When is a building permit required?

The Florida Building Code requires a Building Permit to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any impact-resistant coverings, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by The Florida Building Code, latest edition.

Some examples are:

The moving, removal, or addition of any non-structural walls in both residential and commercial

Accessory storage buildings, regardless of size

Fences, or replacement of two or more fence sections

Water Heater Replacements

Extension or installation of any electrical branch circuit or feeder

Ductwork extensions

Building permits would not be required for items that are being repaired such as a broken fence rail, replacement of appliances (other than water heaters), painting your residence, or for the replacement or addition of any type of non-structural flooring. Always call prior to the commencement of any construction project to verify whether a permit is required 850-833-9605, or you can email the Building Division. 

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1. When is a building permit required?
2. What Projects are exempt from needing a permit?
3. Will my project require plans?
4. When do I need an alteration permit?
5. When do I need a Notice of Commencement (NOC)?
6. Do I need a permit for a fence?
7. Do I need a permit to remove a tree from my property?
8. Do I need a permit to do minor roof repair?
9. Do I need a permit to replace my driveway slab?
10. Do I need a permit to pour a patio slab?
11. How long is my permit valid?
12. My permit expired. What do I do?
13. If I fail an inspection, what do I do?
14. I own a rental property and would like to apply for a building permit. Can I obtain the permit as an owner builder?
15. I'm a property owner. Can I apply for a building permit, if I am not a licensed contractor?
16. What is the difference if I obtain a permit myself or have a contractor obtain a permit for work on my house?
17. Who do I need to contact if I have a complaint about my contractor?
18. I wish to remove my contractor from the job. What is needed?
19. I am no longer having work done that was permitted. What do I do?