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When Do I Need a Permit?
Required Building Permits
Applications for building permits are required to be submitted for installations regulated by Section 105.1 of the Florida Building Code if any owner or authorized agent intends to:
  • Construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure
  • Erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system

Permit Exemptions
Although a building permit is required for most construction-related work, various improvements of real property may not require a building permit. The work exempted must still be constructed in accordance with minimum code standards. Items that do not require a permit:
  • Air conditioning repair
  • Air conditioning window unit replacement with existing electrical
  • Carpet installation
  • Ceiling fan replacement using existing outlet box and wiring
  • Door replacement for any interior, residential door within the individual unit
  • Gutters and leaders
  • Heating unit repair
  • Installation of floor / wall ceramic tile
  • Painting / wallpaper
  • Plumbing fixture replacement
  • Residential appliance replacement
  • Residential drywall repairs that are not fire-related and are for small areas that do not exceed two sheets of drywall
  • Residential playground equipment                                   
  • Single-family home and condominium replacement of existing counter tops and sinks that are going back in the same location (bathroom vanity, kitchen cabinetry replacement in single family and condominiums does require a permit)
  • Window repair                  
  • Installation of drywall in detached garage without habitable space.

More Information

If you have any questions, just ask. If you don't need a permit, we'll be happy to let you know. In the event of a conflict between this document and a specific rule or regulation, all applicable codes shall apply. For more information, contact 239-213-5020.