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Commercial Addition

Information for expanding the footprint of an existing commercial building.

Required Forms & Documents

  • Application Package for a Commercial Building Permit (1 original & 2 copies)
  • Application for Construction Permit (1 original signed)
  • Notice of Commencement (1 copy recorded): Any improvement for which the direct contract price is greater than $2,500. Must be submitted prior to scheduling the first inspection.
  • Survey (2 copies or sets): Signed and sealed less than one year old.
  • Site Plan (2 copies or sets)
  • Commercial Design Standards Worksheet
  • Stormwater Approval Letter
  • Drawings/Plans/Engineering (3 sets): Full drawings including mechanical, electrical and plumbing specifications.
  • Energy Calculations (3 copies or sets)
  • Subcontractor Worksheet (1 original or copy): Required if contractor is hiring a subcontractor to perform any electric, mechanical, plumbing or roofing.
  • Elevation Certificate - "Under Construction" (1 original): Prepared by a registered surveyor, is required if the property is within a Special Flood Hazard Area. The certificate must be submitted for approval prior to requesting the Lintel Inspection. The document may be emailed to FloodInfo@CharlotteCountyFL.gov
  • Elevation Certificate - "Final" (2 originals): Prepared by a registered surveyor, is required if the property is within the Special Flood Hazard Area. The certificate must be submitted for approval prior to requesting any Final Inspections. The document may be emailed to FloodInfo@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
  • Affidavit - No Public Utility Structures On-Site (1 original notarized)
  • Affidavit - Public Sewer, Private Septic & Water Service (1 original notarized)
  • Septic Permit (1 copy): Application must be approved by either Charlotte County Utilities Department or Health Department.
  • Landscaping and Trees: Landscaping plans (4) and Tree paperwork.
  • Additional Paperwork: Site plan approval may be required prior to application for building permit. Additional stormwater permit may be required.
  • External Agency Approval: Other requirements will be specified during the Site Plan Review process.
  • Product Specifications: Product Approval Numbers for materials (e.g. windows, doors, roof covering, siding, soffits, etc.). Product approvals can be researched at floridabuilding.org/pr/pr_app_srch.aspx (FL#'s) or miamidade.gov/building/pc-search_app.asp (NOA #'s).
  • No Impact Certification: Required only if fill, new construction, substantial improvements, and other development within the adopted regulatory floodway is proposed. The certification shall demonstrate that the proposed encroachment would not result in any increase in flood levels.

Fees

At Time of Application
  • Pre-App Fee: $200
  • Building Flat Fee: $200 (if ICC Valuation less than $50,000)
At Time of Permit Issuance
  • Surcharge: 0.025% x Building Fee; minimum of $4
  • Address Assignment: $15
  • Zoning Review: $65
  • Tree: $80
  • Landscaping: $80
  • Right-Of-Way Review: $90
  • Building: 0.005 x ICC Valuation if more than or equal to $50,000 in valuation - less the Pre Application Fee.
Before Final Inspection
  • Impact Fee: Based upon type of business.

Licenses That Can Obtain This Permit Type

  • Owner-Builder: Not more than $75,000 in cost. Must not rent or sell the property within one (1) year of completion of the permit.
  • Certified Building
  • Certified General
  • Registered Building
  • Registered General

Review Disciplines

  • Address Management: Verify that a property has an address and, if it does not, one is created (note: there is a fee of $15 to create a new address).
  • Right-of-Way: A review the proposed work for impacts to the county right-of-way (ROW) and/or easements and determine what, if any, inspections will be required.
  • Stormwater: Review of the existing stormwater system to determine if sufficient, If not, then a separate stormwater permit will be needed.
  • Zoning: A review the proposed work for compliance with the land development regulations. This includes zoning, setbacks and any other regulations pertaining to the location and type of structure.
  • Tree: Verify that trees proposed for removal are not Heritage Trees and ensure that the required amount of trees needed to be planted are indicated on the required drawings.
  • Landscape: Verify that the proposed work is in compliance with the approved landscape plan or to approve a proposed landscape plan (commercial only).
  • Natural Resources: Verify that the proposed work will not impact a protected species (such as scrub jays, gopher tortoises, etc.). This includes coastal lighting impact on sea turtles.
  • Building Plans Examiner: A review of the proposed work to ensure that the structure will be in compliance with the applicable structural requirements of the Florida Building Code. This also includes wind loads and flood loads.
  • Electrical Plans Examiner: Ensure that the proposed structure or component will comply with the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
  • Plumbing Plans Examiner: Ensure that the proposed structure or component will comply with the plumbing provisions of the Florida Building Code.
  • Mechanical Plans Examiner: Ensure that the proposed structure or component will comply with the mechanical provisions of the Florida Building Code.
  • Fire Marshall (if applicable): Ensure that the proposed structure or component will comply with the National Fire Prevention Code (NFPA).
  • Utilities Department: Ensure that the applicable regulations are followed in relation to connecting to water or sewer service provided by Charlotte County Utilities Department (CCUD).
  • Health Department: Ensure that the approval for a septic system is received prior to issuance of the permit (Note: this is a State of Florida & not a county government department).

Typical Inspections/Certifications/As Builts

Inspection Type (IVR System Code):
  • Accessibility (900)
  • Building Final (925): Made after all work is complete. Electrical, mechanical, plumbing, driveway and tree final inspections may be made prior to the building final inspection.
  • Dry In (501)
  • Electric Final (935): Made once power is connected to the building, all electrical work has been completed and all electrical trim is installed.
  • Electric Rough (300): Made after the installation of all electrical boxes and rough wiring.
  • Fill Cells (203)
  • Fire Final (937)
  • Footer (230): Required when separate concrete footings are poured. The inspection should be made after the trenches have been dug and reinforcing steel is in place and made prior to actually pouring the concrete.
  • Framing (200): Made after all construction is dried in and after all applicable rough electrical, plumbing, mechanical and gas inspections have been made. There should be no insulation installed prior to the inspection.
  • HVAC Final (945): Made after all connections and equipment are installed and complete.
  • HVAC Rough (400): Made after all rough ductwork is installed and after any required condensate lines and exhaust vents are installed.
  • Insulation (281): Made once the required insulation is installed. Blown-in attic insulation will be inspection during the building final inspection.
  • Landscaping (962)
  • Plumbing Final (975): Made after all plumbing work has been completed and all fixtures installed.
  • Plumbing Rough (700): Made after all rough piping is installed, including tubs, and the system is filled with water or pressure test is applied.
  • Plumbing Underground (708): Made after all underground piping is installed and pressure test is applied and prior to covering of piping under slabs.
  • Roof Decking (250)
  • Roof Final (955)
  • ROW Final (985)
  • Slab (201): Required when a concrete slab/monolithic slab/footing is to be poured. The inspection should be made after all formwork, termite treatment, vapor barriers, reinforcing steel & applicable rough plumbing inspections have been completed but prior to pouring.
  • Soil Compaction (120)
  • Termite Certificate-Pre-Treatment
  • Termite Certificate-Final
  • Tree (960)
  • Truss Profile Letter
  • Wall Sheathing (216): Made during or after the roof and wall sheathing is applied and before covering with felt or siding.
  • Zoning Final (965)

Note: Fee payments by check should be made payable to either "CCBCC" or Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners. Payments are also accepted by Mastercard or Visa credit or debit cards.

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