Permit me a project

How not having a building permit will cost more than you think

This is a small post that will grow as more information becomes available.

Well, it has come to my attention that I just might need a permit.  Tan-tan-tan.  Also, I do not want to post all of this work for nothing either.  So my new stage of my adventure, which should have been the epilogue of it all, will be searching for my limits and permits needed in order to #1-finish the room outside, #2-work on some electrical projects, #3-continue with all my awesome plans for awesomeness for the house.

Where to start?

Your local government.  Permits are issued by the city and if where you live is an unincorporated part of the city then by county.  Permits are also liable to the laws and rules of each state.  Each state mandates how much work a homeowner can do without the permit.  Here in Florida, most work must have a permit.  that is not to say that some people are conducting without them.

I did some research online to see how to go about this.  Here are some of my results:

  • Information about unincorporated cities I found here at
    • This site was great to get my brain storming towards finding more information on permits
  • I live in Seminole County Florida in an unincorporated part of the city.  I found this information on
    • Here I found great information like:common mistakes on plans, outdoor burning regulations, pre-power electrical inspections, requirements for change of use from residential to commercial, and the most important who need a permit and why.

So, now I have some investigation and paperwork to take care before I can move forward with any major repairs.

Always check with your local authorities about any permits needed before doing any repairs or renovations.  In not doing so you risk the chance to have your work stopped or removed until all proper permits are filed.


Have fun building!




About Zoe Brooks

I am a home owner with bad credit and low funds who needs to fix her house. Althought I have not studied construction, lawn and garden, electricity or plumbing, I still try my best to fix my issues quickly, safely, and permanently.

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