Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be my own builder?

In most circumstances you may act as your own contractor subject to statutory limitations. You will be required to read and sign an Owner/Builder Disclosure Statement.

How do I get a building permit?

You may obtain an application from the Citrus County Building Division that will explain in detail what is needed to secure a building permit. You can review the Residential Permitting Process and the Application Checklist which are extremely useful tools in making sure your application is complete.

What is a site plan?

A site plan must be drawn to scale, and shows all existing and proposed structures. Several other items must also be shown, and a list of these items can be found on our application checklist as well as in section 104.2.5 of the Citrus County Code.

How do I obtain copies of the codes enforced within Citrus County?

The three main codes enforced by the Building Division are the Florida Building Code, the National Electrical Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code.

The Florida Building Code can be accessed and viewed online via this link.  https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/FL

The National Electrical Code can be accessed here:  https://www.nfpa.org/NEC/About-the-NEC/Free-online-access-to-the-NEC-and-other-electrical-standards 

The Florida Fire Prevention Code can be viewed here:  https://www.myfloridacfo.com/division/sfm/BFP/FloridaFirePreventionCodePage.htm

If you wish to purchase hard copies of the codes, check out the Building Official’s Association of Florida (BOAF)
Here is their link:  https://boaf.site-ym.com/store/default.aspx?

What should I look for in hiring a contractor?

You must always be sure that the contractor you hire is licensed and has proper insurance. This information can be given over the phone by contacting the Building Division at 352-537-5310.

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How do I know what inspections I will be needing?

Inspection types will undoubtedly vary depending on what type of project you are doing. For an example of some inspection types, specifically for a single family dwelling, you can review our Inspection Guide Sheet.

What is the penalty for doing construction trades without a license?

The penalty ranges from a civil citation to an arrest and prosecution at the State Attorney's. A first offense violation is a 3rd degree misdemeanor. However, during a declared emergency the 1st offense violation is a felony.

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