What happens if I don’t get a permit for work requiring a permit?

If work occurs without a permit, the permit fee is doubled, or in some cases tripled, and the work can be required to be disassembled so it can be inspected. In addition, there are some civil risks to a property owner. Most real estate contracts require disclosure of all modifications to a home, condominium or building and most buyers are now conducting public records requests to ensure that work has been completed with a permit. Failure to obtain a permit and final inspections may result in serious complications or exposure to liability when a property is sold.

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1. Do I need a permit for any type of building construction?
2. Do I need a permit to install a new fence?
3. Do I need a permit to replace a fence?
4. Do I need a permit to paint?
5. Can a homeowner/building owner pull their own permit?
6. How long is a permit valid for?
7. How much does a building permit cost?
8. What happens if I don’t get a permit for work requiring a permit?
9. What codes have been adopted by the City?
10. Are the Florida Building Code and Florida Fire Prevention Code online?
11. Has the City of Altamonte Springs adopted any technical amendments to the Florida Building/Fire Prevention Codes?
12. How long does it take for a plan review?
13. Can I start work on a project before my plan is reviewed?
14. Can a homeowner submit their own hand drawn plans for a residential project?
15. Is an architect or engineer required?
16. Do I need to provide a letter of approval from my Homeowner’s or Condominium Association with my building permit application?
17. What is the minimum wind speed design in the City of Altamonte Springs?
18. Are the wind-borne debris provisions of the Florida Building Code applicable in the City of Altamonte Springs?
19. What does a contractor need to do in order to pull a permit in Altamonte Springs?
20. Who do I call to get an inspection?
21. Can I pull a permit online?
22. What should I be aware of if I am hiring a contractor?
23. How do I file a complaint against a contractor?
24. Does the City of Altamonte Springs have a property maintenance code or have a process for handling landlord tenant disputes?