Building Permit Surcharge Fee ~ Effective October 1, 2010
Implemented by the Department of Community Affairs ~ Contact Person Ila Jones (850) 922-6091
Effective October 1, 2010, the method for assessing building surcharge fees will change from the current one-half cent per square foot to three (3) percent of permit fees associated with the enforcement of the Florida Building Code. Building departments will be required to collect a three (3) percent fee on all building permits, i.e. building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc. The minimum fee collected on any permit will be $4.00. If you should have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Building Department or Ila Jones at the number above or via email at Ila.Jones@dca.state.fl.us or the Department of Business and Professional Regulations at (850) 487-1395. Copies of this notice can be obtained from the Building Department or by visiting the Department of Community Affair's website at www.floridabuilding.org or DBPR's website at www.myfloridalicense.com.
For customers submitting documents to obtain permits for new construction or mobile home placement, it is now possible to obtain the driveway permit at the same time right at the Building Department! Follow the process below for applying for a driveway permit:
1. Complete the Madison County Public Works Application (available online)
2. Apply for an address for the property (vacant property) at the GIS/911 Addressing Office
3. Pay the necessary permit fees
- $50 - New Driveway Permit
- $15 - Existing Driveway Permit
4. Contact the Madison County Road Department for further instructions regarding driveway inspections, driveway installation, etc. at (850) 973-2156. The contact people are Jo Williams, Louise Jenkins, or Debbie Henderson; their office hours are Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For driveways located off of state-maintained roads, contact Sherry Craft at the Florida Department of Transportation at (850) 838-5800. Below is a listing of the state maintained roads:
- NE Colin Kelly Highway
- SR 6
- SR 145
- SR 14 (North of I-10)
- SR 53 (North of I-10)
- US 19
- US 90
- US 221
For further information regarding driveway permitting or to determine if a road is private, please contact Renee at the Building Department or the Madison County Road Department at (850) 973-2156.
New U.S. Department HUD Regulations - Effective October 2008
Effective October 15, 2008, all mobile / manufactured homes will be required to be placed on a foundation constructed on firm, undisturbed soil or fill compacted to at least 90 percent of its maximum relative density. A site-prep inspection is required by the Building Department determining where on the property the mobile home will be set up for permanent placement. For additional information on this change, please click on the attachment entitled Technical Advisory October 2008 shown below.
Code Changes - Effective March 2009
The following codes are used plan review, inspections, etc: 2010 Florida Building Code, 2010 Florida Building Code Residential, 2010 Florida Building Code Existing Building, 2010 Florida Building Code Energy Conservation, 2010 Florida Building Code Fuel Gas, Florida Building Code Fuel Gas, 2010 Florida Building Code Plumbing, 2010 Florida Building code Mechanical, 2010 Florida Building Code Test Protocols, 2012 Florida Accessibility Code, and 2008 National Electric Code.
These codes are available for review in the building department or can be accessed online at