Building Recertification

Building Recertification

In accordance with the Miami-Dade County Code, Section 8-11 (f)(ii)(1), all buildings, which are 40 years or 10 years after that, from the date the building was given its original Certificate of Occupancy or older must be re-certified by the Building Official. The first recertification is mandated when the building becomes 40 years old and then every 10 years thereafter. Recertification is due on the anniversary of the original building’s Certificate of Occupancy. The exceptions to this ordinance are:

  • single-family residences
  • duplexes
  • minor buildings defined as any occupancy group having an occupant load of 10 or less, having a gross area of 2,000 square feet or less.

It is the owner's responsibility to obtain the 40 Year Recertification and to re-certify their building every 10 years thereafter. The owner or owner's representative must hire a Registered Architect and/or a Professional Engineer to perform electrical and structural inspections for the building and submit a complete report of the inspections performed and recommended corrections, if any, to the City of Miami Beach, Building Department, for review, and if needed, apply for permits to cure deficiencies listed in the report.

Once the deficiency correction permits have passed final inspection, the owner must submit a report prepared by a Professional Engineer and/or Registered Architect licensed in the State of Florida, to the Building Department Violations Section, certifying that the building is structurally and electrically safe for the specified use and occupancy in conformity with the minimum inspection procedure.

When the recertification reports have been approved, the Building Official will issue a Building Recertification approval letter. This letter will be sent to the owner and the Professional Engineer and/or Architect of record.

Digitally signed reports can be submitted via the Citizen Self Service (CSS) portal.

Please review the policies and procedures for the 40 Year or Older Building Recertification Process HERE.

Required 40 Year Recertification Reporting Forms

Click here for Miami-Dade County recertification information.


Are you looking for the recertification status of a Miami Beach building? Click here to use our Citizen Self Service (CSS) and follow the following steps:

  1. In the drop-down search box on the left of the screen, select “Permit”. Once selected, a button called “Advanced” will appear.
  2. Click “Advanced”. Once clicked, a box of new search options will appear.
  3. In the drop-down search box next to “Permit Type”, select “Building 40yr Recertification”.
  4. In search box next to “Address”, type in the address of the building you are looking for.
  5. Click the blue “Search” button on the top-right side of the screen. If available, the building recertification information will appear.


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Are you concerned about a building’s compliance with the 40 Year Recertification requirements? Click here for information on how to report a complaint or violation.