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					           “QUICK FACTS”                                Fees- to view the current construction permit
                                                        fee schedule.                                                                                                                        OWNER/BUILDER
All work must meet current Building Code
                                                        Codes- to view currently adopted technical
                                                                                                                                                                                             BUILDING PERMIT
standards and ULDC requirements.
                                                        standards for construction in Palm Beach                                                                                               GUIDELINES
Submittals must clearly define scope of                 County.
work, be drawn to scale, signed and sealed              Contractor Tracking- to research information
by an engineer or architect and submitted               and licensing on particular contractors who
in duplicate along with all other applicable                                                                            Palm Beach County Board of County
                                                        are registered to perform work within
requirements depending upon the scope                                                                                             Commissioners
                                                        unincorporated Palm Beach County.
of work.                                                                                                                   Addie L. Greene, Chairperson,
                                                        Product Approval         Statewide    &     Local                     Jeff Koons, Vice Chair
Permit Checklists are available in the                  Information                                                              Karen T. Marcus
Permit Center or online for your                        To track your permit after issuance or to                                Robert J. Kanjian
convenience.                                            review Inspection history you may select                                   Mary McCarty
                                                        Permit Tracking or Plan Review Tracking.                                  Burt Aaronson
Other government agencies (Airport                      You will need your permit number or a plans                             Jess R. Santamaria
noise, Land Development, etc.) may be                   review number to track.
required and affect their permit request.
                                                        Inspection information will give you                             Building Division Office
Check with Contractors certification if in              inspections codes and phone numbers to                                     Locations
doubt      that    an      individual    is             schedule your inspection.                                           Main County Office
misrepresenting himself or herself as a
                                                        Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance                                        2300 N. Jog Road
licensed contractor. At 233-5525.
                                                                                                                         West Palm Beach, Florida 33411
                                                        Shed Prescriptive Design                                                   561-233-5120
NOTE: performing improvements on
your property without proper building                   State Enrollment Forms for licensing in Palm                        Hours: 7:30am to 5:00 pm
permits may result in paying 2 X the fee.               Beach County, through the Contractor                          (Inspections Office Opens at 7:00 a.m.)
                                                        Certification Division.                                       Monday through Friday, except Holidays                                  BUILDING DIVISION
                                                        Surge Area Mapping Systems –hurricane                                                                                             Planning, Zoning and Building
       ONLINE RESOURCES                                 evacuation zone and evacuation information.                                                                                                Department
                                                                                                                          South County Office
You may also visit our website at                       The Permit Center hours are Monday through                          345 S. Congress Avenue                             Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., except holidays.                                                                                           561-233-5101
                                                                                                                          Delray Beach, Florida 33444
                                                        Applications are accepted 7:30 a.m. to 4:30                                                                                           Rebecca D. Caldwell
Permit Center or One Stop Permitting to view            p.m. to assure all customers are assisted before                         561-276-1284
                                                                                                                           Hours: 8:00am to 5:00 pm                                             Building Official
and download Building Division most used                5:00 p.m. We have two convenient locations
forms, applications, variances, links and               within the county to process your permit                      Monday through Friday, except Holidays
additional resources for your permitting needs.         applications. Please see locations below.

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Owner/Builder-General Requirements                                                                                                                                                        • Porch
                                                                                                                     MOST COMMON O/B PERMITS                                              • Screen Structure
The provision of Chapter 489 F.S. requires              Commencement with the Clerk of the Circuit                                                                                        • Shed
construction to be done by licensed                     Court    PRIOR     TO     THE      FIRST                     TYPE 1 BUILDING PERMITS                                              • Storm Shutters
contractors. You may apply for a permit under           INSPECTION. If replacing Air Conditioning                                                                                         • Window Wall System/ Sliding Glass Door
an exemption to that law. The exemption                 equipment (HVAC) the Notice of                               • A/C Change-Out                                                     • A/C Change-Out
allows you, as the owner of your property, to           Commencement requirement applies to                          • Awnings                                                            • Demolition
act as your own contractor even though you              HVAC with a value of $7,500 or more. The                     • Driveway w/Turn Out – In a County ROW                              • Electrical- General
do not have a license. You must perform, or             permit holder must supply the Building                       • Electric Service Change                                            • Fire Damage/Emergency Repair
supervise the construction yourself. County             Division with a copy of of the recorded                      • Pool Barrier Fence/Rail                                            • Irrigation Electric
ordinances require that all permit recipients           Notice of Commencement to receive                            • Wall
possess technical knowledge to personally               inspections.                                                 • Water Heater Change-Out                                            TYPE 3 BUILDING PERMITS
supervise all permitted work. Remember, you                                                                          • Electric - L/V
are accepting responsibility for Code                   Florida Building Code Chapter 1, 105.3.2                     • Mobile (Mfr’d) Home Roofover                                       • Addition- 1&2 Unit Dwelling
Compliance and other financial or business              TIME             LIMITATION                  OF              • Reroofing                                                          • Alteration- Interior or Exterior
responsibilities, when you are acting as your           APPLICATION states: An application for a                     • Screen – Alum. Infill Wall Panel                                   • Enclosing Carport, Garage, or Porch
own contractor.                                         permit for any proposed work shall be                        • Sewer Connection                                                     (Infill Walls)
                                                        deemed to have been abandoned six months                     • Siding / Stucco on Frame                                           • Barn
As an owner/builder (O/B) you may build or              after the date of filing, unless application has             • Vinyl/Acrylic Removable Insert Systems                             • Garage
improve a one-family or two-family residence,           been pursued in good faith or a permit has                   • Water Service Connection                                           • Guest House (No cooking Facil’s)
or build or improve a commercial building at a          been issued. Abandoned applications shall be                 • Window and Door Replacements                                       • Stable (No grooms Quarters)
cost of $75,000 or less in value, within any 12-        subject to destruction in accordance with state              • Flagpole - Less Than 20’                                           • Storage
month period. The residence or building                 law.                                                         • Residential Accessory                                              • Workshop
must be for your own use and occupancy. It                                                                            Enclosure - Max. 6’x6’                                              • Accessory Apartment
may not be built for sale or lease.                     Florida Building Code Administrative Code                    • Planter – Under 3’ in Height                                       • Grooms Quarters (With or Without Stables)
                                                        Chapter 1, 105.4.1 PERMIT INTENT                                                                                                  • Spa
If pulling a permit as Owner/Builder, you               states: Every permit issued shall expire unless              TYPE 2 BUILDING PERMITS                                              • Swimming Pool – Above-Ground
must personally appear in the Building                  the work authorized by such permit has                                                                                            • Swimming Pool – In-Ground
Division for submittal, sign an Owner/Builder           commenced within six months after its                        • Air Conditioning- New System                                       • Manufactured Residential Building
Affidavit, and have your signature notarized            issuance. It is very important to keep these                 • Canopy – Fabric Covered                                              (Modular, NOT Mobile Home)
by a Building Division Staff member.                    timelines current to avoid additional fees                   • Carport
                                                        and/or new Code requirements.                                ▪ Demolition                                                         TYPE 5 BUILDING PERMIT
As Owner/Builder it is your responsibility to                                                                        • Fire Damage/Emergency Repair                                       Single Family dwelling
make sure that people employed by you have              HEALTH DEPARTMENT                                            • Gas – Lines Only                                                   Duplex
licenses and insurance as required by State law         If you are proposing an improvement on your                  • Gas – LP Tank and Lines
and County licensing ordinances.                        property and it is currently on a septic system              • Irrigation Electrical
                                                        and /or a drinking water well, you must                      • Mobile Home-Accessory structure
NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT                                  contact the Health Department for approval.                  • Pole Barn
State Statute requires all permits with a value         at 233-5386.                                                 ▪ Pool Deck
greater than $2,500 to record a Notice of

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