Building Permit

When it comes to a permit, it is really important to understand that there is mainly two different categories of permits, Residential and Commercial. Residential refers to a single family or a duplex, of up to three stories while everything else must follow the commercial guidelines. If you have a house that is more than three stories, then you must follow the commercial guidelines.

When working on Commercial project it is better that you get a professional involved to get you through the complexities of the code, which can be overwhelming. I have been working with the Florida Codes for over 10 years and I can tell you we learn something new in the code almost every week (sometimes everyday).

For Residential projects, if you have the time and patience to go through the building code, everything that you may need for permitting is within the residential building code.

When preparing a permit submittal, think about giving your plans or permit to someone, and that person should get the job done without asking you any questions and following just what is on the paper. 

This sounds easy right? It is not. How many times have you gotten a product where the instructions were very incomplete/unclear? That is what the plans examiners go through at the building department every day. Then when the homeowner/contractor comes to check why they get rejected; then they explain the project and it makes sense but the instructions must be in writing for anyone to be able to understand. Remember permits are public records that are filed at the local municipality.

Permit are not hard to obtain if you prepare your package as a manual instruction for any improvement that you want to do to your home or business.

I hope this gives you an idea of what to do when getting ready to submit a permit.

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