The Community Development Department is here to assist in providing the most professional service to our public. The Department processes building permit applications, Site Development plans, Future Land Amendments.
Building permits are required for the construction/renovation of most buildings and structures. Almost anything constructed on or attached to the ground or attached to something located on the ground is considered a structure, including fences, walls, antennas, and pools.
Other projects requiring a permit are accessory buildings (i.e., storage sheds, playhouses, etc.), roof repair/installation, airconditioner installation, and driveways.
If you are unsure of whether your project requires a building permit, before erecting or constructing anything on your property, you should first consult with Community Development Department at (863) 291-5748.
The concept / pre-application phase of the Site Development Plan review process allows the applicant to identify any significant issues that will affect the basic design and feasibility of the project.
Future land use designations indicate the intended use and development density for a particular area, while zoning districts specifically define allowable uses and contain the design and development guidelines for those intended uses.
In accordance with Section 713.13 (1) (h) of the Florida Statutes, a “Notice of Commencement” must be filed with the Clerk of the Court (County Records Division) prior to commencement of construction of a project, and a certified copy or affidavit attesting to the recording of the Notice of Commencement, must be posted at the jobsite. This notice contains detailed information about the project such as property owner, financial institution, jobsite address, contractor, etc., and protects the property owner’s title to the property.
As per Florida Statues 489.103, state law requires construction to be done by licensed contractors. You have applied for a permit under an exemption to that law. The exemption allows you, as the owner of your property, to act as your own contractor with certain restrictions even though you do not have a license.
The Community Development Department also performs lien searches for any property in the City of Lake Alfred. The search performed includes any outstanding debts to the City of Lake Alfred including fines imposed by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate as well as past due utility accounts.