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Building Division
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

Property Jurisdiction: 

Before contacting the Development Department, check the Pasco County Property Appraiser’s website to ensure that the property you are
inquiring about is located in the City of New Port Richey’s jurisdiction.  Not all properties within New Port Richey zip codes are located in the
city limits.

 

Inspections: 

To schedule an inspection of any kind, please call (727) 853-1048. 

Click here to check on the status of an inspection.   

 

Contractor Licensing: 

The City of New Port Richey utilizes Pasco County’s contractor licensing system.  Therefore, if you are licensed and registered to do work in
Pasco County, you are licensed and registered to do work in the City of New Port Richey.

Please note that the City of New Port Richey does not require Certificates of Liability or Worker’s Compensation.


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Residential Rental Inspection Program

The City of New Port Richey has adopted building maintenance standards and a rental inspection program in order to support property
values and enhance citizen’s quality of life. The purpose of the rental inspection program is to proactively 
identify blighted and deteriorated
rental properties and ensure the rehabilitation of the housing structures that do 
not meet minimum site maintenance standards.
It is the goal of this program to assure a healthy, safe environment 
and further preserve and enhance the quality of life for residents.

An initial external inspection of rental property will be conducted, at no charge to the owner/tenant.  Items to be inspected 
include those on the checklist below.  For more information, contact Derek Debus, Residential Rental Inspector, at 727-853-1041. 

Owners of rental properties in the City must obtain a Residential Rental Permit annually (valid Jan–Dec) for $35 per property.  

Download and print a Residential Rental Permit application

Rental Housing Inspection Program FAQ

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Resident Testimonials

I am very pleased with what the city is trying to do, as my rental house is affected by the neighborhood and how others

keep up their properties in the area.  I appreciate all your efforts to keep property values up and neighborhoods looking clean.

-Deborah C.  

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RESIDENTIAL RENTAL INSPECTION CHECKLIST
 

WHAT IS INSPECTED?

CODE SECTION

WHAT IS REQUIRED?

 Res. Rental Permit

6-130(a) 

Residential Property Permit required each year

NECESSARY FACILITIES  

 Garbage disposal facility

6-121 

Proper garbage storage containers

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

 Electrical requirements

6-123

Fixtures, receptacles, equipment and wiring to be maintained  

 Exposed cable           

6-123(4)

Protected within 8’ of ground

STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS          

 Foundations

6-124(1)

Maintained

 Exterior walls

6-124(2) 

Sound and good condition

 Roofs

6-124(3)

Maintained, 3 month limit on tarps

Stairs and porches

6-124(5)

Safe, sound condition

 Exterior railings

6-124(6)

Required stairs above 3 risers, above 30”

 Windowpanes

6-124(8)

Maintained

 Window and door coverings

6-124(11)

Not covered for more than 3 months consistent with the primary façade

 Exterior windows and doors

6-124(13)

Weather tight, rodent proof and maintained

 Screens

6-124(14)

Owner responsible for install and maintenance

 Protective treatment

6-124(14)

All exterior wood shall be protected           

 Accessory structure

6-124(16)

Garage and storage maintained

 Sidewalks and drives

6-124(21) 

Sidewalks, walkways, drives, stairs, parking places kept in good repair

 Grading and drainage

6-124(22)

Maintained to prevent erosion of soil, and accumulation of stagnant water           

SANITATION REQUIREMENTS

 Public areas

6-126(1)

Owner of 2 or more dwelling units responsible for maintaining public areas

 Cleanliness

6-126(2)  

Occupants required to clean and sanitize           

 Garbage disposal

6-126(3)

Owner or occupant responsible for disposal in clean and sanitary manner           

 Care of premise

6-126(4)

No abandoned vehicles, rubbish appliance etc.

 Extermination

6-126(5)

Owner responsible for extermination of insects, rodents, varmints etc.

RESIDENTIAL MAINTENANCE

 Res. General maintenance

6-129(1)

Free of mildew, moss, dirt, soot etc.

 Res. painted surfaces      

6-129(2) 

Free of blistering, chalking etc.

 Metal and tile roofs

6-129(3)

Maintained       

 Res. maintenance of roofs

6-129(3)

Free of holes, cracks, leaks or showing signs of corrosion and deterioration


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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.
    
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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.