Do my plans need to be signed and sealed?

If the documents are prepared by a design professional such as an Architect or an Engineer, these documents are required to be digitally signed and sealed. Some examples of plans that would need to be prepared by a design professional include the following:

  • If proposed work is attached to main structure.
  • If proposed work is an in-ground swimming pool.
  • If proposed work must meet wind load requirements, i.e. flagpole, all types of aluminum construction and solar panel installation.

There are some exemptions that apply to the use of a design professional for construction documents. See Florida Statute 471.003 and 481.229 for details. 

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1. Why does the City require building permits?
2. Is a permit required for my project?
3. What licenses are required for those who apply for a permit?
4. How long does it take for a permit to be approved?
5. Why do I need to submit surveys of my property?
6. Can I obtain a permit as an owner-builder?
7. Do my plans need to be signed and sealed?
8. What time is my inspection?
9. What are the results of my inspection?
10. Where is the location of my septic tank or drain field?
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12. Does my neighbor have a permit for work being done on their property?