Fort Myers waives permit, inspection fees post-Irma
The City of Fort Myers issued a letter to business owners and residents announcing permit and inspection fees will be waived for a period in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
The letter from building official Brent Brewster reads as follows:
“As a result of damages sustained by hurricane Irma, the Community Development Department conducted a damage assessment survey of all private property throughout the City. Building codes as you know, are a vital part of a thriving community, not just to protect the public from buildings collapsing, or preventing electrical fires or protecting drinking water for health and sanitation, but to add to the overall quality of life and value of a community as it grows.
The City of Fort Myers Building Division and Code Enforcement Division staff are charged with two main duties to protect the public safety and property owners; through the issuance of building permits and the registration of licensed contractors. The Department registers contractors who are licensed according to Florida Statutes, prior to the issuing of building permits to any contractor. Staff verifies that contractors meet all the State liability insurance and workers compensation coverage to insure the public is protected by using properly licensed and insured contractors.
Please contact the Code Enforcement Division immediately at 239-321-7940 and report any unlicensed contractors attempting to do work on any structure.
The issuance of building permits involves the review of plans for commercial and residential construction and conducting inspections of the projects. This insures that buildings being altered or constructed are being built to the approved plans as well as to meet the Florida Building Code. The Building Code establishes the minimum requirements for construction addressing structural requirements, wind resistance, energy conservation, handicapped accessibility, fire safety as well as the electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems. The reviews and inspections are conducted by experienced personnel who have been approved, tested and are licensed by the State of Florida Building Code Administrators & Inspectors Board.
Hurricane Irma caused a tremendous amount of property damage. In light of that, the City Council passed a Resolution effective immediately waiving all permit fees and inspection fees related to damages sustained as a result of Hurricane Irma, as a post-disaster action to assist those in need of repairs to their properties for the next 60 days. However, waiving of the fees does not waive the requirement for permits and inspections.”