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Do you need a permit to repair a roof in Florida?
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Minor roof repairs do not require a permit in Florida. Unfotunately, the definition of a "minor roof repair" is left up to the local building official, and it varies from one jurisdiction to another. Most building officials consider a minor roof repair to one that covers less than one square (100 square feet), is valued at less than $500, and does not involve any major repair to the structural components of the roof. But one Gulf Coast building department considers a minor roof repair as less than 500 square feet, so you should check with your local building department before assuming you don’t need a permit for your roof repair.
The basis for the roof permit exemption is an all-purpose clause in the Florida Building Code at 105.2.2, which states as follows:
Ordinary minor repairs or installation of replacement parts may be made with the prior approval of the building official without a permit, provided the repairs do not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety, and such repairs shall not violate any of the provisions of the technical codes.
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