Expired Permit Letter

Are you trying to sell your home with an open or expired permit in St. Petersburg or Tampa? Are you trying to replace your roof, but can’t? You may need a permit letter. Are you trying to replace your roof, but can’t?

What is an Expired Permit Letter / Engineering Affidavit?

Formally known as an engineering permit letter or Engineering Affidavit, a permit letter or Engineering Affidavit certifies that a licensed engineer, like Beryl Project Engineering, has reviewed the work associated with the expired or open permit in St. Petersburg, Tampa or surrounding counties. Our engineer can verify that the work was completed according to the Florida Building Code at the time the permit was pulled. A permit letter also provides the necessary documentation to allow the expired permit to be closed.
A licensed and experienced engineer from Beryl can review the open permit file online and then visit your property to perform a visual, non-invasive inspection of any items relating to the expired permit. Our engineer then compares the construction of the permitted item or items to the Florida Building Code in effect at the time the open permit was pulled.
As part of our professional expired permit letter or Engineering Affidavit service, Beryl also retains photographs for future reference in case questions arise concerning the permit letter or Engineering Affidavit and further proof of compliance is necessary. After receiving a digitally signed and sealed Engineering Affidavit permit letter, you should deliver this permit letter to your local Permitting Department in St. Petersburg, Tampa or your city to close out your expired permit through their permitting portals.

Here are the locations of local area permitting departments: 

  • St. Petersburg – Building & Permitting, MSC Building, 1 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701. Beginning October 1, all permitting and related services will be handled electronically. Visit the Building and Permitting website for more information. 
  • Tampa – Building & Construction Services, County Center Office. 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 19th Floor, Tampa, Florida 33602. Visit the Tampa Construction Services website for more information.

When Do I Need an Expired Permit Letter?

Section 105, Chapter 1 of the 2014 Florida Building Code (FBC) 5th Edition states that, “any owner or authorized representative who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any required impact-resistant coverings, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the Florida Building Code,” should have a permit. Most permits are good for six months from the beginning of the project or from the last inspection. Any open or expired permit for construction or renovations requires an expired permit letter from a licensed engineer, as described above. 

The most common open or expired permits for residential projects include: 

  • Pool 
  • Pool Enclosure 
  • Roof 
  • Plumbing work
  • Electrical upgrades 
  • HVAC Swap-outs
  • Renovations 

Other projects that require construction permits may also be left open or expire. This is common when a dispute or delay with a contractor causes problems in completing your project. 

All of our clients at Beryl Project Engineering receive an electronically transmitted permit letter and two copies of this permit letter by mail. Don’t delay. Contact us today to close out your open and expired permits in St. Petersburg or Tampa through a permit letter.

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