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(386) 986-2360

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(386) 986-3780
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(386) 986-3723
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(386) 986-3730
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(386) 313-4111
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Reduction in Permitting Fees and New Fee Schedule (Sent On : 7/22/2021)

Reduction in Permitting Fees / Implementation of New Fee Schedule

 

 

July 22, 2021

 

Please be advised, permitting fees will resume August 1st, 2021. 

This will affect permits applied for on or after August 1, 2021.

 

As a result of a fee rate study, over the past 6 months, a new schedule of fees has been adopted by City Council July 20th and will take affect August 2nd.  

The new schedules are attached, however, a condensed version will be posted on the website soon.   

 

 

Attachments :
Engineering - Stormwater Fees.pdf Building Fund Permit Fees .pdf
Roof In-Progress Inspection - inspection scheduling (Sent On : 7/22/2021)

Scheduling Roofing Inspections

July 22, 2021

 

In addition to requesting the AM/ PM Roof In-Progress / Dry-In Inspection online,  please contact the inspector when you receive the email notification with the inspector and phone # to coordinate a two hour time frame.  

 

The purpose of the in-progress / dry-in inspection is primarily so inspectors can check underlayment installation, to verify roof deck condition and spot check roof sheathing re-nailing but to also check materials in use match what is shown on roofing worksheets.  The in-progress / dry-in inspection must be scheduled at a point where installation of roofing underlayment is at least 50% to 100% complete and the roof covering installation is not more than 25% complete.  All drip edge flashings complete.  There is some flexibility to these parameters and inspectors will work to coordinate inspection times throughout the day to keep re-roofing projects moving. 

 

Please contact Robert Martin, Palm Coast Chief Building Inspector at 386-559-0729 with questions or if more information is needed.

 

Reduction in Permitting Fees (Sent On : 7/19/2021)
Building Services

Reduction in Permitting Fees

(3rd reminder) 

 

July 19, 2021

 

Please be advised, permitting fees will resume August 1st, 2021. 

This will affect permits applied for on or after August 1, 2021.

Credit Card Convenience Fee (Sent On : 7/19/2021)
Building Services

 

Credit Card Convenience Fee

 

July 12, 2021

 

Effective August 1, 2021

 

Please be reminded- an additional 2.75% convenience fee (of the total payment) will be incurred for ALL payments made online.  This fee will be will be added to the amount of your transaction and is in addition to any fees that may be charged by your financial institution

This will affect payments made by credit card and e-check

 

Florida Product Approval Numbers (Sent On : 7/7/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Florida Product Approval

 

July 7, 2021

 

To avoid disapproval of submittals that require a Florida Product Approval Number, please be sure to provide the entire number to include the specific product to be used.   

 

Example #1    Mullions Window - 18504 R5  

Form should be completed as  

  • 18504.1
  • 18504.2
  • 18504.3
  • 18504.4
  • 18504.5   ETC.

Example #2    MI Windows and Doors 15332 R6

Form should be completed as

  • 15332.1
  • 15332.2
  • 15332.3
  • 15332.4
  • 15332.5   ETC.

If you have any questions, please contact our plan review division at 386-986-3782.

 

Land Clearing over the Holiday (Sent On : 6/30/2021)

As mentioned in the previous notification, city offices and services will be closed 

July 2nd and July 5th 

We encourage you to not schedule any land clearing work during this time as the city will not have the staff to make repairs if damage occurs to existing water and sewer utilities.

If work done during these days,  the contractors will be subject to time and materials charges for any damage occurred.

Aside from the holiday closure,  landlcearing in the right of way preferably should be done between 7:00am and 4:00pm when City repair crews are present to make repairs when necessary.  Cost incurred for City staff to make repairs  after hours will  be charged  to the builder.

We hope you enjoy the holiday weekend. 

 

 

 

Holiday Closing - Independence Day (Sent On : 6/30/2021)

Holiday Closure 

 

June 30, 2021 

 

City offices will be closed in honor of Independence Day Friday, July 2nd and Monday July 5th.  

Building permitting and inspections services will not be performed on those days.   

We hope you enjoy the holiday weekend.  

 

 

 

Credit Card Convenience Fee (Sent On : 6/23/2021)

 

Credit Card Convenience Fee

 

June 23, 2021

 

Effective August 1, 2021

 

Please be reminded- an additional 2.75% convenience fee (of the total payment) will be incurred for ALL payments made online.  This fee will be will be added to the amount of your transaction and is in addition to any fees that may be charged by your financial institution

This will affect payments made by credit card and e-checks.

 

Unable to schedule a final inspection with your customer (Sent On : 6/22/2021)

Unable to Obtain a Final Inspection

6-22-21

 

There have been questions raised how to handle a final inspection when the property owner will not make the inspection area available for inspection. 

It is strongly encouraged to schedule the inspection directly following the completion of the work, it is our experience that the more time lapses, the more difficult it is for a contractor to obtain the final inspection when a homeowner needs to be home.

The Building Department cannot release a contractor's responsibility from a permit where the work has been begun / completed.

 

The Building Department will pursue the property owner through the Code Enforcement Board proving a minimum of the following items have been done and provided to the Building Department (the more you provide for proof of due dilligence, the better the case will be to pursue a property owner).  

  1. Inspection has been requested.

 

  1. Letters / notice requesting inspection has been sent to property owner via certified mail - return receipt requested and copies (including certified mail receipt) have been provided to the Building Department.

 

  1. Letter / notice posted on property (picture for proof)

 

  1. Phone log of attempted calls to property owner.

 

These steps must be throughout the 6 months of the ACTIVE  permit PRIOR to the expiration.  These actions are to protect YOU the contractor from action with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations / Flagler County Contractor Licensing Review Board.  Without the above information, we do not have proof to defend you did your due diligence in gaining compliance. 

The evidence you supply must be enough to convince the Department of Business and Professional Regulations you have done everything possible to gain compliance.   

If the permit expires, a new permit will be required if the above steps have not been taken.   These steps must be taken during the course of an ACTIVE permit.   Phone logs should continue throughout the 6 months.

 

 

Roof In-Progess Inspections (Sent On : 6/21/2021)

Roofing Inspections AM / PM

 

To assist with the coordination of the Roof In-Progress/Dry-In inspection, please choose the AM or PM option to allow the inspector to make every accommodation to be at the job site during the correct time frame. 

 

The purpose of the in-progress / dry-in inspection is primarily so inspectors can check underlayment installation, to verify roof deck condition and spot check roof sheathing re-nailing but to also check materials in use match what is shown on roofing worksheets.  The in-progress / dry-in inspection must be scheduled at a point where installation of roofing underlayment is at least 50% to 100% complete and the roof covering installation is not more than 25% complete.  All drip edge flashings complete.  There is some flexibility to these parameters and inspectors will work to coordinate inspection times throughout the day to keep re-roofing projects moving. 

 

Please contact Robert Martin, Palm Coast Chief Building Inspector at 386-559-0729 with questions or if more information is needed.

 

 

Automated Inspection Line - 986-4747 (Sent On : 6/18/2021)

Automated Inspection Line Down for Maintenance

 

 

June 18, 2021

 

 

The automated inspection line  is currently undergoing maintenance. 

 

Please schedule any inspections through the online portal at palmcoastgov.com/eplanreview or the Alexa system (directions below) to ensure inspections scheduled for Monday are requested.

 

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 

October 6, 2020

We are excited to announce that you can now request, cancel and check the status of your building inspection as well as check a permit status through Amazon's Alexa.

The following commands will be recognized:

  • Request Inspection

     

    • Alexa ask Palm Coast to request inspection

    • Alexa schedule an inspection in Palm Coast

    • Alexa schedule a building inspection in Palm Coast

    • Alexa schedule my building inspection in Palm Coast

       

  • Cancel Inspection

     

    • Alexa ask palm coast to cancel inspection

    • Alexa cancel an inspection in Palm Coast

    • Alexa cancel a building inspection in Palm Coast

    • Alexa cancel my building inspection in Palm Coast

       

  • Permit Status

     

    • Alexa, ask palm coast for permit status

    • Alexa, check my permit status in Palm Coast

    • Alexa, check the status of my permit in Palm Coast

       

  • Inspection Status

     

    • Alexa, ask Palm Coast for inspection status

    • Alexa check my inspection status in Palm Coast

    • Alexa check the status of my inspection in Palm Coast

 

You can also ask Alexa to 'OPEN PALM COAST' to get all Palm Coast options. 

If you experience difficulties with the commands, be reminded Alexa doesn't know 'where' you want to schedule an inspection unless you specify Palm Coast. 

 

Please view the attachment for additional directions and how to use Alexa from your telephone.

 

 

 

 

Attachments :
Alexa Announcement.pdf
Reduction in Permitting Fees (Sent On : 6/18/2021)

Reduction in Permitting Fees

(2nd reminder) 

 

June 18, 2021

 

Please be advised, permitting fees will resume August 1st, 2021. 

This will affect permits applied for on or after August 1, 2021.

 

 

Fence Permits (Sent On : 6/10/2021)

CONTRACTOR NEWSFLASH

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June 10, 2021

Re:  Fence Permits

Effective Immediately

 

Please be advised, a permit will no longer be required to install a fence, however, acknowledgement by the property owner of the City Land Development Code for fence installation is required before proceeding.

The online permitting system will now guide the property owner through the fence regulations and the acknowledgement form for approval to proceed. 

A permit will be generated in the database to retain the acknowledgement form, but will NOT require any fees or inspections.

This process must be completed by the property owner, the contractor may not do this on their behalf. 

Attached is a "How To" guide to assist your customers in navigating through the online approval process.

Any fence not meeting the City Land Development Code regulations will result in action through code enforcement.

Outstanding fence permits that have not received a final inspection will be administratively closed out. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Zoning Division at 386-986-3751. 

 

 

Attachments :
Part 1 - Instructions for homeowner.docx Part 2 - Online detailed instructions.pptx
Utility Instllation Delays (Sent On : 6/1/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Utility Installation Delays

June 1, 2021

Due to a temporary interruption in the delivery of raw materials to our normal suppliers of residential water meters and wastewater pep tanks, we wanted to inform you to expect some potential delays in installation times. Our vendors have indicated that this is only a temporary delay but will not guarantee delivery times.

Raw materials, such as resin and glass for pep tanks and microchips for water meters, have caused some delivery delays. The Utility Department has issued purchase orders to backup suppliers to help alleviate these delays but, as with many other construction materials, the backup pep tanks and meters are also in limited supply.

The Utility Department has also brought in contractors for both pep tanks and meters to help facilitate the new service installations.

We will keep you informed as to any changes, but until then we ask for your patience as we work to get your services installed based on the order in which they are received as well as the current stage of your project's construction.

With this situation it important to keep to the protocol of having your site confirmed ready for meter and tank installation, and to be vigilant in making sure your sites are clear from obstructions that may delay the installation.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 

Fee Reduction to end August 1st (Sent On : 6/1/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Reduction in Permitting Fees

June 1, 2020

 

Please be advised, permitting fees will resume August 1st, 2021. 

This will affect permits applied for on or after August 1, 2021. 

 

 

Roofing Inspections (Sent On : 5/3/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Roof Inspection Changes

May 3, 2021

Due to the recent transition to the 2020 Florida Building and Residential Codes and numerous changes to Chapter 9 (Residential Code) and Chapter 15 (Building Code) related to roof covering and underlayment materials and installation requirements, the Palm Coast Building Services Division is making the following adjustments to the permitting and inspection of roofing / re-roofing permits.

 

Permitting changes: 

Roofing / re-roofing worksheets have been revised for all roof covering and underlayment types with expanded descriptions of approved underlayment types based on the proposed roof covering.  Worksheets are available on-line and contain fillable fields to be completed by the roofing contractor identifying the roof covering, asphalt shingle classification (Class F and Class H) along with the specific choice of underlayment, a description of the applicable ASTM or other standard and Florida Product Approval Number. 

 

Four worksheets have been created.  One for asphalt, metal, photovoltaic, mineral rolled roofing and

slate / slate type roofing materials, a second for concrete and clay tiles, a third for built-up, modified bitumen, thermoset and thermoplastic single-ply and spray polyurethane foam and a fourth for wood shake and shingles.  Worksheets do ask for more specific information.  Help answering questions and assistance with competing worksheets is available. 

 

Link to roofing worksheets here: 

 

https://www.palmcoastgov.com/government/building/contractordocumentdetails/102

 

 Inspection changes:

Please take note!  All re-roofing applied for after 5:00 p.m.  May 14, 2021 require an in-progress / dry-in inspection.  The purpose of the in-progress / dry-in inspection is primarily so inspectors can check underlayment installation, to verify roof deck condition and spot check roof sheathing re-nailing but to also check materials in use match what is shown on roofing worksheets.  The in-progress / dry-in inspection must be scheduled at a point where installation of roofing underlayment is at least 50% to 100% complete and the roof covering installation is not more than 25% complete.  All drip edge flashings complete.  There is some flexibility to these parameters and inspectors will work to coordinate inspection times throughout the day to keep re-roofing projects moving. 

 

The roof nailing affidavit is still required and has not been changed.  Affidavits must be submitted prior to scheduling and receiving a final roof inspection. 

 

Please be advised, re-roofing permits applied for after 5:00p.m.  May 14, 2021 that do not schedule and obtain an in-progress inspection are ineligible to receive a final roof inspection and permits will not be finaled.

 

To assist inspectors with in-progress / dry-in AND final inspections, the following shall be on the job site at time of inspections and available to the inspector:

 

  • The issued building permit

  • The building inspection signature card

  • The approved roofing worksheet(s)

  • Roof covering and underlayment packaging materials sufficiently intact so the inspector can verify materials are consistent with the approved roofing worksheet as well as manufacturer, materials type, ASTM or other applicable standard and installation instructions.

  • Underlayment at least 50% complete up to 100% complete

  • Roof covering not more than 25% complete

  • All drip edge flashings completed

  • Random spot checking of roof sheathing re-nailing!

  • Safe access to roofs for all inspections pursuant to 2020 FBC-Building Section 110.1.

 

 

Please contact Patrick Buckley, Palm Coast Chief Building Official at 386-986-3786 or at pbuckley@palmcoastgov.com with questions or if more information is needed.

 

 

Accomodation for Window Delays (Sent On : 4/30/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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                                                                  Accommodation for Window Delays

April 30, 2021

 

Due to increasing lag times for window deliveries and resulting construction delays, the Building Services Division has received several requests to allow scheduling and completion of certain inspections without all windows installed.  Generally, the City will not approve an insulation inspection if any windows and doors are missing therefore effectively halting construction at that point preventing the installation of drywall.  In order to address construction delays caused by window shortages, the Building Division is authorizing the following:

 

Insulation inspections will now be approved without all windows and doors installed subject to the following conditions:

 

  • At time of insulation inspection, window and door rough openings shall be covered by wood structural panels applied over the water resistive barrier and sufficiently fastened and sealed to prevent any water entry into the building AND in between exterior cladding materials and the wall surface. 

  • If the inspector determines the panel attachment is inadequate, the insulation inspection will be failed with a correction to properly fasten, secure and seal the wood panel(s) and a re-inspection fee charged. 

  • Upon approval of the insulation inspection where windows or doors are missing, the inspector will create a window/door inspection.  The window/door inspection will automatically be assigned an inspection priority code that will prevent scheduling of a building final inspection until the window / door inspection is approved. 

 

Please take note!  It is the license holder's responsibility to ensure window and door openings remain sealed to the entry of water for the duration windows and doors are not installed and to schedule the window and door inspection before concealing fasteners from view.  Please plan accordingly to prevent delays in obtaining final building inspections and issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. 

 

 

Credit Card Convenience Fee (Sent On : 4/29/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Credit Card Convenience Fee

April 29, 2021

 

Effective August 1, 2021

 

An additional 2.75% convenience fee (of the total payment) will be incurred for ALL payments made online.  This fee will be will be added to the amount of your transaction and is in addition to any fees that may be charged by your financial institution

This will affect payments made by credit card and e-checks.

 

 

Sod Installation Prior to Completion of Pep Tank (Sent On : 4/26/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Sod Installation prior to Pep Tank Completion

 

April 26, 2021

 

The Wastewater Operations Department has seen an increase in the installation of sod prior to the tap or bore.  

This is resulting in damage to the newly installed sod around the pep tank. 

Please do not install sod until the tap or bore has been completed as this will result in damage to the new sod laid.

 

 

Plumbing Plans for 1 & 2 Family Homes (Sent On : 4/19/2021)

Plumbing Plans and Reviews

 

April 19, 2021

 

Effective Immediately for 1 & 2 Family Homes

A Plumbing Plan and Riser Diagram is no longer required to be submitted with a 1 & 2 Family Home permit application package.

Plumbing inspections are still required as required by Florida Building Code.

 

 

Email Delays (Sent On : 4/9/2021)

REMINDER - VERY IMPORTANT

Sending and Receiving Emails Delays

 

April 9, 2021

We continue to receive emails that are not able to be processed promptly. (Sometimes up to two days)   Please pass this along to your staff. 

 

In reference to the notices sent last week, please do not send time sensitive documents through email ( NOC's, affidavits, termite certs, surveys, blower door tests, etc.)  as we continue to experience email issues.  We cannot guarantee it will be processed timely.    We URGE you to upload through the online portal to ensure your submittal will be processed.   

We are receiving many phone calls inquring about their email submittals not being processed.   Please share this notice with others that may not be on this notification list but may submit documents for your company.  

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

 

Roof Framing Deferred Submittal (Sent On : 4/6/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Roof Framing Deferred Submittal

 

April 6, 2021

Due to the difficulties in obtaining the required documents for Roof Framing at the time of permit application, we will allow a deferred submittal of these documents.    

The request for the deferred submittal must be submitted on your company letterhead. 

A document type has been created in the online portal named 'Deferred Submittal'.   Please name your file 'Roof Framing Deferred Submittal"  

You will be responsible for submitting the documents for review prior to the installation / inspection. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Building Division.

 

Email Delays (Sent On : 3/31/2021)

REMINDER - VERY IMPORTANT

Sending and Receiving Emails Delays

 

March 31, 2021

We continue to receive emails that are not able to be processed promptly. (Sometimes up to two days)   Please pass this along to your staff. 

 

In reference to the notices sent last week, please do not send time sensitive documents through email ( NOC's, affidavits, termite certs, blower door tests, etc.)  as we continue to experience email issues.  We cannot guarantee it will be processed timely.    We URGE you to upload through the online portal to ensure your submittal will be processed.   

We are receiving many phone calls inquring about their email submittals not being processed.   Please share this notice with others that may not be on this notification list but may submit documents for your company.  

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

 

*As of this notice, there are currently have 59 emails that cannot be processed.  We are able to see they are there, but not open them, many of these are roof affidavits, notice of commencements, foundation and final surveys, etc. 

Roofing Worksheets (Sent On : 3/29/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Roofing Worksheets

March 29, 2021

 

In addition to the previous newsflash sent yesterday regarding Roofing Worksheets, additional Roofing Worksheets have been designed to cover those types that are not as common. 

The previous two worksheets have been updated with some changes to make the fillable forms a little easier to complete.  

Please find the most current version attached to this notification. 

 

PREVIOUS EMAIL SENT

March 28, 2021

Effective Immediately

A roofing worksheet will be required when submitting a reroof or new construction permit application. 

Prior versions of the worksheet will not be accepted.

Applications received without a worksheet or a prior version will be rejected. 

The roofing worksheets are attached

 

 

 

Attachments :
Roofing Worksheet - Concrete and Clay Tile.pdf Roofing Worksheet - Residential Built-Up, Modified Bitumen, Thermoset Single-Ply, Thermoplastic Single-Ply.pdf Roofing Worksheet - Residential Wood Shake & Shingle.pdf Roofing Worksheet- Asphalt, metal, photovoltaic, mineral rolled roofing and slate.pdf
Roofing Worksheets (Sent On : 3/28/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Roofing Worksheets

 

March 28, 2021

 

Effective Immediately

 

A roofing worksheet will be required when submitting a reroof or new construction permit application. 

Prior versions of the worksheet will not be accepted.

Applications received without a worksheet or a prior version will be rejected. 

The roofing worksheets are attached. 

 

 

Attachments :
Roofing Worksheet - Asphalt Metal Mineral Slate 3.21 FILLABLE.pdf Roofing Worksheet - Wood Shake Shingle 3-21 FILLABLE.pdf
Emails - please send this to your appropriate staff (Sent On : 3/22/2021)

REMINDER - VERY IMPORTANT

Sending and Receiving Emails Delays

 

March 22, 2021

In reference to the notices sent last week, please do not send time sensitive documents through email ( NOC's, affidavits, termite certs, blower door tests, etc.)  as we continue to experience email issues.  We cannot guarantee it will be processed timely.    We URGE you to upload through the online portal to ensure your submittal will be processed.   

We are receiving many phone calls inquring about their email submittals not being processed.   Please share this notice with others that may not be on this notification list but may submit documents for your company.  

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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Do not use Email for time sensitive submittals (Sent On : 3/16/2021)

REMINDER - VERY IMPORTANT

Sending and Receiving Emails Delays

March 16, 2021

In reference to the notices sent last week, please do not send time sensitive documents through email ( NOC's, affidavits, termite certs, blower door tests, etc.)  as we continue to experience email issues.  We cannot guarantee it will be processed timely.    We URGE you to upload through the online portal to ensure your submittal will be processed.   

We are receiving many phone calls inquring about their email submittals not being processed.   Please share this notice with others that may not be on this notification list but may submit documents for your company.  

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

 

This is the latest from our IT Department as of today. 

Would like you to know that we are still working on this issue. This was due to the security patch we had to installed last Sunday because of the huge Exchange Vulnerability. We have an open case with Microsoft Exchange Support Team as of last Thursday. We are still waiting on a call back from them to resolved this issue. We greatly appreciate your patience on this matter.

 

 

 

 

 

Email Delays (Sent On : 3/11/2021)

REMINDER - VERY IMPORTANT

Sending and Receiving Emails Delays

March 11, 2021

 

We continue to experience  connection issues with our email server.  

Emails sent with time sensitive documents may not be processed for hours or even the next day.  

We strongly encourage you to upload all documents through the online portal to ensure they are  received and they are processed.

 

 

REMINDER - EMAIL PROBLEMS - USE ONLINE PORTAL (Sent On : 3/10/2021)

REMINDER - VERY IMPORTANT

Sending and Receiving Emails Delays

March 10, 2021

 

We are experiencing intermittent connection issues with our email server. 

City staff is working on it dilligently for a resolution.  

We have experienced hours in delays in sending and receiving emails.

We strongly encourage you to upload all documents through the online portal to ensure they are  received and they are processed.

Email Delays (Sent On : 3/10/2021)

REMINDER - VERY IMPORTANT

Sending and Receiving Emails Delays

March 10, 2021

 

We are experiencing intermittent connection issues with our email server. 

City staff is working on it dilligently for a resolution.  

We have experienced hours in delays in sending and receiving emails.

We strongly encourage you to upload all documents through the online portal to ensure they are  received and they are processed.

 

 

 

 

Email Delays (Sent On : 3/9/2021)

Sending and Receiving Emails Delays

March 9, 2021

 

We are experiencing intermittent connection issues with our email server. 

City staff is working on it dilligently for a resolution.  

We have experienced hours in delays in sending and receiving emails.

We strongly encourage you to upload all documents through the online portal to ensure they are  received and they are processed. 

 

 

 

 

Duplex Firewall Inspections (Sent On : 2/24/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Duplex Firewall Inspections

 

February 24, 2021

 

Firewall Inspections have been added as a required inspection for Duplex permits.

These inspections will ensure proper installation, fastening and through penetrations protection. 

A Firewall Drywall Nailing and Firewall Final Inspections will be effective for all new permits issued.

(Inspection codes 2443 & 2445)

 

 

Clearing and Construction Reminders (Sent On : 2/19/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Clearing and Construction Reminders

 

February 19, 2020

 

There has been an increase in damages to city utilities and clearing without prior approvals.

Please be reminded, clearing of any lots prior to an issued building permit is not permitted.    Clearing without the locates/permit issued not only may result in damage to utilities, but will result in a double permitting fee for commencing work without a permit.

We request that you do not clear after hours or on weekends as the Utility Department is not staffed to respond in a timely manner to damages. 

Care must be given to the utilities in the right-of-ways.

When damage has occurred, the contractor of record will be charged to cover the cost of repairs.  (Which can be very costly)

Extra care should be taken when trees are close to utility lines to ensure they are not damaged or ripped out (along with utility lines).  Trees may be cut at the ground level and the stumps may be milled below ground level.

 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this, please contact

Danny Ashburn, Utility Systems Manager.

 386-986-2370

 dashburn@palmcoastgov.com

 

 

Online Submittals - Digital Signature Requirements (Sent On : 2/11/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Online Submittals - Digitally Signed and Sealed

 

February 11, 2021

 

Effective Monday, February 15, 2021

The temporarily rule that expanded the use of electronically or digitally signed and sealed engineering plans and documents to include printed copies (due to Covid-19) has expired. 

Plans and documents submitted online, requiring a signature and seal from an architect or engineer, must be digitally signed and sealed per F.S. 471.025 and F.A.C. 61G15-23.004

Copies of digital signatures or physically signed and sealed documents will no longer be accepted. 

 

We encourage you to utilize digital signatures and continue to use the online permitting portal for streamlining your permits. 

You may find additional information regarding the requirements for architects and engineer seals here - https://fbpe.org/legal/signing-and-sealing-engineering-documents/

 

 

Customer Survey (Sent On : 1/27/2021)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Customer Survey

January 28, 2021

 

In an effort to identify gaps in our customer service, we will be launching a survey for our active customers who can provide the most valuable feedback.

Surveys will be sent at the time of permit issuance and completion.  The survey is designed to be brief and take no more than one minute to complete.

Your participation is important and may have a significant impact on our future level of service.  

We look forward to hearing your feedback to help us identify areas for improvement. 

 

 

Unable to schedule final inspection with homeowner (Sent On : 1/8/2021)

Unable to Obtain a Final Inspection

1-8-20

 

There have been questions raised how to handle a final inspection when the property owner will not make the inspection area available for inspection. 

It is strongly encouraged to schedule the inspection directly following the completion of the work, as it is our experience that the more time lapses, the more difficult it is for a contractor to obtain the final inspection when a homeowner needs to be home.

The Building Department cannot release a contractor's responsibility from a permit where the work has been completed.

 

The Building Department will pursue the property owner through the Code Enforcement Board proving a minimum of the following items have been done and provided to the Building Department

  1. Inspection has been requested.

 

  1. Letters / notice requesting inspection has been sent to property owner via certified mail - return receipt requested and copies (including certified mail receipt) have been provided to the Building Department.

 

  1. Letter / notice posted on property (picture for proof)

 

  1. Phone log of attempted calls to property owner.  (Should continue throughout the 6 months)

 

These steps must be throughout the 6 months of the active permit PRIOR to the expiration.  These actions are to protect YOU the contractor from action with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations / Flagler County Contractor Licensing Review Board.  Without the above information, we do not have proof to defend that you did your due diligence. 

The evidence you supply must be enough to convince the local Code Enforcement Board , Loca Contractor Licensing Review Board and Department of Business and Professional Regulations you have done everything possible to gain compliance.   

If the permit expires, a new permit will be required if the above steps have not been taken.   These steps must be taken during the course of an ACTIVE permit.   

Transporation Impact Fee Increase Reminder (Sent On : 12/29/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Transportation Impact Fee Increase Reminder

 

December 29, 2020

 

Effective for permits applied for on or after January 1st.

This table addresses residential construction only.  

For a complete list of the transportation impact

Fees, please visit our website https://docs.palmcoastgov.com/departments/building/appimpactfeesummary.pdf

 

 

 

Current fee 

Jan 1st

Jan 1st

total with  3% discount (if paid at permit issuance) 

Single Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original ITT platted lots

$1,674

$1,718

(-51.54)               $1,666.46

 

All other lots

$3,059

$3,139

(-94.17)                $3,044.83

 

 

 

 

 

Duplex

 

 

 

 

 

Original ITT platted lots

$2,598

$2,666

(-79.98)                $2,586.02

 

All other lots

$4,742

$4,866

(-145.98)              $4,720.02

 

Residential Homebuilders will see an increase in transportation impact fees effective for residential permits applied for January 1st or after. 

Original ITT platted lot - a residential lot with final plat approval as of December 30, 1977.  In most cases, it will be a legal description beginning with Section, Block and Lot (07-11-31-70)

Please check our website for official copies of the fee schedule. 

Hoilday Scheduling for Land Clearing (Sent On : 12/18/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Holiday Scheduling for Land Clearing

 

December 18, 2020

City offices and services will be closed for the Holidays on the following days:

Christmas - December 24th & 25th

New Years - December 31st & January 1st

 

We encourage you to not schedule any land clearing work during this time as the city will not have the staff to make repairs if damage occurs to existing water and sewer utilities.

If work done during these days,  the contractors will be subject to time and materials charges for any damage occurred.

 

Aside from the holiday seaon, landlcearing in the right of way preferably should be done between 7:00am and 4:00pm when City repair crews are present to make repairs when necessary.  Cost incurred for City staff to make repairs  after hours will  be charged  to the builder.

 

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

 

 

 

Final Survey Reviews (Sent On : 12/18/2020)

Final Survey Reviews

 

December 18, 2020

 

To help clarify review comments the Stormwater Division has completed a checklist specific to Final Survey Reviews.

Beginning January 4th, all Final Survey reviews will include an attached Final Survey Checklist that will identify any outstanding issues.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Stormwater Division at 386-986-4789.

 

 

Holiday Schedule (Sent On : 12/11/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Holiday Schedule

 

December 11, 2020

 

City offices and services will be closed for the Holidays on the following days:

 

Christmas - December 24th & 25th

New Years - December 31st & January 1st

 

 

Please note, any permit application submitted after 5:00 p.m. December 30th must adhere to the new edition of the Florida Building Code.

 

We wish you and your family the happiest and safest of Holiday seasons.

 

 

Revised - New Edition of the Florida Building Code (Sent On : 12/11/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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New Edition of the Florida Building Code

(Revised)

 

December 11, 2020

 

On January 1, 2021, the 7th Edition of the Florida Building Code will in effect. 

 

All permit applications applied for on or after January 1, 2021 must comply with the 7th Edition Florida Building Codes and all referenced Standards.

 

The 2017 National Electrical Code NFPA 70 will be the referenced Electrical Code.

 

(The previous noticed indicated the 2014 National Electric Code)

 

 

Florida Building Code 7th Edition - effective January 1st (Sent On : 12/10/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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New Edition of the Florida Building Code

 

December 10, 2020

 

On January 1, 2021, the 7th Edition of the Florida Building Code will go into effect. 

 

All permit applications applied for on or after January 1, 2021 must comply with the 7th Edition Florida Building Codes and all referenced Standards.

 

The 2014 National Electrical Code NFPA 70 will be the referenced Electrical Code.

 

 

UTILITY INSTALLATION DELAYS (Sent On : 11/17/2020)

City of Palm Coast

Building Division

386-986-3780

palmcoastgov.com

 

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Utility Installation Delays

 

November 17, 2020

 

The City of Palm Coast Utility Wastewater Operations Department is experiencing increased installation times for installing new Pep Tanks, Service Taps, and Bores performed by our contractors due increased building growth, staffing shortages, and unusually wet weather starting in August of this year.

Rest assured we are working diligently to try and keep up as to not cause delays for your projects. Because of the current staffing situation placed on the Utility and caused by the pandemic the Utility has hired contractors to assist in this backlog of work. No doubt you are experiencing delays as well with both materials delays and labor issues caused by staff that have to quarantine as we have had this happen within our workforce.

We are asking for your patience in working with us to try and meet your schedules but there will be an extension on the timeline for the service installations especially in the pep areas.  Please be patient and take into consideration the current circumstances and know we will be doing our best to keep from delaying your projects but our first priority will be to keep the sanitary sewer system in Palm Coast functioning as to not have sewer overflows or backups. Those of you that have been here for some time know that this difficult time will pass and things will return to normal.

We still welcome your communication with Wastewater Operations as to the status of our schedule to install your tanks but to assist you in your planning this is a temporary guideline for you to go by.

The process to request your tank based on meeting the criteria as to being site ready has not changed nor has the Utility inspection process that verifies (resulted) status that will start the timeline for the tank installation. Please allow a minimum of six weeks from the time you submit for your pep tank for the installation to be completed.

Moving forward hopefully this timeline can be improved on but under the current situation please use this for planning your project. The installation of the pep panel and pump assembly will follow in a timely manner.

Thank you,

Danny Ashburn

Manager of Wastewater Operations

 

 

 

 

Reminder Permitting Portal down for Maintenance (Sent On : 10/9/2020)

 

City of Palm Coast Building Division 386-986-3780

palmcoastgov.com

 

 

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

 

 

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Permitting Portal down for Maintenance

 

 

REMINDER !

 

 

Starting tonight October 9, 2020

 

 

 

The online permitting portal will undergo maintenance this weekend and will not be available during the following times:

 

 

Friday 7:00 p.m. - Sunday 1:00 p.m.

 

 

We regret any inconvenience this may cause you and urge you to plan accordingly

 

             

 

 

 

 

         

     

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Attachments :
Permitting portal down for maintenace (3).pdf
Permitting Portal down for Maintenance (Sent On : 10/8/2020)

 

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City of Palm Coast

Building Division

386-986-3780

palmcoastgov.com

 

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Permitting Portal down for Maintenance

 

October 8, 2020

 

The online permitting portal will undergo maintenance this weekend and will not be available during the following times:

 

Friday 7:00 p.m.  - Sunday 1:00 p.m.

 

We regret any inconvenience this may cause you and urge you to plan accordingly.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attachments :
Permitting portal down for maintenace (005).pdf
Palm Coast - Schedule Inspections with Alexa! (Sent On : 10/6/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Inspection Requests with Alexa!

 

October 6, 2020

 

We are excited to announce that you can now request, cancel and check the status of your building inspection as well as check a permit status through Amazon's Alexa.

The following commands will be recognized:

  • Request Inspection

     

    • Alexa ask Palm Coast to request inspection

    • Alexa schedule an inspection in Palm Coast

    • Alexa schedule a building inspection in Palm Coast

    • Alexa schedule my building inspection in Palm Coast

       

  • Cancel Inspection

     

    • Alexa ask palm coast to cancel inspection

    • Alexa cancel an inspection in Palm Coast

    • Alexa cancel a building inspection in Palm Coast

    • Alexa cancel my building inspection in Palm Coast

       

  • Permit Status

     

    • Alexa, ask palm coast for permit status

    • Alexa, check my permit status in Palm Coast

    • Alexa, check the status of my permit in Palm Coast

       

  • Inspection Status

     

    • Alexa, ask Palm Coast for inspection status

    • Alexa check my inspection status in Palm Coast

    • Alexa check the status of my inspection in Palm Coast

 

You can also ask Alexa to 'OPEN PALM COAST' to get all Palm Coast options. 

If you experience difficulties with the commands, be reminded Alexa doesn't know 'where' you want to schedule an inspection unless you specify Palm Coast. 

 

Please view the attachment for additional directions and how to use Alexa from your telephone.

 

 

 

Attachments :
Alexa Announcement.pdf
Palm Coast - Online Permit Portal Scheduled for Maintenance (Sent On : 10/6/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Permitting Portal down for Maintenance

 

October 6, 2020

 

The online permitting portal will undergo maintenance this weekend and will not be available during the following times:

 

October 9th - 11th

Friday 7:00 p.m.  - Sunday 1:00 p.m.

 

We regret any inconvenience this may cause you and urge you to plan accordingly.   

 

 

Erosion Control Measures (Sent On : 9/22/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Erosion Control

September 22, 2020

 

The city has been receiving an increasing number of complaints and inspectors are seeing missing, damaged, non-functioning, silt fencing made worse by the recent rainy weather. 

This is a friendly reminder that Palm Coast Code of Ordinances Chapter 24, Division 2, Section 24 - 76 outlines the requirements to prevent erosion of surface soil into adjoining water bodies. 

Persons involved in the construction, remodeling or repair of buildings and/or pools in the City shall use Best Management Practices to prevent erosion of surface soil into adjoining water bodies. 

Any one or more of the following methods shall be used at the options of the contractor or owner on side and backyard water bodies, unless directed to the contrary by the City:

  1. A strip of vegetated land not less than eight-feet wide shall be left undisturbed on the site adjacent to t a water body.

  2. In the rear or side yard leading to a waterbody, a properly staked and installed filter cloth screen across the lot line shall be maintained until the lot has been sodded and landscaped

  3. Bales of straw or hay may be used to prevent soil runoff in place of a filter cloth screen or eight-foot vegetated strip.

  4. Any other erosion control devised approved by the City Manager or his designee.

Definitions:

  • Surface water - water upon the surface of the earth, whether contained in bounds created naturally or artificially or diffused.

  • Water bodies - fresh and salt water canals, ditches, lakes, marshes, rivers, swamps and swales in the city.

Damages or non-functioning erosion control measures need to be maintained during the duration of construction.   Please be sure to do your part to ensure compliance. 

 

Thank you  in advance for being a good neighbor in your community.    

 

Ordinance in its entirety - https://library.municode.com/fl/palm_coast/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH24EN_ARTIIPOCO

 

 

Fire and Parks Impact Fee Increase (Sent On : 9/16/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Park and Fire Impact Fee Increase  

 

September 16, 2020

 

The Fire and Parks Impact Fees will increase for new residential and commercial construction as described below. 

 

Fire Impact Fee

Effective for permits applied for on or after October 7, 2020:

  • Residential - $367.00 per dwelling unit

  • Non-residential- $.59 per square foot

Permit applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m.  October 6, 2020

 

 

Parks Impact Fee

Effective for permit applied for on or after October 20, 2020:

  • Residential - $1,199.12 per dwelling unit

Permit applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. October 19, 2020

 

Unable to schedule FINAL inspections (Sent On : 9/16/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Unable to Obtain a Final Inspection

9-16-20

 

There have been questions raised how to handle a final inspection when the property owner will not make the inspection area available for inspection. 

It is strongly encouraged to schedule the inspection directly following the completion of the work, it is our experience that the more time lapses, the more difficult it is for a contractor to obtain the final inspection when a homeowner needs to be home.

The Building Department cannot release a contractor's responsibility from a permit where the work has been completed.

 

The Building Department will pursue the property owner through the Code Enforcement Board proving a minimum of the following items have been done and provided to the Building Department

  1. Inspection has been requested.

 

  1. Letters / notice requesting inspection has been sent to property owner via certified mail - return receipt requested and copies (including certified mail receipt) have been provided to the Building Department.

 

  1. Letter / notice posted on property (picture for proof)

 

  1. Phone log of attempted calls to property owner.

 

These steps must be throughout the 6 months of the active permit PRIOR to the expiration.  These actions are to protect YOU the contractor from action with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations / Flagler County Contractor Licensing Review Board.  Without the above information, we do not have proof to defend you did your due diligence in gaining compliance. 

The evidence you supply must be enough to convince the Department of Business and Professional Regulations you have done everything possible to gain compliance.   

If the permit expires, a new permit will be required if the above steps have not been taken.   These steps must be taken during the course of an ACTIVE permit.   Phone logs should continue throughout the 6 months.

Possible PEP Tank Installation Delays (Sent On : 8/24/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Delays in PEP tank Installation

August 24, 2020

 

The Wastewater Operations Department is experiencing difficulties and delays in installing new Pep Tanks, Service Taps, and Bores performed by our contractors due to the recent weather pattern with daily heavy rainfall.

 No doubt you are experiencing delays as well.  It is still our goal to have all pep tanks installed within ten days of site ready if the location of the pep tanks is clear from obstruction and debris.

If the rain persists and the groundwater table continues to rise, it will be necessary to dewater each site in order to install the tank properly.  This will add a minimum of three days to the process.

Please be patient and take into consideration the current circumstances and know we will be doing our best to keep from delaying your projects, but our first priority will be to keep the sanitary sewer system in Palm Coast functioning as to not have sewer overflows or backups.

Those of you that have been here for some time know that this difficult time will pass and things will return to normal.  We still welcome your communication with Wastewater Operations as to the status of our schedule to install your tanks, but understand that delays will occur based on the current weather situation.

Reminder to Builders (Sent On : 8/12/2020)

CONTRACTORS NEWSFLASH

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Reminders

August 12, 2020

Thank you for your continued patience as City Hall remains closed to the public. We anticipate an opening announcement in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please review the following reminders. If you have any questions or concerns please email buildingdivision@palmcoastgov.com.

 

No Truck Route

Florida Park Drive has been posted as a 'no truck route' as well as any residential street within the city limits of Palm Coast.   We are reminding you to do your part by ensuring that trucks and delivery vehicles utilize the approved commercial routes:

  • Palm Coast Parkway

  • Old Kings Road

  • Belle Terre Parkway/Boulevard

  • Palm Harbor Parkway

  • Pine Lakes Parkway

  • Whiteview Parkway

  • Seminole Woods Boulevard

  • US Hwy 1

  • State Road 100

  • Colbert Lane

Please notify and remind your delivery drivers / and your own truck drivers so they can adjust their routes.  Trucks ticketed on a 'no truck route' will be issued a $200 fine.

Submitting Corrections, Revisions, Additional Documents

We ask that you please submit all documents through the online permitting portal.  Documents processed through the portal are processed more efficiently and accurately than email.     Regardless of the venue you choose to submit, your documents should be named accordingly and include a revision slip.   Submitting improperly named documents or incorrectly not only slows your review and processing time, but other applicants as well. 

Virtual Inspections

We offer virtual inspections through the google duo app for inspections of occupied structures for HVAC change-outs, window and door replacements, garage door replacements, water heaters, and other small projects on a case by case basis.   

Permit Fee Discount

To address a surplus of permitting fees collected for the purpose of enforcing the Florida Building Code and to comply with F.S. 553.80, fees have been reduced by 100% effective July 8th.   A change in Florida Statute provides for a Building Department to carry over a fund balance equal to the average of the last 4 years operating budget and shall refund the remainder.   This discount will remain in effect until the fund balance falls below $2.4 million.    This discount applies to ALL permits charged regardless of the applicant (owner/builder or contractor). The City encourages passing the fee reduction on to customers in an effort to help residents with the cost of repairs and maintenance, increase your business and encourage communitywide economic growth.    (The discount does not apply to Zoning, Engineering, Stormwater, Utility, State or any other governmental agency fees).

Gopher Tortoise / Wildlife Inspections

If the property you are improving has been flagged for a possible gopher tortoise home, a field inspection will be conducted during the permit review.  If it is deemed that no gopher tortoise or burrows are located on the lot, the inspection will be approved and the permit may proceed.   Should the inspector find evidence of a gopher tortoise, it will be the responsibility of the contractor to hire a private authorized agent to commence with permitting and relocation activities.