Building Inspection Division
The Building Inspection Division's primary responsibility is to inspect all buildings, structures, and facilities within City limits to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare by ensuring compliance with state and local building code regulations. Some of the activities related to enforcing the Florida Building Code include:
- Issuing building permits
- Conducting Florida Building Code inspections
- Reviewing permit applications and construction documents related to new construction and alterations to existing buildings
Flood-Resistant Coastal Construction
- FBC 7th Edition (2020) Flood Resistant Provisions
- FEMA Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction
- Floodplain Management in Florida Quick Guide
- Build A Safer Florida
Pursuant to Ordinance Number 2006-7929, Construction Hours are 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday. It is unlawful to erect (including excavate), demolish, alter and/or repair any building at any time on Sundays or the following observed holidays:
- New Years Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
The effective date for the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Codes and the 2017 National Electrical Code is December 31, 2020. All applications submitted on, or after, December 31, 2020, shall be designed in accordance with the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code for Building, Residential, Existing Building, Energy Conservation, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing, and/or the 2017 National Electrical Code. These Codes and prior editions may be accessed online at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website. Visit the National Fire Protection Association website to learn about current codes and standards.
When performing due diligence for certain real estate transactions, it is not uncommon for open or expired building permits to be discovered. The absence or presence of permit application records does not guarantee work actually commenced or that the work performed meets all building, zoning, and/or fire code requirements, applicable laws and/or regulations. A permit that is not formally finalized in accordance with established guidelines, typically by means of a final inspection, expires after 180 days of the last approved inspection. Once a permit expires, it is referred to as inactive and recorded in the property’s permanent history, despite any ownership changes. Applications and permits can be closed using the procedures set forth under F.S. 553.79 and/or FBC-Building, Chapter 105.
The Planning and Development Department is not required to approve private property real estate transactions. However, interested parties may want to verify that a site (property) can accommodate any existing/proposed types of use(s) and/or buildings meet all requirements for public health, safety and general welfare as well as local utility, code enforcement and zoning-related requirements (parking, grease interceptors, signage, sanitation, property maintenance, variances, special exceptions, setbacks, etc.) and fire-related (fire hazards, distance requirements, life safety, etc.) codes and there are not any existing non-conformities that may need to be rectified.
The information contained herein is intended to provide basic information related to the existence of Open and Expired Building Permits recorded within City limits and the options available for property owners or potential buyers to resolve. It is not intended to serve as or provide professional legal advice.