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The building department, in coordination with the planning department, is responsible for administering building permit applications and coordinating with persons wishing to build, renovate or develop property within the City of Apalachicola. The City of Apalachicola is now administering permitting through the City's building department.

Please direct ALL building questions, permitting correspondence, scheduling of inspections, etc. to the below email address!


Contact the Building Department Permitting Clerk, Ron Nippe, for requests or questions regarding building permits and/or inspections. The Building Department Clerk is available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  and can be reached at 850-653-7592 or or
Please note:

  • The Building Department Permitting Clerk schedules all inspections.
  • Inspections and reviews are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings with our Interim Building Official, Garry Millender.
  • Permit payment must be made either by check made out to City of Apalachicola Building Department or by card using the credit card authorization form (there is a 3% surcharge for a credit card payment)
  • We will process permitting requests as quickly as possible, but you may generally expect that a permitting request will take 3 to 5 business days.
    Please allow time in your planning to allow for this time frame. Permits are processed Monday - Friday. The Building Clerk is not available in the afternoon past 1 p.m. - if special circumstances require an afternoon meeting, please make a request for an afternoon meeting in advance.

Note: A separate permit must be secured for electrical work, plumbing, signs, roofing, pools, furnaces, boilers, heaters, tanks, air conditioners, tree removal, etc. 

Building permit where the cost of construction is $2500.00 or more:
For improvements to real property with a construction cost of $2500.00 or more, a certified copy of the Notice of Commencement is required to be submitted to the Building Department when application is made for a permit, or the applicant may submit a copy of the Notice of Commencement along with an affidavit attesting to its recording. A certified copy of the Notice of Commencement must be provided to the Building Department before the second or any subsequent inspection can be performed. Filing of the documents that have been certified may be done by mail, facsimile or hand delivery.