Effective July 1, 2015 the Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014) will become effective. All permit applications and plans submitted on/or after that date must comply with this edition. To view the code online, visit http://codes.iccsafe.org/Florida.html or www.floridabuilding.org.
Effective October 1, 2014 the Martin County Building Department will no longer define the “Lowest Permitted Finished Floor Elevation” for new structures where a finished floor elevation has not already been previously defined by an approved final site plan, as has been the practice in the past.
Effective October 1, 2014 the design professional (Architect, Engineer, Surveyor, etc..) associated with the proposed construction project shall specify a finish floor elevation consistent with the applicable requirements of local, state and federal regulations regarding final finished floor elevations. The design professional shall account for the minimum benchmarks with respect to the adjacent road elevation(s) or specific flood zone (where applicable) in accordance with the current FEMA regulations as amended by the Martin County Land Development Regulations relative to flood protection and the applicable provisions of the Florida Building Code as well as any other external considerations.
Likewise the design professional shall provide a drainage plan as part of the permit application submittals to demonstrate compliance with the applicable provisions of the Martin County Land Development Regulations in order to assure that adjacent properties are not negatively impacted by storm water runoff. Such detail shall be provided when the existing property has been modified to a degree that could impact the adjacent properties.
It is the responsibility of the design professional(s) to assure that they have received the applicable approvals from other local, state and federal governing agencies and jurisdictions that may play a regulatory role in the final finish floor elevation as well as any storm water runoff/containment.
NOTICE: THE MARTIN COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT AND THE BUILDING PERMIT PROCESS IS ELECTRONIC AND PAPERLESS!!
The Martin County Building Department STRONGLY URGES all local Building Permit applicants to accomplish their submissions via digital/electronic media. For those submissions that require signed and sealed documents prepared by a Florida Licensed Architect, Engineer, Surveyor or Interior Designer pursuant to Florida Statutes, your design professionals SHOULD begin utilizing an approved software system (P.E.D.D.S. - Professionals Electronic Data Delivery System) available to them free of charge from the Florida Department of Transportation and compliant with the applicable Florida Statutes governing these Professionals. (See instructions below)
Submitting to the Building Department in this fashion will greatly increase the speed in which your permit is moved into the permit workflow which is an electronic and paperless process. Otherwise, the Building Department staff must convert your paper submittal(s) to a digital format which is a labor-intensive effort that must be accomplished by in-house staff in addition to their primary permitting roles, AS A SECONDARY SERVICE WE PROVIDE WHEN TIME PERMITS.