Orange County Offers Help to Homeowners and Contractors in Securing Permits
Permit Fees for Storm-Damaged Properties Temporarily Waived
Homeowners and contractors need to be vigilant about getting repairs made quickly and correctly to storm-damaged properties in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Permit fees for storm damage caused by Hurricane Irma have been temporarily waived in Orange County. It is important for citizens to be aware that work done without a permit may not be covered by homeowners’ insurance.
“We are glad to be able to waive fees during this difficult time of recovery,” said Alan Plante, Orange County’s manager of building safety. “The County also wants to ensure that our citizens’ assets are protected.”
The following items will be required by homeowners in order to obtain hurricane repair permits:
- Valid form of identification or a recorded warranty deed to determine ownership
- Completed Permit application (Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Roof) based on scope of work
- Completed Owner Builder Disclosure Statement
(Florida Statute Section 489.103(7), requires all property owners acting as their own contractor to complete the following disclosure statement and personally appear to sign for the building permit. This is an affidavit for contractor exemption for an owner/builder applying for a building permit.)
- Signed and sealed construction plans (if required) for scope of work
If value of work exceeds $2,500, the following is also required:
- Notice of Commencement form
- Page 2 of the applicable application
The fee(s) to obtain permit(s) to make repair due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma are being waived.
All forms and applications can be found online at www.ocfl.net.
For the public, Fast Track online services allows the customer public access to browse and research permit activity. You can find current and historical data and other information to include checking the status of your permit, search permits by parcel or address, schedule inspections, and follow the status of your scheduled inspection. https://fasttrack.ocfl.net/OnlineServices/
If your meter was removed at your property in Orange County, utility companies are requiring a safety inspection of the electrical system before the meter is reset.
For contractors, Fast Track Member Services is currently offered for sub-trades license holders for electrical, plumbing, irrigation, gas, roofing and HVAC/mechanical contractors. Permits that are created online can be paid for online. Building (Including Pool, and Specialty) contractors may only use Fast Track to pay for re-inspection and after-hours inspection fees. View Registration Information.
The Division of Building Safety is located in the Orange County Administration Center at 201 S. Rosalind Ave., 1st Floor and are open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 407-836-5550 or email Subpermits@ocfl.net.