What types of work need a building permit?
Section 101.4.2 of the Florida Building Code states, “It shall be unlawful to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, remove, or demolish any building structure or any part thereof; or any equipment, device, or facility therein or thereon; or to change the occupancy of a building from one use group to another requiring greater strength, means of egress, fire, and sanitary provisions; or to change to an unauthorized or prohibited use; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by this code; without first having filed application and obtained a permit thereof from the building official, validated by payment thereof.”

Exception: No permit shall be required, in this or any of the following sections, for general maintenance or repairs which do not change the occupancy of the building and the value of which does not exceed $500 in labor and material as determined by the Building Official. However, no repairs maybe made without prior approval of the building official. The most common types of projects that permits are requested for are:

  • Single-family residences and duplexes

  • One- and two-story additions

  • Minor repairs, remodeling, and alterations

  • Accessory structures such as sheds, gazebos, and chickees

  • Carports

  • Pools and spas

  • Fences and walls

  • Decks (wood or concrete)

  • Screened porches, patios, and enclosures

  • Awnings and canopies

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1. Why do I need a building permit?
2. What types of work need a building permit?
3. How do I get a Building Permit?
4. What are the contractor requirements?
5. What are the requirements for owner-builders?
6. What is the permit intake and processing?
7. What is a stop work order?