is required or expected by a law, rule, or agreement.
  • A nuisance is defined as a condition that interferes with the reasonable enjoyment of life and property and/or presents a condition detrimental to health, safety and welfare of the public.  Examples of such are overgrown weeds and grass, excessive accumulation of trash or debris; excessive noise; trash dumping; raw sewage; abandoned vehicles.

The enforcement of the code is the responsibility of the Code Enforcement, Adjustments and Appeals Board. 

The City of St. Augustine’s Code Enforcement, Adjustments and Appeals Board (CEAAB) meets the second Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Alcazar Room at City Hall. The CEAAB consists of seven members that are appointed by the City Commission for a three year term with no member serving more than two consecutive terms. 

The CEAAB hears cases presented by the Building Official, appropriate staff member or City Attorney, and issues orders consistent with its powers.  The CEAAB has the authority to subpoena alleged violators and witnesses and evidence to be presented at a hearing, take testimony under oath, and issue orders having the force of law to command whatever steps are necessary to bring a violation into compliance.

For information on tree removal and replacement, visit the Tree Removal webpage or refer to City Code, Chapter 25, Section 25-56, and City Ordinance 2009-17, and City Ordinance 2015-09.