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Building Services
Responsibilities & Permit Information
The Building Division of the Development Department is responsible for all construction-related activities, including construction review, permitting, and inspections. The City requires a permit for most construction activities including (but not limited to):
  • Windows & doors (new/replacement)
  • Concrete/paver driveway, sidewalks, patios             
  • Fences (new/replacement)
  • Sheds
  • Carports & screen rooms
  • Swimming pools, spas & enclosures
  • Signs, awnings, banners
  • Seawall repair
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  • Plumbing & electrical (new/additions/replacements)            
  • Garage door replacement
  • Storm shutter installation
  • Boat docks, lifts & davits
  • Wood decks
  • Interior/exterior renovations & additions
  • Roofs (new/replacement)
  • Air conditioning (new/replacement)
  • Tree removal            

As a homeowner, you may obtain a building permit for work you are doing on your home. However, unless you reside in your home, a licensed contractor must do the work. The following items do not need a permit:
  • Fascia and soffit installation and repair
  • Gutter and downspouts repair/replace
  • Installation of water softeners
  • Vinyl siding repair/replace
  • Wall and floor covering

                                                                                                                        

Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014) Effective June 30, 2015

The updated Florida State Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30, 2015 or later. 

One of the most visible changes from the 2010 codes is the reformatting of the Energy Code, which now consists of two independent sub-documents: one for low-rise residential and one for commercial or high-rise residential. The Florida Building Commission also expanded options for compliance methods for commercial and high-rise residential buildings to including the allowance of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) 90.1.

More information is available at the Florida Building Commission’s website, www.floridabuilding.org.
    
                                                                                                  

   
Improved ISO Building Code Effectiveness Grade Received! 
The Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) assesses the building codes in effect in a particular community and how the community enforces its building codes. Special emphasis is placed on mitigation of losses from natural hazards. The concept is simple: cities with well-enforced, up-to-date codes should demonstrate better loss experience and insurance rates can reflect that.

The prospect of lessening damage from catastrophic events and, ultimately, lowering insurance costs is an incentive for communities to enforce their building codes rigorously. The anticipated upshot is safer buildings, less damage, and lower insured losses from catastrophes.


The BCEGS program gives each municipality a grade of 1 (exemplary commitment to building-code enforcement) to 10. ISO develops advisory rating credits that apply to ranges of BCEGS classifications (1-3, 4-7, 8-9, 10). ISO gives insurers BCEGS classifications, BCEGS advisory credits, and related underwriting information.

The Department's Building Services Division worked earnestly to achieve a Class 3 grading for one/two-family residential properties and a Class 2 for commercial and industrial property (improved from a Class 3).

ISO began implementing the program in states with high exposure to wind (hurricane) hazards, then moved to states with seismic exposure, and has continued through the rest of the country.
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Call us to assist you!
If you are unsure if you need a permit, please call the Building Division at (727) 853-1047.


Contact Us

5919 Main St.
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Ph: (727) 853-1047
Inspection Hotline:
(727) 853-1048
Fx: (727) 853-1052 

Permit Counter Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm