WHAT ARE PERMITS?
Permits help to ensure that all codes are properly followed in our community. A Permit is a written communication authorizing work to be done. If work is done without permits, you can jeopardize your chances of obtaining financing, violate state and local ordinances requiring permits which may lead to a Code Enforcement action, and create problems when you sell your property. There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction: building (for architectural and structural work), electrical, plumbing and mechanical.
Applying for the permits is the first step. You may need to submit construction drawings for plan check review that include a plot plan of your property showing existing and proposed improvements. There are many checklists to help you through this process.
Once your plans are approved, you are required to build the project according to those plans. If any changes are made to the plans, the revised plans must be reviewed by Construction Services Department.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PERMITS?
Permits are the way the City of Deltona regulates construction. There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction:
- Building Permit: New construction, additions, alterations, remodels, tenant improvements, gazebos, patio covers, decks, house moves, retaining walls, or repairs to either residential or non-residential structures.
- Electrical Permit: New installations, additions, extensions, alterations, changes, and fire and accident repairs of any electrical wiring and electrical equipment associated with a structure or project.
- Plumbing Permit: New installation, removal, alteration, repair, or replacement of any plumbing, gas, any fixture or water heater or treating equipment in a building or premise.
- Mechanical Permit: New installations; alterations; repair; replacement; remodel; and/or removal of duct work, heating, venting, or air conditioning equipment (HVAC) and gas piping.
- Re-roof Permit
- Demolition Permit: The complete demolition of an existing structure.
- Moving Permit: To relocate an existing structure by traveling along, over or through the public thoroughfares within the City limits.
Some examples of projects requiring permits are as follows:
- Covered Patios
- Screened Enclosures
- Room Additions
- Tenant Improvements
- Heaters / Air Conditioners Replacement
- Water Heater Replacements
- Swimming Pools
- Swimming Pool Enclosures
- Generator Installation
- Any and All Electrical Work
- Any and All Plumbing Work
WHERE IS THE PERMIT APPLICATION MADE?
A permit application is made and may be obtained from:
Construction Services Division
2345 Providence Blvd
Deltona, Florida 32725
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m and closed at 3:30 p.m., the third Friday of each month.
WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED ON A PERMIT APPLICATION?
The following general information is required for all permit applications:
- The property owners Name, telephone number, and e-mail address if available
- The project address
- The company name of the contractor
- Contractor/Applicant Name with State of Florida license number
- Contractor/Applicants address
- Contractor’s telephone, fax numbers, and e-mail address if available
- Description of work to be done
- Contractor License holder’s notarized signature or a job specific power of attorney if the person actually making the application will be signing any documents on the contractor’s behalf.
More specific types of information are required for the different permit types. Please consult the Forms section for more information.
WHO CAN MAKE APPLICATION TO OBTAIN A PERMIT?
Any owner or authorized agent, licensed contractor, may make application to the Building Official to obtain required permits.
WHAT MUST BE PROVIDED WITH A PERMIT APPLICATION?
A typical permit submittal for a single family residence will require:
- A completed permit application
- One set of construction plans signed and sealed by a licensed professional engineer
- One set of sealed truss engineering
- One set of Door and Window manufacturer’s installation specifications and Florida Product Approval
- One set of Energy Calculations, Manual J, Manual D and Manual S with complete cover sheets.
- Sealed survey of the existing conditions on and around the site
- One plot plan with proposed development
- A Tree Removal Permit application
- City Right of Way use permit for the driveway
- There is a $30.00 nonrefundable submittal fee and a Plan Review fee due when the application is submitted to Construction Services Division.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A PERMIT?
Permit issuance periods vary. Some projects, such as re-roofs, water heaters, window replacements, etc., can be fully permitted over-the-counter, meaning a return trip will not be needed. Other projects, however, require the plans be left for additional review. Most single-family dwellings, additions, and garages will be commented on within 7 - 10 days. Commercial projects require a longer time period for Building and Fire Plan Review.
WHEN IS A PERMIT REQUIRED?
A permit is required when the owner or authorized agent intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the Florida Building Code, or to cause any such work to be done.
WHAT IS THE FLORIDA BUILDING CODE?
The Florida Building Code is comprised of
Florida Building Code 2014 - 5th Edition
Florida Residential Code
Florida Mechanical Code
Florida Plumbing Code
National Electrical Code 2010
Florida Fuel Gas Code 2014
Florida Fire Prevention Code
Test protocols for High Velocity Hurricane Zones
(This Section applies to Dade and Broward Counties only)
DO APPLICATIONS AND PERMITS EXPIRE?
Application Expiration. An application for a permit for any proposed work shall be deemed to have been abandoned, becoming null and void 180 days after the date of filing.
Permit Expiration. Every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work on the site authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced. Failure to obtain an approved inspection within 180 days of the previous approved inspection shall constitute suspension or abandonment.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH A PERMIT?
WHEN ARE INSPECTIONS REQUIRED?
Construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved. Approval as a result of an inspection shall not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction.
It shall be the duty of the permit applicant to cause the work to remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes. The building official shall be permitted to require a boundary line survey prepared by a qualified surveyor whenever the boundary lines cannot be readily determined in the field. Neither the building official nor the jurisdiction shall be liable for expense entailed in the removal or replacement of any material required to allow inspection.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE INSPECTIONS?
All inspections are handled through an automated system. When calling to request an inspection dial 386-575-6900 or 407-936-9999. A recording will ask you for your permit number, confirmation number and inspection code number. These numbers are all located on your permit card. When all these numbers are entered, the inspection is automatically scheduled for the next business day.
Note: All permit cards and attachments must be posted in a location where it can be seen from the street (ex. Front door, front window, garage door) and accessible for the Inspector’s signature. If permit card and attachments is not visible when the inspector arrives this will result in a failed inspection.
WHEN WILL THE INSPECTION BE DONE?
The requested inspection will be done the next business day following the request. The Construction Services Division Inspectors begin their day at 7:30 in the morning and end at 4:00pm. Inspections will be done at any time during this period. Items to be inspected should be ready for inspection before the inspector arrives.
WHAT ITEMS DO I NEED ONSITE WHEN I CALL FOR AN INSPECTION ON MY BUILDING PERMIT?
The reviewed set of plans, with revision , permit card, a copy of the recorded Notice of Commencement, and any engineering documents for the project must be on site.
ARE AFTER HOURS AND WEEK END INSPECTIONS AVAILABLE?
Special inspections are available for fee. The Fee for an After Hours Inspection Weekdays, between 4:30pm and 7:30am, Monday through Thursday, is $50.00 per hour with a 2 hour minimum. The Fee for an After Hours Weekend Inspection, done after 4:30pm Friday and before 7:30am Monday, is $50.00 per hour with a 4 hour minimum. Arrangements must be made and fees paid in advance. Contact our office, 386-878-8650, for details.
CAN I DO THE WORK MYSELF OR DO I HAVE TO HIRE A CONTRACTOR?
Property owners may do work on their own property, but all codes and ordinances must be met. The property owner shall fill out an “Owner-Builder Statement” when the permit application is made. The “Owner-Builder Statement” is to be signed when the Constuction Services Representative is receiving the application. Not in advance.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENT FLORIDA STATUTE 489.103(7)
State law requires construction to be done by licensed contractors. You have applied for a permit under an exemption to that law. The exemption allows you, as the owner of your property, to act as your own contractor with certain restrictions even though you do not have a license. You must provide direct, onsite supervision of the construction yourself. You may build or improve a one-family or two-family residence or a farm outbuilding. You may also build or improve a commercial building, provided your costs do not exceed $75,000. The building or residence must be for your own use or occupancy. It may not be built or substantially improved for sale or lease. If you sell or lease a building you have built or substantially improved yourself within 1 year after the construction is complete, the law will presume that you built
or substantially improved it for sale or lease, which is a violation of this exemption. You may not hire an unlicensed person to act as your contractor or to supervise people working on your building. It is your responsibility to make sure that people employed by you have licenses required by state law and by county or municipal licensing ordinances. You may not delegate the responsibility for supervising work to a licensed contractor who is not licensed to perform the work being done. Any person working on your building who is not licensed must work under your direct supervision and must be employed by you, which means that you must deduct F.I.C.A. and withholding tax and provide workers' compensation for that employee, all as prescribed by law. Your construction must comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, building codes, and zoning regulations.
WHEN IS A NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT REQUIRED?
A Notice of Commencement is required when the direct contract is greater than $2500.00. A Notice of Commencement is not required to repair or replace an existing heating or air-conditioning system unless the direct contract is $7500.00 or more.
WHAT IS A “NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT”?
Except for an improvement that is exempt pursuant to s. 713.02(5), an owner or the owner's authorized agent before actually commencing to improve any real property, or recommencing completion of any improvement after default or abandonment, whether or not a project has a payment bond complying with s. 713.23, shall record a notice of commencement in the clerk's office and forthwith post either a certified copy thereof or a notarized statement that the notice of commencement has been filed for recording along with a copy thereof. The notice of commencement shall contain the following information:
1. A description sufficient for identification of the real property to be improved. The description should include the legal description of the property and also should include the street address of the property if available or, if there is no street address available, such additional information as will describe the physical location of the real property to be improved.
2. A general description of the improvement.
3. The name and address of the owner, the owner's interest in the site of the improvement, and the name and address of the fee simple titleholder, if other than such owner.
4. The name and address of the contractor.
5. The name and address of the surety on the payment bond under s. 713.23, if any, and the amount of such bond.
6. The name and address of any person making a loan for the construction of the improvements.
7. The name and address within the state of a person other than himself or herself who may be designated by the owner as the person upon whom notices or other documents may be served under this part; and service upon the person so designated constitutes service upon the owner.
Please refer to Florida Statute 713.13 for additional information.