MyGulfport.us The Official Website of the City of Gulfport

Community Development

Director: Fred Metcalf
Phone: 727-893-1095
5330 23rd Avenue South
Gulfport, FL 33707

The Community Development Department consists of three principal divisions; Planning and Development, the Building Department, and Code Enforcement Division.  Business licensing is also handled within this department.  We are located in the Public Services Building at northwest corner of the 2401 53rd Street South City Hall complex, at the corner of 54th Street South and 23rd Avenue South.

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Due to an overwhelming amount of requests to the permitting address and a limited staff to process those emails, we are temporarily suspending use of the permits@mygulfport.us email account. If you have a permit you would like processed please come in-person with all relevant materials to the Community Development building located at 5330 23rd Avenue South Gulfport, FL 33707. Permits sent to the email account will not be processed. We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Building Inspection Line: (727) 893-1057 | Permitting Line: (727) 893-1024

If you wish to call in a complaint, discuss a case, or speak with the inspector please call (727) 893-1063.

Hours of Operation – will resume on Monday 5/6/24

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
No Building Permits Issued After 3:00 P.M.

Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
No Building Permits Issued After 3:00 P.M.

Saturday & Sunday
Closed

The Planning and Development Division of the City of Gulfport Community Development Department is charged with the oversight of long and short-range planning activities in the City. Planning staff review permit applications for comprehensive plan and zoning compliance. Activities in this area include the provision of general zoning information to property owners, developers, and builders. Questions may be directed to staff via telephone or e-mail. Inquiries can be directed to 893-1087 or to permits@mygulfport.us. Conferences should be scheduled so we can make sure that adequate space is available to accommodate the size of the group.

 

Before embarking on your home improvement project give us a call to discuss your plans and see what permits and inspections may be necessary, to explain code requirements and to help you through the process. Whether it’s deferred maintenance or new improvements, many elect to do these projects themselves. Community Development Department staff tries to take extra time to work with homeowners embarking on these do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. On anything other than small and simple DIY projects we recommend homeowners consider using a licensed contractor. Unless you are very handy and have the necessary skills to take on more complex construction projects, larger jobs can quickly overwhelm those less skilled in construction practices and management.

IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN INSPECTION RECORDS ALL INSPECTIONS MUST BE SCHEDULED ON THE INSPECTION LINE 893-1057. CUT-OFF FOR INSPECTIONS IS 3 P.M. ON THE BUSINESS DAY BEFORE THE DESIRED INSPECTION DAY.

Questions may be directed to staff either via the telephone or e-mail. Conferences should be scheduled so we can make sure that adequate space is available to accommodate the size of the group.  Inquires can be directed to 893-1024 or to permits@mygulfport.us.

Due to an overwhelming amount of requests to the permitting address and a limited staff to process those emails, we are temporarily suspending use of the permits@mygulfport.us email account. If you have a permit you would like processed please come in-person with all relevant materials to the Community Development building located at 5330 23rd Avenue South Gulfport, FL 33707. Permits sent to the email account will not be processed. Please see the PDF from below. We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. 

Questions about submitting applications may be emailed to permits@mygulfport.us or by phone at 893-1024.

All inspections must be phoned into the inspection line at 893-1057. Inspection by affidavit or private provider must be prearranged with the building official and must comply with applicable edition of the FBC-Building, Section 107.6 and Florida Statute 553.791.

 

Code Enforcement Complaints

Complaints can be reported to 893-1106. We will inspect as soon as possible to verify violations. If the inspector is unavailable, leave as detailed a message as possible to help us find the violation.

Chapter 162 of the Florida Statutes was amended to preclude staff from initiating code enforcement proceedings by way of anonymous complaints. A person who reports a potential violation of a code or an ordinance must provide, at a minimum, their name and address to the respective local government. Any personal information provided in any manner becomes part of the public record, which anyone has the right to review. 

Business Tax Receipts

Questions may be directed to staff by telephone or e-mail. Conferences should be scheduled so we can make sure that adequate space is available to accommodate the size of the group.  Inquires can be directed to 893-1024 or to permits@mygulfport.us.

A business license, or tax receipt is good from October 1 of the current year through September 30 of the following year. If the license is not renewed by October 1, a 10 percent penalty will be applied for the month of October, and 5 percent for each month thereafter until it is paid. If you have paid your fee but continue to get a request for payment, let us know so we can correct your account. For questions regarding business tax receipts, call Lisa Giddens at 893-1063.

If you’re thinking about starting a new business, check out the Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development. Visit www.pced.org/entrepreneurs, or call (727) 464-7332. They also offer personalized business consulting to help you succeed.