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Trade Permits and Residential Dwellings
Effective Date: 6/8/2016
Category: PERMITTING
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​The purpose of this notice is to clarify and/or remind licensed trade contractors about how to correctly apply for a trade permit at residential dwellings.

The difference between RESIDENTIAL mechanical, electrical and plumbing permits and COMMERCIAL mechanical, electrical and plumbing permits is building code applicable to the structure. Guidance for the correct permit types to use is found in the two bullet points as follows:

· Detached One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Attached One-Family (Townhouses) Dwellings are to conform to the “Florida Building Code-Residential” [Use RESIDENTIAL mechanical, electrical and plumbing permit types].

· Commercial structures and Multifamily Dwellings (condominium or apartments) are to conform to the “Florida Building Code-Building” [Use COMMERCIAL mechanical, electrical and plumbing permit types].

So if a home or dwelling unit is not a detached one-or two-family dwelling or attached one-family dwelling (townhouse), then the default permit types to use are the Commercial Mechanical, Commercial Electrical and Commercial Plumbing applications.

Thank you for your cooperation and attention. Please call 941.743.1201 or email BuildingSvcs@CharlotteCountyFL.gov if you have any questions.

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