Closing Expired Permits in Miami and Orlando
Expired Permits in Miami are a much more common code violation than you think. Miami building departments keep good records of Expired Building Permits on properties but don’t always notify the homeowners, leaving a last minute scramble to close the expired permit before any new building permits are issued. On occasion the building department’s system will not catch the expired permits and allow a new permit to be issued or a building department official may allow prior expired permits to be closed out with the work of a new permit but these cases are rare.
When a building permit expires it becomes a building code violation with the reasoning being that the work and site conditions were not properly inspected and can create unsafe conditions. We close hundreds of expired permits every year and from our experience these permits are left open for three typical reasons: 1) All rough inspections were passed but the contractor never called in the final inspection because there were disputes about payment between owner and contractor (and after a few years the contractor goes out of business). 2) The contractor fails an inspection and is rushed to finish the job so fails to do the repairs needed to pass inspection and just finishes the job on his own. Sometimes the property owner has knowledge of it and sometimes the contractor doesn’t inform the owner. 3) Time lags on due to issues and the property gets sold or is lost to the bank if it’s residential OR tenant moves out of the commercial property/ goes out of business and the landlord is unaware of the open permits.
Regardless of why the building permits expire, they can become major issues down the line. Some building departments in Miami can issue an Unsafe Structure bulding code violation and impose daily fines or liens on the property until the expired permits are closed out. Miami building departments can also put a block on the Contractor’s license until all the contractor’s expired permits have been closed out. In both cases the building department will work with the interested party in closing out permits and assuring safe conditions for the users and the public.
As Florida Registered Architects and Florida General Contractors we renew your permits, schedule remaing inspections, finish any incomplete work and revise your drawings when needed to reflect the true conditions of your project. Often times we are able to close out expired permits with As-Built Certificates that we are able to produce in-house and saves you time and destructive work on your project.
We typically begin our process of closing out expired permits by meeting with the building department to determine the last activity on your project and what’s left to complete it. Call us today at 305-222-7784 for a free site visit and consultation to find the fastest and most affordable solution to cure you expired permit building code violation or visit our website www.FixMyCodeViolation.com for more information.