Why Are Building Permits Required?
There are many important reasons to obtain the required building permit(s) and the required inspections for your construction project.
Helps Protect Property Value
Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with City codes, the value of your investment could be reduced.
Property insurers may not cover work or damages caused by work done without permits and inspections.
Makes Selling Property Easier
When property is sold through a multiple listing association, the owner is required to disclose any improvements or repairs made and if permits and inspections were obtained. Many financial institutions will not finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection. The real estate value will not consider the work that was completed without a permit. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition or do costly repairs.
Your permit allows the code official to reduce potential hazards of unsafe construction to provide for public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety, ensuring that your home will be safe for your family and any future occupants. Mandatory inspections complement the contractor’s experience and act as a system of checks and balances resulting in a safer project.
It’s the Law
Building permits are required by the Florida Building Code. Work without a permit on a building, structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system before or without obtaining the building official’s approval or the necessary permit(s) is subject to a penalty of 100% of the required permit fees in addition to the required permit fees. Non-payment of the fees can result in a requirement that the improvements be removed. Satisfying outstanding City Code violations after construction, combined with Florida Building Code fines, can be very expensive.
What if the Contractor Suggests I Don’t Need a Permit?
Be wary and check with the building department yourself. It is ultimately your responsibility to ensure work requiring a permit receives one. If you are making changes to your house’s structure, plumbing, or electrical wiring, you will need to obtain permits. The best way to find out whether or not a permit is required is to call the Weston Building Department at 954-385-0500.
How to Apply for a Building Permit
City of Weston Basic Permit Submittal Requirements:
Additional information may be required, based upon project type.
- Permit Applications (signed and notarized) for each discipline of work, i.e. building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical
- Job Value should include the cost for all work (labor and material)
- Contractors must be registered with the City of Weston with current Insurance Certificates and Licensing documentation on file
- Copy of recorded Notice of Commencement, for all projects $2,500 or higher (for A/C permits, $7,500 or higher)
- Two sets of plans signed and sealed by a professional engineer / architect, (if applicable)
- Two original surveys (with embossed seal) for all NEW construction
- Two copies of a current survey showing location of proposed construction/improvements
- Lot Calculation Sheet that identifies all impervious areas
- A copy of the Broward County Development and Environmental Review approval certificate (if applicable) -- for a complete list and e-permit instructions, please visit Broward.org/ePermits.
- Product approvals for sheds, doors, all glass, roofs and shutters
- Energy calculations including heating and cooling load calculations
- Wind load calculations (signed and sealed) for shutters, windows, doors, skylights and garage doors
- Pressure calculations (signed and sealed) for doors and windows
- City of Weston Permit Acknowledgement Affidavit for all residential projects, signed by property owner and notarized
- Permit fees are due upon submission of the application package
Permit Applications can be tracked online at: permits.westonfl.org.