Rebuilding After Irma

​Broward County Building Code Services Division (BCSD) has building permitting jurisdiction over Unincorporated Broward County, which consists of 11.4 square miles with a 2015 estimated population of 14,515. Many cities in Broward County have their own requirements for permitting and also issue permits to their residents. Please contact the office of the city where your building is located to determine if you should get your permit from them.

During Hurricane Irma, BCSD conducted damage assessments in the Unincorporated areas which revealed that no significant damage was experienced in those areas. BCSD Division urges consumers to be cautious and be sure to hire licensed inidividuals and companies to handle post-hurricane repairs, clean-up, tree removal, etc. Following a disaster, we recognize the urgent need to handle post-hurricane repairs, which may or may not require a building permit. Pursuant to the Florida Building Code (105.2), certain work is exempt from obtaining a permit after the event. Permits shall not be required for the following:

  • No permit shall be required for general maintenance or repairs which do not change the Occupancy and the value of which does not exceed fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) in labor and material as determined by the Building Official.
  • No permit will be required for maintenance or repair of any roof covering, as provided in Chapter 15, for work not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) as determined by the Building Official.
  • Emergency repairs. Where equipment replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day to the Building Official.
  • Minor repairs. Ordinary minor repairs may be made with the approval of the Building Official without a permit, provided the repair does not include the cuttting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress, or requirements; additionally, ordinary minor repairs shall not unclude addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, water, vent or similar piping, electric wiring systems or mechanical equipment or other work affecting public health or general safety, and such repairs shall not violate any of the provisions of the technical codes.

For buildings located in unincorporated Broward County or in a city we contract with, please click here to review the wide variety of construction, remodeling and repair work which a permit is required.