Madison County, Florida

Request For Proposals
Bid Notice

Home CodeRED Madison County Florida
Building Department

Rick Anderson
Building Official

Mr. Tony Sessions
Building Inspector

Building Department Contact

The Madison County Building Department is dedicated to public safety and construction education.  Through the enforcement of the Florida Building Codes, the safety of our citizens and their structural investments are realized.  We can help you achieve the American Dream!

The Building Department is responsible for the examination of building plans and specifications to ensure 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 ensure that construction or installation is in compliance with all adopted codes.  Building department staff is available during business hours to answer any code questions that may arise either by telephone or personal contact.  The building department is also responsible for the licensing of contractors registered through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation within Madison County; this is done through the Competency Licensing Board.

Inspection Requests:

24-hour notice required

Provide the following:  1) permit number  2) inspection type  3) gate codes (if applicable) 

Requests should be made to Renee at any of the numbers or email provided below

**Temporary power for new construction will only be granted when final septic and final driveway approvals have been submitted to the office**

Phone:  (850) 973-6785    Fax:  (850) 973-6727 

Please forward any questions or concerns for the Building Department to Renee at

Email Contacts for Building Department Staff:

Building Official                                

Building Inspector                         

Permit Technician                         

**any information directed to the Building Official please forward to this e-mail address**

Office Hours & Location

Hours of Operation:

Office Hours                   Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Permitting Hours           Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Physical Address:

229 S.W. Pinckney Street
Madison, Florida 32340

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 539
Madison, Florida 32341

Building Department Information

Building Permit Surcharge Fee ~ Effective October 1, 2010

Implemented by the Department of Community Affairs ~ Contact Person Ila Jones (850) 922-6091

Effective October 1, 2010, the method for assessing building surcharge fees will change from the current one-half cent per square foot to three (3) percent of permit fees associated with the enforcement of the Florida Building Code.  Building departments will be required to collect a three (3) percent fee on all building permits, i.e. building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc.  The minimum fee collected on any permit will be $4.00.  If you should have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Building Department or Ila Jones at the number above or via email at or the Department of Business and Professional Regulations at (850) 487-1395.  Copies of this notice can be obtained from the Building Department or by visiting the Department of Community Affair's website at or DBPR's website at

Driveway Permits

For customers submitting documents to obtain permits for new construction or mobile home placement, it is now possible to obtain the driveway permit at the same time right at the Building Department!  Follow the process below for applying for a driveway permit:

1.  Complete the Madison County Public Works Application (available online)

2.  Apply for an address for the property (vacant property) at the GIS/911 Addressing Office

3.  Pay the necessary permit fees

  • $50 - New Driveway Permit
  • $15 - Existing Driveway Permit

4.  Contact the Madison County Road Department for further instructions regarding driveway inspections, driveway installation, etc. at (850) 973-2156.  The contact people are Jo Williams, Louise Jenkins, or Debbie Henderson; their office hours are Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For driveways located off of state-maintained roads, contact Sherry Craft at the Florida Department of Transportation at (850) 838-5800.  Below is a listing of the state maintained roads:

  • NE Colin Kelly Highway
  • SR 6
  • SR 145
  • SR 14 (North of I-10)
  • SR 53 (North of I-10)
  • US 19
  • US 90
  • US 221

For further information regarding driveway permitting or to determine if a road is private, please contact Renee at the Building Department or the Madison County Road Department at (850) 973-2156.

New U.S. Department HUD Regulations - Effective October 2008

Effective October 15, 2008,  all mobile / manufactured homes will be required to be placed on a foundation constructed on firm, undisturbed soil or fill compacted to at least 90 percent of its maximum relative density.  A site-prep inspection is required by the Building Department determining where on the property the mobile home will be set up for permanent placement.  For additional information on this change, please click on the attachment entitled Technical Advisory October 2008 shown below.


Code Changes - Effective March 2009

Code References

The following codes are used plan review, inspections, etc:  2010 Florida Building Code, 2010 Florida Building Code Residential, 2010 Florida Building Code Existing Building, 2010 Florida Building Code Energy Conservation, 2010 Florida Building Code Fuel Gas, Florida Building Code Fuel Gas, 2010 Florida Building Code Plumbing, 2010 Florida Building code Mechanical, 2010 Florida Building Code Test Protocols, 2012 Florida Accessibility Code, and 2008 National Electric Code.  

These codes are available for review in the building department or can be accessed online at



Building Department Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  There is a wetland on the property where I want to build a residential home, what should I do?


 Please contact the Live Oak Branch office of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at (386) 362-0417 or (800) 266 1066 (toll free in Florida).


2.  There is a wetland on the property where I want to build a commercial / industrial building, what should I do?


Please contact the Suwannee River Water Management District at (386) 362-1001 or (800) 226-1066 (toll free in Florida).


3.  Do I need a permit before I can build within the Aucilla, Suwannee, or WithlacoocheeRiver floodway?


Please contact the Suwannee River Water Management District at (386) 362-1001 or (800) 226-1066 (toll free in Florida).


4.  How high must my new structure be above the Aucilla, Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers, or any inland properties that fall within the 100-year Floodplain elevation?


Pursuant to sections 6.1A-1, 6.1A-10 and 6.1A-5-2 of the MadisonCountyLand Development Code, the lowest structural member must be a minimum of two feet above the 100-year floodplain.


5.  How close can I build a residential structure to the river?


SRWMD maintains a 75 foot setback from the top of the bank.  Please contact the SRWMD Office for any activities within the 75 foot setback.

 6.  What should I do if I want to build a dock to the river?

Request a Works of the District (WOD) application from the Suwannee River Water Management District.

 7.  What is the cost of a Works of the District (WOD) permit?

Please visit the Suwannee River Water Management District’s home page at: for a fee schedule.


8.  I have a question about installing a septic tank.

 Septic tank questions should be directed to the Madison County Health Department at (850) 973-5000.  When calling, please select the option for Environmental Health.

 9.  How do I know which FEMA Flood Zone my property is in?

Please contact the Madison County Planning Department at (850) 973-3179, or the Madison County Building Department at (850) 973-6785.  Information is also available on the Planning and Zoning Department page at Additionally, elevation certificates are available upon request - contact any of the above departments for assistance.

Flood Information

Madison County is a participating member of the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System.  The Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary program for NFIP-participating communities.  The goals of the CRS are to reduce flood losses, facilitate accurate insurance rating, and promote the awareness of flood insurance.

The CRS has been developed to provide incentives for communities to go beyond the minimum floodplain management requirements to develop extra measures to provide protection from flooding.  The incentives are in the form of premium discount points.  Madison County is currently is rated as a CRS Class 7.  This means that properties located in designated Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), Zones A, AE, A1-30, V, V1, AO, and AH, are eligible for a 15% discount on flood insurance premiums.  Properties located in designated SFHA, Zones A99, AR, AR/A, AR/AE, AR/A1-30, AR/AH, AR/AO, B, C, X, and D, are eligible for a 5% discount on flood insurance premiums. 

To determine what flood zone your property is located in, contact a staff member in the Building Department at (850) 973-6785 / (850) 973-6739 or the Planning / Zoning Department at (850) 973-3179.  The Building / Zoning Departments are also available to provide information about the Flood Insurance Rate Maps to the public (FIRM).  Inquiries can be made via telephone, fax, e-mail, or in person; please provide a legal description / parcel identification of the land in question.  Inquiries made via e-mail should be directed to the following: or


For important facts regarding flooding, please download the information packet below.  You may also visit the following sites for additional details:

Be Prepared -- Don't Let This Happen To You!!

© 2011 Madison County Florida | Web Site Design and Content Management by JSS Enterprises, Inc

Madison County Florida