The 6th edition (2017) Florida Building Code changes will take effect on permit applications submitted on or after December 31, 2017.

Building and Code

The Building and Code Enforcement Department facilitates effective solutions for promoting the safety, health and welfare of the citizens of the City of Venice. It administers code enforcement in relation to violations of the city's code of ordinances and provides permitting and inspection needs to residents, contractors and developers.

Permit information, inspection scheduling and payment of fees are available using the City's Online Permitting service.

The department also provides support for two boards appointed by the mayor with approval of city council:

Major Functions:


Building permits are required to ensure protection of public health, safety and welfare as well as safety of emergency responders as they are affected by building construction, through structural strength, adequate egress facilities, sanitary equipment, light, ventilation and fire safety.

Plan Review

Plans and construction documents are reviewed for compliance with the current applicable codes and ordinances and are reviewed by Florida State Certified Plans Examiners. The plans review process is mandated by the Florida Building Code and can save an applicant time and money by identifying potential code violations.


The inspections function is an important aspect of the building departments operations. The city's state-certified inspectors observe construction projects for compliance with current applicable codes and ordinances. Specialized inspectors perform detailed review of various systems, such as the air conditioning, electrical wiring and plumbing.


Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.