WELCOME TO ON-LINE PERMITS
WHAT IS AN ON-LINE PERMIT?
An on-line permit is for work that does not need plans to be reviewed by the City before construction. A register contractor performing the work can use the on-line permitting. Homeowners wanting to apply for their own permits must apply in person at the Building Department, 210 Sams Avenue.
To apply for a building permit or to submit documents and plans for review, you must register and attach a completed application (PDF) and ALL pertinent forms required for the activity you are applying for. This service is open 24 hours, 7 days a week; however, permits are processed only until 3:00 P.M., Monday thru Friday.
After completing your registration, application on-line and attaching your required documents (PDF) for the permit, you will receive a response e-mail confirming that submittal is correct with an application number and the fee amount for your transaction. You will be able to go on-line and pay your invoice with a credit card. Once paid, the permit for simple permits may be immediately issued. Projects that require plan review will be submitted to the various Departments for review. The review comments will be
e-mailed to you from each Department. You will be able to follow the progress of your review on-line.
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF USERS:
A) General Public - You will be able to access "Permit Inquiry", "Parcel Inquiry"
and "Business Tax Renewal". You will not be able to access "On-Line
Permitting" requests (for registered contractors only).
B) Contractors - You may register as an user and will see general information,
purchase a permit AND be able to schedule or cancel inspections. If you do
not register, you will be able to access the same information as the General
PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR OWNER/BUILDER
1. Proof of ownership (warranty deed, closing statement or Volusia County
Property Appraiser print-out).
2. An owner may apply for a permit, supervise and do the work in connection
with the construction, maintenance, repair, alteration and addition to a single
family or duplex residence for his own use and occupancy and
not intended for sale.
3. No more than one (1) permit shall be issued to an owner for the construction
of a new single family or duplex residence in any twenty-four (24) months
period. Permits for alterations and additions, or plumbing, electrical,
mechanical or gas installation shall be issued only in connection with one
single family or duplex residence in any twenty-four (24) month period,
although more than one permit may be issued for such work on the same
single family or duplex residence during that period.
4. The owner must come in in person between the hours 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
5. The permit application and affidavit must be signed and notarized.
6. The owner must prove to the Building Official that he/she has the knowledge
and ability to do the work.
7. If there is a violation on the property:
a."No building permit will be issued to a homeowner to cover illegal
b. "The work must be performed by a general contractor or a specific
contractor licensed to do the work."
c. "An architect's or engineer's report must be submitted certifying
that the work was done in accordance with the Florida Building
Code and general construction practices."
If you prefer to submit your request by FAX using a Visa or Mastercard; fill out the Permit Application and Permit Service Credit Card Authorization and fax to (386) 424-2143 along with any required additional documents.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
How long does it take to process an on-line permit?
On-line permits are processed daily. During high-volume periods, processing requests may take up to two business days, but the turn-around time is generally faster. Invalid or incorrect information on the request form will cause delay.
What credit cards can I use?
Mastercard and Visa only.
When does my permit expire?
Work must begin and an inspection made within 180 days, otherwise the permit expires.
Does a licensed contractor have to do the work to utilize on-line permitting?
Yes, a licensed contractor must be hired to do all work.
Am I required to have an inspection?
Yes. All on-line permits require an inspection. The project is not legally complete until it passes the final inspection and any other inspection.
How do I schedule an inspection?
Once you have received your permit approval number, you can request an inspection by using the on-line Inspection Request or by faxing your request
(Fax/Inspection Request Form) to 386-424-2143.
Can I use this process to pay for a re-inspection fee?
Yes, by registering into the system and knowing the Permit Number and Job Address.
What if I don't get a permit?
If a permit is not obtained before construction, city and state codes and regulations have been violated. You will be required to obtain permits for the work and it must pass inspection or you will have to return the structure or site to its original condition. Most importantly, without an inspection, your work may not be safe, endangering you and anyone using the structure.
What if I have a permit but never called for an inspection?
Generally, permits expire after 180 days if no inspection has been made. In order for the project to be completed, it must have a final inspection. If a permit expires before final inspection, the project is in violation of City Codes. To reactivate the permit, call 386-424-2141.
TYPE OF PERMITS:
The types of permits available for issuance on-line are:
Attention Contractors and Home Owners:
For permitted projects exceeding $2,500.000, a recorded "NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT" is required prior to the first building inspection. This Notice of Commencement protects the consumer from potential liability of additional payment of labor and materials when payment has not been satisfied by the individual performing the work.
For permitted projects under $2,500.00, residents should familiarize themselves with the lien laws prior to paying for the project in full. This may include verifying with the individual that all labor and material bills have been paid. In the absence of this verification, residents may find themselves responsible for additional costs beyond the original contact.