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New Edition of Florida Building Code in 2021 – Vesting Development Approvals under Old Code

On January 1, 2021, the 6th Edition of the Florida Building Code will be replaced with the 7th Edition. This will affect all regulated construction projects that have not been permitted by respective jurisdictions by December 31, 2020. 

If you have an existing development approval, but have not yet submitted for permitting, now is the time to do so in order to vest the plans under the 6th Edition. Cities and counties are handling the transition in several ways. Most jurisdictions require the permit application to be accepted and the building permit fee to be paid in full by December 31 in order to vest under the 6th Edition. The City of Clearwater Building Official, Kevin Garriott, has specifically indicated that the permit application date will determine the applicable code, and if "substantial design efforts" are shown under a previous code, consideration may be made on a case-by-case basis into 2021 as well. 

If you have not already received your approval, please immediately contact the construction services department in your jurisdiction to confirm how or whether your plans and permit can vest under the 6th Edition of the Florida Building Code:

City of St. Petersburg Construction Services & Permitting: 727.893.7231

City of Tampa Construction Services: 813.274.3100, Option 1

City of Clearwater Municipal Services: 727.562.4567

Pinellas County Building Services: 727.464.3888

Hillsborough County Center for Development Services: 813.272.5600

Pasco County Building Construction Services: 727.847.8127

Manatee County Building & Development Services: 941.748.4501, Ext. 3800 

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Jaime R. Maier Land Use and Real Estate Attorney Hill Ward Henderson

Jaime is an associate in the firm’s Land Use and Real Estate group. She serves clients from both the Tampa and Clearwater offices.

Jaime graduated in the top ten percent of her class at UCLA School of Law, and was elected for membership in the Order of the Coif. She was a six-time recipient of the Masin Family Academic Excellence Gold Award, which is awarded to students who achieve the highest grade in a competitive law school class. She received this award in Contracts, Constitutional Law, Taxation of Business Enterprises, Professional Responsibility, Business Bankruptcy, and...

Katherine E. Cole Land Use and Real Estate Lawyer Hill Ward Henderson

Katie is a Shareholder in the firm’s Land Use and Real Estate Group. Her practice primarily involves representing real estate owners in the development of commercial projects and residential subdivisions throughout Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Katie serves clients from the firm’s Clearwater office.

She handles development issues for clients including land use plan amendments, zoning map amendments, planned developments, local government site plan approvals, drafting development agreements, negotiating resolutions for Code Enforcement cases, environmental permitting at the local...

 Kamala E. Corbett  Land Use and Real Estate Lawyer Hill Ward Henderson

Kami is a Shareholder in the firm’s Land Use and Real Estate Group. 

She has extensive experience in the areas of land use, comprehensive planning, annexation, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI),  zoning , variances, tree removal permits, design exceptions, subdivisions, sign permitting, alcoholic beverage permitting, concurrency agreements, development agreements and all aspects of governmental permitting, including stormwater and environmental permitting.  In addition to her land use practice, Kami also has experience with matters relating to, real...