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Per Florida Building Code (102.2), a permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, alter, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system; the installation of which is regulated by technical code.
If you live in a condominium you need a contractor. If you own and occupy your one and two-family house you may be eligible to act as your own contractor per State statute (489.103 (7) If owner is acting as contractor, they must sign the Owner Builder Disclosure Affidavit and must be able to complete all the work themselves, you must supervise the work, and/or hire licensed trade sub-contractors i.e (electrical, plumbing, hvac, roof). This is needed with the application.
Building & Zoning Code Compliance will issue a notice of violation. Once a permit is obtained, the cost will could be 3x to 5x the building permit fee for an After the Fact permit. Additionally, there may be additional fees from a third party engineer evaluation if areas of work are obscured.
Permits expire and become null and void if work is not started and an inspection requested within 180 days from the issuance date of the permit. Once the permit has been issued, a permit continues to extend with every passing inspection.
Extensions may be granted upon request before the expiration of the permit and will be extended 90 days if approved. If the permit becomes expired, a completion may be re-open upon request for 6 months.
A Contractors registration form. A copy of your State of Florida contractors license or Lee County Certificate of Competency license, proof of worker’s compensation insurance/ exemption, proof of liability adding Town of Fort Myers Beach, 2525 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL. 33931.
Contractor- Submit a request on a contractors letterhead requesting an extension. The letter will need to include, the permit #, address and a authorized signature from the company.
Owner Builder- Submit a written request requesting an extension. The letter will need to include, the permit #, address and a notarized signature from the owner.
Yes, in most cases. A $50.00 re-inspection fee can be charged to cover the additional trip and labor required for re-inspection.
Required specs are as noted:Column size and widthSpacing- size of joistsRailing detailWidth of steps and riser distanceSize of beamsHow it will be attachedHow bolts and anchors are attachedDecking detailDepth of posts
FS 553.73(10)(i) Chickees constructed by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida or the Seminole Tribe of Florida. As used in this paragraph, the term “chickee” means an open-sided wooden hut that has a thatched roof of palm or palmetto or other traditional materials, and that does not incorporate any electrical, plumbing, or other nonwood features.
If a member of the Miccosukee or Seminole Tribe desires to build a chickee hut, the following submittals are required for exemption from the Florida Building Code.
If electricity or plumbing is proposed in the tiki hut, the Residential Building Permit Application must be submitted with all required plans, application, permit, and review fees will apply.
*Note: Lee County maintains Estero Boulevard and the Town maintains all side streets. Town staff is happy to report maintenance issues regarding Estero Boulevard to the County on behalf of our citizens.*
For regular street lights in residential areas, fill out this form with Florida Power & Light.
If you notice one of the ornate street lights in the Times Square/Old San Carlos business area that is out, please submit a Request for Action through this website.
Regular household trash - 40 lbs. or less - is picked up on Thursdays. Trash must be placed in secured trash cans to prevent wild animals from accessing it.
Recycling is picked up on Wednesdays. Call VEOLIA at 239-334-1224 to request a recycling bin.
Yard clippings, leaves, tree limbs and other agricultural waste from landscaping activities are also picked up on Wednesdays. These items are to be placed in trash cans, bags, or bundled with twine. Bags and bundles are to be less than 5 foot long and no more than 40 lbs.
To request and schedule a FREE special pick-up of appliances and large items (i.e. furniture), Call VEOLIA at 239-334-1224.
Please call Lee County at 239-533-8000 for hazardous waste disposal. The Lee County Solid Waste Division has opened its permanent Household Chemical Waste Collection facility on 6441 Topaz Court (off Metro Pkwy). Residents may now dispose of household chemical waste between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday and every first Saturday of the month from 8 am to 12 Noon. The facility will be closed on holidays observed by Lee County.
The Lee County Solid Waste Division has opened its permanent Household Chemical Waste Collection facility on 6441 Topaz Court in Fort Myers (off Metro Pkwy) for operation. Residents may now dispose of household chemical waste between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday and every first Saturday of the month from 8 am to 12 Noon.The facility will be closed on holidays observed by Lee County. In coordination with the Lee County Solid Waste Division, the Town will host a quarterly hazardous waste collection day on the island. Watch the Town’s website, social media and digital publications for information.