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Building Safety and Code Compliance Information
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Building Safety And Code Compliance

City of Maitland's Questions and Answers

Quick Links to Question Categories:

 

Permitting Questions 1-23:

Inspection Questions 24-35:

Codes & Statutes Questions 36-40:

Code Enforcement Questions 41-47:

Miscellaneous Questions 48-56:

 

Quick Links to Individual Questions:

 

  1. Is my house in the City Limits of Maitland?
  2. Do I need a Notice of Commencement?
  3. Where can I get my Notice of Commencement Application? 
  4. Can I apply for a permit online?
  5. What are the hours of operation for the Building Division? 
  6. If I am the General Contractor do I pull permits for all of the subs?
  7. Can I pull a permit as an owner-builder?
  8. How much does a building permit cost?
  9. When is a building permit necessary?
  10. Which building permits require plan review?
  11. Why does it take so long to get my permit?
  12. Permit requirements:
  13. Understanding the permit process:
  14. I applied for my building permit last week, when will I get it?
  15. Is there a charge for submitting revisions to my plans?
  16. What Submittals are required to obtain a permit?
  17. Do I need a permit to paint my house?
  18. What information will I need to provide when I register as a contractor in the City of Maitland if I am a State Certified Contractor?
  19. Can I put a shed in my backyard?
  20. If I am an architect can I drop off plans for the review process?
  21. Can I as the owner of a building bring in plans for a tenant?
  22. When do plans for Building Permits need to be signed and sealed by a Florida registered architect or engineer?
  23. Do I need a site plan or survey for residential or commercial plan review?       
  24. Do I need a dry-in inspection?
  25. When do I schedule inspections?
  26. Can I cancel an inspection request?
  27. Do I need to be present on the job site at the time of the inspection?
  28. Can I coordinate a time to meet the inspector at the job site?
  29. Can I as a sub-contractor call in my inspections?
  30. Are the sub-trade inspections (plumbing, electrical, roofing, mechanical) called in separately, or are they combined with the building inspections?
  31. What happens if I fail an inspection?
  32. What do I need to have on the jobsite at the time of inspection?
  33. Who do I call to make an appointment for Fire Inspections?
  34. Who do I call to make an appointment for Irrigation Inspections?
  35. Can the inspector perform an after hours or weekend inspection?   
  36. Who can interpret provisions of the Florida Building Code?
  37. What are the applicable codes for the City of Maitland?
  38. Where may I view a copy of the Florida Building Code?
  39. Where may I view a copy of the Florida Fire Prevention Code?
  40. What Florida Statutes regulate Architects, Engineers and Contractors?
  41. What does Code Enforcement do?   
  42. Why does it take so long to get any Code Enforcement action on my complaint?
  43. Can I put out garage sale signs?
  44. Do I need a permit for a special event at my house or business?
  45. Who do I contact about a City Code violation complaint?
  46. What do I do if I want to put up a sign on my property?
  47. Can I put a banner up on my property?
  48. Can I rent a construction dumpster from anywhere?  
  49. What hours can I engage in construction?
  50. What type of fire extinguisher should I purchase for my home?
  51. How often should I have my fire extinguisher checked or replaced?
  52. How often should I check my smoke detector? 
  53. Is any government assistance available if my contractor defaults on completion of my project?  
  54. What is a hold harmless letter and why do I need one?
  55. When it comes to aboveground/underground storage tanks, what City departments and other agencies are involved in the review and permitting?
  56. Questions/Suggestions/Comments Link:  


Permitting Section:

 

1.  Is my house in the City Limits of Maitland?

There are several ways to check to see if your property is within the City limits.

1) You can look on your tax receipt.

2) If you have Internet access, check your address with Orange County Property Appraisers at www.ocpafl.org and then check the City code. (E-Maitland)

3) Call the City at 407-539-6248.

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2.  Do I need a Notice of Commencement?
Regardless of the value of construction, both the homeowner's and the contractor's signature is required on all permit applications, and they must be notarized. (If a homeowner is pulling as owner/builder, the owner's signature is required as the contractor for the job and their signature must be notarized). If there is a permit being pulled for mechanical change-out and it is over $7,500, then a Notice of Commencement is required.  All other jobs require a Notice of Commencement if the value of work exceeds $2,500.00.

Notice of Commencements expire after one year unless otherwise specified by the Comptroller's Office.  You must refile your Notice of Commencement when it expires or if the contractor on the job changes.

As of 11/1/07, a new Notice of Commencement form must be used.  You must file your Notice of Commencement in Orange County at 109 E. Church St. #300, 407-836-5115.

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3.  Where can I get my Notice of Commencement Application?
An application is available at the actual Comptroller's Office on Rosalind Avenue.  You can also come in to the Building Division to pick up a blank application, or you can print out a copy of it online on our Permits and Applications web page.

http://www.itsmymaitland.com/standards_compliance.aspx?a=viewPost&PostID=3712

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4.  Can I apply for a permit online?
No. You must bring in the application, along with the required plans and documentation. You will find the permit application forms online at:
http://www.itsmymaitland.com/standards_compliance.aspx?a=viewPost&PostID=3712
You now have the option of filling out the applications online. Verify that the information is correct and print out the application. You will not be able to save the form to your computer's hard drive.

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5.  What are the hours of operation for the Building Division?

Our standard hours of operation are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday.
For the picking up and dropping off of permits our standard hours are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

Inspectors work from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday, and inspect between 7:30 and 3.

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6.  If I am the General Contractor do I pull permits for all of the subs?
Yes, in Maitland the General Contractor pulls all of the sub contractor's permits except for fire protection and gas!

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7.  Can I pull a permit as an owner-builder?
Yes, subject to certain conditions that are stated in the following:

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. [Reference: FSS 489.103(2000)]

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8.  How much does a building permit Cost?
The cost of the permit depends on the type of work to be done and the cost of the project to be completed. For this question please call the Building Division at 407-539-6248 or visit the following link http://www.itsmymaitland.com/standards_compliance.aspx?a=viewPost&PostID=3713.

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9.  When is a building permit necessary?
A building permit is required for all projects to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy or occupant content of a building or structure, or any outside area being used as part of the building's designated occupancy, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, relocate or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system which is regulated by the technical codes. A permit is not required for the following:

  • Ordinary minor non-structural repairs, provided that such repairs shall not violate any of the provisions of the technical codes.
  • Install A/C units (less than 3 tons), cord & plug w/existing electrical outlet, not connected to ducts.
  • Any portable heating appliance, portable ventilation equipment, or portable cooling unit.
  • Painting, replacing cabinets, carpet, vinyl, tile, gutters.
  • Roofing 500 square feet or less.

If your intended work can be described by the following words then you probably do not need a permit: portable, replacement of parts, replacement of non-structural components, no added capacity.

 

This type of work would include the replacement of most interior items such as interior doors, kitchen cabinets, floor coverings (tile, carpet, wood, etc.), light fixtures, switches, outlets, sinks, toilets etc.

 

The code uses some key words that can be of assistance here. The directions to get to code Chapter 1 Administration: Section 105 are provided below:

Go to www.floridabuilding.org.  Hold cursor over Florida Building Code and click Access Code Online.  Click on 2007 FBC and you can view all the various volumes.

 

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10.  Which building permits require plan review?

  • New residential structures
  • New residential additions or alterations
  • New commercial structures
  • New commercial additions or alterations
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Fire suppression systems
  • Signs
  • Swimming pools
  • Accessory structures (including sheds, pool enclosures, boathouses, boat docks, retaining walls, fences, seawalls, aluminum enclosures, greenhouses, etc.)
  • Construction projects that involve outside work require compliance with zoning regulations that include proper property line setbacks, adherence to land use designations and clearance for utility infrastructure and right-of-ways.

 

Common Construction Projects Which Require Building Permits

Air conditioning / heat system change outs

Piers

Balcony restoration

Pilings and posts

Boathouses and boatlifts

Plumbing (movement or replacement of fixtures or pipes)

Commercial floor plan alterations

Pool construction, renovation or re-surfacing

Concrete slabs, patios & gazebos

Roof repairs and re-roofing

Decks

Screen enclosures

Demolition work of any kind

Seawalls (construction or repairs)

Docks - new, repair or replacement

Sheds

Dredge and fill projects

Walls

Driveways and curb cuts

Signs and signage (temporary or permanent)

Fences and fencing (new and replacements)

Structural alterations or repairs of any kind

Fire alarms and sprinkler systems

Tents

Handrails - external (new and replacements)

Water heaters (new or replacement)

Window Replacements

 Door Replacements

This list covers the more common projects - it does not cover all activities that require permits. It is advisable to call the Building Division before starting your work if you are not certain if a permit is required. Remember: reputable contractors know which jobs require permits in The City of Maitland and they obtain the permits as required.

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11.  Why does it take so long to get my permit?
It takes time to process but, the number one reason a permit gets held up in the system is because of "incomplete submission" of the items required by the checklist. It is VERY IMPORTANT to submit ALL required items to reduce the turn around time for your permit.  See link to submittal checklists for building permits on the Building Division Permit and Applications page.

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***IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER***

 

  • Work covered up prior to a required inspection will have to be uncovered.
  • Beware of alleged contractors who ask to be paid only in cash or ask for large payments up front.
  • Beware of persons offering to perform construction work at a price which seems "too good to be true."
  • Make sure your contractor obtains a permit and posts it on the front of the property.
  • Make sure a "Notice of Commencement" is posted with the permit placard for all jobs over $2,500 unless it is a change out for mechanical. A Notice of Commencement is required for mechanical jobs over $7,500.
  • Make sure you check with your lending institution prior to filling you "Notice of Commencement."
  • Do not make the final payment until your contractor provides you with copies of lien waivers from his subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Do not make the final payment until all final inspections are signed on the inspection placard.

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12.  Permit Requirements:
It is not surprising that many property owners, including condo unit owners, are not familiar with local building codes. Many property owners think that it is the contractor's responsibility to make sure a building permit has been obtained. This is not true. The property owner is held responsible for obtaining the building permit.

The building code is available by following the directions below:

Go to www.floridabuilding.org.  Hold cursor over Florida Building Code and click Access Code Online.  

There are good, sound reasons for having these regulations. First and foremost, the building code is designed to protect the citizens. It ensures that the completed work meets specific standards that will protect you and your neighbors.

Sometimes a contractor may try to skirt the building permit requirements. If the code inspector finds the work in progress without the required permit, the property owner is cited (and not the contractor) for having work done without a permit. This can result in double fees for the permit and/or fines for having work done without a permit. Please see submittal Checklists for Building Permits on this Website.

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13.  Understanding the permit process:
New commercial projects must first go through the review process by the Development Review Committee and receive approval from the Planning and Zoning Board. During this process all interested City departments provide input on the proposed project. This process leads to the approval of the site plan and site permit which is a prerequisite to building permit application.

When plans are submitted, a sufficiency review will verify the general information required has been provided. Once application for a new commercial building permit has been made, plans are reviewed for code compliance by the Fire Marshal and Building Official.

Building plans are reviewed by appropriate departments in the following order as applicable to the particular project:

  • Zoning-Compliance with City ordinances, heights, and setbacks.
  • Public Works (Engineering & Lakes Management)-Compliance with lot grading, drainage, and lakes management requirements.
  • Fire-Compliance with fire codes.
  • Building-Compliance with building codes and local ordinances.

REVIEW BY ZONING FIRST

  • New houses.
  • Additions and alterations that increase the footprint or height of the existing structure.
  • Any plans that indicate an increase in the air conditioned space of an existing building (porches and garages that are enclosed and turned to living space).
  • Any accessory structures including fences, sheds, swimming pools, pool enclosures, screen rooms, screen enclosures, sun rooms, retaining walls, gazebos, trellis.
  • Any plan revision that changes the footprint, height, or conditioned area of the above.

 

REVIEWED BY PUBLIC WORKS

 

  • Any plan or plan revision approved by Zoning that changes the footprint of the building, and/or affects grading or drainage.
  • Any waterfront improvement plan submittal (boathouses, docks, seawalls).
  • Block wall fences.

 

REVIEWED BY FIRE (FIRE MARSHAL)

 

  • New commercial buildings, additions, and alterations.
  • Residential houses utilizing fire sprinklers.
  • Access to residential houses.

 

REVIEWED BY BUILDING (BUILDING OFFICIAL)

 

  • All projects requiring plans.

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14.  I applied for my building permit last week, when will I get it?
New construction: 2-3 weeks.

Alterations or additions: 1-2 weeks.

There are some permits that are issued immediately; for example window for window, door for door, Re-roof, mechanical change-outs and a Re-pipe.

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15.  Is there a charge for submitting revisions to my plans?
It’s 25.00 in minimum fees for revised, re-stamped or changed pages, and a $5 charge per page for over 5 pages.  This fee shall be paid prior to the re-issuance of plans.

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16.  What Submittals are required to obtain a permit?

The submittal checklists are available by visiting http://www.itsmymaitland.com/standards_compliance.aspx?a=viewPost&PostID=3712.

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17.  Do I need a permit to paint my house?

  • No, a permit is not required for painting but changing the colors on the exterior of your house may be subject to approval of your homeowner's asso

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18.  What information will I need to provide when I register as a contractor in the City of Maitland if I am a State Certified Contractor?

If certified:

  • State License
  • Proof of workers compensation
  • Proof of Liability
  • Occupational license

If registered:

  • State License
  • Workers Comp
  • Proof of Liability
  • Occupational License
  • Original Bond of $1,000 or $5,000 (as applicable--contact Building Division with questions)
  • Competency Card from Orange County

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19.  Can I put a shed in my backyard?
Yes, if you are the owner and it is your primary residence, but you must obtain a permit.  Check with the Zoning Department (Jacqueline Holt 407-539-6215) for setback requirements.  You must also provide two sets of manufacturer installation specifications for a prefab shed. If you are building your shed from scratch complete construction plans must be provided.  Also, indicate tie down anchoring provisions.  For any shed over 100 square feet you must provide two sets of engineered drawings signed and sealed by an engineer or architect or the shed must be designed to one of the referenced standards in the Florida Building Code.  Pre-fabricated sheds must have the approval of the Department of Community Affairs.  Conventional site-built sheds require the same inspections as other buildings.  Pre-fabricated sheds are inspected for tie-downs and setbacks to make sure they are in the proper place.

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20.  If I am an architect can I drop off plans for the review process?
No, plans are reviewed only when formally submitted by a general contractor.  However, if an architect has specific plan issues to discuss, an appointment may be scheduled with the Building Official and/or Fire Marshal for review.  You can schedule an appointment by calling the Building Division at 407-539-6248.

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21.  Can I as the owner of a building bring in plans for a tenant?
No, specific code questions may be addressed to the Building Official but permit applications and accompanying plans must be submitted by the general contractor for the project.  Per Florida Statute, it is illegal for a general contractor to submit a permit application for a project for which he does not have a contract.

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22.  When do plans for Building Permits need to be signed and sealed by a Florida registered architect or engineer?
Generally, for commercial and multi-family construction, all plans must be signed and sealed.  For detached one- and two-family residential construction, owner-occupied structures will need a licensed design professional or contractor to submit plans for wind load calculations.

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23.  Do I need a site plan or survey for residential or commercial plan review?
A dimensioned site plan is generally required for residential and commercial plan review.  It must show all elements including existing and proposed changes.  All site plans must scale accurately.

A survey can be used in place of a site plan.  However, commercial and multifamily residential plan reviews require the site plan (or survey) to be signed and sealed by a licensed professional.
  All site plans must scale accurately.

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Inspection Section:

24.  Do I need a dry-in inspection?

The City of Maitland requires an in-progress dry-in inspection on all reroofs  of one and two family houses regardless of pitch.  Scheduling of the inspection shall follow the normal protocol of calling in prior to 5 pm on a normal business day to schedule an inspection for the next business day.  The objective of the in-progress inspection is to observe some stage of both renailing of the roof deck and the underlayment/secondary water barrier application without holding up the job.  Contact the Building Department or inspector between 7 am and 7:30 am the day of inspection to coordinate the best time for the inspection.  Licensed contractors must also provide pictures of each roof plane with the permit number or address written on the roof and a signed, notarized affidavit of proper installation for re-nailing and secondary water barrier provisions.  Pictures that do not clearly show nailing attachment will not be accepted.  Homeowners doing their own re-roof installation must have a re-nailing inspection and a secondary water barrier inspection.  We do not accept affidavits from home owners.  For new construction, work must be completed prior to inspection for decking inspections and dry-in inspections.  On new construction, decking and dry-in inspections are separate inspections as the contents of the building do not involve finishes and furniture subject to water damage. 

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25.  When do I schedule inspections?
Call 407-539-6248 before 5 pm Mon-Fri, to schedule an inspection for the following working day.  Next day inspections are subject to inspection work load.  Inspections called in after 5:00 pm will be delayed an extra day.

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26.  Can I cancel an inspection request?
Yes, but you must call before the inspector arrives at your job site.

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27.  Do I need to be present on the job site at the time of inspection?
Yes, for commercial inspections.  For residential inspections it's required to have someone present only if the inspection involves access into an occupied residence.  If the inspection involves construction within a fenced yard or an occupied home, access must be provided by an adult.

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28.  Can I coordinate a time to meet the inspector at the job site?
We cannot guarantee times but you can call the inspector directly the morning of the inspection between 7:00 am - 7:30 am.

Residential and Commercial Inspector - Troy Smith, direct cell: 407-448-1882. 

Note:  If your efforts to contact the inspector are unsuccessful, please call the main building division at 407-539-6248 to confirm the inspector is not out for the day.  If the inspector is out you will be re-directed to call the alternate inspector for the day.

The permit card must be posted and approved plans must be available for the inspector.

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29.  Can I as a sub-contractor call in my inspections?
Only fire, low-voltage, and gas contractors call in their own inspections.  All other sub-trades must be called in by the general contractor for that job.

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30.  Are the sub-trade inspections (plumbing, electrical, roofing, mechanical) called in separately, or are they combined with the building inspections? 

The sub-trade inspections are combined with the building inspections whenever possible.  This commonly occurs at framing and sub-trade rough-in stage, above ceiling inspections (commercial), and final inspections.  The general contractor is responsible for coordinating and calling in these inspections.  We have only two multi-trade inspectors and this cuts down the number of trips they must make.  Inspections for larger projects will be managed at the inspector's discretion and by arrangements with the general contractor.

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31.  What happens if I fail an inspection?
Like all other inspections, your inspection failure is logged in the system.  All the failed inspections get red-flagged, and before a Certificate of Occupancy or Completion can be issued, re-inspection fees must be paid.  It is a standard fee of $25 for the 1st re-inspection, $35 for the 2nd, and $50 for the third and each additional re-inspection afterwards for a particular sub-trade.

Here is an example to illustrate the concept:

If you fail the plumbing rough-in, its $25 for the first go-around for that specific inspection.  If you were to later fail the plumbing rough-in a second time for the same reason it's $35, and if you fail that same inspection for the third time for the same reason it's $50.  This is an example that applies to any inspection type.

Re-inspection fees must be paid before a Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Occupancy is given.  Inspection fees must be paid immediately for projects involving only one inspection.

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32.  What do I need to have on the jobsite at the time of inspection?
--Access to permitted construction work
--Point of contact person if inspection is complex
--Plans stamped by Building Division
--Permit Card
--Permit Inspection Record
--Work completed for scheduled inspection
--Animals restrained
--Notice of Commencement

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33.  Who do I call to make an appointment for Fire Inspections?
Please call 407-539-6248 and one of the permit specialists will handle it for Dennis Marshall, Fire Marshal for the City of Maitland.

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34.  Who do I call to make an appointment for Irrigation Inspections?
To schedule inspections 48 hours in advance, please call the Water Division at 407-875-2115.  The pipe and its connections between the water source and backflow preventer need to be exposed during the final inspection before the water meter can be un-locked and turned on.

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35.  Can the inspector perform an after hours or weekend inspection?
No, the inspectors do not perform after hours or weekend inspections.  Their standard inspecting hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  If an after hours or weekend inspection is absolutely necessary contact the building official to explore the possibility of other acceptable options.

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Codes & Statutes Section:

36.  Who can interpret provisions of the Florida Building Code?
Maitland's Building Official Allen Johnson: (407) 539-6151 and the Florida Building Commission can render interpretations of the Florida Building Code.

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37.  What are the applicable codes for plans submitted to the City of Maitland?
The codes in the City of Maitland include:
 

Florida Building Code 6th Edition (Effective Jan 1, 2018)

      Including:

  • FBC-Building
  • FBC-Accessibility
  • FBC-Energy Conservation
  • FBC-Mechanical
  • FBC-Fuel/Gas 
  • FBC-Plumbing
  • FBC-Existing Buildings
  • 2014 National Electrical Code (by reference)  

 Florida Fire Prevention Code 6th Edition (effective January 1, 2018)

 NFPA1 & NFPA 101 (2012) as incorporated into FFPC 5th Edition (2014) and other NFPA Codes as referenced.

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38.  Where may I view a copy of the Florida Building Code?
The Florida Building Code may be viewed on the internet at:
http://www2.iccsafe.org/states/florida_codes/

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39.  Where may I view a copy of the Florida Fire Prevention Code?

The current edition is the Florida Fire Prevention Code 5th Edition (2014)

The Florida Fire Prevention Code may be viewed on the internet at:

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40.  What Florida Statutes regulate Architects, Engineers and Contractors?

For Engineers:  (FS 471) 
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0400-0499/0471/0471ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2010&Title=%2D%3E2010%2D%3EChapter%20471

Architects:  (FS 481)
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0400-0499/0481/0481ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2010&Title=%2D%3E2010%2D%3EChapter%20481

Contractors:  (FS 489)
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0400-0499/0489/0489ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2010&Title=%2D%3E2010%2D%3EChapter%20489

To review contractor licenses, follow the link below: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp

To report unlicensed contractor activity to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation follow the link below:

https://www.myfloridalicense.com/entercomplaint.asp?SID=

For electrical contractors:
FS489 section 2
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0400-0499/0489/0489PARTIIContentsIndex.html

For Electrical Plumbing or Mechanical Contractors designing a system exempt from having an engineer's seal see Parameter below from: 471.003

Qualifications for practice and exemptions are available at subsection H at the following link:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0400-0499/0471/Sections/0471.003.html

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Code Enforcement Section:

41.  What does Code Enforcement do?

The Code Enforcement section of the Building Safety and Code Compliance Division investigates complaints and pursues enforcement of City Ordinances within the structure and limitations set forth in Chapter 162 of the Florida State Statutes.

You can visit Florida Statute 162 by clicking here:  http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0100-0199/0162/0162ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2010&Title=%2D%3E2010%2D%3EChapter%20162

You can visit the City Ordinance on Municode by clicking here:  http://library8.municode.com/default-test/home.htm?infobase=10963&doc_action=whatsnew

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42.  Why does it take so long to get any Code Enforcement action on my complaint?

When a code enforcement complaint comes in, an inspector will investigate the complaint.  If a violation of a City Ordinance is found, the inspector must give the violator a reasonable time to correct the violation.  If the violation continues past the time specified for correction, it becomes a case that is taken to a hearing before a Special Magistrate.  Notice of the hearing must be hand-delivered or mailed to said violator or the subject property must be posted at least 10 days prior to the hearing.  Recent changes to Florida Statute 162 requires the 30 days be allowed for receipt of certified mail for Notices of Hearing.   Upon hearing the case, the Special Magistrate may, at his option, allow additional time for correction of the violation before imposing a fine.

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43.  Can I put out garage sale signs?

Yes.  Per Section 9-81 of the City of Maitland Code, only one garage sale sign of no more than 4 square feet is allowed.  The sign must be located on the resident’s property.  Garage sales are to be conducted after first obtaining a license from City Hall for a nominal fee of $1.  No resident may conduct a garage sale more often than once every six months.

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44.  Do I need a permit for a special event at my house or business?

Per Section 14-2 of the City of Maitland Code a special event is defined as any festival, ceremony, exhibition, show, concert, pageant, rally, demonstration or assembly or other event or activity of any kind designed or intended to attract, at any one time, more than one hundred (100) people.  Special events do require a permit obtained from the Chief of Police and must be sponsored, organized, and run by a not-for-profit organization and be intended as a not-for-profit event.  For outdoor events at your business, contact Maitland Community Development to discuss City requirements based on the specific details for the particular event you wish to conduct.

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45.  Who do I contact about a City Code violation complaint?
Please contact our Code Enforcement Officer Allen Johnson at 407-539-6151, or Gloria Day at 407-539-6154.

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46.  What do I do if I want to put up a sign on my property?
Like many other things, signs require permits as well.  If you are needing to put up a sign, you must contact Jim McSweeney at 407-539-6258.  He will guide you through the process of what forms you need to fill out, what your fees are, and anything else associated with the process of receiving a sign permit.  To view the City Ordinance on signs click on the following link, and go to Section 5-94.

http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=10963&sid=9

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47.  Can I put a banner up on my property?
No, banners are not permitted under any circumstances in the City of Maitland except businesses in the CRA District and only with permission from the CRA Director, with a permit, and for a limited time.  If you see a banner and want to report it please contact Gloria Day who handles our Code Enforcement issues at 407-539-6154.

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Miscellaneous Section:

48.  Can I rent a construction dumpster from anywhere?

There are several approved dumpster companies to be used in the City of Maitland, click on the link below for a complete list:

Approved Dumpster Companies 

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49.  What hours can I engage in construction?
Construction activity is allowed only from 7:00 AM until 9:00 PM and only Monday through Friday unless authorized by the Building Official. Authorization requests are considered only for reasons that benefit the City.  Adverse weather or being behind on schedule are not reasons that warrant authorization.

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50.  What type of fire extinguisher should I purchase for my home?
A multipurpose dry chemical fire extinguisher minimum of 2 ½ lb, 1A:5BC rating is recommended for the kitchen area and/or a 3 1/2 lb 2A:10BC is recommended for the garage or workshop.

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51.  How often should I have my fire extinguisher checked or replaced?
For commercial properties, State Fire Code requires an annual inspection by a licensed Extinguisher Contractor.  For single-family residences, we recommend you have them checked at least every other year and replaced after 12 years.

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52.  How often should I check my smoke detector?
Code recommends you test the detector using the test button at least once a month and vacuum the detector to clear any dust out of it.  If you have a detector that has a battery, you should change the battery twice a year.  The best way to remember is when you "Change Your Clock - Change Your Batteries."

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53.  Is any government assistance available if my contractor defaults on completion of my project?
There is a recovery fund for residential construction.  You may review frequently asked questions regarding this fund at the following link:

http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/documents/recov_faqs.pdf

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54.  What is a hold harmless letter and why do I need one?

A hold harmless letter acknowledges that the City or utility owner is not responsible for damage to or replacement of any construction you place in a City-owned easement or right-of-way or a utility easement. 

Please visit http://www.itsmymaitland.com/standards_compliance.aspx?a=viewPost&PostID=3712 to download an application.

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Above ground storage tanks are permitted through the Building Department and must be reviewed by Public Works, Community Development, Fire Department, and Building Department.  In addition to local building, fire, and zoning codes, storage tanks are also required to meet the requirements of Florida Statute 376 and Florida Administrative Code Rule 62-761 and 62-762.  Tanks must be registered with and inspected by Orange County Environmental Protection Division.  For more information call Orange County EPD at 407-836-1455.
 
 

56.  Questions/Suggestions/Comments Link:

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please take the time to submit them by clicking the link below.  We appreciate all feedback!

Click here to e-mail the Building Division

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