Permit applications and Requirements

Update to Re-Roof Inspections 

City dry-in inspections will resume on February 1, 2024.  

Roof Dry-In Affidavit 

Update:  As of February 20, 2024 - if no dry-in inspection was scheduled and inspected by the Building Department an engineer's letter will be required.

 

Contractors and Sub-Contractors NOT registered with the City must register.  Please complete the online forms using the links below:


Send supporting documents to buildingpermits@westmelbourne.gov

  • Copy of Florida state license and/or County Competency Card 
  • BTR (Business Tax Receipt) or local license         
  • Current workers comp policy COI (Certificate of Insurance) with City of West Melbourne listed as a certificate holder or current workers comp exemption certificate.
  • Current general liability policy COI (Certificate of Insurance) with City of West Melbourne listed as a certificate holder.

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The Building Department can help you determine which permits are required for a project.  The information here provides an introduction.
Section 105.1 of the Florida Building Code states:

Any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the Technical Codes, or cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Building Official and obtain the required permit for the work.

REQUIREMENTS BY PROJECT TYPE

The most common types of projects for which permits are requested are listed below along with submission requirements. Any submission that does not meet these minimum requirements will not be accepted.

Please Note: All applications submitted MUST have a notarized qualifier signature. A contract or estimate signed by the property owner can be used but a notarized signature is preferred.


Basic Permit Application plus the following: 

  • Any two-story addition on existing footers will require an engineer to verify that the existing footer is adequate, or to make recommendations as to what will be required to carry the additional load, signed and sealed.
  • A tread and riser detail and handrail/guardrail detail showing compliance with the 2023 Florida Building Code. 
  • Digital set of engineered drawings for residential.
  • Digital set of engineered drawings for commercial.
  • Hold Harmless form
  • Please Note:  Digital copies of property survey need to indicate where the addition will be located on the property, drawn to the same scale as the survey (reduced copies of surveys will not be accepted, all surveys must be to scale).

Demolition Permit Application plus the following: 

  • Digital set of construction plans for residential.
  • Digital set of construction plans for commercial.

Basic Permit Application plus the following:

  • Digital copy of the property survey, to scale, showing the location of the proposed construction.
  • Digital set of construction drawings, to scale, showing the size, type, and method of construction (frame/block), wall section and location of overhead power lines. 
  • Digital copy of the Product Approval Affidavit form listing the components and cladding (doors, windows, roofing, etc.) 
  • Digital copy of manufacturers installation requirements and valid Florida Product Approval information or signed and sealed details by a professional engineer who is registered in the State of Florida for each product listed on the affidavit.
  • Hold Harmless form

Basic Permit Application plus the following are requried to be uploaded to the Online Permit Application Portal .

  • Digital copy of completed Product Approval Affidavit form.
  • Digital drawing of the location, openings numbered and marked with the size and type of window/door to be installed (see sample drawing here).
  • Window and Door Buck Affidavit form must be on-site at the final inspection.

Basic Permit Application plus the following:

  • Digital copy of the property survey showing the location of the proposed work to include all dimensions, to scale
  • Digital plans showing location and type of pavement, how deep, size measurements and wire mesh or fiber mesh, and psi of concrete. 
  • A CITY USE PERMIT may be required if the driveway goes through the City right-of-way.
  • Hold Harmless form

Basic Building Application plus the following:

  • Digital riser diagrams OR
  • Digital electrical wire drawing OR
  • Digital load calculations for adding circuits to an existing panel.
  • For solar - all of the above plus a digital set to include engineer drawings of the attachment points with wind loads and spec sheets for all equipment to be used including racking system.
  • For solar panel removal for re-roof permits please submit a solar permit/basic building permit and a request for use of digital plans from solar install.  Engineered letter required for final approval.  

Fence Permit Application plus the following:

  • Hold Harmless form
  • Digital copy of the property survey, to scale, marked showing the proposed fence location. Each section must show linear feet and/or gates.
  • Type (chain link, wood, block, etc), total length and height along with number and width of any gates must be in the description field of the application. 
  • City of West Melbourne fence code can be found here.

Gas Line Permit Application plus the following:

  • Digital copy of the property survey showing
    • distance from home and property line
    • approximate location of gas line

Mechanical Permit Application plus the following are requried to be uploaded to the Online Permit Application Portal .

  • Digital copy of AHRI for residential and commercial projects.
  • Digital set of installation instructions for tie-down for commercial projects.
  • Digital drawing of duct layout, if applicable.

New Residential Permit Application plus the following: 

  • Digital copy of a plot plan drawing showing the lot size, the location and size of the mobile home being placed on the lot, and the distance between this mobile home and abutting mobile homes. 
  • A letter is required from the Mobile Home Park authorizing placement of the mobile home. 
  • A Brevard County impact fee may be required. 
  • Indicate tie-down method. 

New Commercial Building plus the following: 

  • Digital set of plans.
  • Digital set of engineer drawings.
  • Digital product approval affidavit.

New Residential Building plus the following: 

  • Digital set of plans.
  • Digital set of energy calculations.
  • Digital set of engineered drawings.
  • Digital product approval affidavit.

Outdoor Sales Application plus the following:

  • Digital copy of Site plan showing tent placement.
  • Digital copy of Certificate of Flame Resistance.
  • Digital copy of floor plan.

Basic Building Application plus the following:

  • Digital drawing of new water lines.
  • Digital copy of product details for the water heater.
  • Two (2) sets of plans for the pool heater

Update to Re-Roof Inspections:

  • City dry-in inspections will resume on February 1, 2024.
  • As of February 20, 2024 - if no dry-in inspection was scheduled and inspected by the Building Department, an engineer's letter will be required.


Roof Permit Application , recorded NOC, plus the following are requried to be uploaded to the Online Permit Application Portal .

**We no longer accept re-roof permits via email.
**Re-Roof permit is required if replacing over 10 percent of the roof.
**No shingles can be installed prior to a dry-in inspection.


Basic Permit Application plus the following:

  • Digital copy of the property survey, to scale, showing the proposed size and location of the structure.
  • Digital copy of construction drawings showing method of construction. 
  • ALL construction is required to be done by a licensed contractor and the drawings submitted must be signed and sealed by an engineer or architect.

Basic Building Permit Application plus the following:

  • Digital survey marked with the location of the shed with distance from property lines clearly marked.
  • Digital copy of product approvals with installation instructions. 
  • Hold Harmless form

Swimming Pool Permit Application plus the following:

  • Digital copy of the property survey from at least foundation stage, showing the pool/spa location from all lot lines to the water’s edge and distances from any other structure drawn to scale on the survey and location of overhead power lines.
  • Digital copy of plans showing pool/spa size (length, depth, width), pool/spa specification and equipment list, pump connections, pump horsepower, electrical connections and GFI location, plumbing connections, and pool barrier detail. 
  • Digital copy of signed and sealed engineered drawings must be on file, showing tank construction and indicating compliance with the 2020 Florida Building Code Chapter 45.
  • Digital copy of Residential Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Safety Act
  • Swimming Pool Requirements

If property is adjacent to a Melbourne-Tillman water canal, a permit is required for temporary access of right of way use. You can find additional information, including permit application, for the Melbourne-Tillman Water Control District here: Melbourne-Tillman Permitting



 REDUCED COPIES OF SURVEYS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED - ALL SURVEYS MUST BE A FULL COPY TO SCALE.


Homeowners acting as owner-builder

When acting in the capacity of owner-builder, the owner is, in essence, a contractor. Therefore, the same requirements are necessary for construction permits:

  •  A completed owner-builder disclosure form.  
  • A completed permit application.
  • Proof of property ownership. This can be a copy of a warranty deed, current tax statement from the County Tax Assessor, or print-out from the Brevard County Property Appraisers website.
  • A completed Owner-Builder Disclosure form.
  • If the construction value exceeds $5,000, a recorded copy of the Notice of Commencement is required to be submitted prior to obtaining the first inspection. It is preferred to be dropped off with the permit application, or at the latest, when picking up the permit. 

Any of the following that is applicable to the type of work being completed

  • Energy calculations are required for new construction and additions only. Forms can be prepared by an air conditioning company or an insulation company.
  • When applicable, attach a copy of any variance that will apply to this application/construction, or a copy of Architectural Review Board (A.R.B.) approval.
  • Digital set of building plans, drawn to scale, on a minimum 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper. Plans are required to be sealed by an engineer or architect, stating compliance with Section 1609 of the 2023 Florida Building Code for 150 MPH wind speed.

plan requirements

  • Floor plan showing use of space, existing & proposed
  • Calculated total living area, garage area and patio areas where applicable
  • Wall sections including framing materials and spacing
  • Roof framing layout and overhang including material, spacing, and uplift sealed by the truss company or engineer of record.
  • Electrical layout showing any new outlets and fixture locations
  • Smoke detector locations - required inside and outside of each bedroom. ARC fault protection required in each bedroom.
  • Location of GFI outlets as required by the 2011 NEC. 
  • New plumbing fixtures and connections to existing system
  • Any fixtures that will be gas
  • A/C duct layout
  • Window schedule showing window sizes and type, existing and proposed. Installation specifications, design pressures, and anchoring method.
  • Door schedule showing door sizes and type, existing and proposed.  Installation specifications, design pressures, and anchoring method.
  • Strength of concrete
  • Attic access location (22" x 30" minimum) if required

Work Not Requiring Permits

  • Any portable heating appliance;
  • Any portable ventilation equipment;
  • Any portable cooling unit;
  • Any steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this Code;
  • Replacement of any part which does not alter its approval or make it unsafe;
  • Any portable evaporative cooler;
  • Any self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 lb (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.
  • The installation, replacement, removal or metering of any load management control device.
  • Re-tiling work.

The City of West Melbourne Building Department accepts permit applications via email with digitally signed plans. If the plans are wet signed/sealed the permit application and plans must be dropped off or mailed to the Building Department.

Email Permit documents:

  1. Scan all submittal documents (signed/notarized permit applications, recorded notice of commencement, contract, surveys, etc.) that are required for your permit type into separate PDF files.
  2. Attach the documents to your email and send to buildingpermits@westmelbourne.gov. Please note that email attachments must be less than 10 MB in size. If files are large, please use our large file upload system by clicking here and emailed just the permit application.
  3. Upon approval of your permit you will be emailed with a permit number and the cost of the permit.  You can pay for the permit by by visiting: https://www.westmelbourne.gov\permitpayments
  4. Permits will be issued after payment has been made. We accept all major credit cards. There will a 3% processing fee for using a credit card.  Or, pick up at the Building Department and pay by credit/debit card, check or cash. 
  5. Permits can be picked up and signed for at the front counter of the Building Department, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDITIONAL APPLICATIONS


ADDITIONAL FORMS

Change of Contractor Request

Hold Harmless Form

Inspection Sequence Requirements

Notice of Commencement

Notice of Commencement Requirements

Owner-Builder Disclosure

Product Approval Affidavit Form

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