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Permit Changes for Hurricane Irma related Repairs

Post Date:September 19, 2017 9:00 AM


In an effort to expedite repairs needed as a result of damages caused by Hurricane Irma, the Building Services Division of the City of Fort Lauderdale's Department of Sustainable Development will implement the following changes to its permitting policies and procedures over the next 90-calendar day period.  

No Permits will be needed for the following repairs:

  • Existing fence repair (compliance with local code applies)
  • Minor roof-shingle, individual tile pieces and membrane only
  • Landscaping – removal of destroyed trees and site landscape (replacement trees and landscaping to meet minimum code requirements for the site. Use Right Tree, Right Place principles and the City's recommended plant list
  • Non-structural replacements (i.e., car canopies, gazebos, awnings, etc.)
  • Minor irrigation repairs
  • Window and door component repairs and replacement (structural framing requires permit, see below)
  • Screen enclosure and pool barrier repair (non-structural)
  • Existing docks and mooring (no additions, extensions or alterations) 

Permit applications may be filed up to 48 hours after the fact for the following repairs.  While a permit is required, no permit fees will be charged:

  • A/C unit replacement
  • Structural repairs for windows and doors
  • Structural repairs for roofing
  • Existing shed replacement (must be placed in the same location as original) 
  • Structural repair/replacement (i.e., car canopies, gazebos, awnings, etc.)
  • Existing seawall repair (must comply with current seawall ordinance) 

Permit and fees will be required for the following:

  • All new construction
  • New structural construction for renovations, alterations and remodeling
  • All other permits other than those listed above

The Building Official/Assistant Building Official shall determine if other types of work shall be eligible for the above requirements, according to Florida Building Code (Broward Edition) Sections 105.2.1 Emergency repairs and 105.2.2 Minor repairs

For more information, contact the Department of Sustainable Development, Building Services Division at 954-828-6520.


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