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Are drawings required and do they need to be drawn by an architect or engineer?
Yes. Drawings are required and must be signed and sealed by an architect or engineer, or you may also use high wind standards (FBC-R 301.1.1). If you choose this method, we suggest you meet with the building official prior to submitting your plans.
Can I, as an owner, act as my own contractor?
In accordance with Florida Statutes 489.103.7 if the property you are building / improving is for your own personal use and occupancy, an owner can act as their own contractor. You may also build or improve a commercial building, provided your cost does not exceed $75,000.
How long is a building permit valid?
You have two years from date of issuance to complete a project as long as work is continuous. If the project is dormant for six months, the permit is void.
I have an Okaloosa County Business Tax Receipt; do I also need one for the City of Destin?
If your business or business activity is located within the corporate limits of the city, then yes, you do need a receipt.
Is a permit required for a fence?
Yes, a permit is required for a fence. Call (850) 654-1119 to obtain more information.
What building code are you currently under?
The City of Destin is currently under the 2010 Florida Building Code and the 2008 National Electrical Code.
What is required to be shown on a site plan?
All structures showing setbacks, driveways, walkways and sidewalks are required to be shown on a site plan.
When are foundation and as-built surveys required?
In accordance with LDC 20.06.01, for all building projects which require construction of a foundation of 100 square feet or more. A foundation survey shall be submitted to the permit clerk for review by the Planning Division prior to a dry-in inspection. The survey shall show the finished floor elevation of the lowest slab, the crown of the nearest road and all setbacks. For all building projects requiring a foundation survey, an as-built survey shall be submitted to the permit clerk prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
When is a Notice of Commencement required and where does it get filed?
In accordance with Florida Statutes 713, for any improvement to any real property that exceeds $2,500 including materials and labor, a notice of commencement must be filed before commencing work. The notice of commencement must be filed with the Clerk of Court.
Exception: Mechanical work that exceeds $7,500 must file a notice of commencement.
When is a permit required?
Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of the building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any required impact resistant coverings, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the Florida Building Code. This includes uninhabitable structures: accessory buildings, driveways, walkways, fences, retaining walls, bulkheads, seawalls, marine docks / piers, boardwalks, beach dune walkovers, clearing and grading, etc.
In many cases, a permit is needed for repair or replacement of existing fixtures, such as replacing windows / doors / siding. A plumbing, electrical or mechanical permit maybe needed for any addition or changes to a building's existing system; for example, replacing air conditioner, water heater change out, moving or adding electrical receptacles and switches. To determine if your project needs a permit, call (850) 654-1119.
When is a permit required for concrete and/or pavers?
Because the installation of concrete and/or pavers changes the impervious surface, a permit is always required.
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