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2014 Florida Building Code:

The Florida Legislature has delayed the effective date of certain sections of the Florida Building Code, 5th edition until June 30, 2016. (

  1. The included sections are:
    a. R402.4.1.2 of the Energy Volume relating to mandatory blower door testing for residential buildings;
    b. 403.6.1 of the Building Volume requiring a second fire service access elevator; and
    c. R303.4 of the Residential Volume requiring mechanical ventilation for residential buildings.

Local Competency License Renewal Ends 9/30/15

If you have a Local County Specialty Competency License or a Registered State License the DEADLINE for license renewal for the 15-17 cycle ENDS SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. Late fees will be charged after 9/30/2015. Contact the Building Department at 386-719-2023

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Contractor License


Fee Schedules

FEMA Publications

2013 County Audit.pdf
About the Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance.pdf
Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program, F-084 (2011).pdf
Check before you buy.pdf
Coastal Construction Manuel, FEMA P-55 (2011).pdf
Damage from Localized Flooding, FEMA 511 (2005).pdf
Elevated Residential Structures, FEMA 54 (1984).pdf
Elevating You Flood Prone House, FEMA Homeowner’s Guide To Retrofitting.pdf
Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting, Six ways to protect your home from flooding.pdf
Mitigation of Flood and Erosion Damage to Residential buildings in Coastal Areas, FEMA 257 (1994).pdf
Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage, FEMA P-348 (1999).pdf
Protecting Floodplain Resources-A Guidebook For Communities.pdf
Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards, FEMA P-85 (2009).pdf

Flood Publications


Zoning Applications

Appeal from the decision of the Board of Adjustment to the Board of County Commissioners.pdf
Attachment II - Application for Amendment of the Columbia County Comprehensive Plan.pdf
Columbia County Zoning Amendment application of the land development regulations.pdf
Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application (June 2015) Fillable.pdf
Minor Subdivision Application (May 2015) Fillable.pdf
RV Special Temp Use Application (July 2015).pdf
Sign Codes-Ordianance.pdf
Site & Development Plan Application (May 2015) Fillable.pdf
Site Specific Amendment to the Official Zoning Atlas (Rezoning) Application (June 2015) Fillable.pdf
Special Exception Application (June 2015) Fillable.pdf
Special Family Lot Permit Affidavit (September 2015).pdf
Special Temporary Use Permit 5yr Family Residence Affidavit (September 2015) Fillable.pdf
Special Temporary Use Permit Application (September 2015) Fillable.pdf
Special Temporary Use Permit Application for Special Event (September 2015) Fillable.pdf
Subdivision Application (May 2015).pdf
Variance Application (May 2015) Fillable.pdf


Certified State Licenses

Certified licenses are statewide; a certified license allows you to work as a contractor anywhere in Florida.

Registered State Licenses

Registered license are limited to certain local jurisdictions; a registered license only allows you to work in the cities or counties where you have a competency card.

NOTE: Contractors who hold an active Certified State or an active Registered State Building, General, or Residential Contractor’s License in good standing with Columbia County, FL is NOT required to also have a Local County Specialty Competency License.

Local County Specialty Competency Licenses

Specialty Contractor shall mean anyone engaged in any of the following fields of work inside the jurisdiction of Columbia County, FL: mason, concrete finisher, painter, aluminum and vinyl siding contractor, insulation contractor, drywall contractor, stucco contractor, plaster contractor, glass contractor, garage door installer, floor covering contractor, ceramic tile contractor, cabinet installer, acoustical ceiling contractor, framing contractor, and metal building erector.

The Building Inspection Office

The Building Inspection Office is responsible for the examination of building plans and specifications to insure structural soundness and conformity with the adopted building codes and the issuance of building permits. The office is also responsible for the review of applications for mobile home permits. On site inspections are made at several different times during the building process to insure that construction or installation is in compliance with all adopted codes. The office also answers any code questions that may arise either by telephone or personal contact. The Building Department is also responsible for the licensing of contractors and specialty contractors within Columbia County; this is done through the Competency Advisory Board.

Request Inspection By Phone

Before calling, please make sure you have ready:
  1. your permit number
  2. the inspection needed
  3. the date requested
For culvert or a culvert waiver inspections call 386-758-1019.
For building permit inspection call 386-758-1008.
For after hours inspections call 386-758-1124.

NOTE: After hours inspections will be received the next business day, then scheduled for the following business day. Emergencies will be inspected as soon as possible.

Must give 24 hours notice
Septic Release needed for Permanent Power: Call 386-758-1058


Columbia County Competency Advisory Board

Chairman - David Mangrum
Walt Graham
Todd Hunt
Harry Moseley
Terry Zierke

These boards meets every fourth (4th) Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Columbia County Administrative Office:
135 NE Hernando Ave Suite B-21
Building Zoning Department

Board of Adjustments and Planning and Zoning Meeting Documents

Now you can download meeting agendas and minutes directly from our site. To view a listing of current and previous months meetings, please click the link below.

Meeting Notices


Columbia County Board of Adjustment and Planning Zoning Board

Robert Jordan


Trena Ruffo
Matt Vann

County Planner
Brandon Stubbs
County Attorney
Joel Foreman

Planning and Zoning provides various services to the County which entails providing technical, professional and administrative support to various boards, Board of Adjustment, Planning and Zoning Board, Board of County Commissioners and the general public. This department implements and enforces the Columbia County Land Development Regulations, monitors and updates the County's Comprehensive Plan.

The board meets every fourth (4th) Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Columbia County School Board Administrative complex:
327 West Duval Street
Lake City, Florida 32055