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. 24 25 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 26 27 Section 1. Section 553.794, Florida Statutes, is created to 28 read: 29 553.794 Local government residential master building permit 30 program.— 31 (1) MASTER BUILDING PERMIT PROGRAM CREATION.—Each local 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. 98 (5) MASTER BUILDING PERMIT APPROVAL PROCESS.— 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. 133 (7) SITE-SPECIFIC BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS.—Once a 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.