Daytona waives permit fees for storm-related repairs

Construction permit fees are being waived by the City of Daytona Beach for emergency storm-related repairs caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Workers survey damage at a hotel in Daytona Beach on Saturday, Oct. 8, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. (RED HUBER/ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS)
Workers survey damage at a hotel in Daytona Beach on Saturday, Oct. 8, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
(RED HUBER/ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS)

Types of repair include roofing, exterior doors and windows, siding, mechanical, plumbing and electrical.

Although the fees are waived, completed permit applications are still required, including licensing requirements. Permit fees will be waived through Friday, Oct. 21. To expedite the process, applications will be reviewed by counter personnel and, in most cases, can be approved onsite.

To be eligible for the waiver, the person performing the work must be the homeowner, who meets Florida Statute 481.103, or a licensed contractor.

Check licenses
When using a contractor, make sure the contractor is licensed by the State of Florida. The licensing process protects property owners from incompetent, dishonest and predatory workers. To see if a contractor is properly licensed and bonded, visit www.myfloridalicense.com.

The application and permit fees to remove hazardous, storm-damaged trees will also be waived.

The city’s Permits and Licensing Department, located in City Hall, 301 S. Ridgewood Ave., is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 386-671-8140.

Volusia to vote
Volusia County’s Permit Office is open in the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. In addition, the county office at 250 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach, is staffed with permitting personnel.

Permits are required for all work that requires permits according to the Florida Building Code. Hurricane damage permits will receive priority processing, as will the inspections associated with those permits.

Licensed contractors can apply for and receive building permits using the Connect Live web portal at https://connectlivepermits.org/PublicPortal/Volusia/common/index.jsp.

Temporary repairs, which are performed to make structures stable and water-tight, do not require permits.

Fees being delayed
The Volusia County Council will vote on waiving permit fees for storm-related repairs during its Oct. 20 meeting.

At the county manager’s direction, the collection of building permit fees will be delayed until the County Council takes official action on waiving the permit fees for storm-related repairs. The County Council cannot waive surcharges from other entities, such as the State of Florida.

Persons who live in unincorporated areas (not cities), do not have power and have minimal damage to their homes, along with residents whose power company requires a release from the county’s Building Division before reconnecting power, are asked to obtain the services of a Volusia County licensed electrician who can make repairs if necessary or inspect the system for safety.

The process
The electrician must email or fax an affidavit with the property location and stating that the repairs are complete (if necessary) and/or the system has been inspected and is safe to reconnect to the Building Division. The fax number is 386-626-6591; the email address is building@volusia.org.

The Building Division will then notify the power company that the system is safe and ready to connect power. If a permit normally would be required, the electrician can apply for the permit in the county’s Permit Office or on the Connect Live web portal after the fact.

If the homeowner is performing the work or if there are questions, contact the Building Division at 386-822-5739.

Volusia County’s Citizens Information Center is open to answer hurricane-related questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 866-345-0345.

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