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Yes, you may work on a home or business that you both own and occupy. You must continue living in, or operating your business in the building for at least one year after the project is complete. This exemption to the Florida Statutes is specific to owner-occupied buildings and does not apply to rental properties. A licensed contractor is required for all permitted work on rental property (residential and commercial).
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When purchasing a home or property, it is in your best interest to ensure that all structures have been properly permitted. You are legally responsible for any un-permitted structures. Use our Permit Tracker to verify that the structures on your property have a valid permit.
That depends on the nature of the project. At a minimum you will need to complete a building permit application. Other documents you may need include architectural plans, product approvals, site plan, or engineering details. If you do not own the property, you will need a notarized letter from the owner allowing you to do the project, show a lease that allows you to do the project, or have the owner sign the permit application. Please call our office or come by and explain your project to us, and we can go from there.
The list of required inspections is located on the bottom of the permit card. You can schedule inspections by calling the Building Department at (352) 245-7021 x 2105 no later than 3:00 PM the business day before the requested inspection. Inspections are performed Monday through Thursday. It is the applicant's (Owner Builder/Contractor) responsibility to ensure that all required inspections are requested prior to proceeding with work on the project. For new dwellings and changes of use: once all fees are paid and all required inspections are completed, the applicant will be issued a CO (Certificate of Occupancy).
One of the major benefits of obtaining a permit is having technical resources at your side: the Certified Building Inspectors and Certified Building Officials/Plans Examiners. Belleview’s building inspectors, officials, and plans examiners have years of trade experience and code training to help assure your project meets Florida Building Code standards. This assures sound, safe design and construction. They can answer questions, provide guidance before you start your project, and save you time, money, and frustration.
If the inspection requires the inspector to enter your building or if there are animals on the property, someone must be there to meet the inspector. A ladder must be provided if the inspector needs to access a roof or attic.
If your project value exceeds $2,500 (HVAC-$7,500) a Notice of Commencement is required to be filed with the Marion County Clerk of Court prior to building inspection.