I am a Code Enforcement Officer in the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Each year I witness dozens of needless accidents as a result of construction that was accomplished without the benefit of expert guidance. Because people occasionally wish to avoid the minor inconvenience of obtaining a permit, they fill their homes with booby trops and sometimes, unfortunately, death traps!
City of Fort Lauderdale Codes
- City of Fort Lauderdale Home Page
This is the official City of Fort Lauderdale Web Site. Information about municipal services and Fort Lauderdale contact data are available here.
- City of Fort Lauderdale Building Services Division (One-Stop Shop)
The City of Fort Lauderdale has established the One-Stop Shop in the Building Services Division (formerly the Construction Services Bureau) in an effort to efficiently and effectively promote City building-related services. An effort has been made to physically consolidate all City building-related activities, including Permitting, Licensing, Plan Review, Planning and Zoning, Occupational Licences, Information and Community Inspections at this single location, thereby providing as much service as is possible on a one-stop basis. The Construction Services Bureau One-Stop Shop is located at 300 Northwest 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. They can be reached by telephone at (954) 828-5191.
- One-Stop Shop Online Services
One-Stop-Shop Online provides the ability to search and display information about Property Records, Permit Status, Contractors, Online Permit Application, Inspection Scheduling, Code Enforcement Case Data and other related information within the Construction Services Bureau. Certain permit types are available via downloadable forms and fax submission. Additionally, qualified individuals can request Permit Inspections and update related information.
- City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Community and Economic Development
The Community and Economic Development Department is responsible for a broad range of functions and initiatives central to the sustained viability and livability of the City. The Community Inspections Division includes Code Enforcement and Occupational Licenses. As neighborhoods and structures age, maintenance is required for both aesthetic and safety reasons. Minimum standards for housing, yards, parking, etc. protect property owners, tenants and their neighbors from the dangers inherent in substandard conditions. The "Up to Code" page on the Community and Economic Development Department web presence contains a Property Checklist designed to help you evaluate your own property. There is also a listing of the Top-ten Code Violations. Please review this information and take steps to be a Responsible Property Owner.
- City of Fort Lauderdale Minimum Housing Code
The South Florida Building Code, 1976 edition, as currently revised, and as it may be subsequently reedited, revised and amended from time to time, was adopted by the city and constitutes the primary building code effective within the City of Fort Lauderdale.
- City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Public Services
The City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Public Services' responsibilities include all water, wastewater, and stormwater activities throughout the City of Fort Lauderdale and several adjacent communities. All sanitation operations in the City are covered as well. In addition to operating and maintaining the facilities associated with these services, the department maintains all city-owned buildings, public streets and rights-of-way. This department, the largest provider of infrastructure service in Broward County, employs more than 500 professionals who currently serve a population of 300,000.
- City of Fort Lauderdale Code Of Ordinances and Unified Land Development Regulations
This is the City of Fort Lauderdale Code Of Ordinances and Unified Land Development Regulations. It is also known as the Municipal Code.
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Broward County Codes
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State of Florida Codes
This is the official State of Florida Web Site. Information about state services and State of Florida contact data are available here.
- Florida Building Codes Information Systems
The Department of Community Affairs contracted with Information Systems of Florida, Inc., in January 2000, to create a website that would provide contractors, builders, and the public, an electronic method to keep informed about the new Florida Building Code. Since its deployment in October 2000, BCIS has become a hub for DCA employees, building manufacturers, third-party agencies, training providers, and anyone else interested in the Florida Building Code.
- State of Florida Statutes, Laws and Constitution
This site contains all of the current statutes for the State of Florida. They can be viewed (browsed) or searched for particular specified data. Also available are the Laws of Florida and the State of Florida Constitution.
- State of Florida Building Construction Standards
Chapter 553 of Title XXXIII (Regulation of Trade, Commerce, Investments, and Solicitations) in the Florida Statutes is entitled "Building Construction Standards". It is the core around which the local jurisdictions (i.e. Fort Lauderdale, Broward County) expand upon.
- State of Florida Building Code
Sections 553.70-553.898 of Chapter 553 in Title XXXIII of the Florida Statutes is also known as the "Florida Building Codes Act." The purpose and intent of this act is to provide a mechanism for the uniform adoption, updating, amendment, interpretation, and enforcement of a single, unified state building code, to be called the Florida Building Code, which consists of a single set of documents that apply to the design, construction, erection, alteration, modification, repair, or demolition of public or private buildings, structures, or facilities in this state and to the enforcement of such requirements and which will allow effective and reasonable protection for public safety, health, and general welfare for all the people of Florida at the most reasonable cost to the consumer. This law provides the legal basis for all local building codes and guidelines throughout the state.
- Accessibility by Handicapped Persons
Sections 553.501-553.513 of Chapter 553 in Title XXXIII of the Florida Statutes is also known as the "Florida Americans With Disabilities Accessibility Implementation Act." The Act's intent is to incorporate into the law of this state the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101-336, 42 U.S.C. ss. 12101 et seq., and to obtain and maintain United States Department of Justice certification of the Florida Accessibility Code for Building Construction as equivalent to federal standards for accessibility of buildings, structures, and facilities. Essentially, it promotes consistency between the Federal law's intent and it's State and local progeny.
- State of Florida Construction Lien Law
Part 1 of Chapter 713 of Title XL (Real and Personal Property) in the Florida Statutes is also known as the "Construction Lien Law". As per Florida Statute 713, you are subject to attachment of your property if persons who work on your property are not paid for the labor, materials or other services that may be provided in connection to your project. This means that if your hire a contractor and he/she does not pay his/her suppliers, and subcontractors, you may be held liable for any unpaid bills. Click Here to learn how to protect yourself from this liability.
- State of Florida Fire Prevention and Control
Chapter 633 of Title XXXVII (Insurance) in the Florida Statutes is entitled "Fire Prevention and Control". Chapter 633 includes the Florida Fire Prevention Code (633.0215), the Uniform Firesafety Standards (633.022), the Minimum Firesafety Standards (633.025) and the Ordinances Relating to Firesafety; Definitions; Penalties (633.052) which underwrite the pertinent fire codes throughout the state.
- State of Florida Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act
Chapter 515 of Title XXXIII (Regulation of Trade, Commerce, Investments, and Solicitations) in the Florida Statutes is entitled "Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act". Included in this Act are Residential Swimming Pool Safety Feature Options; Penalties (515.27) and the Residential Swimming Pool Barrier Requirements (515.29), which contain swimming pool code criteria.
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Federal and Miscellaneous NGO
(Non-Governmental Organization) Codes
- International Code Council (ICC)
The International Code Council (ICC) was established in 1994 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes. The founders of the ICC are Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI). Its purpose is to create a venue wherein code enforcement officials, architects, engineers, designers and contractors can now work with a consistent set of requirements throughout the United States.
- American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization (501(c)3) that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. The Institute's mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI is also the U.S. member of the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) and the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT).
- National Fire Protection Association
NFPA develops Life Safety and Fire Safety Codes that are incorporated into the laws and statutes of many states including the State of Florida. The recently amended Fire Safety Statutes passed by the Florida legislature has as its anchor the NFPA 1 Uniform Fire Code and the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Standards developed at ASTM are the work of over 30,000 ASTM members. These technical experts represent producers, users, consumers, government and academia from over 100 countries.
- U.S. DOE's Building Energy Codes Program
DOE's Building Energy Codes Program is an information resource on national model energy codes. It works with other government agencies, state and local jurisdictions, national code organizations, and industry to promote stronger building energy codes and help states adopt, implement, and enforce those codes. The Building Energy Codes Resource Center has been developed to provide users with information about energy codes and beyond code technologies. Resources are available in a variety of different media types, including Articles, Graphics, Online Tools, Presentations, and Videos. The BECP Resource Center gathers content not only from our own archives, but also provides links to energy code resources from around the web.
- ADA Regulation for Title III
Department of Justice web site devoted to "Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities". The Federal codes governing the construction and/or alteration of facilities that require ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance.
- ADA Certification of State and Local Accessibility Requirements
Title III of the ADA authorizes the Department of Justice to certify that State laws, local building codes, or similar ordinances meet or exceed the ADA Standards for Accessible Design for new construction and alterations. Title III applies to public accommodations and commercial facilities, which include most private businesses and non-profit service providers.
- ADA Standards for Accessible Design
This document sets guidelines for accessibility to places of public accommodation and commercial facilities by individuals with disabilities. These guidelines are to be applied during the design, construction, and alteration of such buildings and facilities to the extent required by regulations issued by Federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
- The Municipal Code Corporation
The Municipal Code Corporation maintains a web site that provides access to the local code compilations of most counties, cities, towns, villages, etc. throughout the United States.
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