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New Statewide Building Codes on the Books

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A massive rewrite of Florida's building codes took effect on June 30, but homeowners won't see much difference until Oct. 1, when the industry and local building officials must begin complying with the changes.

It's been seven years since lawmakers last took a detailed look at Florida building regulations. Those rules were put to the test last year when four hurricanes ravaged the state. In response, lawmakers decided to sift through the myriad regulations and codes that govern building and remodeling.

Much of the bill's 49 sections deal with making building code governance uniform throughout the state and compliant with federal regulations. The law also establishes statewide standards for building products and stricter penalties for unlicensed contractors.

The Florida Building Commission is scheduled to meet in late August to make changes to requirements for building products in light of problems presented by last year's intense storm season.

"There are a number of issues concerning water intrusion that were seen in Central Florida, which got hit by three storms," said Jack Glenn, of the Florida Home Builders Association. "There is a list of seven or eight things that will address those concerns."

Among the changes taking effect today, the law conforms Florida Building Code to International Building Code requirements.


About the Author

The Stuart News is a daily newspaper in Stuart, Fla. covering local news, sports, business, jobs, and community events. The Stuart News originated in 1913 as The Stuart Times, it was purchased by Scripps in 1965. It is part of the Treasure Coast Newspapers serving residents in five counties located along the Treasure Coast and The Gold Coast of southeast Florida.

 

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