Yes, the Florida Building Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code Florida Fire Prevention Code are available online.
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Generally, the Florida Building Code requires a permit for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and building construction work other than minor repairs. If you are unsure if a permit is required, please contact the Building/Fire Safety Division at (407) 571-8433.
Replacement fence work is divided into two categories:
No. Painting, carpeting, tile work, replacement of cabinetry and drywall repair in single family residential homes is considered cosmetic and does not require a permit. Any work that changes the structural integrity of a building does require a permit. Note: Changes to exterior color of buildings in the West Town Center or Gateway Center areas do require the pre-approval of the Development Review Committee.
Yes. However, we strongly recommend that a licensed contractor perform the work. If a homeowner/building owner is going to pull their own permit, they must be the sole occupant of the building and meet numerous criteria contained in the Owner/Builder Statement Affidavit Owner/Builder Statement Affidavit mandated by the Florida Legislature. Homeowners are advised against pulling permits for a contractor because the homeowner then becomes the legally responsible party for all work. This includes all Florida Building Code requirements, any legal obligations involving OSHA regulations, IRS tax implications (FICA withholding), liability insurance and any and all other regulation related to the building industry.
A permit will expire six months from date of issue if no inspections are completed on the project or six months from the last approved inspection. In order to reinstate a permit, a written request must be directed to the Building Official.
The minimum building permit fee is approximately $55. For larger jobs, the building permit fee is approximately 2 percent of the contract price of the job.
If work occurs without a permit, the permit fee is doubled, or in some cases tripled, and the work can be required to be disassembled so it can be inspected. In addition, there are some civil risks to a property owner. Most real estate contracts require disclosure of all modifications to a home, condominium or building and most buyers are now conducting public records requests to ensure that work has been completed with a permit. Failure to obtain a permit and final inspections may result in serious complications or exposure to liability when a property is sold.
The City of Altamonte Springs adheres to the Florida Building Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code.
The City has adopted the Unsafe Building Abatement Code. This code only references buildings that are in eminent danger of collapse. Issues that are not structural in nature are not covered by this code. Landlord tenant disputes that are non-structural in nature (mold, drafty windows, HVAC systems and minor roof and plumbing leaks) are considered civil matters that do not fall under any codes that the City has adopted or can enforce.