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Usually, most projects that are adding or replacing structures to your property will require a building permit. This can include:
Believe it or not, there are some things that do not require a building permit, but still need to have zoning approval.
If you are not sure whether or not you need a permit, call the Building Department at 954-943-6509.
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Permits are the way the City of Lighthouse Point regulates construction. There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction.
View a partial list indicating when a permit is required.
Please see our fee schedule, Fee Schedule Appendix A (PDF) for more information.
Most major projects will require permits of some kind. This is necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards which protect its occupants and neighbors in everyday living and in the case of emergencies or natural disasters.
Some minor projects, such as painting, laying carpet and tile are allowed without obtaining building permits. However the construction of such projects should be in conformance with all applicable codes.
Check with the Lighthouse Point Building Department with any questions 954-943-6509.
If you begin construction without the required permit(s), a "Stop Work Order" will immediately be issued by an Inspector and a Notice of Violation will be issued by the City’s Code Enforcement Department. You will be required to apply for and receive the permit(s) for the work and pay additional fees (twice the amount of the original fee).
After the permit has been properly issued, you will then be required to uncover any work which has been covered so that it may be inspected prior to the release of the "Stop Work Order", or the building official may allow an engineer or architect to inspect and take responsibility for the work. He would then have to write a letter to the building department accepting responsibility for the work and assuring the work complies with the code.
In some cases, regulations or codes may not permit the type of construction that has been done. In this case, you may be required to replace or restore the area to its original condition prior to your construction.
Depending on the type of permit, permits may be issued to property owners (for work on owner-occupied single-family residences) or licensed contractors.
After your contractor has completed their work and prior to making a final payment, make sure the job has passed all required City inspections and has been "finaled out".
Call the Lighthouse Point Building Department at 954-943-6509 for more information.
What it would cost to hire a contractor to do the work.
The State requires house plans to be destroyed ten years from when a Certificate of Occupancy was issued. Other types of permits, such as re-roof, driveways, remodels, etc. have a ten year retention period. When plans meet their retention period, they are destroyed.
If you reside at the residence, yes, for most types of permits. However, all electrical, roofing, and piling work must be done by a licensed contractor.
Please know, that when a permit is issued as an owner/builder permit, the owner is stating that they know the Florida Building Code and Lighthouse Point Zoning Code, the order and types of inspections required for that type of permit, and that they may be responsible for any/all injuries/accidents/corrections that may result on the site.
Yes, all contractors must be registered with the City before that can apply for a permit. They must submit a copy of their Occupational License, State License or Certificate of Competency, Workmen’s Compensation or the Workmen’s Compensation Exemption card, and General Liability with the Certificate of Insurance made out to the: City of Lighthouse Point 3701 NE 22 AvenueLighthouse Point, FL 33064
Call the Lighthouse Point Building Department at 954-943-6509.
No. Applications are available online on this website, under Online Forms, and may be downloaded. Faxed applications will usually distort the legal information, therefore, we do not accept an application that has been faxed in any way. Permits must be picked up, in person, so that we are able to give you all the required paperwork and collect all necessary fees.
We accept cash, check (no starter checks), cashier checks, and credit card.
Yes, for most of the permits. The only permits that do not require someone to be home are:
Demolition permits are valid for 60 days. All other types of permits are valid for 180 days. For every completed inspection, the permit will be extended either 60 or 180 days, depending on the permit type. If the permit should expire, a one-time renewal fee of $35 may be paid to extend your permit.
Yes, even if you put the new fence in the same location as the previous fence.
Needed to apply:
If the fence is around a swimming pool/spa, it shall have self-closing/latching gates with the latches being a minimum height of 54 inches from the adjacent floor.
Retrofit Windows (Windows of the Same Size and Location):
Non-Retrofit Windows (New Location and/or New Size):
Yes, even if you are keeping the exact same footprint as the previous driveway.
Needed for all driveways:
On a circular driveway, the dimensions needed are:
On a straight driveway, the dimensions needed are:
If the survey is more than 12 months old, the owner will need to complete a Zoning Affidavit, which states that nothing on the survey has changed. If work was completed on the property that will alter the survey, a new survey will be required.
Please note that all of the following documents must be submitted at one time in order for the applications to be accepted:
Applying for a re-deck/dock permit:
Generator permit requirements;
Manufactured Utility Shed (Maximum Size 10 Feet Long by 10 Feet Wide by 7 Feet High):
Hand Framed Shed:
Sheds Larger Than 10 Feet by 10 Feet by 7 Feet:
Now that you have your building permit and you have begun construction, you will need to have some inspections. The type of construction that you are doing will determine when an inspection is needed, the type of inspection, and the number of inspections. For example, installing a wood, aluminum, or vinyl fence requires at least one structural and one zoning inspection.
The structural inspection is to assure compliance to the Florida Building Code and the approved set of building plans. The zoning inspection is to assure that the fence meets the requirements of the City as to its location and height. If the completed construction work is the same as the approved set of plans, it should pass all of the inspections the first time. If the work is not installed per the approved plans, it will fail and will need corrective work done. When the work fails an inspection, a "red tag" will be issued from the applicable Inspector. The "red tag" will state what needs to be corrected prior to calling in for a re-inspection.
Other types of construction work may require one or more of the following types of inspections:
A construction project will not be considered completed until it passes all required inspections. If a contractor is doing the work for you, it is important to make sure all inspections have passed before submitting final payment. If you have any questions regarding your building permit, call the Building Department at 954-943-6509.
If you have a contractor doing the work, they will call in for the inspections as they proceed with the construction. If you are doing the construction yourself as an owner/ builder, then it is your responsibility to call in and request the type of inspection that is required.
There is a dedicated telephone line for building inspections, 954-784-3449, that can be called Monday through Friday, 8 am to 3 pm, to schedule an inspection or to find out the status of any inspection on your property. You can also check the building permit card, which is required to be conspicuously displayed on site, for the status of any inspection. If you call for an inspection before 3 pm, usually an inspection can be set for the next day. Occasionally an inspection may have to be scheduled for the following day due to the Inspector’s availability.
If you have any questions regarding getting a building permit, scheduling an inspection, or the zoning requirements for a construction project, please call 954-943-6509.
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