Building Department

El Portal Village Building Department

Operation Details

  • Hours of Operation
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday: 8:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Building Official:Raul Rodriguez
  • Inspectors:
  • Chief Plumbing:T.J. Bassing
  • Mechanical Inspector:Omar P. Guillen
  • Chief Electrical:Elio Alvarez
  • Building Inspector:Miguel Arronte
  • Building Clerk:Elena Grek

All inspections are done on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. You must call the day before by 4:00PM to schedule inspection.

The Building Department can be reached by calling Village Hall at 305-795-7880.


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Preparing your building for a hurricane

It is never too early to prepare for hurricane season. The Florida Building Code requires that the owner, occupant or user of a property take precautions for the securing of buildings and equipment. We encourage you to look at the information provided below, or if you have additional questions or concerns, call our department.

Disaster Supply Kit

  • Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
    — non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
    — foods for infants or the elderly
    — snack foods
    — non-electric can opener
    — cooking tools / fuel
    — paper plates / plastic utensils
  • Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
  • Special Items – for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
  • Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
  • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
  • Keys
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
    — insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  • Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items
    — proper identification / immunization records / medications
    — ample supply of food and water
    — a carrier or cage
    — muzzle and leash

Please visit the NOAA website for additional information and tips on pre-disaster preparedness:
NOAA Hurricane Prepardeness

Sec. 8-16. – Special Hurricane Inspections.

(a) During such periods of time as the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather advisory that is in effect for Miami-Dade County, best efforts must be used so that all furniture, display racks, material and similar loose objects in exposed outdoor locations, including loose material of projects under construction are secured or otherwise appropriately braced to rigid construction or stored in buildings to the extent practicable given the conditions. Orders shall be oral or written and shall be given to any person on the premises most logically responsible for maintenance and such orders shall be carried out before winds of tropical storm velocity are anticipated.

(b) After winds of the velocity associated with a severe weather event are experienced and have subsided, the Building Official shall investigate to determine if damage has occurred to buildings or other structures.

(c) No building or other structure or assembly or part thereof, which was damaged or collapsed or out of plumb or line shall be repaired or altered or otherwise returned to its original position without inspection and approval by the Building Official.

(d) For the purposes of this section, “severe weather advisory” shall be defined as any one of the following: a tropical storm warning, a hurricane watch, or a hurricane warning and the term “severe weather event” shall be defined as a tropical storm or hurricane.

(Ord. No. 01-112, § 1, 7-10-01; Ord. No. 06-7, § 1, 1-24-06)

Also, please visit the “Departments” Home page for additional Emergency Resources information.