Building & Development Frequently Asked Questions

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Permitting

What Code are we under?

Current Codes

As of Permit Number 12030002 the following new codes will be in effect To view the current Florida Building Codes, please use the link provided below: http://www.floridabuilding.org

  1. 2017 Florida Fire Prevention. Sixth Edition
  2. 2017 Florida Building Code. Sixth Edition
    • A. Building
    • B. Existing Building
    • C. Residential
  3. 2017 Florida Building Code / Fuel Gas.Sixth  Edition
  4. 2017 Florida Building Code / Mechanical.
    Sixth  Edition
  5. 2017 Energy Conservation. Sixth  Edition
  6. 2014 National Electric Code.
  7. 2017 Florida Building Code / Plumbing.Sixth  Edition
  8. 2002-01 Building Construction Administrative Code Ordinance.
  9. 2017 Florida Building Code Accessibility.
    Sixth  Edition

Why should I use a Licensed Contractor?

Any person who is not licensed and registered with the Construction Industry Licensing Board is working illegally. In addition, the State Attorney General's Office has stated that contracts made with an unlicensed contractor are not enforceable under law. Another reason is the license provides some protection to the owner from being charged for work and materials not provided or paying twice for them (material suppliers and sub-contractors can place a lien on your home if they do not receive payment from your contractor). There are also trade licenses for those persons doing other work to provide some assurance that they have adequate knowledge and training in those fields.

Why do I need inspections?

Inspections are required at various stages of the project to see that the work is following the approved plans and codes. There is no additional charge for the inspections; they have been paid for with the permit fees.

Do I have to have a license to do work on my own home?

No. A homeowner who owns and occupies a 1 or 2 family dwelling can do their own construction work, as long as they can demonstrate that they are knowledgeable of the code requirements of concern. You may not use or hire unlicensed people to help you or to do the work for you.

What if I have a permit and do not call for inspections?

Permits expire after 180 days if no required inspections have been approved. In order for a project to be complete, it must pass final inspection(s), fees paid, and have all holds released.

What type of license/permit do I need for Mobile Food Vending?

Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicles or Hot Dog Carts require licensure by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations, Division of Hotels and Restaurants.

They can be reached online or by phone:

www.myflorida.license

Choose: Apply for license

  • Hotels and Restaurants
  • Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle or Hot Dog Cart

or call Customer Contact Center at (850) 487-1395

Manatee County only has jurisdiction over the unincorporated area of the county and does not issue vending permits or licenses however, we do require the following regulations be adhered to:

  • a. Must be located on active commercial property with the approval of the property owner, cannot block any drive aisles or parking spaces.
  • b. Cannot be located in the County Right-of-Way.
  • Note: Permanent power supply will reclassify use from Mobile Food Dispensing to Restaurant and will require Final Site Plan approval.

Planning and Zoning

If the information you are seeking is not shown please contact the Reviewer on Call team at (941) 748-4501 ext. 6871 or send an email to the reviewer on call.

You may also come in to see us at the Zoning Counter at 1112 Manatee Avenue West, 4th floor, Suite 408. The Reviewer on Call Team handles all questions regarding zoning, land use and development in the unincorporated areas of Manatee County.

Where can I find the zoning for my property?

Zoning can be found using our GIS mapping system

When the map loads in the box titled live maps layer visibility place a check mark in the box next to Zoning/DRI for current zoning.

To find your future land use category place a check mark in the box next to Comprehensive Planning.

Database can be searched using, property identification number, owner's name or property address.

Property Identification numbers can be obtained using the following link:

http://www.manateepao.com/ManateeFL/search/commonsearch.aspx?mode=owner

What are the building setbacks for my property?

First you must determine the zoning district where the property is located.

If your property is located in a standard zoning district setbacks can be found in the Land Development Code Chapter 4 see Table 4-3 Village Districts, Table 4-4 Agricultural and Residential Districts, Table 4-5 Mobile Home Districts, Table 4-6 Office, Commercial, Industrial  and Extraction Districts.  Use the following link to access the Manatee County Land Development Code: https://www.municode.com/library/fl/manatee_county/codes/land_development_code

If your zoning is PDR (Planned Development Residential) setbacks can be found by contacting the Reviewer on Call at 941-749-3070.

 

 

How are my setbacks determined?

Setbacks are measured from the property line into the interior of the lot where the structure or building will be placed. Please note, structures cannot be placed in any easements or buffers.

Can I have a business in my home?

Manatee County Land Development Code does allow some home occupations without any approvals with the following limitations:

The home cannot take on the appearance of a business, there cannot be any outdoor storage or display of merchandise.

There cannot be any retail or wholesale transactions.

No assembly, processing or fabrication operations are allowed.

No signs advertising the business are allowed.

The business can occupy no more than 25% of the home or two hundred (200) square feet of the first floor, whichever is less, exclusive of an open porch, attached garage or similar accessory uses.

No traffic should be generated in greater volume than normally expected in a residential neighborhood.

Please contact the Reviewer on Call at 941-748-4501 ext 6871 or send email to revieweroncall@mymanatee.org to see if your proposed business meets the aforementioned conditions.

I would like to subdivide my property, what is the process?

If you are dividing your property in lots of less than five acres, a subdivision plat will be required when the third lot from the parent parcel* is created or a street is created for access. (*Parent Parcel is the property in its original configuration that has not been divided since May 4, 1981).

All lots created must meet the zoning district regulations for the zoning district where the property is located.

If the property is in a platted subdivision, recorded with the Clerk of Courts you must submit an application to replat.

Please contact the Reviewer on call at 941-748-4501 ext 6871 or send email to revieweroncall@mymanatee.org to start the process for subdivision plat approval.

How do I apply for a retail alcohol beverage license?

Manatee County is only a signatory agent for retail alcohol beverage licenses, to apply for the license you must contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation https://www.myfloridalicense.com. We will review the state license for zoning compliance, the review fee is $50.00

What uses are allowed on my commercially zoned property?

I'm ready to begin development, what is my next step?

The first step in the development process is to schedule a *pre-application conference. To schedule please follow these Pre-Application Meeting Instructions. A conceptual plan is required.

*pre-application conference is an informational meeting that is used to discuss the process and the code requirements before submission of the land use application for obtaining approval of the proposed development

Where can I find a copy of my platted subdivision?

Platted subdivisions are recorded with the Manatee County Clerk of Court www.manateeclerk.com

What are my setbacks for a Residential Pool and Screened Pool Enclosure?

Setbacks for swimming pools and screened pool enclosures are five (5) feet from the side and rear property lines, however no pool or pool cage shall encroach in any easements or drainage swales.

How do I obtain a written Administrative Determination regarding land use for my property?

An Administrative Determination is a written request seeking answers to questions you may have regarding a particular use, which does not clearly fall under the definition of one (1) of the uses specified in this Code, is not clearly allowed in the zoning district, is substantially similar to one (1) of the permitted uses, Special Permit, or Administrative Permit uses allowed in the district and therefore should be allowed as such. The Planning Director shall issue a letter of interpretation (Administrative Determination) which will addressed the questions you have submitted to the Building and Development Services Department.

Log on to Manatee County Government Online Services: https://aca3.accela.com/manatee/ to obtain a written Administrative Determination requesting the information relating to your property or land use issue. The fee for the Administrative Determination is $600.00.

For instructions, please review the Administrative Determination and Zoning Verification Requests.

How do I obtain a written Zoning Verification Letter?

Log on to Manatee County Government Online Services: https://aca3.accela.com/manatee/ to obtain written verification of your property zoning designation relating to your property. The fee for the Zoning Verification is $300.00.

For instructions, please review the Administrative Determination and Zoning Verification Requests.

What are the regulations for putting a fence on my property?

Regulations according to the Land Development Code Section 511.6 of the Manatee County Land Development Code

https://www.municode.com/library/fl/manatee_county/codes/land_development_code?nodeId=CH5STACSPUSST

Miscellaneous Questions and other FAQs

Please see the below list for more specific FAQs within our department.

Do I need a permit to remove a tree from my residential property?

Tree removal permits are not required under the following conditions;

1. Trees located on any single family, manufactured home subdivision, manufactured home park, or duplex as long as the tree is not located in any areas under common ownership within the parks or subdivisions.

2. Any tree located on land zoned and utilized for agricultural or mining purposes, provided that the removal, replacement, relocation or destruction solely occurs in conjunction with the use of the premises for agricultural or mining activities and not in anticipation of development. All clearing is subject to County, State and Local rules protecting wetlands and other restricted habitat.

3. Any trees located in a subdivision development, or other project which has received County approval, provided the removal, replacement, relocation or destruction of trees are specifically shown on the approved site plan (projects under development with site plan approval).

4. Trees and plants grown by a licensed plant or tree nursery or tree farm provided that the trees and plants are planted on the licensee's premises for the sale or intended sale to the general public in the ordinary course of business.

5. All trees which have been destroyed or substantially damaged by hurricane or other natural calamity or act of God. (tree must be so damaged that it would require unreasonable costs to save it or it would be a hazard to human life or property).

6. Unprotected species such as Paper Mulberry, Austrailian Pine, Ear, Punk, Chinaberry, Brazillian Pepper, Citrus, Camphor, Carrotwood, Laurel Fig, Catclaw Mimosa, Chinese Tallow and Indian Rosewood, (this does not apply if the species was originally installed as part of the required landscaping for a project, then a permit will be required).

You can also visit Tree Removal and Replacement for more information.