Microfilm and Records

What is the Florida Public Records Law?

Chapter 119, Florida Statutes is commonly known as Florida’s “Public Records Law.” The law provides information on public records in Florida, including policies, definitions, exemptions, general information on records access, inspection, examination and duplication of records.

What is a Public Record?

“Public records” are defined as “all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, or other material, regardless of physical form, characteristics, or means of transmission, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency. Essentially, recorded information, in any format, that is created or maintained by the agency in connection with carrying out agency activities is a public record.

How to obtain Original Building Plans (microfilm) from the Building Department?  

Original Building Plans for residential and commercial properties can be requested by filling out the required form along with payment. One form per address and/or folio is required. The request can be made in person or by regular mail. Verbal requests are not acceptable. Keep in mind that even if the request was made my regular mail, the records will have to be picked up in person.

What Years are available for Research?

  • Original Building Plans / Index Cards: 1944 - To Present
  • Electrical / Mechanical / Plumbing / Roofing / Signs: 2004 - To Present
  • Plans (Paper Copies): 1996 - To Present

Fees

  • Single Family/Townhouse/Duplex ............................................... $ 15.00
  • Commercial/Industrial/Multi-Family/Other ................................... $ 45.00
  • Certified Copies ........................................................................... $ 1.50 Per Page
  • Other Format (USB Flash Drive) .................................................. $ 5.00
  • Expedite Processing ..................................................................... $ 130.00 Residential & $ 275.00 Commercial