The Building and Code Enforcement Department facilitates effective solutions for promoting the safety, health and welfare of the citizens of the City of Venice. It administers code enforcement in relation to violations of the city's code of ordinances and provides permitting and inspection needs to residents, contractors and developers.
Permit information, inspection scheduling and payment of fees are available using the city's new Online Permitting service.
The department also provides support for three boards appointed by the mayor with approval of city council:
Building permits are required to ensure protection of public health, safety and welfare as well as safety of emergency responders as they are affected by building construction, through structural strength, adequate egress facilities, sanitary equipment, light, ventilation and fire safety.
Plans and construction documents are reviewed for compliance with the current applicable codes and ordinances and are reviewed by Florida State Certified Plans Examiners. The plans review process is mandated by the Florida Building Code and can save an applicant time and money by identifying potential code violations.
The inspections function is an important aspect of the building departments operations. The city's state-certified inspectors observe construction projects for compliance with current applicable codes and ordinances. Specialized inspectors perform detailed review of various systems, such as the air conditioning, electrical wiring and plumbing.
Code Enforcement promotes community compliance with city municipal codes to enhance the quality of life and foster civic pride. Code Enforcement responds to citizens concerns involing zoning violations, overgrown lots or yards, inoperative vehicles, maintenance of structures, illegal signs and public nuisances.
DBPR launchs new mobile app for reporting unlicensed contracting
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation recently launched the “Report Unlicensed Activity” function within the DBPR Mobile app, giving consumers the ability to report unlicensed activity in real time.
According to a DBPR press release, the new function in the app is an addition to the department’s “Unlicensed Activity” annual media campaign and will give consumers another way to communicate directly with the department.
“When a person misrepresents themselves as having a professional license to do specialized work like an electrical contractor or roofer, we make every effort to ensure Florida families know how to get help in order to report the issue,” DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson said in the release.
Consumers can submit complaints of unlicensed activity with descriptions and pictures directly from mobile devices and the complaint information is sent to DBPR headquarters in close-to-real time. To learn more about reporting unlicensed activity using the app, DBPR offers consumers a "How-to Video". The DBPR Mobile app is free to download and is available on the iTunes and Google Play app stores.
Unlicensed activity can also be reported by calling the DBPR hotline for Florida callers: (866) 532-1440 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays).
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.