When is a Building Permit Required?
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.
ITEMS NOT REQUIRING A PERMIT (RESIDENTIAL ONLY)
|A/C - Replace window unit, electrical outlet existing||Painting|
|Awnings - 9 square feet or less||Pavers - sand set, not part of a pool/spa deck|
|Ceiling Fan - replacement using existing out box and wiring||Pergolas/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 unit||Pool/Spa - manufactured, less than 24 inches deep|
|Door - replace any interior residential door within the individual unit||Roof - repair existing roof covering less than 100 square feet|
|Concrete - flatwork||Sheds - under 100 square feet|
|Drywall Walls (non-fire related)||Screening - front entrance, up to 100 square feet on screen|
|Faucet or Water Closet - replace||Siding - repair under 20 square feet|
|Fence - repair or replace, except pool barrier fence 2' or less of other fences 6' or less||Sink - replace only|
|Gutter and Leaders||Soffit or Fascia - repair under $1,000, not including structural members|
|Kitchen Cabinet - replacement only, with no change in configuration of electrical or plumbing||Stucco - repair stucco finish|
|Light Fixture, Switch, Outlet - replace "like for like" in existing box||Solar Tubes - without electric|
|Low Voltage Wiring - for residential||Window Repair|
|Flag Powers - under 12 feet tall||Wood 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.