The Building Department (City Hall and North Beach Office locations) will be closed Thursday, September 1, 2016 and will reopen Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
Effective Monday, July 18, 2016, all expired permits will be assessed a $500 fine
as per Chapter 8 of the Code of Miami Dade County. This fee is in addition to
any other applicable fees assessed as part of the renewal of each permit.
NEW PERMITS. Due to the large conversion process required, the transition period for the Building Department will be from April 26, 2016 through May 2, 2016. During this extended transition period, no new building permits or revisions will be created. Limited services will be available on May 2, 2016. Full operations are expected to resume on May 9, 2016. Please continue to visit our website for updates.
INSPECTIONS. IVR or online inspection requests will cease 4/25/2016 at 4:00 p.m. Inspection requests between 4/26/2016 and 4/29/2016 must be called in directly to the Building Department at 305.673.7610 x6619 or at email@example.com. Contractors registered on the Citizen Access Portal (CAP) will be able to access their permits, associated attachments, request inspections, view inspection results, and call inspections via the IVR on May 2, 2016. The phone number for the IVR will remain 305.673.7370. All Contractors processing permits within the City of Miami Beach will obtain a new PIN number for each of their permits. Contractor PIN numbers can be obtained via the Citizen Access Portal, calling the main Building number at 305.673.7610 or visiting our office located on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Please note that some inspection results will not be available online until May 9, 2016.
PLAN REVIEWS. Review of plans submitted for building permit or inspections/ approvals for TCO or CO by Planning, Fire, Public Works (including elevators) and Sustainability will be available once the existing building permits are transitioned to the new system. TCO’s and CO’s will be issued manually as needed during the transition period. All active permits, review status, TCO/ CO information will be transitioned and available by May 2, 2016. PUBLIC RECORD REQUESTS. New public record requests will be accepted via email firstname.lastname@example.org. and processed manually with expected delays from April 26 through May 2.
The City of Miami Beach Building Department was established in 1925. The City had its own Building Code until the 1950s when the City adopted the South Florida Building Code.
The modern construction boom began in the 1970s and the State of Florida started mandating statewide building codes. The first law required all municipalities and counties to adopt and enforce one of the four state-recognized model codes known as the “state minimum building codes.”
During the early 1990s a series of natural disasters, together with the increasing complexity of building construction regulation in vastly changed markets, led to a comprehensive review of the state building code system. The study revealed that building code adoption and enforcement was inconsistent throughout the state and those local codes thought to be the strongest proved inadequate when tested by major hurricane events. The consequences of the building codes system failure were devastation to lives and economies and a statewide property insurance crisis. The response was a reform of the state building construction regulatory system that placed emphasis on uniformity and accountability.
The 1998 Florida Legislature amended Chapter 553, Florida Statutes, and Building Construction Standards, to create a single state building code that is enforced by local governments. As of March 1, 2002, the Florida Building Code supersedes all local building codes. The Florida Building Code was developed and maintained by the Florida Building Commission. It is updated every three years and may be amended annually to incorporate interpretations and clarifications.
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