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Permit Requirements for Residential Property Owners

When acting in the capacity of owner/builder, the owner is, in essence, a contractor. Therefore, the same requirements are necessary for construction permits:

Note A completed permit application.
Note A complete legal description of the property.
Note Proof of property ownership. This can be a copy of a "recorded deed", current tax statement from the County Tax Assessor, or "Homestead Exemption Card".
Note If the construction value exceeds $2,500.00, a copy of the Notice of Commencement and a notarized affidavit, stating that the Notice has been filed for recording, is required to be submitted prior to obtaining the first inspection. A copy of the recorded Notice of Commencement is required prior to further inspections. 
Note Energy calculations are required for new construction and additions only. Forms are available from the Building Department or can be prepared by an air conditioning company or an insulation company.
Note When applicable, attach a copy of any variance that will apply to this application/construction, or a copy of Architectural Review Board (A.R.B.) approval.
Note Two (2) copies of a survey are required, showing where the addition is located on the property, drawn to the same scale as the survey (reduced copies of surveys will not be accepted, all surveys must be a full copy - to scale).
Note Garage doors, windows, doors, shutters, roofing, etc. shall have two (2) copies of Florida Product Approval information.
Note Two sets of building plans, drawn to scale, on a minimum 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper. Plans are required to be sealed by an engineer or architect, stating compliance with Section 1609 of the 2010 Florida Building Code for 150 vult wind speed. 

The following is required to be shown on the plans:

 Note  Floor plan showing use of space, existing & proposed
Note Calculated total living area, garage area and patio areas where applicable
Note Wall sections including framing materials and spacing
Note Roof framing layout and overhang including material, spacing, and uplift sealed by the truss company or engineer of record.
Note Electrical layout showing any new outlets and fixture locations
Note Smoke detector locations - required inside and outside of each bedroom. ARC fault protection required in each bedroom.
Note Location of GFI outlets as required by the 2008 NEC.
Note New plumbing fixtures and connections to existing system
Note Any fixtures that will be gas
Note A/C duct layout
Note Window schedule showing window sizes and type, existing and proposed.  Installation specifications, design pressures, and anchoring method.

Additional Information:   Windows

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

Note Door schedule showing door sizes and type, existing and proposed.  Installation specifications, design pressures, and anchoring method.
Note Strength of concrete
Note Attic access location (22" x 30" minimum) if required
ANY TWO STORY ADDITION on existing footers will require an engineer to verify that the existing footer is adequate, or to make recommendations as to what will be required to carry the additional load, signed and sealed. A tread and riser detail and handrail/guardrail detail showing compliance with 2010 FBC Residential Sections 311 and 312. 
ANY ALUMINUM CONSTRUCTION will require drawings by an engineer, with a raised seal, or an aluminum contractor with engineering on file at the Building Department.

Note DETACHED STRUCTURES - (detached utility buildings, garages) - must have two (2) copies of the property survey, to scale, showing the location of the proposed construction, two (2) sets of construction drawings, to scale, showing the size, type, and method of construction (frame/block), wall section and location of overhead power lines. Two (2) copies of components and cladding (doors, windows, roofing, etc.) manufactures installation requirements and Florida Product Approval information or signed and sealed details by a professional engineer who is registered in the State of Florida.
Note SWIMMING POOLS / SPAS - (in ground and above ground) - must have two (2) copies (full size, to scale) of the property survey from at least foundation stage, showing the pool/spa location from all lot lines to the water’s edge and distances from any other structure drawn to scale on the survey and location of overhead power lines. Submit two (2) sets of plans showing pool/spa size (length, depth, width), pool/spa specification and equipment list, pump connections, pump horsepower, electrical connections and GFI location, plumbing connections, and pool barrier detail. A set of signed and sealed engineered drawings must be on file, showing tank construction and indicating compliance with 2010 Florida Building Code, Chapter 424.
Note FENCES / BLOCK WALLS - must have two (2) copies of the property survey, to scale, showing the proposed fence location, type (chain link, wood, block), total length and height.
Note DRIVEWAYS / CONCRETE SLABS - must have two (2) copies of the property survey, to scale, and two (2) sets of plans showing location and type of pavement, how deep, size measurements and wire mesh or fiber mesh, and psi of concrete. A CITY USE PERMIT may be required if the driveway goes through the City right-of-way.
Note SCREEN ROOMS / POOL ENCLOSURES - must have two (2) copies of the property survey, to scale, showing the proposed size and location of the structure, and two (2) sets of construction drawings showing method of construction. ALL construction is required to be done by a licensed contractor and the drawings submitted must be signed and sealed by an engineer or architect.
Note MOBILE HOME SETUPS - must have two (2) copies of a plot plan drawing showing the lot size, the location and size of the mobile home being placed on the lot, and the distance between this mobile home and abutting mobile homes. A letter is required from the Mobile Home Park authorizing placement of the mobile home. A Brevard County impact fee may be required. Indicate tie-down method.


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