City Offices to be Closed for Christmas and New Years Holidays
City offices will be closed on Monday, December 25th, and Tuesday, December 26th, in honor of the Christmas holiday. In order to schedule an inspection for Wednesday, December 27th, you will need to contact the Building Inspection Department on Friday, December 22nd, prior to 4:00 p.m. City offices will also be closed on Monday, January 1st, 2018, in honor of the New Years holiday. In order to schedule an inspection for Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018, you will need to contact the Building Inspection Department on Friday, December 29th, 2017, prior to 4:00 p.m. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.
New Codes to go into Effect December 31st, 2017
Effective December 31st, 2017, the State of Florida will begin enforcing the sixth edition of the Florida Building Code and the sixth edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code.
Cash Transactions to be Phased Out
During the month of October, we will begin the phase out of cash transactions. Checks and credit cards will continue to be accepted.
Plans Examiner Customer Walk-in Hours
To better assist our customers, Plans Examiners will have customer walk-in hours daily, Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please feel free to come in during that time to ask questions or discuss details about your projects.
Blower Door Test Update
Effective July 1, 2017, mandatory blower door testing for residential buildings or dwelling units will be required. This is a state mandated code provision and includes detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) as well as Group R-2, R-3 and R-4 buildings three stories or less in height above grade plane. Construction permitted before July 1, 2017 will not require blower door testing.
A written report of the results of the test shall be signed by the 3rd party conducting the test and provided to the Building Department. Testing shall be performed at any time after creation of all penetrations of the building thermal envelope.
The following 3rd party entities may perform the required blower door test.
F.S. 553.993 (5) “Energy auditor” means a trained and certified professional who conducts energy evaluations of an existing building and uses tools to identify the building’s current energy usage and the condition of the building and equipment.
F.S. 553.993 (7) “Energy rater” means an individual certified by a building energy-efficiency rating system to perform building energy-efficiency ratings for the building type and in the rating class for which the rater is certified.
F.S. 489.105(3)(f) “Class A air-conditioning contractor”
F.S. 489.105(3)(g) “Class B air-conditioning contractor”
F.S. 489.105(3)(i) “Mechanical contractor”
Envelope Leakage Test Reports are available in the Permit Forms section.
Electronic Plans Review is Available
As noted on our ePlan Review page, the City of Gainesville now has the ability to accept permit applications via Citizen Access, and to review plans electronically. The electronic permitting and plan review capability allows plans to be uploaded from anywhere, which will help in reducing the need to travel to the Thomas Center to apply for a permit or to deliver plans. The ePlan review system is anticipated to reduce paper, printing, fuel, storage, and disposal costs, and to improve turnaround times for permits requiring collaborative reviews. At this time, the use of the ePlan review system is the recommended method for submitting plans for permit review. As of May 1st, 2017, use of the ePlan review system will be required for all permit submittals. Please see our ePlan review page for information on the ePlan review system.