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Building permits are required to ensure that the construction meets the requirements of all state, city and fire prevention codes. Inspections are completed on all permits issued to ensure the safety and welfare of the citizens of West Melbourne.
Most people are aware that building permits are required for new commercial buildings, tenant build outs, construction trailers, parking lots, temporary power poles, new homes, solar, mobile homes, room additions, and in-ground swimming pools.
Unfortunately, some realize only after work is underway or finished that a permit is needed for other projects, such as:
The list above is not all-inclusive. If you have specific questions regarding what requires a permit please contact the Building Department at 321-837-7776, or by email at email@example.com.
Projects started without a building permit can result in greatly increased costs, delays and even removal of structures. The structures may be placed in the wrong location, or they may not comply with building codes.
The Florida Building Code, 8th Edition, requires that a building permit be obtained prior to construction, alterations, repairs and relocations. A property owner or contractor who starts work without first obtaining a permit could be subject to a penalty of up to four times the sum of all fees as determined by the Building Official.
The permitting process allows a determination that improvements such as pools, screen rooms, sheds, garages and carports comply with setbacks that specify where structures can be placed on a lot.
State Certified Contractors: Copy of State Certification, proof of Workers Compensation Insurance or copy of Exemption, and proof of General Liability insurance.
State Registered Contractors: Copy of State Registration, proof of Workers Compensation Insurance or copy of Exemption, and proof of General Liability insurance.
Specialty Contractors: Licensed by the County, proof of Workers Compensation Insurance or copy of Exemption, and proof of General Liability insurance.
Permit approval time depends on the correct submission of the required documentation and the volume of submissions. If the submitted application and plans require only a single review, the following applies:
Require an average of five (5) working days for an approval or a response but could take up to 15 to 30 working days.
Require an average of 15 working days for an approval or response but could take up to 30 days.
Fire System Permits (Alarms, Sprinklers, etc):
Surveys are required for any new construction, structures, or additions to existing properties to verify that the proposed construction is wholly located on the owner’s property and that it meets all setback requirements for the zoning district.
Yes, if all the following apply:
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:
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.
Our inspections are scheduled between 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM on regular business days.
You may also call the Building Department at (321) 837-7776. We will provide your inspector's name and cell number for you to call for an approximate time-frame.
It's important to note that inspections can take longer or shorter than anticipated. As a result, the inspector's estimated time-frame may be subject to change. Please wait on-site until the inspector arrives, as it is critical to be present for the inspection.
Please use our online services web portal to check results of inspections.
Contact Environmental Health Department at (321) 633-2100.
Permit applications should be submitted online or at City Hall.
Please use our Online Services web portal to search permits.
Contact the Planning and Growth Management Department at 321-837-7778 for zoning verification.