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Florida Statute 489.103 requires building permits to be issued to licensed contractors. As an owner of your property, you may act as your own contractor through a specific exemption to contracting law. Owner’s applying for their own permit must fill out an Owner/Builder Disclosure Statement as required by Florida law. There are restrictions and responsibilities the owner assumes when acting as their own contractor. The following are a few highlights of these restrictions and responsibilities:
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Florida Building Code 105.1 states that anyone who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building, structure, impact resistant covering, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system of which is regulated by the code shall first make application and obtain a building permit.
Construction-related activities that require a permit, include but are not limited to the following:
The City Code of Ordinances also requires building permits for Engineering and Zoning related activities that include but are not limited to the following:
Hiring a contractor can be risky. Hiring the wrong contractor can leave the owner with unfinished work, risk from structural failure or fire and substantial financial hardship with little recourse to recover from a bad situation. Licensed contractors have completed requirements for licensure, carry Liability Insurance and Workman’s Compensation insurance to protect the owner from financial harm and liability due to injuries. Protect yourself from liability and financial hardship. Always hire a licensed contractor.
The following is a list of tips to identify an unlicensed contractor:
To report suspected unlicensed contractor activity, call the Department of Business and Professional Regulations’ complaint line toll-free at 866-532-1440, or visit My Florida License.
You can also report suspected unlicensed contractor activity by calling the City of Sebastian Building Department and ask to speak to a licensing representative at 772-589-5537.
To find out if a contractor is licensed and insured, contact the City of Sebastian Building Department at 772-589-5537. All contractors that work within city limits are required to be registered with the Building Department, we can check our database to ensure your contractor is up to date.