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SEC. 18-2 Hours of Operation, per city code
Excavating, grading and the erection, demolition, alteration or repair of any building shall occur between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. NO construction activity except for repairs may be completed on Sundays or city holidays.
The City of Longwood Building Division utilizes the following codes:
2017 Florida Building Code
2014 National Electric Code
2017 Florida Mechanical Code
2017 Florida Plumbing Code
2017 Florida Accessibility Code
2017 Florida Fuel Gas Code
2017 Florida Existing Building Code
2017 Florida Fire Prevention Code
2017 Florida Residential Code
2017 Florida Energy Conservation Code
2014 International Property Maintenance Code
Most people are not aware of the requirements for a building permit, as it applies to repairs, replacement or upgrades to existing systems, or structures. So, do I need a permit? The short answer is; “any owner or owners authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or the change of the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any parts of a structure, or system is required to pull an applicable building permit prior to commencement of work. This requirement is outlined in section 105.1 of the Florida Building Code; which in turn has been locally adopted by the City of Longwood.
Now when it comes to most project, people understand that if they construct a new building, enlarge a building, demolish a building or move a building, they need a permit to do so, but the terms alter, and repair are usually misconstrued. The second misconception is the need for a permit for buildings/ structures other than a dwelling unit or commercial building. In the state of Florida, and adopted and recognized by the City of Longwood, any structure placed, erected, repaired, constructed, altered, repaired, moved or demolished must have a building permit applied for and approved prior to commencing any associated work. This includes, but is not limited to decks, porches, pools, pergolas, sheds, fences, and any electrical, mechanical, gas or plumbing work.
Let’s focus on the two terms alter or repair. To alter a building or structure is to change the existing floor plan, layout or use of a building/ structure. A repair is defined, “to reconstruct or renew of any part of an existing building/ structure for the purpose of its maintenance or to correct damage.” This can be misleading, but in general if you are only replacing a small area, let’s say of your house siding, you would not need a permit to do so. If you need to repair more, than yes a building permit is required. It can be difficult to understand the break between small area and more, but it is always recommended to contact the building division for clarification.
What happens if I do not pull a permit? If a permit is required, then you as the property/ building owner will be held in violation of the Florida Building Code, and the City of Longwood Municipal code, and at minimum a double permit fee will apply. This may only be the start. Depending on what the work was, how much has been done, and where it is located can add further complications to the violation. For instance, if you build a building/ structure in a flood zone, it is possible that you will have to remove it, at your own cost. Secondly, if your work has gone beyond a required inspection, the work will need to be removed in order for the required inspection to be completed, once the permit is issued.
Again, it is recommended to follow these three steps:
A form of identification is required, along with $1 cash or check made payable to “City of Longwood.”
The Commission-Manager form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a commission or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government administrator or manager. The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected commission and where the commission hires a professionally trained administrator to oversee the delivery of public services. In Longwood, a 5 member commission is elected at-large in non-partisan elections. Their terms are for 3 years.
In Commission-Manager government, commission members are the leaders and policy makers elected to represent various segments of the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to citizens' needs and wishes. The Manager is appointed by the Mayor and Commission to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served.
The City Manager is hired to serve the Mayor and Commission and the community and to bring to the local government the benefits of training and experience in administering local government projects and programs on behalf of the governing body. The Manager prepares a budget for the Mayor and Commission's consideration; recruits, hires, and supervises the government's staff; serves as the Mayor and Commission's chief adviser; and carries out the Mayor and Commission's policies. The Mayor and Commission and citizens count on the Manager to provide complete and objective information, pros and cons of alternatives, and long-term consequences.
The City Manager makes policy recommendations to the Mayor and Commission, but the Mayor and Commission may or may not adopt them and may modify the recommendations. The City Manager is bound by whatever action the Mayor and Commission takes.
The City of Longwood welcomes citizen participation in the decision-making process. Because professional local government management offers government of the people, by the people, and for the people, it sets the stage for citizen activism by encouraging open communication between citizens and their government. Citizens have the opportunity to present issues to the Mayor and Commission at General Meetings. In addition, citizens are encouraged to become members of boards and committees.
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