NFPA ISSUES FIRE SAFETY WARNINGS ON HOVER BOARDS
December 16, 2015 – Citing media coverage of several recent fire incidents, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today issued a series of safety tips urging hover board owners to read product guidelines and be aware of potential fire hazards when using these trendy devices. If you are considering purchasing a hover board, please see NFPA's hover board safety tips.
CITY OFFICES CLOSED JANUARY 18, 2016
The Building Inspection Department will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016, for Martin Luther King's Birthday and will re-open at our normal time on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Inspection requests taken on Friday, January 15, 2016, will be performed on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
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.)