Florida Senate - 2015 CS for SB 1486 By the Committee on Community Affairs; and Senator Brandes 578-03626-15 20151486c1 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 if requested by a licensed general, building, or 6 residential contractor to assist builders who 7 construct certain dwellings and townhomes on a 8 repetitive basis; defining terms; providing 9 requirements for submitting a master building permit 10 application, a general construction plan, or a site 11 specific building permit application; specifying 12 documents that must be provided with the applications 13 and plan; requiring master building permits to be 14 approved or denied within a time certain; providing 15 duration of validity of approved master building 16 permits; authorizing a builder to use a master 17 building permit for individual dwellings or townhomes 18 under certain conditions; limiting revisions to 19 approved master building permits; authorizing 20 governing bodies of local governments to set specified 21 fees; providing for penalties under certain 22 circumstances; authorizing local governments to adopt 23 procedures to carry out master building permit 24 programs; providing an effective date. 25 26 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 27 28 Section 1. Section 553.794, Florida Statutes, is created to 29 read: 30 553.794 Local government residential master building permit 31 program.— 32 (1) MASTER BUILDING PERMIT PROGRAM CREATION.—If a local 33 building official licensed pursuant to part XII of chapter 468 34 receives a written request from a general, building, or 35 residential contractor licensed pursuant to chapter 489 36 requesting the creation of a master building permit program, the 37 local government that employs the recipient building official 38 shall create a residential master building permit program within 39 6 months after receipt of the written request. A master building 40 permit program is intended for use by builders who expect to 41 construct identical single-family or two-family dwellings or 42 townhomes on a repetitive basis. The master building permit 43 program must be designed to achieve standardization and 44 consistency during the permitting process and to reduce the time 45 spent by local building departments during the site-specific 46 building permit application process. 47 (2) DEFINITIONS.—For purposes of this section, the term: 48 (a) “Building orientation” means the placement of a 49 building with respect to weathering elements such as sun, wind, 50 and rain and environmental factors like topography. 51 (b) “Elevation” means a construction drawing that is drawn 52 to scale and depicts the external face of the dwelling or 53 townhome to be constructed. 54 (3) MASTER BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION.—To obtain a master 55 building permit, a builder must submit the following information 56 to the local building department: 57 (a) A completed master building permit application. 58 (b) A general construction plan that complies with 59 subsection (4). 60 (c) All general construction plan pages, documents, and 61 drawings, including structural calculations if required by the 62 local building department, signed and sealed by the design 63 professional of record, along with a written acknowledgement 64 from the design professional that the plan pages, documents, and 65 drawings contained within the master building permit application 66 will be used for future site-specific building permit 67 applications. The design professional of record must be a 68 licensed engineer or architect. 69 (d) Truss specifications, signed and sealed by the truss 70 design engineer. The design professional of record must stamp 71 and sign the truss layout sheet as reviewed and approved for 72 each model design. 73 (e) Energy performance calculations for all building 74 orientations. The calculations must consider worst-case 75 scenarios for the relevant climate zone and must include 76 component and cladding product approvals for all windows, 77 pedestrian doors, garage doors, glazed opening impact protection 78 devices, truss anchors, roof underlayments, and roof coverings. 79 The design professional of record must stamp and sign all 80 product approvals as reviewed and approved for use with each 81 model design. 82 (4) GENERAL CONSTRUCTION PLAN.—The general construction 83 plan submitted as part of a master building permit application: 84 (a) May be submitted in electronic or paper format, as 85 required by the local building department. A plan submitted in 86 paper format must be a minimum of 36 inches by 48 inches or must 87 comply with requirements of the local building department. 88 (b) Shall include left-hand and right-hand building 89 orientations, including floor plans. 90 (c) Shall include a model design that may include up to 91 four alternate exterior elevations, each containing the same 92 living space footprint. The model design: 93 1. May not contain more than three alternate garage 94 layouts, with each garage layout limited to accommodating no 95 more than three cars. 96 2. Must include a foundation plan. 97 3. Must contain a truss layout sheet for each exterior 98 elevation that is compatible with the roof plan. 99 (d) Must show typical wall sections from the foundation to 100 the roof. 101 (e) Must contain a complete set of applicable electrical, 102 plumbing, fuel gas, and mechanical plans. 103 (f) Must contain window, door, and glazed opening impact 104 protection device schedules, if applicable. 105 (5) MASTER BUILDING PERMIT APPROVAL PROCESS.— 106 (a) A builder may submit to the local building department a 107 master building permit application that contains the information 108 identified in subsection (3). Once a master building permit 109 application is approved as provided in this subsection, the 110 local building department may only require the builder to submit 111 the documents identified in subsection (7) for each site 112 specific building permit application for a single-family or two 113 family dwelling or townhome. 114 (b) The local building department shall review the general 115 construction plan submitted as part of the master building 116 permit application to determine compliance with existing 117 building code requirements. If the general construction plan is 118 approved and all documents provided pursuant to subsections (3) 119 and (4) are verified, the builder shall receive a master 120 building permit and permit number. 121 (c) The local building department must approve or deny a 122 master building permit application within 120 days after the 123 local building department receives a completed application, 124 unless the applicant agrees to a longer period. 125 (d) A builder may use the master building permit number for 126 each dwelling or townhome as long as the builder uses the model 127 design contained in the master building permit. 128 (e) An approved master building permit will remain valid 129 until the Florida Building Code is updated as provided in s. 130 553.73. 131 (6) REVISIONS TO MASTER BUILDING PERMIT.—Once a master 132 building permit has been approved, a local building department: 133 (a) May not allow structural revisions to the master 134 building. 135 (b) May allow limited nonstructural revisions to the master 136 building so long as any revised floor plan is submitted to and 137 approved by the local building department. 138 (c) May accept limited field revisions, as determined by 139 the local building department. 140 (7) SITE-SPECIFIC BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS.—Once a 141 builder has an approved master building permit, the builder is 142 only required to submit the following information for each site 143 specific building permit application for a single-family or two 144 family dwelling or townhome: 145 (a) A completed site-specific building permit application 146 that includes the master building permit number and identifies 147 the model design to be built, including elevation and garage 148 style. 149 (b) Three signed and sealed copies of the lot or parcel 150 survey or site plan, as applicable. The survey or site plan must 151 indicate the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood zone, 152 base flood elevation, and minimum finished floor elevation. Lot 153 or parcel drainage indicators must be shown along with site 154 elevations. 155 (c) An affidavit by the licensed engineer of record 156 affirming that the master building permit is a true and correct 157 copy of the master building permit on file with the local 158 building department. The affidavit must reference the master 159 building permit number. The licensed engineer of record must 160 affirm that the master building permit will conform to soil 161 conditions on the specific site. 162 (d) Complete mechanical drawings of the model design, 163 including HVAC heating and cooling load calculations and 164 equipment specifications. 165 (e) Specific information that was not included in the 166 master building permit application addressing the HVAC system 167 design, including duct design and heating and cooling load 168 calculations. 169 (8) FEES.—The governing bodies of local governments may set 170 fees pursuant to s. 553.80(7). 171 (9) PENALTIES.—In addition to any other penalty provided by 172 law, a builder or design professional who willfully violates 173 this section shall be fined $10,000 for each dwelling or 174 townhome that is built under the master building permit that 175 does not conform to the master building permit on file with the 176 local building department. 177 (10) PROGRAM GUIDELINES.—Each local government may adopt 178 procedures to provide master building permit program guidelines 179 and requirements for the submission and approval of materials 180 and applications. 181 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.