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Florida – H.B. 127/S.B. 142 (Building Codes)

Issue: Building Permits and Inspection Reports

Affects:  Those who build pools/spas

Bill Summary: This measure requires the governing body of a county to post its permit and inspection fee schedules and its building permit and inspection utilization report on its website by December 31, 2020. The report must be based on the information available in the most recently completed financial audit. After December 31, 2020, the governing body must update the website the building permit and inspection utilization report prior to making any adjustments to the fee schedule.

The report must include:

  1. direct and indirect costs incurred by the local government to enforce the Florida Building Code, including costs related to:
    1. Personnel services costs, including salary and related employee benefit costs incurred by the local government to enforce the Florida Building Code.
    2. Operating expenditures and expenses.
  2. Permit and inspection utilization information, including:
    1. Number of building permit applications submitted.
    2. Number of building permits issued or approved.
    3. Number of building inspections and reinspections requested.
    4. Number of building inspections and reinspections conducted.
    5. Number of building inspections conducted by a private provider.
    6. Number of audits conducted by the local government of private provider building inspections.
    7. Number of personnel dedicated by the local government to enforce the Florida Building Code, issue building permits, and conduct inspections.
    8. Other permissible activities for enforcing the Florida Building Code as described in subparagraph
  3. Revenue information, including:
    1. Revenue derived from fees pursuant to paragraph
    2. Revenue derived from fines pursuant to paragraph
    3. When applicable, investment earnings from the local government's investment of revenue derived from fees and fines pursuant to paragraph (a)
    4. Balances carried forward by the local government pursuant to paragraph (a)
    5. Balances refunded by the local government pursuant to paragraph (a).
    6. Revenue derived from other sources, including local government general revenue.

This bill is important to the pool & spa industry and the entire construction industry because it brings transparency and accountability to ensure jurisdictions are not charging excessive permit fees. 

Status:

HB: This bill was signed by the Governor June 24, 2019 with an effective date of July 1, 2019. 

SB: This bill was ‘laid on the table’ March 27th. 

 

HB 127: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/127/BillText/e1/PDF

SB 142: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/142/BillText/e1/PDF