Florida Building Code
All states in the United States are required to have a building code put in place, so that all buildings and structures follow a basic safety outline. This is no exception for the Florida Building Code, although some of their guidelines are a little more stringent due to the fact that the state is located in an area where hurricanes are prevalent. Generally speaking, the Florida Building Code pertains to everything relating to structures in relation to fire, hazard, materials and devices, construction guidelines, plumbing infrastructure, and electrical systems, and much more. Like most building codes, the Florida Building Code has different guidelines for commercial buildings than it does for residential. This is because commercial buildings are built to hold a much larger capacity of people, and are also much larger, at least in most cases. In order to make changes to buildings, one must receive a license and/or permit. Without this permit, the changes are considered illegal and could result in large fines or worse, in some cases.
Many modern day builders want to use newer, more environmentally friendly building materials and processes. According to the Florida Building Code, any implementation of this kind of material must be approved before use. This is because some of the newer materials that eco-friendly have not been tested for safety and durability. Any building that serves or stores food must have a special food permit from the state of Florida. Major changes to any building must be approved and the proper permits obtained and displayed before work can be done. Some exceptions included in the Florida Building Code include portable heating and air cooling systems, the replacement of any part that will not affect safety, and other small items that will not affect the building’s structural makeup or the safety of its occupants at any given time.