UCF Building Code Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will the State Fire Marshal (SFM) still review plans and inspect buildings?
A: Yes. The SFM administers the Florida Fire Prevention Code, which is separate from the FBC. For a complete list of applicable codes for UCF construction, see our website www.ehs.ucf.edu
Q: What projects will require permits?
A: All construction, including all Alterations and Improvements (A&I's), must undergo the permit review process. This means that the Building & Fire Code Office will review the scope of work to determine if a permit is required. Most projects will require building permits, in addition to plan reviews and construction inspections. There will only be two exceptions to the permit requirement: Maintenance work and Non-building work. Maintenance work involves maintenance of existing building equipment or replacement of existing furnishings, if such work does not adversely affect life safety, or the performance of the building's structure and systems. Work such as painting, carpet replacement, mini-blind installation, signage replacement, light fixture replacement, ceiling grid repair is classified as maintenance and will typically not be required to pull a permit. Also, Non-building work, defined as projects occurring strictly outside a building envelope or structure, will not be required to pull a permit. This includes road paving, sidewalks, bicycle racks, parking lots and underground utilities located outside of the building envelope.
Q: How will the plan review, permit, and inspection process work? Who applies for the permit?
A: The architect or engineer of record (A/E) shall submit 3 sets of drawings and specifications to the Building & Fire Code Office. For projects that do not require sealed drawings (see question # 6 below), the project manager responsible for the design shall submit 3 sets of drawings. The Building & Fire Code Office will then respond with written comments, and once all comments are satisfactorily addressed, a written notice that the drawings and specs are approved will be sent. The general contractor (GC) responsible for the work must then apply for the building permit. No work shall commence until the permit has been issued. The GC is responsible for constructing the project to the FBC, in accordance with the approved plans and specs. The GC is also responsible for requesting the required inspections and for correcting any deficient work that is not the result of design error.
Q: What will permits cost? Who pays for the permit?
A: All projects (except those exempted per the Maintenance provisions-- see question # 3 above) will be charged permit fees necessary to conduct plans reviews and inspections of the work per the new FBC. This fee will be applied on a sliding scale to account for the varying labor that is required per the size of the project. Please see our Fee Curve on the website at www.ehs.ucf.edu. Remember that this cost is for building code administration per the FBC. It does not include SFM fees for fire code administration. The building permit fee is chargeable to the UCF department that is funding the project. All permit fees must be paid before a permit will be issued.
Q: When are signed and sealed drawings required?
A: Most campus construction projects with a construction cost less than $50,000 do not require an architect's seal. See F.S. 235.211 (4). Similarly, a professional engineer's seal is not required for mechanical, electrical, plumbing or HVAC projects when the total cost of the project is under $10,000. See F.S. 471.003 (2)(b)1. Also, signed and sealed drawings are not required for projects submitted by any electrical, plumbing, air-conditioning, or mechanical contractor whose practice includes the design and fabrication of electrical, plumbing, air-conditioning, or mechanical systems, respectively, which she or he installs by virtue of a license issued under chapter 489, under part I of chapter 553, or under any special act or ordinance when working on any construction project which:
- Requires an electrical or plumbing or air-conditioning and refrigeration system with a value of $50,000
- Requires an aggregate service capacity of 600 amperes (240 volts) or less on a residential electrical system or 800 amperes (240) volts) or less on a commercial or industrial electrical system;
- Requires a plumbing system with fewer than 250 fixture units; or
- Requires a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system not to exceed a 15-ton-per-system capacity, or if the project is designed to accommodate 100 or fewer persons. See 471.003 (2)(h).
A: Yes, it is one of the duties mandated by state statutes. Prior to issuance of the building permit, this office will verify each contractor's license number and expiration date. The following trades require licensing by the state: general, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, roofing, swimming pool, fire alarm, fire sprinkler, and certain underground contractors.
Q: What types of inspections will occur? Will they occur simultaneously with Fire Marshal inspections?
A: The FBC covers building (structural), plumbing, electrical, and mechanical provisions. Most new buildings, and most large-scale renovations, will involve all of these disciplines. Some A&I's may involve only one or two of these inspections. Generally, these building inspections will occur more frequently, and at different times, than the fire inspections.
Q: What qualifications will the inspectors posses?
A: All inspectors are required to be certified by the Department of Professional Regulation (DPR), or be a licensed architect, or registered professional engineer. In order for an individual to be licensed by the DPR, they must have a minimum of five years experience in their respective trade(s). The Building & Fire Code Office will only hire experienced and certified people to conduct the required inspections.