Step 2: Permit Submittal

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Step 2: What Type of Permit Do I Need?

Permits are required for most types of construction projects within the City of Kissimmee and are divided into ePermits and Traditional Permit submittal categories.  In either circumstance, plan review fees are due and payable at the time of permit application submittal.

Changes generated by the architect, engineer or property owner, which alters more than 25% of the design of a the structure currently under review, will be grounds for cancellation of the existing building permit.  A new permit must be issued along with a review fee.  Changes to approved plans will be reviewed at a rate of $80/hour with a minimum charge of $40.

Any unclaimed approved plans or failure to respond to review comments after 180 of notification will be considered abandoned.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The City Commission updated the building plan review, permit, inspection and registration fees.  Starting on February 17, 2016, all new submittals are subject to paying the updated fee(s).  For specifics, please refer to ordinance #2918.

ePermits   

ePermit Logo Website EnhancedThe City of Kissimmee Building Division is pleased to announce the unveiling of our new electronic building application program called ePermits.  This web-based program will transform our paper based building permit application process into an electronic/paperless process.  ePermits will increase review efficiency, allowing for reviews to be completed faster; reduce costs for both the City and its customers; and support green initiatives by eliminating the need to print and submit paper plans.

When an applicant (architect, engineer, home owner, business owner or agent) submits a building permit application requiring drawings and review fees, ePermits will invite the applicant's architect and/or agent by e-mail to upload the electronic drawings and all relevant documents into the ePermits software.  At this time to insure that all documents have been properly received, City review staff will then have simultaneous access to review the plans and note any corrections directly on the plans.  The applicant is notified of the necessary revisions and will be instructed to upload the corrected plans electronically.  When the plans are have been stamped for approval and all fees are paid, a permit is issued.  After final notice the applicant will be notified that the approved stamped plans may be downloaded.  The plans can then be printed by the applicant and must be on the job site used for construction of the project with subsequent inspections to follow.

ePermits Org Review Process

As of this time, all building permits may be submitted and processed through ePermits or via the City Building Division:

  • New Single Family - Construction of a single family dwelling unit, a townhouse or model with all the required plumbing, mechanical and electrical sub-permits.  Visit the Permit Submittals & Process page to gain more information about the various standards and processing steps.
  • New Multi-Family - Construction of an apartment (condominium) or triplex that has 3 or more family dwellings with all the required plumbing, mechanical, and electrical sub-permits.  Visit the Permit Submittals & Process page to gain more information about the various standards and processing steps.
  • New Commercial - Construction of any new commercial structure, modular or shell, and parking garage including all required plumbing, mechanical and electrical sub-permits.  Visit the Permit Submittals & Process page to gain more information about the various standards and processing steps.
  • Electrical - Installation of any new electrical wiring, meters or fixtures when work is not done in conjunction with a new structure. Electrical improvements such as addition, alteration, new service, repair, general electric, electrical meter/panel change out, low-voltage, and t-pole to any commercial, multi-family dwelling unit and single family dwelling unit. Types include elevators, exhaust fans, fixtures and outlets, floodlights over 30 amps, rated heat appliances, motors and generators, neon transformers and tubing, panel service, power transformers, ranges and ovens, refrigerator display cases, sign outlets, sub panel and meter, time clocks, washers, dryers, disposals, window HVAC outlet, x-ray and dental units.  Visit the Permit Submittals & Process page to gain more information about the various standards and processing steps.
  • Mechanical - Installation of any mechanical equipment such as air conditioner installation (HVAC – heating, ventilation & air conditioning) or change out, hood, heating, walk-in cooler, duct work, and refrigeration, and when work is not done in conjunction with a new structure or building addition.  Visit the Permit Submittals & Process page to gain more information about the various standards and processing steps.
  • Plumbing - Improvements such as addition, alteration, new service, repair, general plumbing, gas, irrigation, solar panel and grease trap to any commercial, multi-family dwelling unit and single family dwelling unit. Types include adding/replacing sewer drain and water lines; fixtures such as water heater, sink, tubs; gas outlets and appliances served; hose bibs; irrigation heads, vacuum breakers and backflow devices.  Visit the Permit Submittals & Process page to gain more information about the various standards and processing steps.
  • Miscellaneous Accessory Structure - Any exterior/interior alteration, interior build out, demolition, relocating a building, roof/re-roof/roof over, permanent and temporary signage, miscellaneous accessory structure or change of occupancy to an existing single family dwelling unit, multi-family dwelling unit or commercial building. Such accessory structures include may include but not limited to awning; charity drop box/recycling collection container; communication tower; construction/sales trailer; dumpster enclosure; fence/wall; foundation; handicapped ramp; pool, hot tub, Jacuzzi, spa; screen room/enclosure; shed; slab with footer; slab without footer; solar panel; shutters and above/below ground tank.  Visit the Permit Submittals & Process page to gain more information about the various standards and processing steps.
  • Site Development & Tree - The debrushing and tree removal when not done in conjunction with a site construction project; the debrushing, grading, excavating, filling and installation of utilities of land after site construction plans have been approved; the early preparation of debrushing, grading, excavating, and filling only on special occasions prior to site construction approval; or request to remove a tree.  Visit the Permit Submittals & Process page to gain more information about the various standards and processing steps.
  • Fire Protection - Installation of sprinklers, fire suppression systems, alarms, underground fire mains and issuance of burn permits.  Visit the Permit Submittals & Process page to gain more information about the various standards and processing steps.

To get started, please review the ePermits Applicant User's Guide to obtain a basic step-by-step overview of the process or to review Frequently Asked Questions.  For assistance, please e-mail us at ePermitHelp@kissimmee.org or contact us at 407.518.2130.

If you wish to submit via the traditional method by providing hard copy paper permit and plans, you may do so by visiting the City Building Division.

As with most permits, once construction has started inspections are required to ensure that the permitted work complies with applicable code requirements. To find out more information or to schedule an inspection, please proceed to Step 3:  Inspections webpage.

Please Note:  When a permit is obtained it often requires a contractor to be registered and licensed.  To learn more about contractor requirements please visit the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation website.  If you are a contractor and you are required to register with the City of Kissimmee, please click HERE

For more information or to check the status of a submitted permit, please contact the Building Division at 407.518.2379 or stop by the office located in Suite 120 of Kissimmee City Hall.

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Projects that DO NOT require a permit

  • Air Conditioning Window Unit: Unit in existing opening with existing electrical
  • Appliance Replacement: Excluding hot water heater
  • Bath Tub - Condominiums & Apartments: Permit needed for 2nd floor and above
  • Bath Tub - Single Family & Duplex: Replace in existing location
  • Cabinets - Replace existing
  • Carpeting
  • Doors - Replace interior only
  • Driveway - Reseal existing on-site asphalt for single family/duplex - no striping (any work within the right-of-way requires Public Works & Engineering approval)
  • Drywall - Wall repair less than 4ft x 8ft
  • Electrical - Replacing existing light fixtures, fans, outlets, switch or cover plates with a similar approved product
  • Fence - Repair/replace for previously permitted fence up to 16ft (excluding pool barriers)
  • Gutters - Residential only
  • Painting
  • Plumbing - Stopping leaks, clearing drain stoppages, and replacing faucets provided such work does not involve or require the replacement /rearrangement of valves or pipes
  • Screen Room - Replace screening only
  • Siding - Repair area up to 32 sqft
  • Sink or Faucet - Replace existing using existing supply and drainage
  • Soffit or Fascia - Repair/replace up to 10ft (not including structural members)
  • Stucco - Repair finish up to 32 sqft
  • Water Closet - Replace in existing location
  • Window Glazing - Replace if less than $200
  • Window Repair - Repair if less than $200
  • Wood Deck - Repair up to 20 sqft
  • Typically, any minor non-structural repair less than $750

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