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2014 Florida Building Code:
The Florida Legislature has delayed the effective date of certain sections of the Florida Building Code, 5th edition until June 30, 2016. (http://laws.flrules.org/2015/222)
- The included sections are:
a. R402.4.1.2 of the Energy Volume relating to mandatory blower door testing for residential buildings;
b. 403.6.1 of the Building Volume requiring a second fire service access elevator; and
c. R303.4 of the Residential Volume requiring mechanical ventilation for residential buildings.
Local Competency License Renewal Ends 9/30/15
If you have a Local County Specialty Competency License or a Registered State License the DEADLINE for license renewal for the 15-17 cycle ENDS SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. Late fees will be charged after 9/30/2015. Contact the Building Department at 386-719-2023
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Certified State Licenses
Certified licenses are statewide; a certified license allows you to work as a contractor anywhere in Florida.
Registered State Licenses
Registered license are limited to certain local jurisdictions; a registered license only allows you to work in the cities or counties where you have a competency card.
NOTE: Contractors who hold an active Certified State or an active Registered State Building, General, or Residential Contractorâ€™s License in good standing with Columbia County, FL is NOT required to also have a Local County Specialty Competency License.
Local County Specialty Competency Licenses
Specialty Contractor shall mean anyone engaged in any of the following fields of work inside the jurisdiction of Columbia County, FL: mason, concrete finisher, painter, aluminum and vinyl siding contractor, insulation contractor, drywall contractor, stucco contractor, plaster contractor, glass contractor, garage door installer, floor covering contractor, ceramic tile contractor, cabinet installer, acoustical ceiling contractor, framing contractor, and metal building erector.
The Building Inspection Office
The Building Inspection Office is responsible for the examination of building plans and specifications to insure structural soundness and conformity with the adopted building codes and the issuance of building permits. The office is also responsible for the review of applications for mobile home permits. On site inspections are made at several different times during the building process to insure that construction or installation is in compliance with all adopted codes. The office also answers any code questions that may arise either by telephone or personal contact. The Building Department is also responsible for the licensing of contractors and specialty contractors within Columbia County; this is done through the Competency Advisory Board.
Request Inspection By PhoneBefore calling, please make sure you have ready:
- your permit number
- the inspection needed
- the date requested
For building permit inspection call 386-758-1008.
For after hours inspections call 386-758-1124.
NOTE: After hours inspections will be received the next business day, then scheduled for the following business day. Emergencies will be inspected as soon as possible.
Must give 24 hours notice
Septic Release needed for Permanent Power: Call 386-758-1058
Columbia County Competency Advisory BoardChairman - David Mangrum
These boards meets every fourth (4th) Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at
the Columbia County Administrative Office:
135 NE Hernando Ave Suite B-21
Building Zoning Department
Board of Adjustments and Planning and Zoning Meeting Documents
Now you can download meeting agendas and minutes directly from our site. To view a listing of current and previous months meetings, please click the link below.
Columbia County Board of Adjustment and Planning Zoning Board
| County Planner
| County Attorney
Planning and Zoning provides various services to the County which
entails providing technical, professional and administrative support to
various boards, Board of Adjustment, Planning and Zoning Board, Board of
County Commissioners and the general public. This department implements
and enforces the Columbia County Land Development Regulations, monitors
and updates the County's Comprehensive Plan.
The board meets every fourth (4th) Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Columbia County School Board Administrative complex:
327 West Duval Street
Lake City, Florida 32055