Thursday, September 21, 2017

Palmetto Bay Waives Permit Fees - residential only and only for repairs related to Hurricane Irma - 60 day limit

It is time to get started on your hurricane repairs -  there was major exterior, fence, shed and other damage, even through there was little roof or structure damage.  NOT ALL REPAIRS require permits.  If if permits are required, the inspections and assistance by our permitting department can help make sure the repairs are done correctly and that you receive what you paid for.

Now is the time to get those repairs done - and make sure they are done properly and if you pay someone, make sure they are licensed and insured (How can you tell? Usually the 'contractors who are not licensed or insured are the ones who tell you not to pull the permit)

Please note - and I cannot stress this enough - The 60-day permit fee waiver period expires on November 16, 2017, by 4:30 p.m. 

From the official Village Website (CLICK HERE): 

In response to concerns from residents concerning the cost of permit fees in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Palmetto Bay is waiving all permit fees for any required home repair work arising from Hurricane Irma for permit applications that are submitted within 60 calendar days from September 18, 2017. The 60-day permit fee waiver period expires on November 16, 2017, by 4:30 p.m. 

To qualify for the fee waiver, the proposed work must be related to Hurricane Irma and the permit application must be submitted to the Village by the expiration date and time. By Florida law and statutes, the actual building permit and/or required inspections cannot be waived.

Expedited Fence Permit Process:

No permit required for minor repairs to existing fences involving 5 or less new fence posts. Repairs involving 6 or more new posts will require a fence permit. Fence permits will require:
  • Permit Application with the owner and contractor’s signature. If pulling permit as an owner builder fill out the owner builder affidavit.
  • Two copies of the property survey with the marked location(s) of the proposed fence (copies do not need to be recent.) If you cannot produce a survey in a timely manner, we will temporally allow an affidavit in lieu of survey.
  • Please have your Sunshine locations ticket # ready as proof that you have requested the location of underground utilities. More information available at this site or by calling 8-1-1
  • State Statute 713 requires that projects with a job value of over $2,500 must have a Notice of Commencement or NOC. The NOC needs to be recorded with the Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts. This recording can be done online and licensed contractors are typically familiar with the process. The recorded NOC must be onsite at the first inspection. The County’s online filing link is:
  • Every attempt will be made to issue your permit while you wait in one visit. If need be, the owner or your contractor can pick it up the following day.
  • Chain link fences require only a final zoning and final building inspection. Wood and all other fence types require a foundation (hole) inspection before posts are set in concrete. And once the fence is completed a final zoning and final building inspection.
Please contact the Building & Permitting division if you have any questions.

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