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Plans are required for all structural improvements. The plans are used to calculate the cost of the job, get estimates from any contractors or subcontractors, show details in legal documents, and to obtain the necessary building permits.
Plans are generally not required for work such as:
Plans should be drawn on 24-inch by 36-inch paper, using a scale of 1/4-inch per one foot for floor, foundation plans, sections and elevations, and at a scale of 1/8-inch per one foot for site or plot plans. In most cases, two sets of plans and two sets of structural and energy calculations are required for submittal.
The minimum information required on building plans for most construction projects include:
Plans for smaller jobs requiring a permit should include the appropriate information from the above list for the planned project.
By law, certain types, scope and complexity of construction will demand the services of licensed technical professionals. In general, a Florida licensed architect or engineer must be hired for designing new buildings and major remodels which require more extensive plans, calculations and technical reports such as:
Generally when any work exceeds the scope of routine maintenance and repairs, you will need a permit. View a partial listing of examples of work requiring a permit. If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, call the Building Division at 727-363-9241 for information.
Attention: To minimize exposure between employees and the public, please pull all permits online.
Permits can be obtained by either a properly licensed contractor within the appropriate construction trade or by an owner of a single family residence, provided that the house is not for sale, lease or rent, and such owner signs a declaration that he will perform the work himself or, acting as the general contractor, hire only properly licensed subcontractors.
Permit applications are located in our office. The completed application together with the necessary construction plans must be submitted, in person, at the permit counter where it will be logged into the computer and assigned a plan check/permit number. Plans are reviewed in the order in which they are received, usually taking a week to ten days for completion.
Plan checks performed to ensure that the mandatory minimum requirements for structural safety, fire protection, energy conservation, exits, light and ventilation, site grading and handicap access, when required, are met. When such review is completed and any other necessary approvals have been received, you will be notified either to come in for your permit or, if needed, to amend your plans to meet the requirements.
Permits must be obtained within six months of approval of the plans and building permits are valid only for six months from the date of issuance unless construction has begun. If construction is not begun within six months or, once started, is suspended for a period of more than 90 days, the permit will expire, and the complete permit process, including the payment of fees, will begin again.
Please remember that city approval of plans and specifications does not remove you from the responsibility of meeting all of the applicable standards in the building codes, other city ordinances, and state and federal laws.
The type and number of inspections will vary with the type of project, but the typical order of site inspection visits are as follows: