***ATTENTION – The new Florida Building Code (FBC) 7th Ed., (2020) will be effective December 31, 2020*** All plans submitted after December 30, 2020 MUST depict this code, no exceptions.

Building Development Department

The Building Development Department oversees permitting, inspections, local business taxes, arborist and flood plain management.

Contact Information:
Permitting and Local Business Tax: (727) 942-5617
Inspectors: (727) 942-5608
Schedule an Inspection: (727) 938-6500
Office Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30 for Permitting
Closed all federal holidays and Epiphany (open Columbus day)
Email:  dsinfo@ctsfl.us

For Building Development Forms, FEMA Information bulletins, memos and policies, please visit our DOCUMENT LIBRARY.

Building Development Department Staff
Building Development Director:
Kevin Powell, CBO, CFM, (727) 942-5604 or email: kpowell@ctsfl.us

Deputy Building Official:
David Gilson, CFM, (727) 942-5604, Cell (727) 741-9498 or email: dgilson@ctsfl.us

Floodplain Coordinator:
Megan Araya, CFM, (727) 942-5604, Cell (727) 224-3045 or email: maraya@ctsfl.us

Plans Examiner:
Lisa Godwin, CFM, (727) 942-5608 or email: lgodwin@ctsfl.us

Municipal arborist:
Shannon Brewer, (727) 942-5617, Cell (727) 916-2285 or email: sbrewer@ctsfl.us

Building Development Permit Technicians:
Michelle DiNenno, CFM, CPT, (727) 942-5617 or email: mdinenno@ctsfl.us
K. “Laney” Lane, CPT, CBTO, (727) 942-5607 or email: klane@ctsfl.us
Tracey Norris, (727) 942-5617 or email: tnorris@ctsfl.us

Building Development Inspectors:
David Lero, (727) 942-5608, Cell (727) 916-1349 or email: dlero@ctsfl.us
Allen Riggs, (727) 942-5608, Cell (727) 916-1404 or email: ariggs@ctsfl.us
Preston Bales, (727) 942-5608, Cell (727) 916-1688  or email: pbales@ctsfl.us

Building Development Personnel Licensure

Instruction Process Video Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCkRdb40skI


App Download Video Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS_rEe5xoxo


Covid-19 Video Inspection Memorandum for Occupied Residential Properties


Video Inspection Pamphlet

Local Business Tax Renewals are due on September 30th! License renewals for this year will be mailed (emailed for those that have opted for e-renewals) during the first week of August each year. Please be on the lookout for your renewal in your mailbox or email!

Local Business Tax Application
Local Business Tax Renewal Instructions 2020-2021
Local Business Tax Step By Step

Local Business Tax Renewals On-Line

The Building Development Department is pleased to announce the addition of seven new permits applications to the City of Tarpon Springs on-line permitting services.

  1. Fence
  2. Garage Door
  3. Gas
  4. Residential & Commercial Demolitions
  5. Roofing
  6. Tree only residential, not new construction or commercial
  7. Windows & Doors

Already existing on-line permit applications are (mechanical A/C change outs less than $7,500 and electric service panel change out less than $2,500). Please keep in mind that all applicable permit application documentation is required to be submitted through our upload option that is available at the time the application is submitted on-line. If you have any questions, you may contact dsinfo@ctsfl.us

These permit applications are easily accessible by going this link: https://tarp-egov.aspgov.com/Click2GovBP/index.html

Residential Master File – Instructions for Master File Application and Form

Refer to our DOCUMENT LIBRARY for other information and permitting forms.

Statute 553.80(7)

Permit Utilization Report

Per Florida Statute 553.80 (7)

FY 20

Personnel services costs, including salary and related employee benefit costs incurred by the local government to enforce the Florida Building Code


Operating Expenditures/Expenses


Number of building permit applications submitted


Number of building permits issued or approved


Number of building inspections and re-inspections requested


Number of building inspections and re-inspections conducted


Inspections by Private Provider


Audits of Private Provider Bldg. Inspections


Number of Employees


Revenue from Permit fees


Revenue from Fines (re-inspection fees)


Balance Carried Forward




Revenue from Other Sources




Private Provider Notice

Private Provider Plan Compliance Affidavit

Private Provider in Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)
FEMA Memo on Affidavits

The DEM State Floodplain Management Office has received inquiries regarding use and acceptance of private providers for building in special flood hazard areas. The FBC, Building Chapter 1 specifically does not extend that authority to the flood load and flood resistant construction requirements in Sec. 105.14 exception, and Sec. 107.6.1. The above memorandum, co-signed by Jason Hunter, FEMA Region IV, explains the origin of those FBC provisions and FEMA’s expectations based on the NFIP regulations.

Despite the submission of an affidavit authorized by B107.6, the building official must review plans for compliance with the flood provisions and issue permits and perform inspections to ensure compliance with the flood provisions. Under the NFIP, the community is responsible for ensuring compliance. *The original proposal (SP5255) included both Section 107.6.1 and Section 117; the exception to Section 105.14 was added to proposal CA5082) by amendments for consistency. Please contact (850) 815-4556 or floods@em.myflorida.com if you have questions about the flood provisions in the FBC or FBC-coordinated floodplain management regulations.