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 Permitting Extensions, Renewals and Refunds

Permit Extensions

An extension of a building permit may be granted. The extension will begin on the expiration date of the building permit. The filing fee for applying for an extension is included in the fee schedule. Prior to the expiration date, the applicant must submit in writing a notarized request for the extension stating the reason for the delay.

The cause for delay can be due to unavailability of construction supplies or material, a delay in delivery of construction supplies or materials due to fire, weather conditions, civil commotion or strike. Increased costs of building materials or supplies or financial hardship shall not be considered as cause for continuation of the building permit.

Permit Renewals

A building permit becomes null and void unless a valid inspection is called for within six months from the issue date. Building permits become void if the work described thereon has not been completed within one year from the issue date.

In order to continue construction once a building permit becomes null and void or expires, the permittee shall reapply and obtain a new building permit covering the proposed construction prior to proceeding with construction. The permittee shall comply with all regulations in existence at the time application is made for the new building permit. Permit fees shall be calculated by a percentage of work not yet completed by inspection. A fee shall be charged for copies of construction plans.

How to Apply for a Refund

To apply for a refund submit a notarized letter requesting the refund along with the original permit. The refund shall only be released to the property owner. If the property owner wishes to release the refund to someone else, a written, notarized statement will be required from the property owner. Only eligible fees may be refunded.

The information may be submitted in person to any permitting specialist at the Tavares office. Locations are listed below. The request may also be mailed.

How to Cancel a Permit

To cancel a permit submit a signed, notarized letter that includes the building permit number, requesting the building permit to be canceled. Only the property owner or contractor may cancel a permit. This can be submitted in person to any permitting specialist in the Tavares office at the location listed below or by mail.

Mailing Address
Lake County Office of Building Services
PO Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778-7800
Tavares Office
Administration Building, fifth floor
315 W. Main St.
Tavares, FL 32778
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