WHEN IS A PERMIT REQUIRED FOR DEMOLITION OR SWIMMING POOL ABANDONMENT IN JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA?
WHEN IS A PERMIT REQUIRED FOR DEMOLITION OR SWIMMING POOL ABANDONMENT IN JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA?
A building permit is required for any construction that physically changes or adds structures to your property or for work regulated by local codes or ordinances, such as:
– New buildings
– Additions – room additions, patio covers, swimming pools, etc.
– Alterations – re-roofs, garage conversions, exterior stucco, etc.
– Repairs – replacement of water heaters or other plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems, air conditioning units, new electrical service, rewiring, etc.
– Moving or demolishing a building
– Change of use of structures
– Installation of heating equipment, such as wood stoves, central heat, wall heaters and wood burning or gas fireplaces
– Swimming Pools
WHEN IS A PERMIT NOT REQUIRED?
– Patio slabs
– Replacement of plumbing fixtures after the stop, excluding water heaters
– Stopping of leaks
– Clear drain stoppages, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures – Connection of portable equipment such as portable heating appliances, portable ventilation equipment, portable cooling units and portable evaporative coolers
– Any steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by the code
– Replacement of any part within a single piece of equipment
– Any self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of one horsepower or less
WHEN IS A NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT REQUIRED?
A Notice of Commencement is required on most jobs over $2500.
WHO ARE THE ENFORCING AGENCIES FOR PERMITTING?
Building Inspection Division
What do I need to register as a contractor to pull permits?
New Contractor Registration Registration Form Fillable100908.pdf You need:
1. Construction license from the State of Florida
2. Picture ID card
3. Proof of workers compensation insurance or exemption
4. Two Business Tax Receipts: One for the company from any county in the state of Florida and one for the qualifying agent from the City of Jacksonville
5. City ID card signed by qualifying agent. The qualifying agents signature can be notarized if they cannot appear in person.
If a person who is licensed by the State of Florida (Chapter 489 Contracting, Florida Statutes) as a general, building or residential contractor wants to apply for a building construction permit, he/she shall first receive an identification number from the Building Inspection Division, phone (904) 630-1100. In order to receive the ID number, a certificate holder shall appear in person.
HOW MUCH DOES A PERMIT COST?
Permit fees for required permits shall be as provided in the following schedule:
Building or construction permit fees: For the purpose of determining fees, floor area shall be the gross overall, outside dimension, floor area of a building at each story, including all portions under roofs. Where a building permit fee is paid for a new building or addition, separate permits and fees shall not be required for fences, walls, dwelling, awnings, masonry fence walls, or other components normal to building construction. Separate fees shall be paid for electrical, plumbing, mechanical, miscellaneous or other permits shown elsewhere in this schedule.
HOW LONG ARE PERMITS GOOD FOR?
WHAT CODES ARE CURRENTLY BEING ENFORCED?
The City of Jacksonville Building Inspection Division is currently enforcing the Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014). This includes:
Florida Building Code, Building
Florida Building Code, Fuel Gas
Florida Building Code, Mechanical
Florida Building Code, Plumbing
Florida Building Code, Accessibility
Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation
Florida Building Code, Existing Building
For Electrical provisions, the current code is the NFPA 70 – NEC 2011.
For Fire prevention provisions, the current code is the Florida Fire Prevention Code.
WHERE CAN I GET A COPY OF THE CURRENT CODES?
An online copy of the current Florida Building Code is available here.
Code Books can be purchased from many sources.
Local sources include:
AAA Construction Bookstore – 7402 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL (904) 722-9994
Sources on the internet include:
Building Officials Association of Florida Online Store
International Code Council Online Store
For local zoning code information, contact:
Planning and Development Department
Ed Ball Building
214 N. Hogan Street, Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL 32202
WHERE DO I SUBMIT MY PLANS AND WHAT WILL BE REQUIRED?
Building Permit Process:
Two complete sets (all disciplines) of plans, drawings and specifications together with the building permit application shall be submitted and logged in at the Plan Review Counter, Ed Ball Building 214 N. Hogan Street Room 280,
Jacksonville, Florida 32202.
The sets will be reviewed by all disciplines including the fire marshal. Once the review is completed, you will be notified of any comments.
Note: make sure all plans are complete (mechanical, electrical, plumbing – MEP). If this is a renovation project, and you are not revising one or more of the MEP trades, indicate that very clearly on your plans. Many plans are returned for more information, simply because we do not know the extent of your work. See complete details on our website.
DO I HAVE TO HIRE A LICENSED ARCHITECT OR ENGINEER TO PREPARE MY PLANS?
In many circumstances, yes. No permit may be issued for any building construction, erection, alteration, modification, repair or addition unless the applicant for such permit provides to the enforcing agency that issues the permit any of the following documents that apply to the construction for which the permit is to be issued and which shall be prepared by or under the direction of an engineer registered under chapter 471 Florida Statutes:
Electrical documents for any new building or addition that requires an aggregate service capacity of over 600 amperes (240 volts) on a residential electrical system or 800 amperes (240 volts) or more on a commercial or industrial electrical system and that costs more than $50,000. Plumbing documents for any new building or addition that requires a plumbing system with more than 250 fixture units or which costs more than $50,000. Fire sprinkler documents for any new building or addition that includes a fire sprinkler system that contains 50 or more sprinkler heads. A Contractor I, Contractor II or Contractor IV, certified under §633.521, may design a fire sprinkler system of 49 or fewer heads and may design the alteration of an existing fire sprinkler system if the alteration consists of the relocation, addition or deletion of not more than 49 heads, notwithstanding the size of the existing fire sprinkler system. Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning documents for any new building or addition that requires more than a 15-ton-per-system capacity, which is designed to accommodate 100 or more persons or for which the system costs more than $50,000. This paragraph does not include any document for the replacement or repair of an existing system in which the work does not require altering a structural part of the building or for work on a residential one-family, two-family, three-family or four-family structure. Any specialized mechanical, electrical or plumbing document for any new building or addition that includes a medical gas, oxygen, steam, vacuum, toxic air filtration, Halon or fire detection and alarm system that costs more than $5,000.
Engineering Requirements for Residential Plan Submission
If the design professional is an architect or engineer registered in Florida, then he/she shall sign and seal the drawings, specifications and accompanying data as required by Florida Statute. This includes one-and two-family dwellings.
WHAT IS THE CURRENT AVERAGE TURN-AROUND TIME FOR PLAN REVIEW?
Our residential plan review turn-around goal is five business days, or less. Our commercial plan review turn-around goal is ten business days, or less.
WHEN DO I CALL FOR AN INSPECTION? WHO DO I CALL?
(904) 630-1100 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Inspections can also be requested over the Building Inspections website. Prior to any inspection being performed, the permit and the notice of commencement must be posted on the job site. Construction documents must be available on the job site and maintained in a weatherproof container and must be legible.
WHAT PAPERWORK AM I REQUIRED TO LEAVE ON THE JOB SITE FOR THE INSPECTOR?
The complete set of legible permit documents as approved through plan review must be onsite in a weatherproof container at the time of each inspection.
DOES SOMEONE NEED TO BE AT THE JOB SITE FOR THE INSPECTION?
Any occupied home or business must have a representative onsite that is 18 years of age or older able to provide access to all areas requiring inspection. Inspections for permitted work on unoccupied projects do not require a representative onsite, but access must be available to all areas requiring inspection.
WHAT DOES THE INSPECTOR NEED TO INSPECT?
1. Access. Generally, our inspectors have the ability to access a single-story roof. The contractor is responsible to provide access to any location requiring inspection.
2. A complete set of legible permit documents as approved through plan review must be onsite in a weatherproof container for each inspection.
HOW CAN I CONTACT MY INSPECTOR?
Our staff phone numbers and email can be found on our webiste under the ‘Contact Us’ menu item. To determine a rough idea an inspector may arrive at your project, our inspectors’ daily schedule can be found here.
Complaints and Violations
HOW DO I REGISTER A COMPLAINT ABOUT WHAT APPEARS TO BE A BUILDING CODE VIOLATION OR A COMPLAINT ABOUT A CONTRACTOR?
You can call the CARE system at (904) 630-CITY and they will take your complaint, routing it to the appropriate department. Complaints can also be filed with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation here.
HOW DO I VERIFY THAT MY CONTRACTOR IS LICENSED?
Call the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (D.B.P.R.) at (904) 727-6530 or the Construction Trades Qualifying Board (C.T.Q.B.) at (904) 630-2657. You can verify State Contractors Licenses and complaints by going to Myflorida.com.
Generally, the building inspector will need to inspect all aspects of the work before it is covered or concealed from view. These inspections are done to assure that the work has been done to a minimum safety standard and that it complies with the approved plans for the project. The following is a list of the typical inspections that may be required on a project:
– Foundation Slab (prior to pouring concrete)
– Plumbing and electrical (rough and final)
– Duct work
– Air conditioning and heating equipment
– Gas piping and gas equipment
– And many others, depending on the type of work being done.