Florida Department of Education 
CONTACT PERSON NAME: Jonathon D.Hamrick PHONE: (850)487-1578 February 12, 2002 SUNCOM: 277-1578 DPBM No.: 02-75 MEMORANDUM TO: District School Superintendents and Educational Facilities Planners FROM: Wayne V. Pierson SUBJECT: Services Provided by Office of Educational Facilities This memo is in response to questions regarding services the Office of Educational Facilities and SMART Schools Clearinghouse will provide when the new Florida Building Code (FBC) is implemented. This office will continue to offer plan review services to school districts and community colleges upon their request. Plan reviews will follow the requirements of the new Florida Building Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code. In reviewing how your school district or community college will implement the FBC, keep in mind the requirements of Chapter 235, Florida Statutes, Educational Facilities, the Florida Building Code, and Chapter 468, Florida Statutes, licensing requirements. We also direct your attention to DBPM Memo 02-47 dated November 27, 2001, and the memo’s attachments that provided answers to several questions posed to the Florida Building Code Commission on how school districts and community colleges are to implement the Florida Building Code. The effective date of the Florida Building Code is now March 1, 2002. Until that time, all plans submitted for review fall under the requirements of the State Requirements for Educational Facilities. On March 1, 2002, all Phase III plans received for review, regardless of architectural contract date, will fall under the requirements of the Florida Building Code. School districts and community colleges are required to ensure that plans for construction meet the minimum requirements of the Florida Building Code. Chapter 468, Florida Statutes, requires plans to be reviewed for code compliance by individuals certified as plan reviewers by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Chapter 235.017(2), Florida Statutes, also requires that plans be reviewed by licensed architects and engineers. The Department will continue to provide these plan review services upon your request. When using the Department as your plan review entity, the issuance of a building permit can be accomplished in many different ways. If the school district or community college employs a building official, the Department can provide plan review services and the school district’s or community college’s building official can issue the building permit. If the school district or community college does not employ a building official, the Department will be able to issue the building permit. All details are yet to be worked out on how to apply to the Department for a building permit. Some of the anticipated changes include the submission of a permit application form, two copies of corrected Phase III documents with all required permit stamps from other agencies affixed to the documents (including, but not limited to: fire safety plan review, water management, Department of Health, Department of Transportation), a certified statement that all other required permits have been acquired, and a certified statement that all insurances required to be carried by the contractor(s) are current and have been verified. Upon review by the Department that all mandatories have been corrected and licenses have been verified, the Department will issue a permit for the project. One stamped set of documents and the permit will be returned to the school district or community college. The Department will not be conducting inspections nor issuing a Certificate of Occupancy. Please note that SREF Section 7(2)(g) and FBC Section 423(2)(g) require a certificate of occupancy for each project, and Section 106.1.2, FBC, indicates that only a building official can issue the certificate of occupancy. Even if you use the Department to issue building permits, the school district or community college is still required to employ a building official to issue your certificates of occupancy. If the board chooses to use local building department inspectors, Section 235.26(3), Florida Statutes, requires these individuals to be certified by the Department of Education to enforce the code. The Department will be able to issue annual maintenance permits to those districts that use the Department as their permitting office. These annual maintenance permits are subject to review by the Department to ensure compliance with the FBC. Annual maintenance permits can be revoked if a pattern of violations exists. To help your staff obtain the proper licenses as a building official, plan reviewer, or inspector, the date for application of limited licenses has been extended to March 1, 2003, or one year after the FBC becomes effective. Uniform Building Code Inspectors can continue performing their current functions as building officials, plan reviewers, and/or inspectors until their certification expires. WVP/nmi


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