SB 682 (DiCeglie) and CS/HB 671 (Esposito) are comprehensive building permit bills. Of concern to cities, the bills do the following:
•Require the local jurisdiction to reduce the permit fee by 75% if an owner retains a private provider.
•Reduce the time frame of when municipalities must provide written notice of receipt and any other additional information that is required for a properly completed application to an applicant.
•Reduce the amount of times a municipality can ask an applicant for additional information.
•Allow an application to be “deemed” approved if municipalities fail to meet any of the timeframes.
CS/HB 671 was amended to allow local governments to adopt by ordinance a minimum freeboard requirement or a maximum voluntary freeboard that exceeds the requirements in the Florida Building Code. (Branch)