The mission of Building Services is to provide a high level of building code compliance for the preservation of life, safety, and the general welfare for the people of Sumter County. This is accomplished through the enactment and enforcement of effective codes and standards to ensure the structural strength, sanitation, fire protection, adequate light and ventilation, and other essential elements of life safety in the built environment. The Building Department accomplishes their Mission with a maximum goal in customer service and efficiency.
Building Department Services
- Code Enforcement
- Contractor Licensing
- Building Permit Application Form (Must accompany every online submital)
- Online Permitting (Cityworks Portal)
- Plan review
- Building permit fee schedule effective October 1, 2019
Joint Planning Agreements (JPA)
Sumter County has entered into joint planning agreements (JPA) with the City of Wildwood and City of Bushnell. To determine whether property is located within the JPA, please use Sumter GIS. Property located within the JPA may require additional development standards, including annexation into the City of Wildwood or City of Bushnell. If the property is located within the JPA, please contact the City of Wildwood at 352-330-1330 or City of Bushnell at 352-793-2591 for further information.
Customer Service Survey - Building Services
Sumter County Building Services is committed to providing the highest level of service to its customers. In order to assess customer satisfaction, please take a moment to complete our online customer satisfaction survey.
If you receive service that does not meet your expectations, email the Building Official, Steve Wilcox
- What does not require a permit?
Click here to view the list of when a building permit is required.
- How do I apply for a building permit?
Online here or come into one of our office at 7375 Powell Rd, Wildwood, FL.
- How do I pay for a permit?
Cash, check, cashier's check, or money order made payable to Sumter County BOCC are accepted in the office.
Debit or credit card payments are accepted for online permits.
- Who can apply for a building permit?
The contractor or owner of the property.
- Can I extend a building permit?
If your permit has not expired, extension requests shall be submitted using the link here.
If your permit has expired you will need to reapply with all required documents and pay the permit fees. Please identify in the description the expired permit #
- How long is a building permit valid?
It is valid until 180 days past the issue date or the last approved inspection.
- What is the turnaround time after I submit a building permit application?
Our goal is to process the application within 5 business days for residential permits and 14 business days for commercial permits. Please note that submitted applications with incomplete information may result in delays. For information about submittal requirements, please visit here.
- How do I get a driveway permit?
Click here to submit an application online.
- How do I schedule an inspection?
Click here to schedule an inspection online. Or call 352-569-1529, Please have the permit # , job site address, type of inspection and your contact name and phone #.
- When will the building inspection be set?
Inspections requested via Cityworks online permitting portal here before 8:00 pm of the preceding business day will be scheduled for the following business day or the Inspection Line at 352-569-1529 before 4:00 p.m. of the preceding business day.
- Can I find out when during the day my building inspection will be done?
- What codes are we using?
Effective January 1, 2024 we use FBC 2023 8th edition.
- What is the wind speed design criteria in Sumter County?
- Error Message with Online Submissions
If you receive an error message while completing an online application that says, "String or binary data would be truncated. The statement has been terminated." this means there are too many characters in the field. You will need to shorten your description.
Villages Sumter County Service Center
7375 Powell Road, Suite 115
Wildwood, FL 34785
TDD: Florida 7-1-1; for emergencies dial / text 9-1-1
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.