Can I apply for an Owner-Builder Permit for my project?
Florida law, specifically Florida Statutes Chapter 489, requires construction to be done by licensed contractors. There is, however, an exemption which allows a property owner to act as his own contractor, as long as certain specific requirements are met. These are outlined in Section 489.103(7). Please review the current version of this law on-line, and refer to the owner-builder Disclosure Statement and the owner-builder questionnaire, posted on this site, which must be completed and submitted with an owner-builder permit application. As noted in this documentation, you may not hire an unlicensed person as your contractor; you must supervise the construction yourself; anyone working under your supervision (other than licensed and insured contractors) must be employed by you, and you must deduct FICA and withholding tax and provide worker’s compensation insurance for that employee; and you may not offer the building (or building with improvement) for sale or lease within one year after construction is complete.

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1. How do I request an inspection on my active permit?
2. What is a Business Tax Receipt, and how do I obtain an application and more information?
3. What is the purpose of the Notice of Commencement form?
4. What information is required when I want to change contractors?
5. When do I need to fill out an Owner-Builder Exemption form?
6. When is the Product Approval Schedule/Comparison Chart submitted?
7. What is a Homeowner Survey Affidavit, and when is it required?
8. When do I need to submit the A/C & Mechanical Replacement Information Form?
9. New Pools, and Pools completed on or after October 1, 2000:
10. When do I need an electrical permit?
11. Can we arrange for temporary power during construction?
12. What is the 30-day Electrical Testing Connection Application?
13. We're almost finished with the job, when can the power be turned on in the building?
14. How can I get help in hiring a licensed contractor?
15. I recently moved into this house and find that there is an "expired permit" or "work without permit" problem at this address. Is this my problem now?
16. When is a permit required?
17. What is required when applying for a permit?
18. As a homeowner, what is the benefit to me of the permitting process?
19. Can I apply for an Owner-Builder Permit for my project?
20. How can I tell whether or not a Permit has been issued for a particular project?
21. My Permit Application has not yet been approved. May I begin the work?
22. What is meant by a "current" survey?
23. When is a permit not required?
24. What are the procedures for plan review?
25. I have approved plans, and need to make a plan change. What is the procedure?