Florida Senate - 2015                                    SB 1486
       By Senator Brandes
       22-01127-15                                           20151486__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to residential master building permit
    3         programs; creating s. 553.794, F.S.; requiring local
    4         governments to create master building permit programs
    5         to assist builders who construct certain dwellings and
    6         townhomes on a repetitive basis; defining terms;
    7         providing requirements for submitting a master
    8         building permit application, a general construction
    9         plan, or a site-specific building permit application;
   10         specifying documents that must be provided with the
   11         applications and plan; requiring master building
   12         permits to be approved or denied within a time
   13         certain; providing duration of validity of approved
   14         master building permits; authorizing a builder to use
   15         a master building permit for individual dwellings or
   16         townhomes under certain conditions; limiting revisions
   17         to approved master building permits; limiting the
   18         amount a local government may charge for master
   19         building permit or site-specific building permit
   20         applications; providing for penalties under certain
   21         circumstances; authorizing local governments to adopt
   22         procedures to carry out master building permit
   23         programs; providing an effective date.
   25  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   27         Section 1. Section 553.794, Florida Statutes, is created to
   28  read:
   29         553.794 Local government residential master building permit
   30  program.—
   32  government shall create a residential master building permit
   33  program for use by builders who expect to construct identical
   34  single-family or two-family dwellings or townhomes on a
   35  repetitive basis. The master building permit program must be
   36  designed to achieve standardization and consistency during the
   37  permitting process and to reduce the time spent by local
   38  building departments during the site-specific building permit
   39  application process.
   40         (2) DEFINITIONS.—For purposes of this section, the term:
   41         (a) “Building orientation” means the placement of a
   42  building with respect to weathering elements such as sun, wind,
   43  and rain and environmental factors like topography.
   44         (b) “Elevation” means a construction drawing that is drawn
   45  to scale and depicts the external face of the dwelling or
   46  townhome to be constructed.
   47         (3) MASTER BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION.—To obtain a master
   48  building permit, a builder must submit the following information
   49  to the local building department:
   50         (a) A completed master building permit application.
   51         (b) A general construction plan that complies with
   52  subsection (4).
   53         (c) All general construction plan pages, documents, and
   54  drawings, including structural calculations if required by the
   55  local building department, signed and sealed by the design
   56  professional of record, along with a written acknowledgement
   57  from the design professional that the plan pages, documents, and
   58  drawings contained within the master building permit application
   59  will be used for future site-specific building permit
   60  applications. The design professional of record must be a
   61  licensed engineer or architect.
   62         (d) Truss specifications, signed and sealed by the truss
   63  design engineer. The design professional of record must stamp
   64  and sign the truss layout sheet as reviewed and approved for
   65  each model design.
   66         (e) Energy performance calculations for all building
   67  orientations. The calculations must consider worst-case
   68  scenarios for the relevant climate zone and must include
   69  component and cladding product approvals for all windows,
   70  pedestrian doors, garage doors, glazed opening impact protection
   71  devices, truss anchors, roof underlayments, and roof coverings.
   72  The design professional of record must stamp and sign all
   73  product approvals as reviewed and approved for use with each
   74  model design.
   75         (4) GENERAL CONSTRUCTION PLAN.—The general construction
   76  plan submitted as part of a master building permit application:
   77         (a) May be submitted in electronic or paper format, as
   78  required by the local building department. A plan submitted in
   79  paper format must be a minimum of 36 inches by 48 inches or must
   80  comply with requirements of the local building department.
   81         (b) Shall include left-hand and right-hand building
   82  orientations, including floor plans.
   83         (c) Shall include a model design that may include up to
   84  four alternate exterior elevations, each containing the same
   85  living space footprint. The model design:
   86         1. May not contain more than three alternate garage
   87  layouts, with each garage layout limited to accommodating no
   88  more than three cars.
   89         2. Must include a foundation plan.
   90         3. Must contain a truss layout sheet for each exterior
   91  elevation that is compatible with the roof plan.
   92         (d) Must show typical wall sections from the foundation to
   93  the roof.
   94         (e) Must contain a complete set of applicable electrical,
   95  plumbing, fuel gas, and mechanical plans.
   96         (f) Must contain window, door, and glazed opening impact
   97  protection device schedules, if applicable.
   99         (a) A builder may submit to the local building department a
  100  master building permit application that contains the information
  101  identified in subsection (3). Once a master building permit
  102  application is approved as provided in this subsection, the
  103  local building department may only require the builder to submit
  104  the documents identified in subsection (7) for each site
  105  specific building permit application for a single-family or two
  106  family dwelling or townhome.
  107         (b) The local building department shall review the general
  108  construction plan submitted as part of the master building
  109  permit application to determine compliance with existing
  110  building code requirements. If the general construction plan is
  111  approved and all documents provided pursuant to subsections (3)
  112  and (4) are verified, the builder shall receive a master
  113  building permit and permit number.
  114         (c) The local building department must approve or deny a
  115  master building permit application within 120 days after the
  116  local building department receives a completed application,
  117  unless the applicant agrees to a longer period.
  118         (d) A builder may use the master building permit number for
  119  each dwelling or townhome as long as the builder uses the model
  120  design contained in the master building permit.
  121         (e) An approved master building permit will remain valid
  122  until the Florida Building Code is updated as provided in s.
  123  553.73.
  124         (6) REVISIONS TO MASTER BUILDING PERMIT.—Once a master
  125  building permit has been approved, a local building department:
  126         (a) May not allow structural revisions to the master
  127  building.
  128         (b) May allow limited nonstructural revisions to the master
  129  building so long as any revised floor plan is submitted to and
  130  approved by the local building department.
  131         (c) May accept limited field revisions, as determined by
  132  the local building department.
  134  builder has an approved master building permit, the builder is
  135  only required to submit the following information for each site
  136  specific building permit application for a single-family or two
  137  family dwelling or townhome:
  138         (a) A completed site-specific building permit application
  139  that includes the master building permit number and identifies
  140  the model design to be built, including elevation and garage
  141  style.
  142         (b) Three signed and sealed copies of the lot or parcel
  143  survey or site plan, as applicable. The survey or site plan must
  144  indicate the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood zone,
  145  base flood elevation, and minimum finished floor elevation. Lot
  146  or parcel drainage indicators must be shown along with site
  147  elevations.
  148         (c) An affidavit by the licensed engineer of record
  149  affirming that the master building permit is a true and correct
  150  copy of the master building permit on file with the local
  151  building department. The affidavit must reference the master
  152  building permit number. The licensed engineer of record must
  153  affirm that the master building permit will conform to soil
  154  conditions on the specific site.
  155         (d) Complete mechanical drawings of the model design,
  156  including HVAC heating and cooling load calculations and
  157  equipment specifications.
  158         (e) Specific information that was not included in the
  159  master building permit application addressing the HVAC system
  160  design, including duct design and heating and cooling load
  161  calculations.
  162         (8) FEES.—Fees charged by the local government for a master
  163  building permit application or a site-specific building permit
  164  application are limited to the administrative and inspection
  165  portions of the applicable local government’s fee schedule.
  166         (9) PENALTIES.—In addition to any other penalty provided by
  167  law, a builder or design professional who willfully violates
  168  this section shall be fined $10,000 for each dwelling or
  169  townhome that is built under the master building permit that
  170  does not conform to the master building permit on file with the
  171  local building department.
  172         (10) PROGRAM GUIDELINES.—Each local government may adopt
  173  procedures to provide master building permit program guidelines
  174  and requirements for the submission and approval of materials
  175  and applications.
  176         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.