The purpose of permits is to ensure that changes or additions to a building or structure minimally meet state and county building codes. The purpose of building codes are to protect the public health, safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures.
Not all work requires a permit. Links under the "General Information" section of this page have been provided to help explain what does and does not require a permit.
Section 105.1 of the 2010 Florida Building Code states the following:
"Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any impact resistant coverings, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Building Official and obtain the required permit."