Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the
A. Plans submitted for
permitting will be reviewed using these codes. The City of Orlando Code is
available online by clicking here.
Q. How long will it take to
review my plans?
A. Our goal is to
complete a review cycle within twelve (12) working days for most commercial and
multi-family residential projects, but the actual time will vary dependent
on development activity. Our goal for detached one- and two-family
residential structures is within five (5) working days.
Q. When can I submit revisions?
A. Revisions can be
submitted after all disciplines have completed their review from the last
Q. Who can I call if I have a
A. Contact the plans
examiner in the discipline related to your question. Our Staff Directory
contains the phone numbers and email addresses for the Division.
Q. What is the status of my plan
A. You can obtain your
plan review status by calling “PROMPT”, our Interactive Voice Response
system at 407.246.4444 or by using our online services. For more information
on PROMPT, click here.
Q. When I call PROMPT to get the
status of my plan review, I don’t have enough time to enter my fax number. What
am I doing wrong?
A. Enter the number
without pausing as soon as you are prompted. It is not necessary to press
the # key after entering your fax number. Another tip is to use a land-based
telephone line. For more information on PROMPT,
Q. How many sets of plans do I
need to submit for permit application?
A. Four (4) sets of plans
are needed for commercial plan review including multi-family (three or more
attached dwellings) residential construction. Three (3) sets of plans are
needed for application for a Fire Permit. Four (4) sets* of plans are needed
for one- and two-family residential plan review.
* Note: One of the four sets of
plans is needed for recording by the Orange County Property Appraiser for
new one- and two-family homes.
Q. When do plans for Building
Permits need to be signed and sealed by a Florida registered architect or
A. Generally, for
commercial and multi-family construction, all plans must be signed and
sealed. For detached one- and two-family residential construction,
owner-occupied structures will need a licensed design professional or
contractor to submit plans for wind load calculations.
Q. How do I change the engineer
or architect of record?
A. Changing an engineer
or architect of record may be necessary during the development process. This
process is dictated by the state laws and rules governing the design
professionals. Please reference the appropriate Florida Statutes and Rules
pertaining to adoption of another design professional’s work.
Q. Do I need a site plan or
survey for residential or commercial plan review?
A. A dimensioned site
plan is generally required for residential and commercial plan review. A
survey can be used in place of a site plan. However, commercial and
multifamily residential plan reviews require the site plan (or survey) to be
signed and sealed by a licensed professional.
Q. Do interior alterations
require a site plan?
A. No, typically a site
plan is not required for an interior alteration, but a key indicator map and
legal description may be necessary to identify the area of work.
Q. How much will my permit cost?
A. Select commercial or
residential development for fee schedules as appropriate. Development fees
are due at the time of permit issuance. If your permit is ready for
issuance, you can also check the fees due by using our online services or
Q. Is there a plan submittal fee
or plan review fee for residential or commercial plan review?
A. Yes, 25% of the permit
Q. Does residential construction
need to meet the zoning setback requirements for the outside air conditioning
A. Yes, all new and
existing A/C units will need to meet the zoning setback requirements.
Q. Does the mechanical equipment
for commercial construction need to meet the wind load requirements?
A. Yes, mechanical
equipment must comply with Section 301.1 wind load requirements of the 2010
Florida Mechanical Code.
Q. How do I make application for
a foundation-only building permit?
A. Applications for
foundation-only building permits are prohibited unless approved for
submittal by the Building Official. Upon permission to submit for a
foundation-only permit, a special checklist will be provided.
Q. Do I need to include a fire
sprinkler and/or fire alarm plan with my building permit application?
A. Yes. Fire sprinkler
and fire alarm documents are required with the building permit application
per Florida Building Code, §106.3.5. If the scope of work for the fire
sprinkler system is less than 50 heads, a licensed fire contractor may
design the system, but the design must be included with the building permit
application. Similarly, if the cost of improvements for the fire alarm
system is $5000 or less, a licensed electrical or fire alarm contractor may
design the system.
Q. Do I have to submit plans for
all commercial A/C installation?
A. A repair/replace with
identical equipment is exempt from plans submittal and requires a permit
application only. All other commercial installations require four (4) sets
Q. Is a permit required when
replacing an existing sewer line?
A. Yes, a plumbing/sewer
connection permit is required. Click here for an application.
Q. Do I need a permit for
installation of a lawn irrigation system?
A. Yes, a
plumbing/irrigation permit is required. Click here for an application.
Q. What type of backflow
preventer is required for lawn irrigation systems?
A. The following backflow
preventers are approved:
Atmospheric type vacuum breaker
(must be installed 6 inches above highest
head with no valves located downstream).
Pressure type vacuum breaker
(must be installed 6 inches above highest head
and valves are permitted downstream).
Reduce pressure principle
backflow preventer (must be located 12 inches
Q. Do I need a permit to replace
my water heater?
A. Yes, a plumbing permit
is required for water heater replacement.