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.
What is the Stormwater Utility and what is the current rate?
In 1987, the United States Congress amended the Clean Water Act to require the Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations for the permitting of stormwater discharges into the waters of the United States of America. In addition, under the provisions of the “Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act,” (Chapter 403, Florida Statutes, at section 403.0891), local governments are required to develop stormwater management programs. In order to comply with the mandated Federal requirements, and in accordance with state law, the Village Council enacted a stormwater utility ordinance (2002-8) effective November 13, 2002. The Stormwater Utility is supported by user fees, which are to be used only for the management, maintenance and improvement of the public stormwater system. The stormwater utility fee rate is based upon a standard, which is referred to as an “Equivalent Residential Unit” (ERU). All residential units, including single-family homes, condominiums, apartments, duplex, townhouse or mobile home, are charged the fee rate for one ERU or $10.00 per month. All non-residential properties are charged a user fee, which is specific for the actual impervious area of the property.
The stormwater utility is billed on an annual basis (April - March).
The current residential rate is $120.00 per year as approved in 2016.
If I authorize electronic payments from my bank account, when will the payment take affect?
Electronic payment for the annual stormwater bill will take affect as follows:
• Bank Authorization Debit forms received before March 25th will take affect for the April payment.
• Bank Authorization Debit forms received on or after March 25th will take affect for the following year's April payment. You will have to make the current year’s payment by check.
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.
Are dogs allowed at the parks?
Dogs are not allowed at any of the parks in Pinecrest.
When can I water lawn/plants?
For the latest information on watering restrictions, please call the Water Conservation Hotline at 1-800-662-8876 or visit www.sfwmd.gov.
Why wasn’t my trash/recycling picked up?
Trash collection is the responsibility of Miami-Dade County's Solid Waste Department. Please visit www.miamidade.gov for more information or call 311.
How do I schedule a bulky waste collection?
Collection of bulky waste is the responsibility of Miami-Dade County's Solid Waste Department. Visit www.miamidade.gov/dswm/bulky_waste.asp to schedule a pick up online or call 311 for more information.
Pursuant to the Village's Land Development Regulations, the adjacent property owner is responsible for the maintenance of swale areas except in the case of a newly planted street tree under warranty for the first year.
Who trims landscaping blocking pathways/visibility?
Pursuant to the Village's Land Development Regulations, the adjacent property owner is responsible for the maintenance of swale areas.
Who maintains canal easements (i.e. fallen tree in canal, erosion)?
Pursuant to the Village's Land Development Regulations, the adjacent property owner is responsible for the maintenance of canal easements.
Who removes dead/live animals in the right-of-way?
No, County and Village Ordinances do not allow pets at any of our parks.
Do I need a permit to shoot commercial film in a park?
Yes, a permit is required from both the Building and Planning Department and the Parks and Recreation Department. You can obtain one by calling 305-234-2121 for Building and Planning and 305-284-0900 for Parks and Recreation.
Is alcohol permitted in the parks?
Pursuant to Sec. 18-1 of the Code of Ordinances, drinking of alcoholic liquors or beverages and the bringing of such into the park areas shall be permitted only for Village sponsored or sanctioned events and only upon the written authorization by the Parks & Recreation Director.
Can I volunteer?
Yes, if you are interested in becoming a Parks and Recreation Department volunteer for community events and programs throughout the year contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 305-284-0900.
Can athletic fields be reserved?
Yes, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 305-284-0900.
I only have a small group of guests, do I need to make a reservation?
If your group consists of ten or more guests, you need to make a reservation.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks and most credit cards.
Can I have a DJ, live or amplified music in the park?
Music is allowed but must be kept at a reasonable decibel level to avoid disturbance to other park patrons and nearby residents.
Are the parks equipped with electrical outlets?
Yes, all rental areas are equipped with electrical outlets.
Are there kitchen facilities available?
No, kitchen facilities are not available at any of our parks.
Do you have a list of preferred caterers?
We do not have a list of preferred caterers, however many are familiar with our park facilities.
Can the gazebos at Suniland or Evelyn Greer be reserved for a private function?
No, gazebos are for the general public usage and cannot be used for any organized function.
What if it rains on the day of my event?
All rentals are rain or shine. There will be no refunds given if it rains the day of your event.
What if I need to cancel or make changes to my reservation?
All cancellations are subject to a $20 service fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and sent to the Parks and Recreation Department. Any cancellations made 30 days in advance of your event will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after that time will only receive security deposit.
What happens in the event of a hurricane?
For the protection of our patrons and park employees, all park events will be cancelled during an official “Hurricane Watch” and all monies paid to the Village of Pinecrest will be refunded in full to the patron.
Do I need to be a Pinecrest resident to use the Community Center facilities?
The Community Center is open to Residents and Non-residents, however membership is required to utilize the Wellness Center.
How many times around the track at the Village Green equals a mile?
Three times around the track equals a mile.
How can I contact the Miami-Dade Pinecrest Branch Library?
Contact the Pinecrest Branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library System at 305-668-4571.
Are rooms in the Community Center available for rent?
The main function of the Community Center is to provide recreation programs and classes therefore there is no rental policy at this time.
How do I register for a class?
You may register online, over the phone or in person.
What happens if I need to cancel my class?
Cancellation requests made before the start of the second class will receive a full refund. Requests made after the start of the second class will not be refunded.