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					       Hendry County Building, Licensing & Code Enforcement

                                Community Buzz
Volume 1, Issue 3                                           Building Official Message
November 2008
                                 Finally it seems that Fall has fallen, before the    Please join me in extending congratulations to
                              time that you may need that heat in your home or        staff members Kelly Anders and Mark Lynch,
                              business, open the windows and test the heating         these achievements exemplify the professional-
                              system.                                                 ism the Hendry County Building Department
                                                                                      staff brings to the citizens of Hendry County.
                              During the warmer months the air moving over
                              your heating coils may cause dust to collect. There     Kelly has achieved the status of Certified Permit
                              may be an odor or small amount of smoke when            Clerk through the ICC certification program.
                              testing, if you see an inordinate amount of smoke
                              immediately turn off the unit and call your service     Mark Lynch is now also licensed as a Building
                              company, if the smoke continues a fire may have         Code Administrator through the State of Florida
                              started, in the case of emergency call 911              DBPR.
       LaBelle Office
  Address: 88 S. Main St.                                                             Regretfully we must also say goodbye to two
  Phone : 863-675-5245        Better to test now than have your heat fail when        employees that have left;
  Fax:     863-675-5319       needed.
                                                                                      Victor Tirado, Code Enforcement Officer, who
       Clewiston Office
                              There are a lot of new announcements and I will try     was offered a position in a neighboring
  Address: 100 E. El Paso
  Phone : 863-983-1463        to be brief and informative;                            jurisdiction.
  Fax:      863-983-1467           • Hendry County Building Department can
                                     now receive permit applications via e-mail       Michael Pietrangelo, Electrical Inspector, who
        Office Hours                 and issue permits by e-mail or electronic        fell victim to declining construction activity,
      Monday - Friday
                                     format on CD and builder will print their        Hendry County is dedicated to being appropri-
      8:00am - 5:00pm
                                     own permit and approved plans to post on         ately staffed for the workload.
                                     the job. Instructions are included within this
                                     newsletter.                                      Both of these professionals will be missed and
Inside this issue:                 • Hendry County now has a website with             we wish them the best the future can offer.
                                     public access that provides real time
Building                1            information on permit applications, issued       Bob Bott, Building Official
Official Message                     permits inspection data including results,       Hendry County
On-Line                 2            contra ctor informatio n, proper ty
Permitting                           information, project status and Code
                                     Enforcement. The link will be on Hendry              Building Department
Contractor’s Corner 3                County website.                                          Will be closed
Permitting              4          • The 2007 Florida Building Code effective              November 11, 2008
                                     date has been moved to March 1, 2009                    (Veterans Day)
Structural              5,6        • The 2008 National Electrical Code is
                                     tentative for adoption June 2009                                   November 27 & 28 2008
Electrical              7          • Florida Statute 553.885 every new building                            (Thanksgiving)

Electrical              8
                                     permitted after July 1, 2008 must have
                                     Carbon Monoxide detectors if you have                December 24 & 25, 2008
                                     fossil burning appliances, fireplace or an                (Christmas)
                                     attached garage.

                                        THE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS.

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                                                     On-Line Permitting
                  Hendry County Building Department is now accepting Building Permit applications and
                  issuing permits electronically in conjunction with Hendry County’s on line Permit,
                  Contractor and Project Tracking Inquiry and payment program.

           Digital Plan Submission Procedure                                Digital Plan Submission Requirements

    1.  On Hendry County Website Download Appropriate              Customers Technology Requirements:
    2. Complete Permit Application Form                                1.   Computer and Scanner
    3. Sign; Notarize; Scan to a file                                  2.   Ability to read and Write (“burn”) Compact Disc’s
    4. Complete all Required Documents scan to file or attach          3.   Email account
        electronic forms to Email                                      4.   Adobe Acrobat Reader (7.0 or higher)
    5. In the Body of your Email, List all of the Files You Have       5.   Ability to save documents in One or More of the
        Attached to this Electronic Permit Application – This               following formats:
        Way We’ll Know if All Attachments Have Arrived                           a) .pdf (Portable Document Format)
    6. Email Application to                         b) .jpg (Joint Photographic Group)
    7. If Necessary the Customer Replies to the Plan Reviewer                    c) .msd (Microsoft Scanned Document)
        Comments by Email                                                        d) .doc (Microsoft Word Document)
    8. When Approved, Customer may Pay Online Using                NOTE: A .pdf is required for all Building Plans submitted
        Hendry County on line payment system (links can be         Electronically, supporting documents are any of the above.
        found on Hendry County Website) or pay by phone or in
        person at the Finance Department.                          Digital Document Requirements:
    9. When Paid Customer may Pick up Approved Plans and           To ensure a successful submittal file should not be over 15 MB
        Permit on CD at the Building Department or Approved        in size
        Plans and Permit will be Emailed to you at your request.   Set your file print output to a max of 1000 dpi in order to
    10. Larger more complex applications are required to be        compress file size.
        submitted on CD in formats required.
    11. If Approved Plans and Permit are in Electronic Format,     Plans:
        Customer prints Permit Card and Approved Plans and
        Attachments and Posts on the Construction Site             Scale:
    12. Customers can online, view the Progress of Applications,   1/8” = 1’0” Minimum at 11” X 17” page size
        Schedule Inspections and View results in Addition to       Approval Mark Space for Hendry County:
        Paying all fee’s using the link on Hendry County’s         3” X 3” Blank Space in Top Left Corner of Building Plans
        Website.                                                   Encrypted Electronic Signature:
                                                                   Per Appropriate Licensing Board Regulations (when required)
Forms that can be downloaded from Hendry County website            Energy Forms:
        Florida Lien Law Brochure                                  As required
        Notice of Commencement                                     Application:
        All types of Permit Application Forms required             Save and send in one of the formats: .pdf, .msd, .doc, jpg
                                                                   Notice of Commencement (Optional)
Once the Plans Review Staff has reviewed your submission, the      Scan the recorded document in one of the following formats
comments will be emailed to the customer and placed in the         pdf, .msd, .doc, jpg
Comments section in the Plans Review Tab in Hendry Counties on     Site Plan:
line Permit Tracking system under your Permit Number.              Residential Drawn to Scale, show all improvements and
                                                                   drainage – Save and send in .pdf .
Remember:                                                          Commercial must follow Planning and Zoning Requirements,
You can still submit all documents in person at the Hendry         When Approved by Planning and Zoning Submit Approved plan
County Building Department on paper, or supply everything to       same as Construction drawings without 3” X 3” Approval Box
us on a CD.                                                        with security applied to allow only printing in .pdf.

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                                                 Contractors Corner
            Construction Licensing Board
The Construction Licensing Board would like to welcome two new
members, Mr. Larry (H.L.) Bennett (construction member) and
                                                                 CONTRACTORS: IT IS PAST TIME
Randy Daniels (consumer member).                                   TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE!
                                                                 Renewal Forms are available at the Hendry County Building,
           New Contractors Approved By CLB Board
                                                                      Licensing, and Code Enforcement Department.
May 2008 Meeting:
♦ RLK Construction Inc – Ronald Kostoff II – Plastering/Stucco
♦ Freedom Site Work Inc – Daryl Edgar – Demolition Contractor

June 2008 Meeting:                                                    CLB Members
♦ Robert M Beckman Inc – Robert Beckman – Concrete Forming
     and Placing Contractor                                            Randy Daniels
                                                                        New Consumer
♦ A & H Lawn Service and Landscaping Inc – Marcus Jones –
     Demolition Contractor                                         Richard Yoraschek
July 2008 Meeting:                                                     Larry Bennett
♦ FenceCatalog.Com Inc – Mitchell Blumenfeld – Fence                     New General

                                                  Permit Applications
                 Department Activity Report                                             Department Activity Report
                        May 2008                                                                June 2008
BUILDING PERMITS                                                  BUILDING PERMITS
Permits Issued (Type)         #Issued   Valuation of Work         Permits Issued (Type)           #Issued    Valuation of Work
Commercial (Comm. Tower)            6      $ 106,675.00           Commercial (comm. Tower)               1       $ 13,750.00
Commercial (demolition)             1                 .00         Commercial (demolition)                1                  .00
Commercial (remodel renovate)       1           27,000.00         Commercial (liquid gas install)        1                  .00
Commercial (sign)                   1                 .00         Commercial (assembly)                  1           587,800.00
Single-family                       4          378,930.00         Commercial (remodel renovate)          1             1,200.00
Multi-family                        0                 .00         Commercial (roof)                      1             7,080.00
Modular unit                        0                 .00         Commercial (utility bldg)              1           280,000.00
Mobile home                         6          213,901.30         Commercial (fence)                     1                  .00
Ag. Housing Unit                    4          572,000.00         Single-family                          4           375,600.00
Miscellaneous                      77        $ 427,991.07         Modular unit                           0                  .00
Total Permits Issued              100       $ 1,726,497.37        Mobile home                           6            132,500.00
                                                                  Miscellaneous                        76        $ 337,349.56
                                                                  Total Permits Issued                 94        $ 1,735,279.56
                 Department Activity Report
                        July 2008                                                       Department Activity Report
BUILDING PERMITS                                                                              August 2008

Permits Issued (Type)         #Issued Valuation of Work           BUILDING PERMITS
Commercial (demolition)              1     $           .00        Permits Issued (Type)         #Issued Valuation of Work
Commercial (remodel renovate)        2            3,750.00        Commercial (demolition)              1     $           .00
Industrial (electrical)              1                 .00        Commercial (remodel renovate)        1         135,000.00
Single-family                        8       1,385,362.27         Commercial (sign)                    1            5,480.00
Multi-family                         0                 .00        Single-family                        3         267,000.00
Modular unit                         0                 .00        Multi-family                         0                 .00
Mobile home                          4          14,160.00         Modular unit                         0                 .00
Miscellaneous                       92     $ 645,221.75           Mobile home                          2          50,287.00
Total Permits Issued               108      $ 2,048,494.02        Miscellaneous                       71     $ 574,511.26
                                                                  Total Permits Issued                79     $ 867,672.52

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There are basically two ways you may submit a permit application to Hendry County to build, demolish,
install, repair, or renovate a structure and/or service: 1) as Owner/Builder; or 2) as a licensed contractor.
We are going to cover the rules governing Owner/Builder permit application submissions in this

When you apply for a permit as an Owner/Builder, you are applying for a permit under an exemption to
a state law [F.S. 489.103(7)], which requires construction to be done by licensed contractors. A copy of
the Owner/Builder Affidavit & Disclosure Statement used by Hendry County is included below.

                                     F.S. 489.103(7)

                                              Disclosure Statement
State law requires construction to be done by licensed contractors. You have applied for a permit under an
exemption to that law. The exemption allows you, as the owner of your property, to act as your own contractor
with certain restrictions even though you do not have a license. You must provide direct, onsite supervision of
the construction yourself. You may build or improve a one-family or two-family residence or a farm outbuilding.
You may also build or improve a commercial building, provided your costs do not exceed $75,000. The building
or residence must be for your own use or occupancy. It may not be built or substantially improved for sale or
lease. If you sell or lease a building you have built or substantially improved yourself within 1 year after the
construction is complete, the law will presume that you built or substantially improved it for sale or lease, which
is a violation of this exemption. You may not hire an unlicensed person to act as your contractor or to supervise
people working on your building. It is your responsibility to make sure that people employed by you have
licenses required by state law and by county or municipal licensing ordinances. You may not delegate the
responsibility for supervising work to a licensed contractor who is not licensed to perform the work being done.
Any person working on your building who is not licensed must work under your direct supervision and must be
employed by you, which means that you must deduct F.I.C.A. and withholding tax and provide workers’
compensation for that employee, all as prescribed by law. Your construction must comply with all applicable
laws, ordinances, building codes, and zoning regulations.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) can request the Circuit Court to
impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000.00 per incident and also may be entitled to collection of fees and costs
incurred. For your information, the Owner/Builder may become liable and responsible for the employee he hires
to assist in the construction project. This responsibility may include the following where required by law;
                 a)     Worker’s compensation (for workers injured on the job);
                 b)     Social security tax (must be deducted from employee’s wages and matched with owner’s
                 c)     Unemployment compensation (may or may not be required);
                 d)     Liability insurance coverage;
                 e)     Federal withholding tax (must be deducted from employee’s wages and forwarded as
                        required by law).

I acknowledge as an Owner/Builder that I am obligated to abide by the laws set forth by the State of
Florida above.
        Permit #:                      Property Owner:
             Mailing Address:
             Project Address:


                                 OWNER/BUILDING SIGNATURE
                                                                                                                      The above WARNING              bulletin issued by the
The correct, recorded owner of the property must appear in                                                            Department of Business & Professional Regulation
person to sign this Affidavit/Disclosure Statement.                                                                   (DBPR) is available at the Hendry County Building
PLEASE NOTE: Corporations cannot apply for a permit as                                                                Department, as well as online.

Any questions concerning Owner/Builder permits should be directed to our permitting department at:
(863)675-5245 of (863)983-1463. We will be glad to help you with any questions you may have.

Michele A. Williams
Development Services Supervisor

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The Florida Building Code, Section R602, provides provisions for correct drilling and notching of load-bearing and
non load-bearing wood walls.

                                                                                        For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm
                                                                       NOTE : Condition for exterior and bearing walls.

                                  FIGURE R 602.2.7(1)

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                                                                          FIGURE R 602.2.7(2)
                                                                        NOTCHING AND BORED
                                                                        HOLE LIMITATIONS FOR
                                                                        INTERIOR NONBEARING

All plumbing lines located in
concealed locations and installed
through hole or notches in studs, joist,
rafters or similar members that are less
than 1.5 inches from the nearest edge
of the member shall be protected by a
shield plate. (0.062 inches thick). FCP

In the same way, all electric where
cable or raceway type wiring (all
conductors are not in protective
conduit) are installed through holes
and notches that are within 1 1/4
inches from the nearest edge shall be
protected. The protective plate shall be                     FIGURE R 602.2.7
at least 1 1/16 in. thick and shall cover the   TOP PLATE FRAMING TO ACCOMMODATE PIPING
area of the wiring.

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OSHA and the NEC [110.26] provide working space requirements that vary with conditions. The NEC starts 110.26 by stating the space must be
sufficient for “ready and safe operation and maintenance” of the electrical equipment.

Requirement exceptions
Per 90.3, the working space requirements of 110.26 don’t apply to equipment included in Chapter 8. However, signaling and communications
equipment can’t encroach on the working space of the electrical equipment.
The NEC doesn’t require working space for the back or sides of an assembly where all connections and all renewable or adjustable parts are acces-
sible from the front. “Accessible” is the key word, here; read the Article 100 definition.
Where special permission is granted per 90.4, working space for equipment that operates at not more than 30V ac or 60V dc can be less than the
distance in Table 110.26(A)(1). Read the definition of “Special Permission” in Article 100.
If you’re replacing electrical equipment, you can apply Table 110.26 Condition 2 working space requirements between dead-front switchboards,
panel boards, or motor control centers located across the aisle from each other. But only if:
    •    Conditions of maintenance and supervision ensure that written procedures have been adopted to prohibit equipment on both sides of the
         aisle from being open at the same time, and

    •    Only authorized, qualified persons will service the installation.
Width, depth, and height
A common area of disagreement is the phrase “while energized” in 110.26(A), which says, “Equipment that may need examination, adjustment,
servicing, or maintenance while energized must have sufficient working space in accordance with (1), (2), and (3)….” Get clarification on what
“while energized” means from the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).
In all cases, the working space must be of sufficient width, depth, and height to permit all equipment doors to open 90 degrees.
The width of the working space must be a minimum of 30 in., but in no case less than the width of the equipment.
You can measure the width of the working from left-to-right, from right-to-left, or simply centered on the equipment. The working space for one
piece of equipment can overlap the working space for other electrical equipment.
See Table 110.26(A)(1) for the minimum depth required of a specific application. It’s not always three feet. For example, it’s 4 ft at a 480V MCC
with exposed live parts on both sides of the working space.
“Headroom” is another way we refer to the height of a working space. For service equipment, switchboards, panelboards, and mot or control
equipment, the headroom in front of equipment must be at least 6½ ft, measured from the grade, floor, or platform [110.26(E)]. For equipment over
6½ ft in height, the headroom can’t be less than the height of the equipment.
Exception: The minimum headroom requirement doesn’t apply to service equipment or panelboards rated 200A or less in an existing dwelling unit.
See the definition of “Dwelling Unit” in Article 100.
Equipment such as raceways, cables, wireways, cabinets, and panels can be above or below electrical equipment, but must not extend more than 6
in. into the equipment working space.
Clear spaces
Working space covered by 110.26 must be clear at all times [110.26(B)]. Therefore, it can’t double as a storage area. It’s dangerous to service
energized parts in the first place. It’s unacceptable to subject electrical workers to the additional dangers of working around boxes, cabinets, and
other impediments in their working space.
When normally enclosed live parts are exposed for inspection or servicing in a passageway, the working space must be suitably guarded from
occupants using the passageway. Make allowances for a fire alarm evacuation, which will have numerous occupants moving through the passage-
Entrance and Egress
At least one entrance of sufficient area must provide access to and egress from the working space [110.26(C)(1)]. Building codes
contain minimum dimensions for doors and openings for personnel travel. Check with the AHJ for clarification of “sufficient area.”
            You must have an entrance to and egress from separate ends of the working space of electrical equipment rated 1,200A
            or more, if the equipment is over 6 ft wide. The opening must be not less than 24 in. wide and 6½ ft high. You can
            have a single entrance/egress at one end, if:
            • The location permits a continuous and unobstructed way of egress travel, or. =0 D

            • The required working space depth is doubled, and the equipment is located so the edge of the entrance is no closer
            than the required working space distance.

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Where equipment with overcurrent or switching devices rated 1,200A or more is installed, personnel door(s) for entrance to
and egress from the working space located less than 25 ft from the nearest edge of the working space must have the door(s)
open in the direction of egress and be equipped with panic hardware or other devices that open under simple pressure.

Electricians who suffer burns on their hands in electrical arc flash or arc blast events often can’t open doors equipped with
knobs that must be turned. Since this requirement is in the NEC, the electrical contractor is responsible for ensuring that panic
hardware is installed where required. Some electrical contractors chafe at being held liable for nonelectrical responsibilities,
but this rule exists to save the lives of electricians.
Service equipment, switchboards, panelboards, and20motor control centers located indoors must have illumination in (or next to) the working space
[110.26(D)]. Illumination must not be controlled by automatic means only.
The NEC doesn’t provide the minimum foot-candles required for proper illumination, but lighting application guides do. Proper illumination of
electrical equipment rooms is essential for the safety of those working on such equipment.
Saving a few bucks on installed lighting only to incur the costs of temporary lighting or extended downtime later isn’t good economics. But this
isn’t a matter of just economics. The safety issue makes good lighting not just sensible, but imperative.
Dedicated space
Switchboards, panelboards, and motor control centers must have dedicated equipment space and be protected from damage [110.26(F).
Outdoor equipment must comply with 110.26(F)(2). For indoor equipment, the following requirements apply.
The footprint space (width and depth of the equipment) extending from the floor to a height of 6 ft above the equipment or to the structural ceiling,
whichever is lower, must be dedicated for the electrical installation. No piping, ducts, or other equipment foreign to the electrical installation can be
installed in this dedicated footprint space.
Exception: Suspended ceilings with removable panels can be within the dedicated footprint space [110.26(G)].
     •    Electrical raceways and cables not associated with the dedicated space can be within the dedicated space. These aren’t considered
          “equipment foreign to the electrical installation.”

     •    Foreign systems can be located above the dedicated space if protection is installed to prevent damage to the electrical equipment from
          condensation, leaks, or breaks in the foreign systems.

     •    Sprinkler protection piping isn’t permitted in the dedicated space, but the NEC doesn’t prohibit sprinklers from spraying water on
          electrical equipment .

     •    A dropped, suspended, or similar ceiling isn’t considered a structural ceiling.

     •    Electrical equipment rooms and enclosures housing electrical equipment or apparatus controlled by locks are considered accessible to
          qualified persons who require access.
See the definition of “Accessible as it applies to equipment” in Article 100.
                              Now you can answer the question of how much working space is enough. And you know that a correct answer depends
                              on what space you’re      talking about, what equipment is in that space, and other factors. The distance tables in OSHA
                              and in 110.26 are starting points, not maximums.
                              What you’re really trying to do is ensure that the space around the equipment doesn’t prevent the safe operation and
                              maintenance of that equipment. Meet that goal, and you’ll satisfy OSHA, the NEC, and your insurance company. None
                              of these are concerned, however, with the efficiency of maintenance and operation.
                              Often, people want to reduce working space in a misguided effort to maximize revenue per square foot for the facility.
                              The reality is that you maximize revenue per square foot only when you allow enough space for efficient operation,
                              maintenance, and repair.

                                                  WATER RESTRICTIONS
               Hendry County is currently on a PHASE II water use restriction.
           If you have any questions on watering please contact our office or check

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