** New Permitting Regulation HB447 to be effective as of October 2019 allows open permits older than 6 years to be easily closed by county as long as there are NO safety hazards.
YES, YOU PROBABLY HAVE OLD OPEN PERMITS ON YOUR HOME. As a seller you will want to contact Seminole County (or Orange County) to close out permits. If you do this before you place your home on the market you will avoid extra costs and time that may be required to close out certain permits because you will be able to act as your own contractor, in most cases. You will have to appear in person at Seminole county permit office to sign off on a statement that states you are not selling your home for one year.
If you are already on the market here is how to close out your old permits:
Here is what you do:
Go to semionlecountyfl.gov and go to building permits.
Go to "lookup a building permit."
Click on the street address and you will be directed to put in your address.
Click on your property..(your neighbor's homes will also be in the display).
A summary of your permit status will come up...this is where it gets complicated. Some will be complete and some will not be marked complete. In some cases, all you need to do is call Seminole county and ask for the clerk to "click" on the permit to make it complete. You can click on any of the applications to find out the history of the permit.
If you find out that you will need to close out an old permit...ALWAYS ASK FOR A REISSUE OF THE PERMIT. IF YOU DON'T YOU WILL HAVE TO BRING THE OLD PERMIT UP TO CURRENT CODE AND BUILDING CODES CHANGE AS YEARS GO BY.
For more information call Seminole County Permit - 407-665-7050. firstname.lastname@example.org
The permit office is located at 1101 East First Street, Sanford, FL 32771 You have to walk around to the back of the building.
The process for Orange county is similar.