A Notice of Commencement is required to be filed and recorded when the value of the permitted work on your property is $2,500. or greater, per Florida Statutes Chapter 713.
When is a C.O. issued?
A Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) can be issued after all applicable final inspections are approved, all required documents are filed with the Building and Planning Department and all applicable fees are paid.
When is a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) required?
A Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) is required for all new construction and addition/remodeling projects.
Does the permit expire?
Work shall be considered to be in active progress as long as the permit has received an approved inspection within 180 days.
How do I transfer the permit to a new Contractor or myself as the Owner/Builder?
The time to have a permit issued varies. Some permits such as Express Permits may be issued while you wait. Other permits require that the plans be dropped off for review and the length of time will vary depending on the complexity of the plans.
How many sets of plans are required for permitting?
Two (2) sets of plans are required for submission with your permit application.
What is a Notice to Owner?
Florida Law requires that anyone who supplies labor, services, or material to your contractor on your construction job must send you a Notice to Owner. The Notice to Owner is not a lien on your property. It does not mean that your contractor has failed to pay the company who has given this notice. It merely informs you that the company identified in the Notice to Owner is on your job and gives you a general description of the type of work they will be performing or type of materials they are supplying. Before paying your contractor, you must make sure that the person who has given this Notice to Owner has been paid by the contractor. You do this by getting a Written Release from the person identified in the Notice to Owner.
Who may obtain the permit?
Contractors or Owner/Builder as long as they meet all of the requirements listed on the Contractor Registration Form or on the Owner/Builder Form and the requirements of Miami-Dade County Code Chapter 10.
What types of work require a Building Permit?
Section 105.1 of the Florida Building Code states “any owner, authorized agent or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any required impact-resistant coverings, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit."
Why do I need a permit?
A permit ensures that the plans are drawn and the structure is constructed in accordance with the Florida Building Code, Pinecrest's Land Development Regulations and all other applicable codes and ordinances, thereby protecting the welfare of life and property.
What are the Building and Planning Department contact numbers?
Phone - 305-234-2121
Inspection Request - 305-234-2111
Fax - 305-234-2133
What are the hours of operation for permitting?
Permitting hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Where is the Building and Planning Department located?
In the Pinecrest Municipal Center which is located on US 1 at 12645 Pinecrest Parkway, Pinecrest, Florida.
Did I pass my inspection?
You may check the permit card on the construction site or you may check online.
What do I need at the time of inspection?
You will need to have the Notice of Commencement (required when the value of work is $2,500 or more) on the job prior to the first inspection. You will also need to have your plans and your permit on the job whenever you have an inspection scheduled.
How do I cancel or re-schedule an inspection?
You may cancel an inspection by calling the office on the day of the inspection and speaking to the inspector between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. To re-schedule the inspection you will need to call the Inspection Request Line at 305-234-2111 or fax an Inspection Request Fax Form to 305-234-2133.
How do I schedule an inspection?
When the work is ready to be inspected, you can request an inspection via our web site, by calling the Inspection Request Line at 305-234-2111 or by faxing an Inspection Request Fax Form to 305-234-2133. Inspections requested between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. will be scheduled for the following business day. Any inspection request received after 3:30 p.m. will not be processed until the next business day and will be scheduled for the day after. Mechanical inspections will typically only take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
What if I have a permit and do not call for inspections?
Permits expire after 180 days without an approved inspection. In order for a project to be complete, it must pass final inspections. A Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Use and Occupancy may also be required. If a permit expires before final inspections, it becomes null and void and the project is in violation of the Code.
What is an inspection?
Once a building permit has been issued and work has begun, inspections are performed by Village of Pinecrest inspectors at intervals designated by the Florida Building Code. Simply stated, an inspection is required prior to concealing any part of the construction. The permit and plans must be available to the inspectors on the job site.
How are the classification fees determined?
The current Business Tax Classification Fees are authorized by the Village's Code of Ordinances pursuant to Florida Statute 205.
What do I need to do to get a Business Tax Receipt?
It depends on the nature of the business:
• For a professional (attorney, CPA, engineer, physician, etc.) you would have to provide a copy of the state license.
• For businesses which are regulated by the Village of Pinecrest, an application for zoning approval and Pinecrest Police Department background information would have to be completed and approved.
• For a retail or wholesale company, an application for Merchant’s Tax Receipt would have to be completed.
• For most other types of businesses, only basic information is required such as: Name, Business Address, Owner or Corporation Name, Mailing Address, Owner or Corporation Name, Mailing Address, Local Business Phone Number, and Federal Identification Number.
If I have a zoning question regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages, who do I contact?
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations
Division of Hotels and Restaurants
If I have a house or apartments that I rent do I need a Business Tax Receipt?
Yes. For existing rental units which are not currently certified either by revocation or pre-existing certificates or by failing to have obtained a Business Tax Receipt, please contact our office for further information.
What is the fee for a delinquent Business Tax Receipt?
A Business Tax Receipt that is not renewed when due is subject to a penalty of ten percent (10%) after October, plus an additional five percent (5%) penalty for each subsequent month until paid. The total penalty may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the Business Tax Receipt for the establishment.
How long is the active status of a Business Tax Receipt and when is the fee due?
The renewal period begins on August 15th and the fee is due on or before October 1st of each year. The Business Tax Receipt expires on October 1st of the succeeding year. If October 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, the tax is due and payable on or before the first working day following October 1st.
If I have business within the Village of Pinecrest and did not get a Business Tax Receipt, can I be charged a penalty?
Yes. Any person operating a business without first paying for a Business Tax Receipt is subject to a penalty of twenty-five percent (25%) of the Business Tax Receipt fee.
If I already have a Miami-Dade County Business Tax Receipt do I still need a Village of Pinecrest Business Tax Receipt?
Yes, any business within the Village of Pinecrest requires both.
When do I need to apply for a Business Tax Receipt?
When you are operating a business within the Village of Pinecrest.