Section 105.1 of the Florida Building Code requires a permit as follows:
Any owner or owner's 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 performed, shall first make application to the Building Official and obtain the required permit.
Exception For Certain Mechanical Work
Permits shall not be required for the following mechanical work:
- Any portable heating appliance;
- Any portable ventilation equipment;
- Any portable cooling unit;
- Any steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this Code;
- Replacement of any part which does not alter its approval or make it unsafe;
- Any portable evaporative cooler;
- Any self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 lb (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.
- The installation, replacement, removal or metering of any load management control device.
Work Not Requiring a Permit
Permits shall not be required for the following work:
- Commercial low voltage burglar, security, cable TV and phone installations.
- Commercial painting (local license by contractors required).
- Commercial pressure washing.
- Residential awnings (wall mounted only) on single family or duplex dwellings (note: a permit is required on multifamily dwellings and commercial buildings).
- Residential cabinet installation or removal.
- Residential drywall repair if located outside of a Flood Zone.
- Residential drywall repair if located inside a Flood Zone and the repair is 100 sq. ft. or less. However, if the repair is located both inside a Flood Zone and the repair is greater than 100 sq. ft., then a permit is required accompanied by a floor plan sketch showing where the work is located.
- Residential landscaping, excluding sprinklers.
- Residential landscaping retaining walls, 48 inches tall or less, as long as the wall holds back soil only.
- Residential floor covering installation or removal such as carpet, tile or laminate.
- Residential low voltage installations to include security, cable TV and phone.
- Residential mobile or manufactured home repair or remodel such as the structure, roof system, walls, floor system, windows, exterior doors, etc. However, the use of materials and design must be equivalent to the original construction.
- Residential painting (local license required by contractors).
- Residential paneling.
- Residential pergolas provided they are a single, free standing (not attached to any other structure) having a maximum dimension of 12 ft. x 12 ft. with no footings required, with no roofing or sheathing, with no electric or plumbing and which complies with the Zoning Ordinance (please call Zoning at 941.743.1964).
- Residential pressure washing.
- Residential satellite dishes (concrete slab must have permit).
- Residential sheds manufactured of plastic or rubber, 68 sq. ft. or less in area. However, they must comply with zoning setbacks and must be moved and secured if there is the threat of a tropical storm.
- Residential siding installation (under 25 sq. ft.).
- Residential soffits replacement. (under 25 sq. ft.).
- Residential solar mats for residential pool heating (PV or other kinds of solar heating requires a permit).
- Residential stucco installation (under 25 sq. ft.).
- Asphalt or gravel driveways (must be individually reviewed; may require a Right-of-Way Permit).
- Door panel only replacement (no frame).
- Electrical fixture replacements, like for like.
- Glass only replacement in windows & doors.
- Minor repairs meeting the criteria of Section 105.2.2 Minor Repairs of the 2014 Florida Building Code.
- Pasture/wire mesh fencing on acreage for agricultural purposes only.
- Plumbing fixture replacements, like for like.
- River rock installation.
- Roof repairs less than 100 sq. ft. ("1 square") where the work does not include repairs to trusses or rafters.
- Screen door replacement.
- Screening existing covered patios, balconies, carports, lanais or porches with typical insect screening, which neither increases nor alters the footprint of the building.
- Solar powered attic exhaust fans.
- Tents which are 400 sq. ft. or less and will not be used to seat more than 50 persons.
- Tile replacement of a floor in a tub/shower (if the work includes shower pan replacement, then a permit is required).