Permit Search

Florida Municipal Lien Search offers comprehensive residential and commercial permit lien searches. FMLS is committed to providing the highest standards of real property research and customer service to real estate agents, buyers, attorneys and title agents throughout the state of Florida.

Open or Expired Permits Resulting in a Lien

Florida counties have deemed that permits are necessary to ensure updates to a home were done safely, with proper permitting and inspections. A property owner who has opened a permit or used a contractor, who opened a permit prior to performing work, should close the permit at the conclusion of the project.

Types of Permits and Liens

Building permit applications are required for any significant construction for both commercial and residential properties.
Some of the required permits include those for:

  • Billboards
  • Commercial Alterations
  • Demolition
  • Mobile Home Tie Down
  • Residential Building Permit
  • Signs
  • Swimming Pools
  • Electrical, Gas, Plumbing, and Roofing Projects

Failing to properly close a permit can lead to potentially costly problems for a property buyer. If a permit lien search is not performed prior to closing, the new property owner is obligated to remedy or remove improperly permitted items.

How Do Liens Get Imposed

When various fines, fees, or charges remain unpaid by property owners, the City or Municipality can exercise its legal right to place a lien against an owner’s property to ensure the eventual collection of an unpaid amount. Interested parties, such as title companies and individuals, can request a lien search, such as a Permit Lien Search to check its records for outstanding liens against a property.

Finding Unrecorded Permit Liens

Using a reputable title company and Florida Municipal Lien Search, property buyers can discover any unrecorded municipal liens or debts, including Permit Liens on a property prior to closing.

Gain Peace of Mind

It is imperative to conduct thorough research to uncover recorded and unrecorded municipal liens that affect the title of a property. This includes performing a permit lien search. Doing so will avoid costly errors and omissions.

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Lien Searches We Provide

For just $100, you can choose to have our team of search experts perform a Florida Municipal Lien Search, which does not include any permit information.

Should you desire a detailed property search report, inclusive of permit information, the cost is just $125*. This report is an excellent option to identify any issues with open and/or expired permits prior to closing on a property.

*Plus any fees paid to governmental and municipal entities.

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