The Building & Permitting Services Department is responsible for inspecting new and active construction related issues to include, construction parking, additions and remodeling structures in accordance with the Florida building codes. Also, issues business license (zoning should be checked, the applicant must have appropriate parking for business, and change out of signs must be approved/permitted). You may access all Florida Building Code Editions online at floridabuilding.org or purchase the codes at boaf.net or iccsafe.org. Our primary mission is to provide for the public safety, health, and general welfare in the built environment through education and enforcement of the building codes, local ordinances, and state laws. Life safety is our main goal and objective.
As of December 31, 2017 the 6th Edition of the Florida Building Codes has become effective. An analysis of the changes between the 2014 & 2017 codes with comparison tables for each of the codes (Building, Energy Conservation, Existing Building, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing and Residential) can be found at the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation website.
Also, the 2014 National Electrical Code has become effective as of December 31, 2017. Information about the code can be found at the National Fire Protection Association website.
Please also note that all master plans approved under the 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Codes have expired and cannot be used for further permitting. New master plans in compliance with the 6th Edition (2017) Florida Building Codes will need to be submitted for review and approval before being used.
For further questions, please contact 407-599-3237.
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The City of Winter Park Building & Permitting Services Department adopted its first code on April 8, 1926, for electrical wiring safety in building construction. Since then, the department has adopted new codes as they become available as required by law.
Currently, we utilize the latest edition of the Florida Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Gas Codes, The Florida Energy Efficiency Code, The Florida Accessibility Code (ADA), and the National Electric Code. Just as the number and complexity of codes has changed over the years, so have the functions of the Building & Permitting Services Department. The department is responsible for the issuance of building permits, demolition permits, building inspections, Land Development Code zoning review, occupational license issuance, garage and estate sale permits, and processing applications for variances through the Board of Adjustment.
All plans are routed through the department for coordination with engineering, utilities, storm water, fire, parks, police, CRA and planning. The department is always available to answer questions and work with citizens, contractors, architects and engineers on a daily basis. This goal is accomplished by a dedicated staff of state and nationally certified building officials, plans examiners, building inspectors, and support personnel.
The only national rating service of building departments, ISO, has classified Winter Park’s department as a number 2 out of 10. There are only two number 1’s in the United States. This is a testimony to the quality of services provided to the citizens and contractors in Winter Park. The staff actively participates in national, state, and local organizations, such as the Building Officials Association of Florida, the Florida Building Commission, and the International Code Council that support the maintenance and development of building codes.
View all City of Winter Park Ordinances, including the LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE which includes all Zoning categories, on the Municode Website