Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Code are we under?

    Current Codes

    As of Permit Number 12030002 the following new codes will be in effect To view the current Florida Building Codes, please use the link provided below:


    1. 2014 Florida Fire Prevention. Fifth Edition
    2. 2014 Florida Building Code. Fifth Edition
      • A. Building
      • B. Existing Building
      • C. Residential
    3. 2014 Florida Building Code / Fuel Gas. Fifth Edition
    4. 2014 Florida Building Code / Mechanical.
      Fifth Edition
    5. 2014 Energy Conservation. Fifth Edition
    6. 2012 National Electric Code.
    7. 2014 Florida Building Code / Plumbing. Fifth Edition
    8. 2002-01 Building Construction Administrative Code Ordinance.
    9. 2014 Florida Building Code Accessibility.
      Fifth Edition


  • Why should I use a Licensed Contractor?

    Any person who is not licensed and registered with the Construction Industry Licensing Board is working illegally. In addition, the State Attorney General's Office has stated that contracts made with an unlicensed contractor are not enforceable under law. Another reason is the license provides some protection to the owner from being charged for work and materials not provided or paying twice for them (material suppliers and sub-contractors can place a lien on your home if they do not receive payment from your contractor). There are also trade licenses for those persons doing other work to provide some assurance that they have adequate knowledge and training in those fields.

  • Why do I need inspections?

    Inspections are required at various stages of the project to see that the work is following the approved plans and codes. There is no additional charge for the inspections; they have been paid for with the permit fees.

  • Do I have to have a license to do work on my own home?

    No. A homeowner who owns and occupies a 1 or 2 family dwelling can do their own construction work, as long as they can demonstrate that they are knowledgeable of the code requirements of concern. You may not use or hire unlicensed people to help you or to do the work for you.

  • What if I have a permit and do not call for inspections?

    Permits expire after 180 days if no required inspections have been approved. In order for a project to be complete, it must pass final inspection(s), fees paid, and have all holds released.

  • Is my house/property in a flood zone?

    Everyone lives in a flood zone. Flood zones indicate areas of high-, moderate- and low-risk. A high-risk zone is one designated with an "A" or "V" on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).


    These are also known as the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) which have a 1% or greater chance of flooding in any given year and a 26% chance of flooding during the term of a 30-year mortgage. In moderate- and low-risk zones flooding can still occur. The risk is reduced but not removed. A moderate risk zone is designated with a "B" or "X shaded" and a low-risk zone "C" or "X unshaded". These are considered non-SFHA flood zones.


    To determine if you are in a flood zone, click on GIS Mapping on the right. Be advised that these maps are for general reference only and do not give specific information. If you need more definitive information please contact the Floodplain Section of the Building Department at 941-749-3047, extensions 3815 or 3843.


  • What is "substantial improvement" (50% Rule)?

    If the cost of the construction (addition and/or renovation) equals or exceeds 50% the market value of the building, then the building will need to be made compliant with current floodplain management regulations.