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As with all construction, there are laws, building codes, and zoning regulations to take into account. The City of Tallahassee and Leon County require builders to stick to the following process.
Whether you’re building a new house, adding on to a building, doing home improvements, putting in a pool, or replacing a roof, you will need a building permit.
The Growth Management Department of the City of Tallahassee issues permits. These include:
Before applying, you need to get your plans approved first. This includes plans for electrical, plumbing and HVAC work.
Leon County encourages using green technologies, like solar systems, in homes. To fit solar and water heating systems you’ll need a separate permit.
All contractors need a state license. The Construction Industry Licensing Board issues licenses. Certified contractors can work anywhere in the state.
The steps to getting a license are:
Electricians, plumbers, and HVAC contractors will apply at the Department of Business and Professional Regulations.
In Tallahassee, you must carry contractor insurance.
Building and General: $300,000 general liability and workersÊcompensation.
Residential, Swimming Pool and Roofing: $100,000 general liability and workers compensation.
Sinkholes are common in Florida. Because builders do not have to test the site for sinkholes before building, you need to know how to identify the common signs of a sinkhole. One could form at any time during construction or renovation.
Signs of a Sinkhole Problem:
How to Prevent Triggering Sinkholes:
Getting the right equipment to build with is easy thanks to rental equipment. Equipment rental companies offer all types of aerial and material handling equipment. You can rent forklifts, boom lifts, scissor lifts, and manlifts to get the job done quickly. And if you do come across a sinkhole, earth moving machines like backhoe loaders and compactors can fix it.
Building codes and laws are in place so that building can progress smoothly and safely. Experienced builders know that these rules protect both the builder and client. This means sound homes and safer cities for citizens. If you want to avoid the hassle of getting licensed yourself, contract a company with all the licenses needed instead!