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Fort Lauderdale’s building industry is growing. Residential and commercial buildings are cropping up across the metro area. However, builders should think about the city’s requirements before starting a new project.
All Fort Lauderdale builders working need a permit for new construction and alteration projects. Permits state work meets the Florida Building Code and all other essential guidelines. To get a permit, complete the Broward County Uniform Building Permit Application. Fill out the form online, then print it to make sure it’s clear.
You’ll need a separate permit for:
Submit building plans with your permit form. They can’t be larger than 24 x 36 inches. A notary should witness and sign your permit form.
Submit your building permit application in person to the City of Fort Lauderdale Building Department on NW 19th Avenue.
You need a contractor license from Broward County or the State of Florida to work in Fort Lauderdale. Broward County issues the following licenses:
License holders need a certain degree of experience:
You can get a contractor license in many ways:
Apply for your contractor license in person or mail your application to the Environmental Licensing and Building Permitting Division of Broward County.
Submit the following with your form:
The Broward County Environmental Licensing and Building Permitting Division will review your application. If it’s approved, you must pass a trade and business and law exam to get your license.
Renew your license every two years. You must complete four hours of continuing education every two years, one hour of each course, to keep your license:
Clients can use the Broward County website to check your license status and the work you can perform.
Fort Lauderdale’s tropical rainforest climate means it rains in the city all year round. Most rain falls in summer, so think about the ground conditions when renting your equipment in this season. After heavy rainfalls, hire a boom lift with a four-wheel drive train or crawler undercarriage. A raised working platform will also help when the ground is muddy.
With a clear understanding of the city’s requirements, you can take advantage of the Fort Lauderdale’s building boom.