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Building Permit Submittal Packages

Single Family Residence

  1. Completed Building Application
  2. Completed H.A.R.C. Application
  3. Property Deed
  4. Site Plan with Survey
  5. 3 Sets of Sealed Construction Plans
  6. Fl. Keys Aqueduct Authority Approval
  7. City Electric System Approval
  8. Coastal Construction Code Compliance Letter
  9. V Zone Certification(if located in FEMA V Zone)
  10. Energy Code Calculations ( 3 Sets )
  11. Tree Permit (if trees are to be removed for construction)
  12. Owner/Builder Affidavit (if being built by homeowner)

Residential Additions

  1. Completed Building Application
  2. Completed H.A.R.C. Application (if applicable)
  3. Property Deed
  4. Site Plan with Survey
  5. 3 Sets of Construction Plans (plans must be sealed if
  6. addition is second story or greater than 150 square ft.)
  7. Coastal Construction Code Compliance Letter ( if addition
  8. is second story or greater than 150 square ft.)
  9. V Zone Certification (if located in FEMA V Zone)
  10. Tree Permit (if trees are to be removed for construction)
  11. Owner/Builder Affidavit (if being built by homeowner)

Residential Interior Alterations

  1. Completed Building Application
  2. Property Deed
  3. 3 Sets of Construction Plans (plans must be sealed if alteration is structural)
  4. Owner/Builder Affidavit (if being built by homeowner)

Commercial or Multi-Family Additions

  • Additions to Commercial or Multi-family Buildings need to submit the same items as New Commercial or Multi-family Construction.

Commercial or Multi-Family Interior Alterations

  1. Completed Building Application ( incl. all trades required)
  2. 4 Sets of Construction Plans ( must be sealed by Architect/Engineer if structural changes are being made or non-structural with a value greater than $25,000.00)

New Commercial or Multi-Family Construction

  1. Completed Building Application(incl. all trades required)
  2. Completed H.A.R.C. Application
  3. Property Deed
  4. Site Plan with Survey (incl. landscape and drainage plans)
  5. 4 Sets of Sealed Construction Plans
  6. Fl. Keys Aqueduct Authority Approval
  7. City Electric System Approval
  8. Coastal Construction Compliance Letter
  9. V Zone Certification (if located in FEMA V Zone)
  10. Energy Code Calculations (required only for Multi-Family-3 Sets)
  11. Tree Permit (if trees are to be removed for construction)
  12. Variance Approvals (if any are required for construction)
  13. SFWMD Approval (if site is 10 acres or larger)
  14. State or Federal Permits (if any are required)
  15. Owner/Builder Affidavit

**Site Plan Approval Required if commercial project is greater than 500 square ft., or if Multi-Family project is greater than 3 units**

Required Inspections

PLACARD, DRAWINGS, & NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT RECORDED AT CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURTS AVAILABLE TO INSPECTOR AND PROTECTED FROM ENVIRONMENT AT ALL TIMES.
  1. BUILDING - FOOTING INSPECTION
    Inspect depth, width, reinforcement, electrical bonding, and setbacks. If footing is part of a monolithic pour, inspections #2, & #3 must be completed prior to this inspection.
  2. PLUMBING - FIRST ROUGH INSPECTION
    Inspect sanitary drain pipes for proper fall, size, test for leaks, and if all fittings are the right type. Water piping - check for leaks, and if pipes are protected from concrete and different types of metals.
  3. ELECTRICAL - SLAB
    Inspect conduit under slab for proper size, material type, and depth of burial.(Required only for conduit under slab)
  4. BUILDING - GRADE BEAM
    Inspect formwork for grade beam(V-Zone requirement only) for proper dimensions, steel placement, and clearances.
  5. BUILDING - SLAB
    Inspect soil treatment and vapor barrier under living area if slab on grade, slab thickness, wire mesh, and if dowels are in place.
  6. BUILDING - INTERMEDIATE/TOP TIE BEAM
    Inspect reinforcement from footing through top beam steel, length of reinforcement lap, size & type of reinforcement, and beam sizes. Check if vertical down pours are cleaned out, and height of lift being poured. TOP TIE-BEAM INSPECTION WILL NOT BE MADE IF A SURVEY SHOWING FINISH FLOOR ELEVATION AND SETBACKS IS NOT ON THE JOBSITE.
  7. ELECTRICAL - ROUGH INSPECTION
    Inspect wire runs for size, amount of circuits, box fill, fastening, smoke alarm location, spacing of outlets, exterior lights, fan boxes, nail plates, and IC rating of recessed lighting fixtures.
  8. PLUMBING - SECOND ROUGH INSPECTION
    Inspect for leaks in tub, shower pan, shower drain, vent stacks, and water piping. Inspect tub for level, water piping for straps, shower valves for stops, and check if vent stacks are through the roof with flashing.
  1. MECHANICAL - ROUGH INSPECTION
    Inspect duct work for size, and location against plan. Check dryer vents, bath fan vents, and range hood vents. Check lines to equipment, plenums for sealing, and location of equipment.
  2. BUILDING - ROOF SHEATHING
    Inspect roof sheathing for proper thickness, and for nailing pattern.
  3. BUILDING - FRAMING INSPECTION
    This inspection can only completed after inspections #7, #8, & #9 have been completed and approved. In addition, the framing inspection cannot be approved without a tie-in survey and elevation certificate on the jobsite. Inspect type of studs, spacing, and protection of untreated wood against concrete, block or metal. Inspect roof rafters, ceiling joists or trusses for spacing, size and bracing. Check all framing members for notching. Check all connections: straps, buckets, bolts or nails for size and number as per plans. Check header size, furring strips, fire blocking, and draft stopping. A sealed copy of the truss engineering for City records shall be made available to the inspector. No inspection shall be completed without the truss engineering, and a rejection notice will be issued.
  4. BUILDING - DRYWALL INSPECTION
    Inspect all drywall before finishing is started for right type, thickness and nailing pattern of screws or nails.
  5. ELECTRICAL - FINAL INSPECTION
    Inspect outlets, switches, lighting, GFI outlets, trim, appliances, panel breakers, panel labeling, and fans.
  6. PLUMBING - FINAL INSPECTION
    Inspect sinks, faucets, tubs, showers, water heaters with relief valves and pans draining outside, see if fixtures are grouted and no leaks, and all holes filled through cabinetry and walls.
  7. MECHANICAL - FINAL INSPECTION
    Inspect equipment including location and rating label, trim out, heat shields in place, and condensate drain to outside with trap. Check location of exterior equipment for setback violations.
  8. BUILDING - FINAL INSPECTION
    Inspect complete building to verify everything is complete and all inspections are finalized. Verify address numbers are in place and the building is ready for occupancy.

Required Information on Plans

  1. SURVEY / SITE PLAN showing:
    - location of proposed construction on the site
    - Measurements from property line to construction
    - Dimensions of all proposed construction
    - All existing trees in construction area and any trees to be removed.
  2. FLOOR PLAN showing:
    - Size of construction and interior wall locations
    - Denote all new verses existing construction
    - Electrical layout; lighting, outlets, fixtures, appliances, meter and panel locations
    - Plumbing layout: fixtures, hose bibs, water heater, and plumbing isometric.
    - Mechanical layout: ducts with sizes, and equipment location. (Duct layout not required for single family residence)
    - Energy code calculations.
  1. FOUNDATION PLAN showing:
    - foundation layout, size of augers/footers, steel reinforcing of footer, and connection to structure.
  2. WALL SECTION showing:
    - footer, slab, floor, wall, ceiling, and roof with ALL details and connections. Specify all connectors to be used, not just "hurricane clip".
  3. ROOF PLAN showing:
    - Roof rafters, collar ties, ridge beam, and trusses.
    - Span, spacing, and lumber size with all dimensions.

Occupational License and Business Permits

  1. Property ownership or authorization to use property for business.
  2. Commercial garbage account.
  3. Sales tax registration.
  4. Articles of incorporation(if business is incorporated).
  1. State inspection or license(if applicable).
  2. Current balances on all City accounts(sewer/garbage).
  3. Approved final inspections on construction, or C.O.
  4. Approval from City Fire Prevention Division.

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