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Building Permits for Modular Cleanrooms FAQ
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florida cleanroom systems 089   Commencing any type of cleanroom construction without required building permits, whether modular cleanrooms or  conventionally constructed cleanrooms, will always have the likelihood of disastrous consequences on final cost and completion of any cleanroom renovation to commercial properties or interiors. In our home state, Florida, building permits are always required for most commercial cleanroom renovations over $1000.00 in value. Nationwide we always suggest consulting your local building department officials before ordering or commencing any modular or conventional construction of cleanroom environments. 

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Why do I need a building permit this is " modular" construction?

2011 Florida Statutes, 553.79 Permits; applications; issuance; inspections.

   (1) After the effective date of the Florida Building Code adopted as herein provided, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or governmental entity to construct, erect, alter, modify, repair, or demolish any building within this state without first obtaining a permit therefor from the appropriate enforcing agency or from such persons as may, by appropriate resolution or regulation of the authorized state or local enforcing agency, be delegated authority to issue such permits, upon the payment of such reasonable fees adopted by the enforcing agency. The enforcing agency is empowered to revoke any such permit upon a determination by the agency that the construction, erection, alteration, modification, repair, or demolition of the building for which the permit was issued is in violation of, or not in conformity with, the provisions of the Florida Building Code. Installation, replacement, removal, or metering of any load management control device is exempt from and shall not be subject to the permit process and fees otherwise required by this section.

2011 Florida Statutes 553.36 Building Construction Standards.

“Manufactured building”, “modular building,” or “factory-built building” means a closed structure, building assembly, or system of subassemblies, which may include structural, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, or other service systems manufactured in manufacturing facilities for installation or erection as a finished building or as part of a finished building, which shall include, but not be limited to, residential, commercial, institutional, storage, and industrial structures. The term includes buildings not intended for human habitation such as lawn storage buildings and storage sheds manufactured and assembled offsite by a manufacturer certified in conformance with this part. This part does not apply to mobile homes.

Florida Building Code 104.11

   Alternative materials, design and methods of construction and equipment. The provisions of this code are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by this code, provided that any such alternative has been approved. An alternative material, design or method of construction shall be approved where the building official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code, and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety. When alternate life safety systems are designed, the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection Analysis and Design of Buildings, or other methods approved by the building official may be used. The building official shall require that sufficient evidence or proof be submitted to substantiate any claim made regarding the alternative.

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What documentation is required for a permit for a modular or conventional cleanroom?

   105.3 Application for permit. To obtain a permit, the applicant shall first file an application therefor in writing on a form furnished by the building department for that purpose. Permit application forms shall be in the format prescribed by a local administrative board, if applicable, and must comply with the requirements of Section 713.135(5) and (6), Florida Statutes .


    Each application shall be inscribed with the date of application, and the code in effect as of that date.  For a building permit for which an application is submitted prior to the effective date of the Florida Building Code, the state minimum building code in effect in the permitting jurisdiction on the date of the application governs the permitted work for the life of the permit and any extension granted to the permit.

   Documents requiring an engineer seal by this part shall not be valid unless a professional engineer who possesses a valid certificate of registration has signed, dated, and stamped such document as provided in Section 471.025, Florida Statutes

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How long does it take to obtain a building permit for a cleanroom?

 Depending on the size of the cleanroom and signed and sealed drawing required it may take 2 - 3 weeks for drawings to be prepared by an architect and engineers and submitted, then 3 - 4 weeks for the building department review phase.

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