EMPLOYEE RECOGNIZED FOR TERRIFIC SERVICE
On April 17, 2016, John Freeland, Building Official for the City of Gainesville, received an E-mail message from Trish Bond recognizing the service and professionalism recently provided to her and her husband by Kara Paulson, one of our Customer Service Support Specialists. We appreciate Mrs. Bond sharing her experience with us and wish her and her husband the best of luck in their endeavors.
TIS THE SEASON (TO RETIRE)
While the weather hasn't totally acknowledged it yet, it is Spring. While many of us still have to work, our thoughts begin to swing toward outdoor recreational activities, and we envy those who have joined the status of "retired" and are able to enjoy this wonderful time of year. Recent retirements include Nancy Testa, the former First Step Coordinator, and David Rovell-Rixx, our former Chief Plans Examiner. Adding to this list are our Plumbing/Fire Inspector Gene Stockman, who will be retiring on April 15th after 20 years with the city, and our Chief Mechanical/Fire Inspector John Martin, who will be retiring on April 30th after almost 22 years with the city. Please help us in congratulating all of our retirees on their retirement, and help us thank them for their fine work for the City of Gainesville.
BUILDING DEPARTMENT EFFORTS RECOGNIZED
On March 21, 2016, Building Official John Freeland received a letter from Jennifer Lyons of Trimark Properties recognizing the Building Departments efforts to provide quality service, even in the face of adverse conditions. We appreciate the ability to work with such quality companies as Trimark, and hope to continue to provide quality service.
NEW BUILDING CODE WENT INTO EFFECT ON JUNE 30, 2015
In accordance with Florida Statute 553.73(7)(a), the Fifth Edition of the Florida Building Code will go into effect on June 30, 2015. The Fifth Edition of the Florida Building Code is based on the Florida Specific version of the 2012 editions of The International Codes as published by the International Code Council (ICC), and the specific editions of referenced standards identified therein. More information concerning the adoption of the Fifth Edition of the Florida Building Code and access to a read-only version of the code is available on the Florida Building Commission's website.
NEW FIRE PREVENTION CODE WENT INTO EFFECT DECEMBER 31, 2014
In accordance with Florida Statute 633.202(1), the Fifth Edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code went into effect on December 31, 2014. The Fifth Edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code is based on the Florida Specific versions of the 2012 editions of NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code, and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, and the specific editions of referenced standards identified therein. More information concerning the adoption of the Fifth Edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code and access to a read-only version of the code is available on the State Fire Marshal's website.
LIMITED ON-LINE PERMITTING NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH CITIZEN ACCESS
Starting December 11, 2014, the Building Inspection Department will begin accepting some types of permit applications and payment on-line through our Citizen Access Portal. Contractors and property owners that have previously registered in-person with the Building Inspection Department as required by the Florida Statutes will be allowed to use this service to apply for permits that do not require a plan review. This includes some types of mechanical and electrical permits, as well as permits for garage doors, roofing, HVAC change outs, water heater replacements, plumbing re-piping, gas piping, and window and door replacements. Please note that this is an application for a permit and that the permit will not become active until it has been approved and issued by the Building Inspection Department. Please see the Online Permit Request and Payment Tutorial for more information.
ATTENTION CONTRACTORS AND HOMEOWNERS
The Gainesville Building Department has implemented our new ‘on-line’ internet Inspection program called CITIZEN ACCESS.
What is it? CITIZEN ACCESS is an internet web site where you can register with the City of Gainesville Building Department and request building inspections on-line. You will no longer have to come to the Building Department or call us. Everything you need to do to request an inspection will be available via internet at your convenience 24/7 .
Who can use it? If you have a computer, internet access and a business e-mail, contractor e-mail, or personal e-mail address, you will be able to use CITIZEN ACCESS.
How it works: Once you have applied and paid for a building permit and the work has been completed and is ready for inspection, you can go to the GRU CITIZEN ACCESS web site and request the inspection on-line. Your request will be automatically assigned to a Building Inspector. It’s as simple as that.
No more gas costs, drive time, phone calls or waiting. CITIZEN ACCESS will save you time and money.
(See the Citizen's Access tutorial on the Inspections page of our website for more information on how to register.)