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Construction & Building Permits

The Code Compliance Division can help you determine which permits are required for a project.  The information here provides an introduction.

Section 105.1 of the Florida Building Code states:

Any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the Technical Codes, or cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Building Official and obtain the required permit for the work.


The most common types of projects for which permits requested for are listed below:


Minimum Requirements for 
New One & Two Family Residential Structures

(provided in .pdf format for downloading & printing.)

Note  Construction of new one and two family residences
Note One and two-story additions
Note Minor repairs, remodeling, and alterations
Note Accessory structures such as sheds, gazebos, chickees
Note Carports
Note Pools and spas
Note Fences and walls
Note Decks (wood or concrete)
Note Screened porch, patios, enclosures
Note Awnings and canopy
Note Marine facilities (docks, boat lifts, sea walls, etc.)
Note Rehabilitation of existing structures
Note Replacement of windows and doors - Additional Information:   Windows

(provided in .pdf format for downloading & printing.)



Minimum Plan Requirements for Commercial Buildings

(provided in .pdf format for downloading & printing.)

Note Minor repairs, remodeling, and alterations
Note Remodeling existing assembly occupancies
Note Remodeling existing hotels / motels
Note Paving & drainage
Note Construction of strip store
Note Construction of warehouses
Note Construction of hi-rise buildings
Note Tenant build outs
Note Fire protection systems
Note Construction of restaurants
Note Construction of medical facilities
Note Construction of office buildings

Exception: Permits shall not be required for the following mechanical work:
Note Any portable heating appliance;
Note Any portable ventilation equipment;
Note Any portable cooling unit;
Note Any steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this Code;
Note Replacement of any part which does not alter its approval or make it unsafe;
Note Any portable evaporative cooler;
Note Any self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 lb (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.
Note The installation, replacement, removal or metering of any load management control device.  

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