When is a Building Permit Required?


Section 105 of the Florida Building Code requires permits for most construction-related work. Various improvements of real property may not require a building permit. The work exempted must be performed in accordance with minimum code standards. The following table should help clarify the Building Department’s current permit requirements.


A/C - Replace window unit, electrical outlet existingPainting
Awnings - 9 square feet or lessPavers - sand set, not part of a pool/spa deck
Ceiling Fan - replacement using existing out box and wiringPergolas/Arbors - 120 square feet and under, self-supporting
Ceramic Tile - replace on floor and wall (non-fire rated)Playground Equipment
Dishwasher - replacement within a dwelling unitPool/Spa - manufactured, less than 24 inches deep
Door - replace any interior residential door within the individual unitRoof - repair existing roof covering less than 100 square feet
Concrete - flatworkSheds - under 100 square feet
Drywall Walls (non-fire related)Screening - front entrance, up to 100 square feet on screen
Faucet or Water Closet - replaceSiding - repair under 20 square feet
Fence - repair or replace, except pool barrier fence.  New block fence 2' or less of other fences 6' or lessSink - replace only
Gutter and LeadersSoffit or Fascia - repair under $1,000, not including structural members
Kitchen Cabinet - replacement only, with no change in configuration of electrical or plumbingStucco - repair stucco finish
Light Fixture, Switch, Outlet - replace "like for like" in existing boxSolar Tubes - without electric
Low Voltage Wiring - for residentialWindow Repair
Flag Powers - under 12 feet tallWood Deck - Repair of decking not including structural members and decks fewer than 100 square feet AND under 30 inches high

Water Heater - change out if same type and same location

This table is a concise guide to Sumter County Building Department Policies, Florida Statutes (489.103 9[a+b]), and the Florida Building Codes.