Central Florida Building Department Updates
Central Florida Building Department COVID19 Policy and Procedures Updates as of 4/29/20
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Effective May 4th, 2020 at 12:01am
Executive Order Number 20-112 (Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida's Recovery) Issued 4/29/20
Effective April 3rd, 2020 at 12:00am:
Governor Ron DeSantis issued a Safer at Home order for the entire State of Florida. Construction was classified as an essential Industry. The order will run until April 30th. Please click HERE to read the complete Executive Order.
Monday, April 27:
Orange County Division of Building Safety provided GOBA with a report that details their COVID-19 Response times and their modified services. To view that report please click HERE.
Effective Monday, March 23:
On March 24th 2020, County Mayor, Jerry Demings issued a Stay at Home order for Orange County. The order is effective March 26, 2020 at 11pm through April 9th, 2020 at 11pm. Construction has been deemed an "essential industry". Please click on link to read the Executive Order for more information. (LINK)
Sub-Permits Must Be Obtained Online
Non-Contractors May Apply For Permits On Behalf of Contractors Using Fast Track
The Fast Track Online Services portal has been expanded to allow non-contractors, excluding homeowners, to submit permit applications on behalf of a licensed contractor, provided they have the contractor’s license number and the contractor also has a Fast Track Account.
Building Permits Encouraged Online, In-Person Service Is Drop-Off Only
It is highly recommended that all building permits, both commercial and residential, be submitted online through the Fast Track Online Services portal. If you must submit paper plans, they will be required to be dropped off for processing.
Modified Inspections Protocol In-Effect
A modified protocol has been enacted for occupied structures, such as residences and businesses. Inspectors will be required to maintain social distancing and provide a questionnaire to assess risk prior to entering an occupied structure.
Thank you for your cooperation as we all work together to keep our community healthy. Should you have any questions or special needs please call the Division of Building Safety at 407-836-5550.
To assist customers with remote learning, video tutorials and an interactive online training presentation have been made available.
For those who submit Sub-Trade Permits, please view the Online Permitting Training Videos
For those who submit Building Permits with plans, please take the interactive training course: Fast Track Online Permitting and Plan Submittal
If you have any questions about this course material or if you have any issues accessing the course or videos, please call our main number at 407-836-5550.
As always, the fastest and safest way to get a building permit in Orange County is utilizing the FastTrack online services with electronic plan submittals. More information via LINK
Effective April 10, 2020:
Osceola County has issued a new Executive Order No. 4 pertaining to COVID-19 mandating every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in Osceola County is required to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public place. To read the full order, including any exceptions to the order, please click on (LINK).
Infectious Disease Protection Policy:
Effective April 1, 2020:
Policy Determination # BLD20-01. This policy provides information for both on-site and "Remote Live Video" Inspection procedures. Please click on LINK to read the full Policy Determination.
DRC MEETINGS/PRE-CONSTRUCTION MEETINGS
Development Review Committee meetings are still scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. In the interest of continuing to maintain safety and health, meetings are being held via remote video. The first full video meeting was held this past Wednesday, April 1, and had minimal technical difficulties. Pre-Construction meetings are also being held via remote video. Staff will be happy to assist applicants as necessary for a successful meeting.
Effective March 25th:
On March 25, 2020 the Osceola County Emergency Decision-making Policy Group approved an order for all non-essential retail and commercial business to close and for all county residents to stay home from non-essential travel in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order will take effect at 11pm on Thursday March 26th and will continue until April 9th at 11pm. Construction has been deemed an essential industry. Please click on the link to read the Emergency Order. (LINK).
Effective Friday, March 20th:
The Administration building will be closed to the public until further notice. Osceola County’s web-based Permit Center at LINK allows citizens and other customers the ability to apply and manage their permits online.
For those who would rather email applications and documents, please email them to email@example.com. If additional information is needed, a member of the permitting staff will contact you directly.
If there is a need to deliver hard-copy documents (plans, benchmarks, elevation certificates, checks, etc.…) to the Community Development Department, we will have a depository available by 12:00PM on Friday, March 20th at the entrance of the Administration Building where those items can be dropped off.
For Owner-Builder applications that need to appear in person, we are recognizing video-conferencing as an acceptable alternative. Skype is the preferred tool for this, but we will work with other apps if the need arises. Be sure to have a photo-ID available during the video call. For assistance with this option, please call the information number shown below.
For more information, please call (407) 742-0200.
Effective March 30, 2020:
Seminole County has issues a Social Distancing Executive Order that allows for business to remain open pending the following conditions:
- All employees and patrons must practice social distancing by staying at least six (6) feet apart;
- Group meeting and/or training sizes must be limited to ten (10) people or less;
- Limit occupancy to 30% of the maximum allowable capacity under the fire code, for non-residential, non-medical, and non-lodging uses; and
- Checkout points and staging areas, including store fronts, must be monitored for social distancing requirements by means of marking floors or similar actions to maintain six (6) feet distance between customers.
The Executive order also limits social gatherings to a maximum of 10 persons. For further updates please go to Seminole County's COVID-19 response webpage. (LINK) To read the full executive order on Social Distancing please click on link. (LINK)
Effective Tuesday March 24th:
Final inspections for the ones listed on the Modification update (LINK) will be done by affidavit. The Affidavit must be on site in the permit package and be properly filled out and notarized. We will not be going inside existing buildings for these types of inspections. The Inspector will approve the inspection with a proper affidavit and input into the system as done by affidavit. Inspections effective Tuesday are for those permits needing inspections and includes existing permits already issued. The County closing its building to customers as of Tuesday, March 24th. They encourage all Applicants to consider submitting electronically at LINK and to call for assistance over the phone in lieu of visiting in person.
For information regarding Polk County's COVID-19 Response please see their county webpage. (LINK)
For information regarding Lake County's COVID-19 Response please see their county webpage. (LINK)
City of Orlando: The Permitting Services office is closed to the public until further notice. Permitting Staff is still available via phone and email, they are diligently working to serve customers via our digital services. Everyone is encouraged to seek assistance via phone, online or through email when possible. Permit submissions must be done online at LINK.
Building inspection services will continue.
City of Altamonte Springs: To aid businesses and residential properties with construction, the City is offering licensed contractors expanded use of the Virtual Inspections program. This program utilizes online video conferencing to allow inspectors to remotely view the site using a webcam controlled by the owner or contractor. For more information, visit the Virtual Inspections webpage.
City of Winter Park: The City of Winter Park has shifted to electronic submittals and issuance of permits at this time while City Hall is closed to the public. Building & Permitting Services will be reviewing plan submittals and issuing permits electronically via firstname.lastname@example.org. Inspections will continue on a case-by-case basis. You can schedule inspections online at Epay or call 407-599-3350.
Effective March 19, 2020:
They will still be accepting hard copy permit packages, but highly recommend that you visit our online permitting system and submit in a digital format. (LINK)
If you still wish to submit in hard copy form, we have placed a permit drop box at our front office door. Please place the complete package, secured together in the drop box. This box will be checked each day. Please understand that the time frame for processing hard copy forms will be delay so we can properly disinfect the packages prior to handling.
We will still be providing inspection services as normal, but if you wish to delay your inspection please contact our office and request that your inspection be canceled.
We will be updating our website, and online permitting system daily to keep you informed of any further changes.
We are will be going complete digital submittal, release and payment starting March 25, 2020.
As for payments, they are requesting that all customers utilize a credit card for payment. They can process your credit card payment over the phone, or if you register on their Online permitting system it can be processed there.
If you still wish to submit payment via cash or check, They will be installing a drop slot in our front office door for receiving these payments. Please keep in mind that if you wish to submit cash or check payment you will need to place the payment in a sealed envelope and write the applicable permit number and address on the front of the envelope. The City will not be responsible for taking cash or check payments that are not properly sealed in an envelope, and not properly labeled with the permit number and address.
As new information becomes available GOBA staff will continue communicating to Members via email, text messages and social media.
For additional questions please contact Ricardo Rodriguez.