Why does the City of Miami have a Building Code?

Buildings and structures are where people live, work and play. They must meet certain guidelines for construction. The City of Miami has adopted the International Building Code 2015 to safeguard the lives of people. Without the code, people would build a structure whichever way they wanted. The result could easily be disastrous. Examples of poor construction would be building a house without a proper foundation, incorrect electrical, plumbing or mechanical installation, or lack of smoke and fire alarms. Additionally, without proper safeguards, structures would be built over building lines, over utility easements and into the rights-of-way. What would happen if your house was built over the sanitary sewer main and the main needed repair? What would happen if your pool was built over the sanitary or storm sewer, and your contractor punched a hole in the line? Or, what if you were installing a foundation or pool over a gas line or buried electrical lines and the equipment damaged the lines? The results of doing so could be disastrous and cost people their lives. The building code ensures compliance with life-safety requirements and basic construction standards, which in turn safeguards the lives of people.

Show All Answers

1. Why does the City of Miami have a Building Code?
2. What permits are issued by the Community Development Office for the City of Miami?
3. Why does the City of Miami require Building Permits?
4. When is a building permit required?
5. When is a permit not required?
6. What are the benefits of a permit?
7. How long does it take to get a permit?
8. What information will I need when requesting a Building Permit?
9. Where is the Building Department located and what are the hours of business?
10. What building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical codes has the City of Miami adopted?
11. If I am a homeowner, may I do my own work?
12. Is a permit required for a roof?
13. How many site plans are required for a permit?
14. Is there a cost for the permit?
15. When do I pay for my permit and what forms of payment are accepted?
16. How long is a permit good for?
17. Where do I post my permit?
18. Do I need a foundation for a detached structure I am building or if I am adding on to an existing structure?
19. If I add on to my house, do I have to install smoke detectors?
20. Do I need a permit for decks and basement finishes?
21. When can I occupy my permitted home or business?
22. Why is a certificate of occupancy needed?
23. Can a portion of a building or structure be occupied prior to the completion of the entire building or structure?
24. What should be done with a certificate of occupancy once it is received?
25. Is a permit needed for signs?
26. Is a permit required for a fence or accessory building?
27. Is a permit required to replace an existing electric/gas water heater?