Florida Statewide Building Code allows for periods of up to six months to lapse without
requiring work to proceed on an individual job site.
If any person is in doubt whether the work to be performed falls within a “minor work” exception, that person shall request a binding interpretation from the Building Official. That person shall set forth, with specificity, the facts as to the extent and nature of the work on the Binding Interpretation of Minor Work Request Form provided by the Planning, Zoning and Building Department.
Wallpaper, wall coverings, or drywall finish
Drywall or sheetrock repair – up to 48-square feet
Floor and wall tile
Rugs, carpeting or other floor covering
Replacing cabinets, counter tops, and refacing
Replacement of existing fixtures or appliances – so long as there is no alteration or modification of existing wiring
Sink, dishwasher, or toilet replacement – so long as a licensed plumber performs the work
Replacement of existing hardware
Repair of broken glass (does not include replacement of window)
Driveways, decks and patios directly at-grade (must meet specific zoning criteria and must be approved by the Planning & Zoning Division as an exception)
Small, incidental roof leak repairs (maximum of 100-square feet (1 square))
Other items determined by the Building Official to be minor in accordance with Ordinance 04-12 and the Florida Building Code
* When painting buildings with fire suppression systems and/or fire alarms, the owner shall notify the Fire Chief in accordance with Chapter 94 of this Code.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Flood Insurance Rate Map
Base Flood Elevation
Additional height above the required minimun elevation of the
Coastal Construction Control Line
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
In order to insure consistency and to improve implementation over multiple jurisdictions, the State of Florida elected to adopt a statewide building code. Construction in the Town of Longboat Key is under the Florida Statewide Building Code, which became effective March 15, 2012(current Edition 2010). The Florida Building Code outlines who can pull a permit and when a permit is required. In addition, it establishes the minimum standards by which buildings are to be designed and constructed.
A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or
replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system; the installation
is regulated by technical code. The Town has adopted an ordinance that allows
“minor work” to be exempt from permitting (Ordinance 04-12: Building Permit Minor Exemptions).
The Town, through Chapter 150, Buildings of the Town Code, has adopted the
Florida Statewide Building Code.
The Statewide Building Code designates the local Building Official as the
authority for implementation and interpretation of the Town Code. The Florida
Building Commission may hear appeals of the local Building Official's
The Town is under the jurisdiction of the
Florida Statewide Building Code.
The Statewide Building Code was developed to correct poor construction
and damage as a result of hurricanes such as Hurricane Andrew. The
Legislature and governor have enacted requirements for all communities
adopt and enforce standard building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing
other specialty trade codes. Cities, towns and counties in Florida
discretion when it comes to permitting and licensing requirements. The
Building Official, inspectors, and plans examiners are all licensed