What are the steps needed to complete a building permit application?

Going through the building permit process can be challenging. There are a number of things you must know. Depending on what city or state you reside in, the qualifications and requirements change. If you are in the process of constructing a building or attempting to make any alterations to a structure in Florida, a building permit is required.


Why is a building permit required?

Local regulators require a building permit to ensure your structure is built according to code and meets the minimum standards set by the Florida Building Code. If you are not familiar with this process, things can quickly get confusing, as there are several types of building permits in Florida which are all contingent on the type of work being performed.


What are the types of building permits available?

When constructing a new structure, or performing renovations to an existing one, a general building permit is usually required. A permit must be in place prior to any work being done. If any additional work, such as electrical is required, an electrical permit must also be obtained. Every permit needed is based on the amount of work needed to complete the project. Other types of permits that may be needed include mechanical, plumbing, roofing, demolition and more.

Once you determine the type of permits needed, you must download the application from the website of the county where the work will be performed. The application requires the address of the property, and the parcel or folio number. Next, you will have to decide what type of permits you need, and also determine the type of permit request you need. There are a number of options, including a new permit, change of contractor, change of architect or engineer, permit extension, permit renewal, permit revision, change of use, private provider or city project.

The next step in the permitting process is determining the type of property that is being renovated or constructed. The options include commercial, multi-family residential, or residential. On the permit, you must state the total value of the work, and the square footage of the property that will be worked on. You must be detailed and state the dollar value of the component parts of the project, and the total value.

Make sure you have a detailed description of the work that is to be carried out, as well as the names of all responsible parties attached to the project. All the forms have to be signed by the owner of the project. Once this is done, you can go to the building department. Be prepared to pay any fees upfront, and submit the applications with two sets of plans for review. Once those fees are paid, you will be issued a processing number, which will be the number used for any future correspondence. The city will then conduct the plan review, which will take between thirty and sixty days. This may require revisions and resubmission. Once everything is approved, you pay the remaining fee and collect your permit.

This is a tedious process. Using a permitting company to get this done is easier and takes any guesswork out of the process. A permitting company is also familiar with individuals at the local government office that may be able to expedite your requests. By using this alternative, you will have all bases covered. For more information on using a permitting company, contact the team at The Permitter today.