Community Development

Physical Address:
201 E. Main Street
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 742-6213 / Fax: (352) 742-6087

Building Permits:

Building Permit Applications and Forms 

  1. To apply for a building permit (or update contractor/subcontractor registration information), please submit your application and plans to: Permitting Email
    • Permits will be issued via email, for online payments for building permits and fees less than $3000 click this link Pay for my Permit
  2. Submit building inspection requests to Inspection Requests Email
  3. To speak with a Permitting Technician or to leave a message for permitting please call 352.742.6213 or email your request to 
  4. The deadline for scheduling an inspection is 4:00 PM the day before with the exception of a 3:00 PM deadline for utilities inspections. Please note that any inspections scheduled through the automated system after 4 PM, will not be scheduled the next business day, but the day after.

Permit Search Online:

To look-up the status of a permit, inspection result, or to schedule your inspection online.                              click here: Permit Search

Public Notice

Have you seen this sign on a property within the City of Tavares?

Click on the sign below for more information:

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The Community Development Department oversees building, permitting, planning and zoning and is responsible for administering the City's growth development from initial conception through to building permitting.
The Department reviews all development applications for conformity with the City's Land Development Regulations, the Florida Building Code, the City's Comprehensive Plan and other applicable laws and regulations. The Department works in harmony with and provides support to the Planning & Zoning Board, the Lake-Sumter MPO and many other local boards and agencies. The Department provides demographic information and GIS support for all City departments.
The Community Development Department’s primary responsibilities are long-range planning, growth management, plan review and permitting. The Department assists applicants with planning and zoning applications and construction permit applications. The Department reviews the applications for conformance with the Florida Building Code and land development initiatives per Florida Statutes and Administrative Codes.

2040 Comprehensive Plan 

  1. Adopted - Goals Objectives and Policies
  2. Adopted - Data Inventory and Analysis
  3. Adopted - Map Series