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Florida Residents Must Adhere to Enhanced Building Permit Rules Starting January 2024

Starting January 1, 2024, new lot grading requirements will impact building permit applications in Florida, aligning with the 2023 Florida Building Codes. These changes mandate a lot grading plan for residential building permits for new single-family homes, expansions of 500 square feet or more in lot coverage, and Floodplain Management Permits. The regulations aim to address flooding issues arising from property elevation with fill, leading to problems for neighboring properties. The City Commission established a Building Code Task Force to amend the land development code, with a focus on stormwater resiliency in older neighborhoods. Applicants must follow a residential lot grading plan to ensure code compliance and minimize flooding. A post-development lot grading plan must be submitted before the final building inspection, and the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion is contingent on plan approval.

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