​​​Town of Orchid

​​​located between the atlantic ocean and the intercoastal waterway in historic indian river county

*​Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not wish your email address to be released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to the Town Administration or its officials. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

General Information Building Department

​Town of Orchid has its own building department throughout which all contractors and subcontractors must register to work in the Town. Permit applications are also handled through this department, as are inspections with the Town's Building Official. Please visit the Work Registration and Building Permits & Applications pages for further information:

To contact the building department at Town Hall:

In-person/by mail:

7707 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 1

Vero Beach, FL 32967

Telephone: 772-581-2770 Ext. 4
Fax: 772-581-2771

Email: buildingdept@townoforchid.com*

​Our Building Clerk is Teresa Brown and our Building Official is Danny Hawkins with M.T. Causley, LLC.

Hours of operation at Town Hall are Mon-Fri 8-4. Town Hall is closed daily for lunch between noon-12.30.

NOTE: The Community Association in Town of Orchid, has a "no work/quiet/indoor work" schedule each year. Please ask  personnel at the main gate for more information. 

Useful Resources:

  • Florida Building Code click HERE
  • Orchid ​Code of Ordinances click HERE
  • ​Orchid Comprehensive Plan click HERE
  • Hurricane Preparedness click HERE

Information for Homeowners

The Town of Orchid is located in Occupancy Risk Category II. This category encompasses mainly residential structures. The Town of Orchid, which previously was designated at Wind Speed 140, has been raised to Wind Speed 160. 

Changes to the Florida Building Code will affect new construction and retrofitting of existing structures in the Risk Category II. Retrofitting in this case would mean bringing your home up to Code 2010 (fully passed in 2012) should you make any structural changes including additions, re-roofing, etc.  

For clarity, consult with Town Hall, your contractor, and your insurance company prior to having work done. We urge you not to negate your insurance by failing to comply with Code 2010! Not following this strict new Code 2010 (including permitting and inspection) will enable your insurance company to refuse to cover any claims in the future and may affect your ability to sell your residence. ​