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IMPORTANT NOTICE OF REOPENING

The Community Development Department, Building Division, and Fire Safety Division are OPEN to Walk-In Visitors effective Monday, January 4th, 2021. While the improvements to our front counters are now complete, we urge caution as you proceed through our lobby area as Building Division renovations remain ongoing. Please take advantage of our drop-off, electronic permitting, and phone-based services to avoid delays and help us practice safe social distancing. We thank you for your cooperation.

If you have questions about SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS, to receive the PROPER APPLICATION, or for ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, contact the Department at (772) 226-1260.

Electronic Permit Filing

We urge the public to download e-applications, attach plans electronically in 11" x 17" format (maximum), and submit those applications by email to BuildingSupportSpecialist@ircgov.com.  Please FAX a credit card authorization form for fee payment (Building Department Permits only, FAX number (772)770-5333) or drop off payment at the locked payment drop box during normal lobby hours (8:00am – 5:00pm) to process payment.  Some permits, such as Air Conditioner Permits, are available completely on-line. Please visit the Building Division permits and applications page to download permits and for more detailed permit instructions.

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Report Unlicensed Activity
County Contractor Licensing Investigator: 772-226-1960
State of Florida Unlicensed Activity Hotline: 1-866-532-1440
State of Florida Unlicensed Activity website, complaint forms, and information
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Notices


The 2020 7th Edition Florida Building Codes, including the 2017 National Electrical Code, are effective at midnight December 31, 2020.

All projects and permit applications submitted after that date and time must comply with the new codes. Here are links to some of the significant code changes:

Analysis of Changes to the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code


 

2019: Priority-Driven Inspection Scheduling for BRCOM Permits

All permits applied for on or after January 1, 2019 will be subject to priority-driven inspection scheduling. More 2019 BRCOM Inspection Scheduling Information

FBC Energy Conservation Code Section R501.7 as it relates to Replacement Windows
Effective immediately, this office will be enforcing the requirements of Florida Building Code Energy Conservation Code section R507.1 as concluded by The Florida Building Commission in the subject DEC statement. The requirements of DS 2018-072 do not exempt renovated buildings. See FBC Energy Conservation Code section R101.4.2. More DS 2018-072 Information

Statement of Function
It is the responsibility of the County Building Division to enforce the Florida Building Codes required by the state and adopted by the County. The Division has jurisdiction within and serves the unincorporated county and the City of Vero Beach. The Florida Building Code covers all types of construction and includes provisions relating to plumbing, electrical, mechanical, building, and other activities, as well as Florida Accessibility Code and Florida Energy Code provisions. Enforcement involves reviewing building plans; issuing construction, repair, and demolition permits; conducting inspections; and conducting activities related to code compliance, contractor licensing, unlicensed and unpermitted activities. The Building Division is also responsible for enforcing the portions of the Indian River County Code relating to the condemnation of substandard and unsafe buildings by reason of dilapidation, obsolescence, abandonment, vandalism, inadequate and unsafe egress, and damage due to fire or accidents.

Business Hours
BUILDING DIVISION
Phone: 772- 226-1260
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
INSPECTIONS
Phone: 772- 226-1260
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am– 4:00 pm
(Friday morning meeting 7:30-9:30)
PLANS EXAMINER
Phone: 772-226-1275
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Notice: Due to current overall workload there will be a limit of 10 permits accepted per day from any one applicant/company. There is a reduced staff level from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily due to County Administrative policy which requires staff to take their assigned lunch break during these hours.

2019/2020 Goals and Objectives

  • Continue organizational training program to provide redundancy in all procedural requirements.
  • Promote consumer protection by reducing and preventing unlicensed and unpermitted constructionactivity.
  • Continue providing in-house training for staff during bi-weekly meetings.
  • Maintain a customer friendly environment through excellent communication, high integrity, andprofessionalism in the office and in the field.
  • Continue educational program for licensed/certified staff by selecting and funding participation inrelevant courses.
  • Review all permit applications in a timely manner; improve permit experience for customers.
  • Conduct timely field inspections.
  • Continue to implement clear, concise written policies and procedures.
  • Promote a "team", "can do", and "how can we help" attitude and atmosphere.
  • Increase Contractor Licensing staff in-field hours to protect the general public and consumers fromunlicensed activity.
  • Continue implementing on-line and electronic permit and plan review systems and easy-to-accessinformation for customer convenience.
  • Conduct ride-a-long and audit inspections of both staff and supplemental inspectors promotingconsistency.
  • Continue looking into the use of drones for specialty roof and other type inspections.
  • Meet implementation date of July 1, 2020 for new Building Division permitting, inspection, reporting,licensing, electronic permitting, and electronic plan review systems in order to provide better customer service through simplified use, enhanced features, better tracking and additional features.
  • Implement a modern permit software for improved workflow that has a public use interphase, with aJuly 1, 2020 "go live" goal.
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