Building Code Administrators & Inspectors

Building Code Administrators & Inspectors

Robyn Barineau, Executive Director

The Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board is responsible for licensing and regulating building code administrators, building code inspectors, and building code plans examiners. The board meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, to review disciplinary cases, and to conduct informal hearings relating to licensure and discipline. The board engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.

Getting Started in Building Code Administrators & Inspectors

Building Code Administrator

BU – A “building code administrator” or “building official” means any of those employees of municipal or county governments with building construction regulation responsibilities who are charged with the responsibility for direct regulatory administration or supervision of plan review, enforcement, or inspection of building construction, erection, repair, addition, remodeling, demolition, or alteration projects that require permitting indicating compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, gas, fire prevention, energy, accessibility, and other construction codes as required by state law or municipal or county ordinance. This term is synonymous with “building official” as used in the administrative chapter of the Standard Building Code and the South Florida Building Code. One person employed by each municipal or county government as a building code administrator or building official and who is so certified under this part may be authorized to perform any plan review or inspection for which certification is required by this part.

Building Code Inspector

BN – A “building code inspector” means any of those employees of local governments or state agencies with building construction regulation responsibilities who themselves conduct inspections of building construction, erection, repair, addition, or alteration projects that require permitting indicating compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, gas, fire prevention, energy, accessibility, and other construction codes as required by state law or municipal or county ordinance.  Categories of building code inspectors include building inspector, plumbing inspector, mechanical inspector, electrical inspector, coastal construction inspector, commercial electrical inspector, residential electrical inspector, electrical inspector, and 1&2 family dwelling inspector.

Plans Examiner

PX – A “plans examiner” means a person who is qualified to determine that plans submitted for purposes of obtaining building and other permits comply with the applicable building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, gas, fire prevention, energy, accessibility, and other applicable construction codes. Categories of plans examiners include building plans examiner, plumbing plans examiner, mechanical plans examiner, and electrical plans examiner.

Residential Pool Inspector

SRP – A “residential pool inspector” means a person who is qualified to inspect a pool on the property of one and two family dwellings. In order to obtain this voluntary certification the Board will require the State certified pool contractor license and in addition, the applicant must hold certification as a building or electrical inspector.

Commercial Pool Inspector

SCP – A “commercial pool inspector” means a person who is qualified to inspect a pool located on any property other than one and two family dwellings. In order to obtain this voluntary certification the Board will require the state certified pool contractor license and in addition, the applicant must hold certification as a building, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical inspector.

Roofing Inspector

SRI – A “roofing inspector” means a person who is qualified to inspect residential and commercial roofs. In order to obtain this voluntary certification the Board will require either: four (4) years of roofing experience with passage of the standardized roofing inspectors’ examination as approved by the board; state certification as a roofing contractor or a state certified general contractor who was certified prior to 1974.

Modular Inspector

SMI – A “modular inspector” means a person who is authorized to inspect any manufactured (modular) building and systems incorporated therein designed and built to comply with the Florida Building Code pursuant to Part I, Chapter 553, F.S. In order to obtain this voluntary certification, the Board will require the applicant to pass the standardized modular inspectors’ examination and the applicant must have three (3) years experience as an inspector with local government and/or state government or three years experience as an inspector with an independent inspection/plans review agency under contract with a state agency or three (3) years experience as a registered or certified state general, building, or residential contractor or job superintendent, project manager or quality control manager, the latter as provided for in Chapter 9B-1, F.A.C., in a supervisory capacity that included operational control and direction of building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing personnel or subcontractors on residential or commercial projects.

Modular Plans Examiner

SMP – A “modular plans examiner” means a person who is authorized to review plans for any manufactured (modular) building and systems incorporated therein designed and built to comply with the Florida Building Code pursuant to Part 1, Chapter 553, F.S. In order to obtain this voluntary certification, the Board will require the applicant to pass the standardized modular plans inspectors’ examination and the applicant must have three (3) years experience as a plans examiner with local and/or state government. As an alternative, the applicant must have three (3) years experience as a plans examiner with an independent inspection/plans review agency under contract with a state department or three (3) years experience as a registered or certified state general, building, or residential contractor or job superintendent, project manager or quality control manager, the latter as provided for in Chapter 9B-1, F.A.C., in a supervisory capacity that included operational control and direction of building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing personnel or subcontractors on residential or commercial projects.

1 & 2 Family Dwelling Plans Examiner

SFP – A “1&2 family dwelling plans examiner” means a person who is qualified to determine that the plans submitted for the purpose of obtaining building and other permits, for one and two family dwellings and accessory structures, comply with the building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, gas, fire prevention, energy, accessibility, and other applicable building codes. In order to obtain this voluntary certification, the applicant must hold standard certification as one and two family dwelling inspector; must have passed the State principles and practices examination; hold a standard certificate as a plans examiner (any category); and hold a Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI) or International Code Council (ICC) certification as a Coastal Construction Inspector.

Building code administrators, building officials, building inspectors, and plans examiners are generally employed by county and municipal governments. In some cases they are private providers. However, both government employees and private providers must be licensed.

The requirements for becoming licensed in Florida are described in the statutes and rules.  Choose a license type to apply.

Authorization to Take the Principles and Practice Examination for Individuals NOT Seeking Licensure through an Internship Certification Program

Examination Information

Applicants seeking licensure by examination must take and pass a technical examination administered by the International Code Council that is related to their category of licensure, as well as the Florida principles and practices examination. Information regarding technical examinations can be found on the International Code Council website.

DBPR offers the Florida principles and practices examination in a computer-based testing (CBT) format. Candidates who have been approved to sit for an examination may do so by contacting the department’s examination vendor, Pearson VUE. Examinations are available on a daily basis at testing sites throughout the world. For more information, including to schedule an examination, visit the Examination Information page.

Fee Waiver Applications

Education Course Lists

You may also use the department’s Find a CE Course tool to locate specific subject areas or course topics.

License Types Continuing Education Requirements Fee Expiration Date
Inspector 14 hours – a minimum of 2 hours must be in the area of accessibility, a minimum of 2 hours in the area of Florida law and rules and a minimum of 1 hour in the area of ethics. $5.00 11/30/every odd year
Plans Examiner 14 hours – a minimum of 2 hours must be in the area of accessibility, a minimum of 2 hours in the area of Florida law and rules and a minimum of 1 hour in the area of ethics. $5.00 11/30/every odd year
Building Code Administrator 14 hours – a minimum of 2 hours must be in the area of accessibility, a minimum of 2 hours in the area of Florida law and rules and a minimum of 1 hour in the area of ethics. $5.00 11/30/every odd year
Limited Inspector 14 hours – a minimum of 2 hours must be in the area of accessibility, a minimum of 2 hours in the area of Florida law and rules and a minimum of 1 hour in the area of ethics. $5.00 11/30/every odd year
Limited Plans Examiner 14 hours – a minimum of 2 hours must be in the area of accessibility, a minimum of 2 hours in the area of Florida law and rules and a minimum of 1 hour in the area of ethics. $5.00 11/30/every odd year
Provisional Building Code Administrator N/A Non-renewable 1-year from date of issuance
Asbestos Business N/A $255 11/30 Odd Year
Provisional Building Inspector N/A Non-renewable 1-year from date of issuance
Provisional Building Plans Examiner N/A Non-renewable 11/30 Odd Year
Asbestos Business N/A $255 1-year from date of issuance
Provisional Coastal Construction Inspector N/A Non-renewable 1-year from date of issuance
Provisional Electrical Inspector N/A Non-renewable 1-year from date of issuance
Provisional Electrical Plans Examiner N/A Non-renewable 1-year from date of issuance
Provisional 1&2 Family Plans Examiner N/A Non-renewable 1-year from date of issuance

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All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Professions
Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040