Why do I need a permit?

The Florida Building Code states that the “code is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations”.

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1. Why do I need a permit?
2. When is a permit required?
3. How much will my permit cost?
4. What happens if I choose not to obtain the required permits?
5. Do I need a contractor?
6. If I use a contractor, what should I know to choose one?
7. How long does it take to get a permit?
8. What happens after the permit is issued?
9. How much time do I have once the permit is issued?
10. Where is the Permitting office located?
11. What do I need in order to obtain a permit?
12. When may I start building?
13. When do I need inspections?
14. Can I change my mind about the way something looks or is done?
15. How long is a permit active?
16. Does the City require an approval letter from a condominium or homeowners association?
17. What types of exterior projects require a permit?
18. What is an Impervious Calculation Worksheet?
19. What types of interior projects require a building permit?
20. Is a permit required to install a heat pump or air-conditioning unit?
21. Is a permit required to install a new outlet, ceiling fan, or lighting fixture?
22. Is a permit required to install a new sink, toilet or hot water heater?