growth management department
Do I need a permit to install a new fence?
Yes - you will need to submit a permit application and three copies of your property's site plan or boundary survey indicating where the fence is being placed.
I need a permit to replace a fence?
The City of Altamonte Springs divides replacement fence work into the following two categories:
Maintenance/Repair - Which consists of the replacement of the wood or vinyl slats, wood or vinyl panels, chain link or horizontal cross braces of an existing fence. This type of work does not require a permit.
The elevation of the new slats or fence sections shall not exceed the height of the pre-existing fence. In areas where the fence abuts an existing right of way, the city would prefer that the smooth side of the fence face the right of way.
Replacement - Consists of the removal and/or replacement of the support poles of an existing fence. This type of work does require a permit be obtained from the Altamonte Springs Building/Fire Safety Division.
the application, you will need to
provide three copies of your
property's site plan or boundary
survey indicating where the fence is
I need a permit to have a garage
but signs must not be placed in
Do I need a permit for building construction work?
As a general rule, the Florida Building Code requires a permit for all electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and building construction work other than minor repairs. If you are unsure if a permit is requried, please contact the Building/Fire Safety Divison at 407-571-8433.
I need a permit to paint?
any type of work that would be
considered cosmetic (i.e. painting,
carpeting, replacement of cabinetry)
does not require a permit. Any work
that would change the structural
integrity of a building does
require a permit. (See Permit
Listing for a complete listing of
projects that require a permit)
*** Changes to exterior color of
buildings in the West Town Center or
Gateway Center areas do require the
pre-approval of the Development
Review Committee ***
Can a homeowner / Building owner
pull their own permit?
- however the homeowner / building
owner must also be the sole occupant
of the building. We strongly
recommend that a licensed contractor
be hired to pull the permit and
perform the work. Please see the
the website that will further
explain the legal responsibilities
of the homeowner/building owner
pulling their own permit. By state law, the Owner/Builder Disclosure Statement must be completed by all owners pulling their own permit.
long is a permit valid for?
permit will expire 6 months from
date of issue if no inspections are
called in for the project. In order
to reinstate a permit, a written
request must be directed to the
What codes have been adopted by the
City of Altamonte Springs is under
the 2010 Edition of the Florida
Building and Florida Fire Prevention
What are the requirements for the use and storage of grills in apartments and condominiums?
Please see Requirements for the Use and Storage of Grills and LP Cylinders in Apartments or Condominiums.
long does it take for a plan review?
depends on the size of the project
and the current workload of the
Building/Fire Safety Division.
However, our division attempts to complete commercial plan review within 10 -
15 working days. Residential
projects are normally done in 2 - 3
working days. If corrections are needed, comments are provided to the design professional, owner or contractor.
I start work on a project before my
plan is reviewed?
Yes - the City does offer an Early Start Permit to contractors for interior work only. Please contact the Building Division at 407-571-8433 for more information on the early start process.
a homeowner submit their own hand
possible that hand-drawn plans would
be accepted for a residential
project. However, they must comply
with the provisions of the Florida Building Code.
should I get an architect or
For residential projects, we would recommend that you do have your plan prepared by a regsitered Florida architect or engineer if the work is extensive. The assistance of a design professional can be invaluable in reducing your construction time, ensuring code compliance and reducing your overall costs. Most commercial projects will require an engineer or architect prepared plans.
What is the minimum windspeed design
in the City of Altamonte Springs?
Risk Category I Figure 1609C: 129MPH
Risk Category II Figure 1609A: 139MPH
Risk Category III and IV Figure 1609B: 149MPH
The wind-borne debris provisions are applicable for Risk Category III and IV structures.
As always, linear interpolation is allowed;
Windspeed design is determined by the risk factors per the Florida Building Code, Table 1604.5 and the 3 windmaps; 1609A, 1609B and 1609C.
Also, you may use the link provided: http://www.atcouncil.org/windspeed/
What does a contractor need to do in
order to pull a permit in Altamonte
contractor must present a copy of a
Florida issued state license, a copy
of a local occupational license and
proof of workers compensation
coverage, or proof of workers comp.
exemption. This information is
entered into our database and as
long as the information remains
current, permits can be pulled.
There is no charge to the contractor
for this service.
Where do I call to get an
call the Building / Fire Safety
Division administrative staff at:
407-571-8433. Inspections are taken
between the hours of 7:30am and
4:00pm for the following day. Please
be sure to have your permit number
ready to give the staff person!
How do I know the
work done by a contractor has been
permitted construction work must be
inspected by the City. It is the
responsibility of your contractor to
ensure that finals are called in and
pass inspection. Contractors that
fail to do so can be reported to the
Department of Business and
Professional Regulation. You can
also check with the DBPR to ensure
that the contractor you hire is
properly licensed. (Please see our
page for additional
guidance in dealing with