What to do after a Natural Incident has happened

During an emergency there are always rumors and some can be quite interesting.  We urge all residents to only rely on the information provided by an official entity such as local Emergency Management, Local & State Law Enforcement, National Weather, State of Florida, etc.  

Important Notes
 
  1. The Community Development Department will issue temporary roofing specialty licenses as allowed by the Emergency Order quoted below.
  2. The Building Permit requirement for a survey is waived if you are placing a new structure on the exact same footprint of a damaged or missing structure.  You will still need to submit a site plan with all of the correct measurements shown from property lines and other structures.  Some things to keep in mind - the permit will still be reviewed to make sure that the land development regulations and the Building Code are met and the structure must be entirely on your property, not wholly or even partially in an easement  or on another person's property.  
  3.  You are required to pull a Demolition Permit if you are demolishing any structure on-site.
  4.  You are required to get a Building Permit for any repairs to a Mobile Home, whether tagged as a motor vehicle or real property. Engineered drawings are required for any repair that is not a like-for-like replacement of an original part of the mobile home. Any repairs to additions to the Mobile Home will need to be engineered, this includes roof-overs. The requirement for engineered drawings is a directive from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  5. Building permit submittals for repairs to modular homes or additions to modular homes must also be accompanied by engineered drawings. 
  6. Check to make sure you are using a licensed contractor!  During a declared State of Emergency, the penalty for unlicensed construction activity becomes a third-degree felony.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Search for a License
also check out the Better Business Bureau

Emergency Order State of Florida, Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Effective 9/15/2017, In effect for 90 days
1) The provisions of section 489.113(3), Florida Statutes, are suspended to the following extent: a certified or registered, general, building, or residential contractor is not required to subcontract roofing work for the repair and installation of any flat roofs and roofs made of wood shakes, asphalt or fiberglass shingles, tiles, and metal.
2) The provisions of section 489.117, Florida Statues, are suspended to the extent that local jurisdictions are authorized to issue local specialty licenses, without additional local ordinances, for the repair and installation of flat roofs and roofs made of wood shakes, asphalt or fiberglass shingles, tiles, and metal, conditioned upon the requirement that all applicants for the specialty roofing licenses shall provide an affidavit of competency from their original jurisdiction, within Florida, proof of compliance with applicable workers' compensation as required by Chapter 440, Florida Statutes, and public liability and property damage insurance as required by section 489.115(5)(a), Florida Statutes.


EMERGENCY BUILDING REPAIRS
     Following a hurricane or any other type of incident that may cause damage to your property, it is important to know the steps necessary to stabilize conditions and prevent further damage to your home and other property.  If you will be submitting an insurance claim, your adjuster will want to inspect the damage before a full repair is done. Be sure to take photos of all damage prior to doing any type of emergency repairs.
    
It is important to hire a licensed professional. Be sure they are properly licensed and insured to perform the work in accordance with the Florida Building Code. Most repairs will require a permit and inspections by the Glades County Building Official to ensure your safety and to maintain the integrity of your home.
    
Be Aware: You may make emergency repairs to your structure, but the Building Code requires you to submit for a building permit the next business day.

2014 Florida Building Code 105.2.1 Emergency repairs.
Where equipment replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day to the building official.

Be aware if you in a Flood Zone.  Check out the map

SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE requires the damaged structure to be brought up to existing flood zone requirements. For the purpose of determining compliance with the flood provisions, damage of any origin sustained by a structure whereby the cost of restoring the structure to its before-damaged condition would equal or exceed 50 percent of the market value of the structure before the damage occurred.

For Structural Repairs - from the 2014 Florida Existing Building Code

SECTION 606 STRUCTURAL
[B] 606.1 General. Structural repairs shall be in compliance with this section and Section 601.2. Regardless of the extent of structural or nonstructural damage, dangerous conditions shall be eliminated. Regardless of the scope of repair, new structural members and connections used for repair or rehabilitation shall comply with the detailing provisions of the Florida Building Code, Building for new buildings of similar structure, purpose and location.
606.1.1 Nonstructural repair. Nonstructural repair exclusive of fixtures and furniture, the cost of which does not exceed 25 percent of the replacement value of the existing building or structure, with the approval of the building official may be made of the same material of which the building or structure is constructed.
Exception: Historic buildings shall comply with Section 602.4.
[B] 606.2 Repairs to damaged buildings. Repairs to damaged buildings shall comply with this section.
[B] 606.2.1 Repairs for less than substantial structural damage. For damage less than substantial structural damage, the damaged elements shall be permitted to be restored to their predamage condition.
[B] 606.2.2 Substantial structural damage to vertical elements of the lateral force-resisting system. A building that has sustained substantial structural damage to the vertical elements of its lateral force-resisting system shall be evaluated in accordance with Section 606.2.2.1, and either repaired in accordance with Section 606.2.2.2 or repaired and rehabilitated in accordance with Section 606.2.2.3, depending on the results of the evaluation.
Exceptions:
1. Buildings assigned to Seismic Design Category A, B, or C whose substantial structural damage was not caused by earthquake need not be evaluated or rehabilitated for load combinations that include earthquake effects.
2. One- and two-family dwellings need not be evaluated or rehabilitated for load combinations that include earthquake effects.
[B] 606.2.2.1 Evaluation. The building shall be evaluated by a registered design professional, and the evaluation findings shall be submitted to the code official. The evaluation shall establish whether the damaged building, if repaired to its predamage state, would comply with the provisions of the Florida Building Code, Building for load combinations that include wind or earthquake effects, except that the seismic forces shall be the reduced FBC-level seismic forces.
[B] 606.2.2.2 Extent of repair for compliant buildings. If the evaluation establishes that the building in its predamage condition complies with the provisions of Section 606.2.2.1, then the damaged elements shall be permitted to be restored to their predamage condition.
[B] 606.2.2.3 Extent of repair for noncompliant buildings. If the evaluation does not establish that the building in its predamage condition complies with the provisions of Section 606.2.2.1, then the building shall be rehabilitated to comply with the provisions of this section. The wind loads for the repair and rehabilitation shall be those required by the building code in effect at the time of original construction, unless the damage was caused by wind, in which case the wind loads shall be in accordance with the Florida Building Code, Building. The seismic loads for this rehabilitation design shall be those required by the building code in effect at the time of original construction, but not less than the reduced FBC-level seismic forces.
[B] 606.2.3 Substantial structural damage to gravity load-carrying components. Gravity load-carrying components that have sustained substantial structural damage shall be rehabilitated to comply with the applicable provisions for dead and live loads in the Florida Building Code, Building. Snow loads shall be considered if the substantial structural damage was caused by or related to snow load effects. Undamaged gravity load-carrying components that receive dead, live or snow loads from rehabilitated components shall also be rehabilitated if required to comply with the design loads of the rehabilitation design.
[B] 606.2.3.1 Lateral force-resisting elements. Regardless of the level of damage to gravity elements of the lateral force-resisting system, if substantial structural damage to gravity load-carrying components was caused primarily by wind or seismic effects, then the building shall be evaluated in accordance with Section 606.2.2.1 and, if noncompliant, rehabilitated in accordance with Section 606.2.2.3.
Exceptions:
1. Buildings assigned to Seismic Design Category A, B, or C whose substantial structural damage was not caused by earthquake need not be evaluated or rehabilitated for load combinations that include earthquake effects.
2. One- and two-family dwellings need not be evaluated or rehabilitated for load combinations that include earthquake effects.
[B] 606.2.4 Flood hazard areas. In flood hazard areas, buildings that have sustained substantial damage shall be brought into compliance with Section 1612 of the Florida Building Code, Building or Section R322 of the Florida Building Code, Residential, as applicable.