A building permit has been issued for a $3 million renovation of the old Schaffer & Associates building to turn it into a home for the state Division of Administrative Law.

Arkel has started work on the building at 1020 Florida Blvd., renovating the 16,161-square-foot space and adding another 10,156 square feet.

Ann Wise, director of the law division, said work should be completed by September. The agency serves as the court system for the state’s executive branch, holding more than 16,000 hearings a year for a variety of agencies, the Department of Insurance, the Office of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Board of Ethics.

“We keep the civil courts from having to be clogged up,” she said.

Currently, the division is leasing a space at 654 Main St. Wise said state law bars the agency from leasing property for more than two five-year periods, so it’s time to find a new home. Arkel, which owns the Florida building, was the low bidder.

Fifty-eight people work for the division.