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Temporary Construction and Permitting Procedures

Miami-Dade's Permitting and Inspection Center (PIC) has moved to a virtual service model.

Considering the COVID-19 emergency, in-person visits to the PIC have been eliminated. All customer services are now virtual. The building will remain closed to the public except for specific services by appointment.

Read about temporary permit procedures and virtual services.

 

Inspection Services

Building code inspections may continue through these temporary procedures.

Certain inspections will be conducted virtually. Virtual inspections are conducted by using a video call on a smart phone or tablet to interact with the RER inspector. When entering your inspection request, you must enter a contact name and telephone number. Your assigned inspector will be contacting you with specific instructions about the inspection. In preparation for your virtual inspection, please follow the instructions to download the required Microsoft Teams app for your Apple or Android device.

New Permit Application and Plans or Corrections to existing permit applications (Rework)

Use the Plans Tracking, New Application and Rework Submission application to submit the following:  

  • New permit applications for building, roofing, electrical, mechanical or plumbing work that require the submittal of plans (initial submittals) 
  • Applications and plans for Zoning Improvement Permits (ZIPS)
  • Applications to revise an existing permit including plan revisions and permit reissuance 
  • Submit corrections to existing permit applications and plans described above (reworks)
  • For residential roofing permits, storm panels or accordion shutters, we recommend you use e-permitting.
  • Guidelines for uploading documents in the Plans Tracking, New Application and Rework application.

New e-Permitting System Application for Metal Roof Panels (Category 96) effective March 27, 2020

Miami-Dade County’s Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources is pleased to announce this latest enhancement and expansion of the e-Permitting for Contractors System available for use by licensed Roofing Contractors which allows for the issuance of Metal Roof Panels (Category 96) permits online via the Department’s website.

View the e-Permitting Guidelines for Metal Roof Panels.

Notice: New Building Specialty Category - Limited Residential Repair

The Miami-Dade County Construction Trades Qualifying Board approved a new building specialty category — Limited Residential Repair.

To learn more, visit Building Specialties.

POSTPONED - Reserve your seat for the 2020 Plan Review and Inspection Workshops

Please note these workshops are postponed until further notice.

These free and informative workshops provide helpful information that can assist design professionals and contractors in expediting the issuance of permits by reducing rejection rates on their submitted plans and inspections, thus reducing permit issuance cycle times. Continuing education credits are approved for Florida Registered Architects and Professional Engineers. You will be able to register for the first time via online registration or, if you are already registered, simply login.

View the 2020 Plan Review and Inspection Workshops schedule.

Accordion Storm Shutters Added to the e-Permitting System effective January 8, 2020

In order to continue streamlining the permitting process, the Department is pleased to announce that effective January 8, 2020, residential permits for accordion storm shutters can be obtained using the e-Permitting System for contractors. This expansion of the e-Permitting system allows the issuance of Accordion Storm Shutters (Category 29) and removable Storm Panels (Category 101) permits by submitting online forms which are reviewed programmatically and approved automatically for permit issuance if valid data is entered. The e-Permitting System is a web application that allows qualified contractors to submit applications for subsidiary and stand-alone permits for addresses located in the unincorporated portions of Miami-Dade County, pay the fees and print the permit card from the Internet browser without the need to visit the Permitting and Inspection Center.

View the e-Permitting Guidelines for Accordion Shutters & Storm Panels.

Notice: Mechanical Permit Applicants - Mechanical Equipment Wind Resistance Compliance, Effective April 15

Effective April 15, 2019, the Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources implemented the Board of Rules and Appeals’ Dec. 13, 2018 interpretation for wind resistance design and installation of mechanical equipment.

The interpretation states:

''The exception contained in Section 301.15 of the Florida Building Code, Mechanical and Section 301.10 of the Florida Building Code, Fuel Gas and Section 453.25.4.3.2, Section 1620.1 and Section 1620.6 of the Florida Building Code Building shall only be applicable for permits obtained under the 2007 Florida Building Code, as amended. Consequently, mechanical equipment and appliances, permitted subsequent to the 2007 Edition of the Florida Building Code, and exposed to wind shall be designed and installed to meet the wind pressures determined in accordance with the current or applicable edition of the Florida Building Code, Building.''

Those seeking mechanical permits issued for exact unit change-outs at grade or on rooftops must show proof of Miami-Dade County wind resistance code compliance to the inspector by providing the following:

1. Copy of the unit’s current notice of acceptance or state product approval (copy to be made available for inspection at jobsite), or
2. Signed and sealed engineering for the model unit covered in the permit (signed and sealed documents to be picked up at time of inspection), or
3. Manufacturer’s published literature for the unit explicitly listing the wind resistance for the installation (copy to be picked up at time of inspection)

In all instances, the unit’s listed limits of use must meet or exceed the job requirements.

For questions or concerns with reference to this new procedure, call the Mechanical Trade Section at 786-315-2083.

Envelope Leakage Test Report (Blower Door Test)

Pursuant to Section R402.4.1.2 of the Florida Building Code, 6th Edition (2017) Energy Conservation, a building or dwelling unit shall be tested and verified for air leakage using a blower door test. A written report must then be provided to the code official.

In an effort to bring uniformity and assist with compliance of this requirement, the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources has developed a standard Envelope Leakage Test Report Form (Blower Door Test).

You must provide the completed form to the building inspector at final inspection.

Access the Envelope Leakage Test Report form online.

For more information, call the Permit Records Section at 786-315-2100.

NOTICE Roofing Permit Revision Procedures

Effective immediately, the Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources will be implementing new procedures for revisions on roofing permits.

Acceptable roofing permit revisions shall be allowed for material revision for existing roof permits categories; roof plan or job site conditions changes, i.e. drainage; adding square feet or revising square feet to existing permit categories; deleting a permit category for work not performed.

Existing roofing permits requiring a change to the roofing category and missing a category or require an additional category once issued, shall be corrected by obtaining a new roofing permit. The original permit is to be cancelled once the new one is obtained. Example changing from category 95 shingle to category 92 low slope Built Up Roofing (BUR) or new low slope category 92 to an existing tile or shingle roofing permit.

Commercial re-roofing permits, cannot be obtained using the e-Permitting system since it require a DERM review. The e-Permitting system is limited to reroofing permit for residential applications only. If a commercial re-roofing permit is obtained in error, then the e-Permit shall be cancelled once a new roof permit is issued for a commercial re-roofing project.

View flyer for additional details.

NOTICE Hard Rock Stadium properties permitting jurisdiction

As of Jan. 9, 2019, the Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources no longer accepts new permit applications for work to be performed on Hard Rock Stadium properties.

Permit applicants should be sent to:

City of Miami Gardens
18605 NW 27 Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
305-622-8000, Option 4

View flyer for additional details.

Reminder of Fees Due for Design Professional Day

Mondays and Thursdays have been designated ''Design Professionals Day.'' Design professionals can make an appointment to meet with building trades, fire and DERM plans reviewers to have questions about review comments clarified or to have minor re-works performed. Per existing department policies, any pending fees (rework fees or extension fees) owed must be paid prior to scheduling or attending an appointment with a plan reviewer. Payment of these fees allows the plan reviewers to enter a disposition during the appointment time. As a reminder, staff will be checking and notifying you of outstanding fees. However, effective Jan. 1, 2019, all outstanding rework fees and process extension fees must be paid prior to setting up or attending an appointment with a plan reviewer.

Roofing Plans Review Supervisor List

As of October 29, 2018, the Roofing Plans Review Supervisor List is closed until further notice. For assistance, please register under the Building/Roofing/Inspectors list via the Queue Management System. Questions can be referred to the Permit Records Section at 786-315-2100.

Guidelines for the Roofing E-Permitting System

These guidelines provide procedures for accessing the E-Permits for Contractors website to allow the creation of a user profile and obtaining Residential Roofing permits online. The E-Permitting system allows qualified contractors to obtain permits for addresses located in the unincorporated portions of Miami-Dade County.

Attestation of Homeowners' Association Approval for Permanent Storm Shutters on Residential Buildings

Pursuant to Section 33-202.3(1)(t)(4), 33-202.11(4) and 33-284.9(N)(5) of the Miami Dade County Code, permanent storm shutters, sometimes known as accordion shutters, require the expressed approval by the homeowners' association prior to permit issuance.

As a condition of obtaining a permit for the installation, replacement and/or repairs of permanent storm shutters on a residential building (single family residence, duplex or townhouse), the property owner must sign an Attestation of Homeowners’ Association Approval Form. The form requires that the owner indicate if homeowners' association approval is or is not required and when required to attest that the requisite homeowners' association has approved the permanent storm shutters in accordance with plans that are being submitted for permit.

The department will rely on this attestation and will no longer require zoning review for confirmation of homeowners' association approval. Please note that zoning review and approval will still be required for the installation, repair or replacement of permanent storm shutters on commercial buildings including condominiums and apartment buildings.

When applying, have the property owner complete the form and submit it along with the building permit application.

For more information, call the Permit Records Section at 786-315-2100, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., excluding legal holidays.

DERM Optional Plan Review services expanded to include Specialty Reviews, effective June 4

In a continuing effort to streamline the permitting process and reduce permit issuance cycle times, Optional Plan Review service for DERM Specialty Review is now available. Please note that the Optional Plan Review Service for DERM Core Review is already available. The Optional Plan Review Service for DERM Specialty Review will allow a patron to receive an expedited plan review for a fee.

The service is available at the Miami-Dade Permitting and Inspection Center for specialty reviews offered at that location:

  • Initial and/or rework review of plans by specialty disciplines
  • Projects located within municipalities and the unincorporated municipal service area (UMSA)

The fee for the DERM Optional Specialty Review is $75 per specialty for both residential and commercial projects. The non-refundable service fee must be paid at the time of request for service and is in addition to the regular permit fee.

Read more about this service.

Attention Roofing Contractors - Saturday Roofing Inspections Available - effective March 31, 2018

In order to meet the high demand for Roofing inspections, the Department is offering Saturday Roofing inspections. To request a Saturday inspection, the contractor must contact the Department at 786-315-2100 no later than 4 p.m. the Friday before the Saturday inspection is required. Phone is the only method available to schedule an appointment. Inspectors will be in the field performing inspections on Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. Someone must be available at your site by 7:30 a.m. Additionally, all required documents must be on site for the inspection to be performed including but not limited to the permit card, job set of plans and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) approved ladder.

DERM optional expedited core review available

In order to streamline the permitting process and reduce permit issuance cycle times, Optional Expedited Core Review Service for DERM is available. This allows a patron to receive an expedited plan review for a fee.

This service is available for:

  • Initial review of plans by Core Review Only
  • Rework review of plans by Core Review Only
  • Projects located in within municipalities and the unincorporated municipal service area (UMSA)

Read more about this service.

Short-Term Vacation Rentals

A Certificate of Use is required prior to listing and advertising a property as a short-term vacation rental on any peer-to-peer platform. Read more for complete requirements.

Introducing Concierge Plan Review service

Concierge Plan Review is an optional service designed to expedite the issuance of a permit for large commercial buildings by working with a team of experienced plan reviewers. A permit applicant and their design professionals will meet with the Concierge Customer Assistance Team (CCAT) various times during the review process to ensure a complete submittal, as well as to clarify and resolve any review comments.

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