All you really wanted was to bump out the kitchen a few hundred square feet, add a portico and pizza oven, and possibly a pool plus requisite pool house. (Or, at least, a tiny changing room.) Your general contractor assured you he knew what he was doing; in fact, yours was the third project this week of its kind.
“Just another day at the construction site,” he said with a smile. “A walk in the park.”
“You’ll handle permits, yes?” you asked in earnest.
“I’ll handle everything,” he replied in earnest.
And he would have handled everything, except for one tiny issue: While the contractor was well-versed in Florida’s statewide building codes and practices, Miami-Dade is a different beast. We’ve got stricter code regulations in addition to Florida’s requirements, and to make matters more complicated, our zoning codes vary by municipality. Add tree surveys and utility lines to the mix, and this walk-in-the-park project just took a left turn.
At Debowsky Design Group, Miami-Dade’s permits, zoning laws, and any unexpected redesign along the way are truly our happy place. We know this county (and its rules as well as those of each municipality within it) like the back of our hand, so we don’t get lost – even when left turns pop up.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before beginning any home renovation:
Permits are required for replacement of windows and sliding glass doors, as well as screen enclosures, storage sheds and carports of canvas or metal.
Perhaps you’re thinking “Well, this building permit business sounds complicated. Why do I even need one?” Not only is it the law in Miami-Dade, but building permits also protect you. A building permit ensures that the work on your home or building is being done in accordance with the Florida Building Code, zoning laws, and the approved plans. It also shows compliance with sanitary, safety, and welfare concerns, including required setbacks from property lines and adjacent structures.
Renovating or building without a permit will result in fines and issues if you ever decide to sell your home. If there’s no formal assurance that the structural work has been built to code, then the structure cannot be declared safe.
Building and renovating homes is a complicated business, but it’s one we know and love. Let us handle the paperwork so we can get to the important business at hand: that pizza oven!
6 years Ago