What are Some Likely Reasons for Expired Permits?

When performing or allowing work on your home in Hillsborough County, Florida, the Building Services Division must issue a permit and ensure that the work was carried out to meet or exceed stringent Florida building codes. Common projects needing permits include swimming pools and new roofs. Hillsborough County guidelines require these permits to be closed out within a six-month timeframe. Permits that are not closed out within six months will expire, and the homeowner will have to take some action.

Reasons for Expired Permits

Construction work of any type in Hillsborough County, Florida, requires a permit from the Building Services Division. The permit serves notice that work is being performed. It must be closed out within six months or when construction is completed according to Florida building and construction codes. Common addition or renovation projects that require permits are new roofs and swimming pools.

These permits are often allowed to expire because:

  • Work is not completed
  • Inspections are pending
  • Inspection revealed a code violation
  • Unfinished work was abandoned by the contractor
  • Whoever opened the permit forgot about it

Expired permits must be dealt with before the property can pass a final inspection and become eligible for resale.

Beryl Project Engineering can help you with handling expired permits in Hillsborough County, Florida. Call us at (813) 616-3301 for more information or assistance.

How to Handle Expired Permits

Homeowners have three options for dealing with expired construction permits in Hillsborough County, Florida:

  • Request a permit extension. This is the best choice when work is uncompleted.
  • Pull a new permit. This adds an additional cost to your project; each permit costs 3% of the total project cost.
  • Obtain an Engineering Affidavit. This document states that the property has passed the final inspection and meets or exceeds Florida Building Code during the timeframe of the original construction permit.

Beryl Project Engineering can perform the required inspection on the property where all work has been completed and provide the necessary Engineering Affidavit. An Engineering Affidavit cannot be issued for a project that is under construction. In the State of Florida, an Engineering Affidavit is only valid if the work under permit has been completed and the time allotted to do so has elapsed.

Call Beryl Project Engineering at (813) 616-3301 for more information or help with your expired permits.