Building Department FAQ

Central Permitting

1.  Do I need a permit for a fence?
      Yes, all new and replaced fences are required to pull a permit. (see fence information)

2.  Do I need a permit for a shed?
      Yes, all sheds and carports will need a permit. (see accessory building information)
3.  What do I need to apply for a permit?
      We use one application for all building permits.  Additional affidavits, plans, site plans, etc. may be required depending on the work being performed.
      Permitting Requirements)

4.  How long does it take to get a permit approved?
      Simple permits such as: Re-roofing a house, replacing an air conditioner, are done over the counter. Applications that require Site and Plans review
      requires a minimum of 7-10 business days.

5.  What form of payment do you accept?
      Cash or Check only. 
      All monetary transactions are between 8:00am and 4:30pm

6.  Do I need a permit to cut down a tree?

7.  What are the setbacks for my lot?
      This depends on several factors including the zoning of your property, if it is in a subdivision, if it is a corner lot, etc.  Call our building department
      at 813-780-0020 for more information.

8.  Can I perform work on my own house or do I need to hire a contractor?
      There is an exemption under the Florida building code that allows a homeowner to act as a contractor with certain restrictions.
      (see Owner Builder Affidavit)

9.  Do I need to file a notice of commencement if I am pulling the permit as a homeowner?
      Yes, state regulations require a notice of commencement be recorded with the county clerk's office whenever the value of the work is $2,500 or more.

10. How much does a permit cost?
       Permits vary in price depending on the work being done, the size of the project, and the number of trades such as forex trading involved.  For an estimated cost contact the
       Building Department at 813-780-0020 for this information.

11. Can I apply for a permit online?
       No, but permit information and applications are online.
       The most common forms are available for download.

Building Inspections - Plans Examination

1. How many sets of plans do I need to submit for review?
     Two sets of plans are needed

Building Inspections

1. How can I find out the results of my inspection?
     Call the office at 813-780-0020 and we can tell you if the inspection passed or failed.  If the inspection failed, additional information is written and
      left on the job site.

2. How can I get automated information about plan review?
     Call the office at 813-780-0020 and we can tell you the results of your inspections or plan review comments.

3. Does someone need to be there when the inspector arrives?
     If the inspection requires the inspector to enter your building or there are animals on the property, someone must be there to meet the inspector.

4. For what types of construction do I need a permit?
     Permits are required in the Florida Building Code.  The following activities require a building permit unless exempted in writing by the Building Official:
     erection, construction, alteration or repair of a building, structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system.  Permits are required for sheds and
     similar outbuildings. (Florida Building Code)

5. How do I receive an extension?
     A request must be made prior to six months from the issue date of the permit.  Only one extension request will be granted for a period of 90 days, and 
     there is a $15 charge per trade processing fee.

6. How does my job get inspected?
    All permitted construction must be inspected.  You must call 813-780-0020 to schedule the inspection.  Any inspection called before 7:00am will
    be scheduled the same day.       

7. What is the arrival time of the inspector?
    Because of the volume of inspections, we are unable to provide an estimated time of arrival for our inspector;    however, his normal field hours are from 
    7:00am - 3:30pm.  If the inspection has been carried over from the previous workday, the inspection will be given priority on the morning of the next
    work day.

8. What permits are required when doing minor construction?
     All construction needs to be permitted whether the job is considered "minor" or not.  This is to insure safety, quality construction, and code compliance.

9. Our new roof was inspected and approved by the City.  Our homeowners insurance company is now requesting a certification from
    a licensed contractor.  Who can do the inspection and certification?

    Due to the new State of Florida regulations, the County recommends that you visit the My Safe Florida Home website to find a state approved inspector
    who can perform the necessary inspection.

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