Building Recertification Program

The City Council recently passed Ordinance 5589 Building Recertification Program (watch the discussion below) at the August 24, 2021 meeting. The Ordinance increases building safety and revises current recertification policies and procedures. Buildings that are subject to recertification include:

  • Buildings 30 years and older
  • Buildings greater than 3 stories or 50 feet in height OR includes an assembly occupancy as defined in the Florida Building Code) that BOTH:
    • Is greater than 5,000 square feet, AND
    • Has an occupancy greater than 500 persons

*Single family homes and duplexes are excluded.

Currently, 242 buildings in the City meet the criteria for the new recertification program. Inspections for these buildings will be prioritized into four geographic zones starting with those on the barrier island and continuing west. City staff is proposing a four-year schedule to conduct inspections to evaluate the safety and structural integrity of each building.

Ordinance 5589 Building Recertification Zones Map

  • Zone 1 - The Barrier Island, east of the Intracoastal Waterway
  • Zone 2 - Intracoastal Waterway west to Dixie Highway
  • Zone 3 - Dixie Highway to west of I-95
  • Zone 4 - West of I-95

How it Works

  1. Buildings that meet the recertification requirements will be notified by the City at least a year before their recertification deadline.
  2. Once received, applicants must submit an engineering/inspection report that includes a structural and electrical report as well as any issues that are identified and actions that need to be taken to fix those problem areas.
  3. The City’s Building Official will review the inspection report and will determine if the report does or does not meet the requirements of the Ordinance.
    1. a. If the report DOES NOT meet the requirements – the applicant can submit corrections up to three times, with a 30-day window each time. If the report still DOES NOT meet the requirements, the applicant is referred to the Permitting and Construction Review Board for final determination.
    2. b. If the report DOES meet the requirements and deficiencies ARE found - the applicant has 30 days to submit a Repair Plan with a detailed proposed schedule to complete repairs and applications for any required permits. The Repair Plan will be subject to the review and approval of the Building Official.
    3. c. If the report DOES meet the requirements and there are no issues found, the building will be recertified.
  4. If the applicant fails to submit the required engineering/inspection report, the Repair Plan (where applicable) or fails to complete repairs with the Repair Plan, they will be subject to Code Enforcement violations and/or fines.
  5. After the initial recertification process, buildings are subject to be recertified every 10 years.

As this is a major, ongoing initiative, requirements within the Ordinance are subject to change.

If you should have any questions related specifically to a building within the City, please contact the property owner, management company or association board. Be sure to stay updated with any new information from the City by following us on social or signing up for the City Connection newsletter.

For questions regarding the new Ordinance, please contact 561-393-7935 or dfisher@myboca.us.