Does the Town participate in the National Flood Insurance Program?
The Town participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Community Rating System (CRS) to secure discounts for owners on their insurance premiums and to maintain Town eligibility for disaster assistance. Compliance with minimum flood elevations and building material requirements contributes to a reduction in flood insurance rates town-wide. Due to wind and flood conditions, in coastal high-hazard areas, design criteria for construction must meet 150-mile per hour wind load. Structures must also be designed to withstand wave action from potential storm surge.
How long does a permit stay active?
The 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 “minor work” is part of a larger project, is a permit required?
"Minor Work” may require a building permit if the work is part of a greater project. Additionally, these items, as well as any other items determined by the Building Department to be minor work, may require a tracking permit if the building is deemed to be Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) non-compliant or the work to be performed is below Base Flood Elevation (BFE) as determined by the FEMA. Nothing contained herein shall relieve the property owner from compliance with the Florida Accessibility Code or other federal or state regulations.
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.
If I do not see a building permit posted, how can I tell if my neighbor has one?
You can call the Building Division at (941) 316-1966 to find out what permits have been approved for a given property. A Code Enforcement Officer will check the record, and will conduct a site visit if a permit is not on record. You can also check our online Permit Tracking to see if a permit has been issued.
My contractor’s business card states that he is, “LICENSED & INSURED” what does that mean?
A licensed contractor is required to have his license number on his business card. If a number is not listed on the card, he/she may have an occupational license and some required liability insurance, but not a contractor license, which is required to pull a permit.
The Building Division is responsible for the implementation of the Florida Statewide Building Code, through building plan review, permitting and inspections. Additionally, the Division implements the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards, guaranteeing membership in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Florida Statewide Building Code
Effective December 31, 2017, the 6th Edition (2017) of the Florida Building Code will become effective. There is an analysis of the revisions between the 2014 and 2017 codes, along with comparison tables for those codes (Building, Energy Conservation, Existing Building, Fuel, Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing and Residential) available at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
The revised Florida Building Code will be applicable to permit applications submitted on or after the effective date of December 31, 2017.
If you should have any questions, please contact the Planning, Zoning & Building Department at .941) 316-1966.
The State of Florida adopted a statewide building code, which became effective on March 1, 2002, (current edition - 6th Edition effective December 31, 2017). Information on the statewide building code can be found at the Florida Building Commission. Additional building codes and standards information and practices can be obtained by contacting the Building Official at (941) 316-1966, Ext.2511, or at the Florida Building Code.
The Town of Longboat Key requires certain types of work to be permitted under Chapter 150, Buildings, Section 150.30, Building Permit Required.
If you have a question as to whether a permit is required for proposed work, please contact the Building Official at 941-316-1966, Ext 2511. A list of exemptions from permitting for minor work is listed in Ordinance 04-12 (Building Permit Minor Work Exemptions).
All permit applications are required to be signed by the license qualifier and notarized. As of January 1, 2020, the Town will only accept applications for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing permits online. Please click here to apply. (PLEASE NOTE: ONLY REGISTERED CONTRACTORS ARE ALLOWED TO APPLY FOR PERMITS ONLINE) All other permit application types shall be delivered in person or mailed.
Inspection requests must be phoned in no later than 3:00 pm the afternoon prior to the inspection request day. If you phone in a request after 3:00 pm, the inspection will not be set up until the day after the next business day. You do not have a confirmed scheduled inspection until you receive a reply noting the date your inspection has been scheduled. Inspections are logged on a first-come, first-served basis. Inspections are not performed on Saturday, Sunday, or designated Holidays.
If you wish, the Town now has the ability to schedule inspections for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing permits online. Please click here to schedule. (PLEASE NOTE: ONLY REGISTERED CONTRACTORS ARE ALLOWED TO SCHEDULE ONLINE INSPECTIONS)
Inspections are conducted prior to the finalization of permits on residential and non-residential structures for building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and gas permits. Inspections must be scheduled at least 24-hours prior to the desired inspection date. To schedule an inspection please call (941) 316-1966 or schedule online.
When requesting an inspection, please include the following information:
- Permit Number
- Street Address
- Inspection Type
- Name of Contractor
- Name of contact for scheduling inspection
- Phone number of contact for this inspection
- Date request inspection
All permit applications and plans are reviewed for compliance with the Florida Statewide Building Code and/or applicable trade code (i.e., plumbing code, electrical code, etc.). No permit shall be issued until the proposed plans clearly indicate compliance with all applicable codes.
The Town of Longboat Key requires that all contractors be registered with the Building Division and must maintain, with the Planning, Zoning and Building Department, copies of required valid state and/or local contractor’s license and proof of general liability and workman’s compensation insurance. Please contact the Building Division, at 941-316-1966, to verify the status of licensing and insurance documents on file with the Department, and for new or updating of current registrations.
Notice To Owner
Hire only licensed and insured design professionals (i.e., architects, engineers, etc.) and contractors. Check to see the status of disciplinary actions or complaints with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations.