are aware that building permits are required for new
commercial buildings, tenant build-outs, construction
trailers, temporary power poles, new homes, mobile homes,
room additions, and in-ground swimming pools.
Unfortunately, some realize only after work is underway or
finished that permits are needed for other projects, such
Garages; Fences; Sheds; Reroofing; Window Replacement; Door
Replacement; Garage Door Replacement; Above Ground Swimming
Pools; A/C Change Outs; Electrical Work; Plumbing Work; Gas
Piping and Connections; Generators; Fire Protection Systems
(Alarms, Sprinklers, Stand- Pipes); Walk-in Coolers; and
started without a building permit can result in greatly
increased costs, delays, and even removal of structures.
The structures may be placed in the wrong location or they
may not comply with building codes.
2010 Florida Building Code, Section 105.1, requires that
a building permit be obtained prior to construction,
alterations, repairs, and relocations. A property owner or
contractor who starts work without first obtaining a permit
could be subject to a penalty of 100% of the usual permit
fee. Section 109 of the Florida Building Code sets fees,
which are authorized by
Florida State Statute 553.80.
permitting process allows a determination that improvements
such as pools, screen rooms, sheds, garages, and carports
comply with setbacks that specify where structures can be
placed on a lot.
is required for any encroachment on the required setbacks.
A variance can be requested through the Planning & Economic
Variance applications and the Zoning Board of
Adjustment schedule are available on our forms page.
plans must also avoid placing a structure in an easement,
which is an area that has been legally reserved for a public
use. However, a property owner can ask the
to approve abandonment of an easement.
information on permit requirements can be obtained by
contacting the Code Compliance Division at (321) 608-7915 or
by reviewing the information available on these web pages.