Do I need a Permit?

Florida law requires you obtain permits for a range of work on your home to ensure that the improvements meet minimum building standards to ensure safe workmanship. Permits are required for all new construction as well as specific alterations to existing homes, which include structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical changes. The true value of the permit lies in the accompanying expert inspection of your project. The person performing the work, whether a homeowner or contractor, is responsible for obtaining all necessary permits. Once the permit is issued, you can begin work. 

The permit must be on site and available to the inspector. If your permit has accompanying approved plans, they also must be available.

Your permit expires if work is not started within 180 days from permit issuance. Once you have begun, your permit expires if work is suspended or abandoned for 180 days or more. If you cannot work within a 180 day period but do not wish to abandon the project, you need to submit a written request to extend your permit for an additional 180 days.

The types of projects that require a permit are listed below. These descriptions only apply to one- or two-family dwellings. Projects requiring permits are:

  • Any structure not specifically exempt by the City of New Smyrna Beach Code of Ordinances and the Florida Building Codes
  • Any structures for residential and commercial use, regardless of size remodeling, except painting and papering.
  • Placement of a manufactured or modular home or a relocated structure.
When a building permit is not required but where plumbing and mechanical work is being performed, separate plumbing and mechanical permits are required. 

Where electrical work is being performed, separate electrical permits are required. If you are unsure whether you need a permit, please contact the Building Department at 386-410-2800.