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In general, condo remodeling of any kind almost always requires a permit due to the potential impact on other condos in the building. New construction of any building or structure large or small (pool, porch, deck, garage, house) will require some level of permitting. The below lists are a general guide for common projects in homes or condos.
PLEASE ALWAYS CONTACT THE TOWN when you are planning a project to find out what permits are required for your specific project. Every project has differences that could make permitting necessary. Speaking directly with the Town's permitting staff is the best course of action to make sure your particular project is properly covered by the appropriate permits.
Common projects that DO require a permit:
Common projects that DO NOT require a permit:
Please call us to discuss these common projects as the specifics of the situation may or may not make a permit necessary.
If you live in a condominium you need a contractor. If you own and occupy your one and two-family house you may be eligible to act as your own contractor per State statute (489.103 (7) If owner is acting as contractor, they must sign the Owner Builder Disclosure Affidavit and must be able to complete all the work themselves, you must supervise the work, and/or hire licensed trade sub-contractors i.e (electrical, plumbing, hvac, roof). This is needed with the application.
Building & Zoning Code Compliance will issue a notice of violation. Once a permit is obtained, the cost could be 3 to 5 times the building permit fee for an "After the Fact"permit. Additionally, there may be fees from a third party engineer evaluation if areas of work are obscured.
Permits expire and become null and void if work is not started and an inspection requested within 180 days from the issuance date of the permit. Once the permit has been issued, a permit continues to extend with every passing inspection.
Extensions may be granted upon request before the expiration of the permit and will be extended 90 days if approved. If the permit becomes expired, a completion may be re-open upon request for 6 months.
A Contractors registration form. A copy of your State of Florida contractors license or Lee County Certificate of Competency license, proof of worker’s compensation insurance/ exemption, proof of liability adding Town of Fort Myers Beach, 2525 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL. 33931.
Contractor- Submit a request on a contractors letterhead requesting an extension. The letter will need to include, the permit #, address and a authorized signature from the company.
Owner Builder- Submit a written request requesting an extension. The letter will need to include, the permit #, address and a notarized signature from the owner.
Yes, in most cases. A $50.00 re-inspection fee can be charged to cover the additional trip and labor required for re-inspection.
Required specs are as noted:Column size and widthSpacing- size of joistsRailing detailWidth of steps and riser distanceSize of beamsHow it will be attachedHow bolts and anchors are attachedDecking detailDepth of posts
FS 553.73(10)(i) Chickees constructed by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida or the Seminole Tribe of Florida. As used in this paragraph, the term “chickee” means an open-sided wooden hut that has a thatched roof of palm or palmetto or other traditional materials, and that does not incorporate any electrical, plumbing, or other nonwood features.
If a member of the Miccosukee or Seminole Tribe desires to build a chickee hut, the following submittals are required for exemption from the Florida Building Code.
If electricity or plumbing is proposed in the tiki hut, the Residential Building Permit Application must be submitted with all required plans, application, permit, and review fees will apply.
When you are purchasing a home or property in Fort Myers Beach, it is best to use a licensed realtor who is experienced in buying and selling in FMB.
The realtor should have expertise in the various steps that they need to take to make sure they are properly researching and advising you about construction or remodel requirements necessary with the Town, Lee County, FEMA and any other organizations that would have an impact on your purchase.
The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce has a section on its website about real estate services. The Town shares this information for your convenience only. It should not be interpreted as an endorsement for any particular business or realtor.
It would also be a good idea to consult with an attorney about the purchase.
General tips from moving.com about buying a beach property.