Microfilm and Plans Library Appointment or Viewing Online Guidelines

Once you have read the following guidelines and procedures, click on the link “I Accept” at the bottom of this page to proceed.

Etiquette Guidelines/Procedures for Microfilm and Plans Library Appointments.

You must use this website to make an appointment to view or obtain copies of Building Plans on file in the Microfilm and Plans Library. The following are guidelines and procedures that should be followed to ensure optimal service for all our clients.

  • Some microfilm records have been converted to digital format and can be viewed and/or printed using this web site without having to visit the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources. After you click "I Accept", this system will walk you through the appointment process and it will indicate if a document is in digital format. Documents that have been converted to digital format will have the word "Images" under "Document Format." If the desired document has been digitized, you can just proceed to pay and view/print. Otherwise, continue to follow the steps provided by the system to make an appointment.

    If you need a certified copy you must make an appointment. Certified copies are typically used for: reissuing a permit, canceling a permit, or replacing a lost set of plans to be placed at a job site.
  • In order to print documents, your computer must have Adobe Reader version 9.3 or higher. To download Adobe Reader v9.3, please visit http://get.adobe.com/reader/. Or you can also print documents by:
    1. Right click on each file
    2. Select "Save Target As"
    3. Save the file to your local computer
    4. Open the document and print
  • Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. and are limited to 20 minutes. You may use any one of the following methods to schedule an appointment:
    In person: Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
    Telephone: by calling 786-315-2340
    Web Site: http://bldgappl.miamidade.gov/microfilm/
    Fax: 786-315-2917
  • Appointments are limited to 3 addresses or 5 permit numbers (from same address)
  • On occasion, your research may require more than 20 minutes to complete. The Microfilm Section may extend your appointment time beyond 20 minutes in order to complete your request or may ask that you return to pick up your copies at your convenience.
  • Please provide an accurate telephone number and e-mail address in the event of an emergency that requires us to cancel your appointment.
  • A non-refundable research and appointment fee of $18.75 per address or permit number is required to be paid prior to your appointment and can also be paid on this web site with a Visa or MasterCard by selecting “Pay Fees” and following the instructions.
  • If you have not paid the required research fee online, please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment and go directly to the Cashier Section, bring the paid receipt with you to your appointment.
  • In addition to the $18.75 research fee, the cost for copies is $6.25 per page and an additional $1.25 per page if the copies need to be certified.
  • Certified copies of plans are required if you are reissuing a permit, canceling a permit, or replacing a lost set of plans at a job site.
  • If you missed your scheduled appointment, please call our office at 786-315-2340 before rescheduling as we may have completed your research and have the records ready for pick-up. Records are held only until the next business day.
  • To cancel an appointment, please call us at 786-315-2340 or continue using this website and the system will give you an option to cancel.
  • Records for residential and some commercial structures built, enlarged or altered during 1961 to 1972 were destroyed in accordance with record retention policies, and are NOT AVAILABLE . Additionally, in accordance with record retention policies, some of the records for structures built, enlarged or altered between 1973 to 1978 were destroyed and are NOT AVAILABLE.
    If you are unsure when the structure was built, please visit the website of the Property Appraiser at http://www.miamidade.gov/pa/property_search.asp to determine the building year. Although the original drawings for a structure may not be available, subsequent improvements may be on file based on the year built.
  • Following these guidelines will ensure a pleasurable visit for you as well as all clients of the department. Thank you for your cooperation.