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February 2017

A victory for our industry! The recommendation to implement  a 12 month moratorium on new gas stations, car washes, pawn shops and self – storage facilities in commercial zoning districts on US 41 from Palm St./Commercial Drive/US 41  – Price St./US 41 was thrown out.  There will be no moratorium, instead the commissioners voted unanimously to conduct a study of this corridor and provide incentives for specific types of development.

Tuesday BCC Meeting 2-24-17
BCC throws out ordinance to implement 12 month moratorium in E.Naples corridor.  Instead, BCC voted unanimously in favor of conducting a study and providing incentives for particular types of development.
Improved A/C checklist used for A/C change out permits is now posted on the county website.
Click here to also view form.
Collier County Updates: To view County Monthly Report for permit and inspections statistics – Click here
CBIA-County Builder Round Table meeting: Wednesday, 2/15, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at CBIA.  No cost to members but registration required by contacting nancy@cbia.net or calling her at 436-6100 (CBIA Members only).

CBIA-City of Naples Builder Round Table: Wednesday, 4/5/, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at CBIA.  No cost to members but registration required by contacting nancy@cbia.net or calling her at 436-6100 (CBIA Members only).


January 2017
CBIA-County Builder Round Table Notes Click here
CBIA-City of Naples Round Table notes – Click here 

2016

October 2016 

To view County Monthly Report for permit and inspections statistics – Click link:  http://www.colliergov.net/your-government/divisions-a-e/building-review/building-permits-reports

CBIA – County Monthly Builder Round Table- Click here for notes from our August and September CBIA-CCGM Builder Round Table Meetings.

All CBIA members are welcome to attend these monthly Builder Round Table Meetings – Next meeting is scheduled for October 19th at CBIA., 3:30-4:30 p.m.,

Collier County Updates- At the September 13th meeting, the Board completed their review of the 2015 Cycle 2 LDC amendments and approved Ordinance 2016-27. Both of these ordinances are available on the LDC website:  www.colliergov.net/approvedordinances

Collier County staff have created an Architectural and Site Design Standards Handbook which includes Frequently Asked Questions, explanations of the standards, common terms, and includes links and visual cues throughout the LDC text to improve usability. The Handbook can be found on the architectural standards websitewww.colliergov.net/architecturalstandards. 

September 2016

City of Naples
Quarterly Update from CBIA Government Affairs member, R Benson (A Vernon Allen)
Permitting is down year over year for the same period as last year.
o 41616 Applications – down 7%
o 99 Single Family Permits – down 15%
o 539 Multi-family permits-down 16%

The Building Department is working on online permitting, and is considering the CBIA recommendation and assistance with the process. The suggestion for uniformity would be to implement the same system as Collier County. This is in lieu of a “built from scratch” module to work with the current government system or another supplier. Our discussion was that although the Collier County system has issues, at least it is a consistent platform where the contractors would not need to learn an entirely new system and process for the different municipalities. R. Benson (A Vernon Allen and CBIA Government Affairs Committee member) is going to meet with City leaders next month to discuss further and assist with the timeline for implementation and report back.

Building Permits are slightly behind, but catching up. The Building Official is using his authority for early work letters to alleviate this, and contractors are suggested to contact him for assistance.

To view County Monthly Report for permit and inspections statistics: Click link: http://www.colliergov.net/your-government/divisions-a-e/building-review/building-permits-reports

August 2016

City of Naples Monthly Stats: Click here to see permits issued August 2016

City of Naples
Temporary construction fences for demos only will remain unchanged and permitted as a separate permit. All other temp fences will be included in the GC permit for the construction with a sub form required for the fence contractor. The fee will not change but will be included in the main permit. The plan showing the proposed temp fence shall be included on the construction site management plan. This is a policy intended to stream line the process by eliminating a separate permit submission and review for a temp fence. The GC can coordinate this work along with the fence inspection #269 as part of their construction. City ordinance requires a temp fence to be in place during construction, a stop work order may be issued should construction start without a temp fence installed and inspected. Click here for details.

PRIMARY ELECTIONS IMPORTANT DATE
August 24 – Last day voters can request a Vote by Mail Ballot.  Order one at:  www.CollierVotes.com or call (239) 252-VOTE (8683).
August 30 – Election Day.  Polls are open from 7am – 7 pm.
Click here for Map of CC Districts

July 2016

7/27/2016: NAHB Dues Increase 2017 – Resolution – Click here

Click here to see all District 2, 3 and 5 Candidate Responses to a CBIA Survey.

Florida Building Commission  Technical Advisory Committee – Building Codes Commission – See Full report here

Lunch & Learn

lunch & learn 

Identity Task Force Lunch & Learn Series for Businesses
Click here for dates and topics.

June 2016

06/29/2016: Builder Round Table Meeting Notes
Meeting of June 15, 2016

Builder Topics:

• Question was asked about fee reimbursement. Who is contact at County and How long does it generally take: Could take between 4 – 6 weeks. Contact is Magaly Bowman: MagalyBowman@colliergov.net
• Concerns with inability to see comments without log-in to inspectors’ review. Rich Long explained County is working on this issue and will let us know progress/when solved.
Stock Development piloted the new procedure for master permits…went very well and thanked the County. CBIA members who wish to use master permit process contact Rich Long and he can guide you through the process. RichardLong@colliergov.net
• How many hard copies of plans are currently required: 5 copies for commercial, 3 copies for residential, affidavits depending upon the issue (usually 2 copies)

Building Official/CCGM Topics:

• As of August 1st emails and faxes will no longer be accepted as the County will go to full electronic submittal.
• Affidavit for concealed fasteners on window and door retrofits or replacements. Looking for input from CBIA members to get ideas of acceptable statements and requirements. Email Jonathan Walsh with your comments/suggestions at JonathanWalsh@colliergov.net
• PLEPR – Portal change require customers to install the latest Version of Java on their computer to allow them to upload documents AND portal customers must clear their temporary internet files and cookies on their browser.
CC Building Official – Private Provider Meeting Notes and Resulting Updates
• Pre-issuance meetings will no longer need owner, see PP form change below
• Thresholds on when the pre-permit issuance meetings will be required.
o Residential – three stories and above OR greater than 5000 sq ft
o Commercial – New building OR total renovation OR tenant improvements greater than 3000 sq ft
• Private provider paperwork to be amended such that the owner checks off, initials, signs another portion to address pre-issuance meetings
• Private provider forms to be amended to include another form as a short cut to indicate that the accessory/sub permits are also covered under original PP package rather than having multiple PP packages for same owner and property
• Private provider forms to be adjusted to note usage of county inspection lists for revision to become PP for inspections
• Building staff has the approval of all private providers to check off “missing” inspections rather than reject package
• Submission of paperwork shall conform to digital signature rules. i.e. if emailed digital signature shall be provided, hard copies ink/raised seals
• Private providers to schedule within county system all inspections for the following day once approved
o Partials (structural) shall be at a minimum per floor or as outlined in pre-issuance meetings
o Multiple partials in a week’s period shall be called in at least once per week
• PP inspectors shall use and note line “partial” with notes when applicable.
• If partial inspections were performed a minimum one report for each floor shall state a final report as passed – all portions complete
• Paul D. of GFA to provide other jurisdiction data for review and consideration (this has been provided but not yet reviewed)
• It was agreed that notification by email of inspections to be performed can be emailed to chiefs, however not required to be scheduled until passed and report is on site
• Revisions shall be provided when deemed required (not each and every change but not all at end of project either)
• Reports shall be available onsite at all times (PP to make sure contractor is aware) not available will result in a non-passing notation within the system requiring inspection to be rescheduled.
• Complete package of all inspections shall be provided at end of project
• Private provider packages typically will not be considered the same day as drop off for CO’s please allow one to three days for processing

Enforcement actions for not following requirements (scheduling inspections, surveys, partial inspection, holding inspections until conditions are resolved, revisions, etc) will be incurred on contractor and may result in delays and contractor licensing concerns. Special thanks to CBIA member, Tatiana Gust for spearheading this effort with Jonathan Walsh.

06/22/16: How to Comply and Mitigate the Effects of the Overtime Rule
Filed in Codes and Regulations, Labor, Safety and Health on June 7, 2016 • 8 Comments

Despite strong opposition by NAHB and other leaders in the nation’s small business community, the Department of Labor (DOL) last month issued its final overtime rule, which will more than double the current overtime salary limit of $23,660 to $47,476.
Set to take effect on Dec. 1, the rule will have significant ramifications for many employers, including home building firms and non-profit organizations such as local and state HBAs.

NAHB has prepared an FAQ to help our members better understand and to comply with the rule. In addition, a webinar replay is now available to help you:
• Learn what employers need to know before Dec. 1.
• Find out which staff will be due overtime.
• Assist NAHB’s advocacy efforts on this issue.

Rule Meant to Help Workers Could Harm Them
Most small businesses, including the vast majority of home building companies, operate under tight margins. The huge spike in the overtime threshold could force many employers to convert salaried employees to hourly workers in order to remain solvent. Many employers will be forced to scale back on pay and benefits, as well as cut workers’ hours, in order to avoid overtime requirements and remain in business.
Though the rule is intended to help workers, many could wind up earning less money than they were making previously, and lose the workplace flexibility that comes with being a salaried employee. The rule will also reduce job-advancement opportunities and the hours of full-time construction supervisors, leading to construction delays, increased costs and less affordable housing options for consumers.
Under the new standard, the salary threshold will be indexed to inflation and adjusted every three years, forcing employers to go through this process on an ongoing basis.
NAHB continues to lead the effort to urge Congress to quickly pass the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (House bill H.R. 4773 and Senate bill S. 2707). The legislation would force the Department of Labor to withdraw this rule until it has considered the effects it would have on small businesses, consumers, workers and the economy.
A Bad Rule that Could have been Worse
The Department of Labor originally proposed to raise the annual salary level to $50,440 to determine if an employee can be exempt from overtime eligibility. NAHB lobbied intensely to get this level reduced and delayed, and in the end achieved a number of improvements in the final rule, including a relatively modest lower threshold of $47,476.
Crunching the numbers, NAHB economists estimate that raising the overtime salary threshold to $50,440 would allow more than 116,000 construction supervisors to become overtime-eligible under this rule. The final threshold of $47,476 impacts 97,213 supervisors.
The difference is significant. In a survey conducted by NAHB last summer, 27% of affected builders said they would respond to the change in the overtime threshold by raising the supervisor’s salary to the new threshold. Thus, an estimated 27% of the 97,213 supervisors would have their salaries raised to $47,476 instead of $50,440. This is a savings of $2,964 per worker, or $77.8 million in labor costs in 2017 because the rule does not take effect until Dec. 1.
For more information, contact NAHB’s Suzanne Beall at 800-368-5242 x8407

06/15/16: The Florida Supreme Court Continues its Assault on Florida’s Worker’s Compensation System
Click Here to read more.

City View Electronic Process Update:
PLEPR – Portal change require customers to install the latest Version of Java on their computer to allow them to upload documents AND portal customers must clear their temporary internet files and
cookies on their browser.

Electronic Plan Review Training
Collier County Growth Management
2800 North Horseshoe Drive
Naples, Florida 34104
Conference Room 610
Session Dates and Time
Monday, June 20, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Monday, June 20, 2016 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.to noon
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Thursday, June 30, 2016 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To ensure you have a reserved seat for one of the sessions, please RSVP by Friday, June 10, 2016 by contacting one of the Training Coordinators by email or phone:

Dianna Perryman:
diannadperryman@colliergov.net
phone: 239-252-2965 or
Danny Condomina:
dannycondomina@colliergov.net
phone: 239-252-6866.

06/01/16

 City of Naples Floodplain Building Requirements: Click here for link to document from Craig Mole, City Building Official.

05/18/16

CBIA-Development Services Task Force: Click here for notes of our May meeting.  
ATTENTION BUILDERS
  • Beginning Friday June 10th at 5:00pm thru midnight June 12th CityView EPR Planning goes live.  Customers will not be able to schedule inspections or upload documents via the portal and IVR system all weekend.
  • May 18th thru 20th(Wed.-Fri.) inspectors will be attending mandatory CEU seminars. Inspections scheduled these days will be reduced some.
  • CCGM has added 48 new inspection codes that will be put into the system this weekend (Click Here). 
  • This change affects smaller type permits and will not affect any permits that are already issued.
SAVE THE DATE: Politics in the Park
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
St. John the Evangelist Life Center
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The view summary of 2016 State Legislation affecting our industry. Click here

05/04/2016

CBIA-CCGM Builder Round Table: Each month, CBIA  Builders meet with our County Building Official (Jonathan Walsh),  CCGM Administrator (Jamie French) and Director of Pemits/Inspections (Rich Long).   
Our next meeting is scheduled for 3:30-4:30, Wednesday, May 18 at CBIA.  To register contact Nancy at 436-6100 or email Nancy@cbia.net.
To view notes of our April meeting. Click here 
 
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SAVE THE DATE
Politics in the Park
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
St. John the Evangelist Life Center,. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
 
The view summary of 2016 State Legislation affecting our industry. Click here

4/13/2016

CBIA has partnered with NABOR to hold candidate forums throughout Summer 2016 . See schedule below:

7/13: State Senate District 28, State Reps., Districts 80, 106
7/20: BCC, Districts 1, 3
7/27: BCC, District 5 and potentially District 2
8/3: Clerk of Courts
8/11: School Board, Districts 2 , 4

All Forums will be held from 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.at NABOR. CBIA member participation is critical to ensure our voice is heard!

3/16/2016

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners at the last BCC meeting voted unanimously to lower development-related application, processing review, inspection fees and engineering re-inspection fees. Commissioners also voted unanimously to hire an additional 16 full-time employees in the Growth Management Department to respond to increased customer demand.

Commissioners agreed to lower development-related application, processing review and inspection fees by 3.5 percent. They also agreed to a minor reduction to engineering re-inspection fees in order to be consistent with other inspection fees. The reduction will save about $401,000 annually.

The 16 new full-time positions approved by the commissioners will be funded with current user fee reserves, which require no additional fees and will have no impact on the general fund. CCGM will hire four senior building inspectors, a fire plans reviewer, a permitting supervisor, two planners, three planning technicians, a fiscal technician, a senior operations analyst, a site plans reviewer, a senior project manager and a planned unit development coordinator.

CBIA will partner with NABOR to hold candidate forums. Your participation will be critical as numerous races of importance to the construction industry are on this year’s ballot. As soon as we have identified dates/races for debate, we will notify members.

CBIA Government Affairs Committee is developing a short survey request which will be sent to county commission candidates. We anticipate the survey will be finalized by the end of March and be sent in mid-April. Responses will be collated and sent to all members before the primary.

Plans are underway for “Politics in the Park” with our biggest hurdle being location. We should have the date and location determined my mid-April. Interested in participating on our Politics in the Park Committee, contact kathy@cbia.net.

To access notes of our February CBIA-CCGM Builder Round Table CLICK HERE.

Next CBIA-CCGM Builder Round Table Meeting is scheduled for 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16th at CBIA. To register, contact nancy@cbia.net or contact her at 436-6100.

The City of Naples Building Department is implementing enhanced Customer Services for new Single family home construction that will mirror current services provided for all new commercial, multi-family and PUD single family construction. This new optional service will provide expedited review where the city will allow single trade corrections to be submitted during the review process (if approved by the Building Official), that do not significantly change the design (i.e.: riser diagrams, NOA’s, or other minor changes). Also included is a dedicated Inspection Team allowing the contractor to schedule an inspection by calling or texting directly the inspector they need for a time specific inspection, and single trade revisions reviewed and approved on site eliminating the need to submit time consuming revisions.

This optional Customer Service Initiative (CSI Project) is currently being offered without any additional permit fees. This new service will initially be offered for new home construction +/-5,500 sf and larger under A/C. When we have a better understanding of the quantity of CSI project customers in relation to CSI program budgeted funding (2015/2016: $160,000) the City may lower the S.F. requirement. To service these projects the City is adding (next week) a new structural plans examiner/inspector to the staff, and with City Council approval, the building department will have 5 outside engineering firms (private providers) that are under contract for 5 years to use on an as needed basis to provide required inspection and plan review services above and beyond the capability of current staffing.

Inspection Teams will include City inspectors along with the outside approved firms inspectors. According to the City Building Official, Craig Mole, this team approach has been successfully implemented on a number of current CSI projects including Moorings Projects Phases 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the New Hyatt Hotel. This new plan to have Teams of Government and Private Staffing will provide the best customer service possible.

The Department’s Plan is to continually expand this program in the next few years to include all multi-family addition and alterations and smaller single family construction. When fully implemented this new initiative will change the way the City Building Department services permits.

The goal of this initiative is to include the Building Department as part of a Team and work together with customers to decrease the length of time needed for construction which will reduce the impact on City residents. Contractors are asked to contact Building Official, Craig Mole CMole@naplesgov.com directly if they would like to take advantage of this new program for one of their projects.

2016

CityView Electronic Plan Review Training

The Collier County Growth Management Department will be holding training classes for the new CityView Electronic Plan Review (EPR) process. With EPR, customers will have the ability to submit new Building Permit applications along with associated plans and documents directly into our existing CityView software.

We are encouraging your participation in this training opportunity. The training is available to all current SIRE users and potential future users. Effective April 1, 2016, all customers that are currently faxing or emailing permit applications to the Business Center will be required to either hand deliver, mail, or use the new EPR process.

The training sessions are limited to a maximum of 20 people per session, so we are requesting that you send no more than two representatives. The training session will cover application submission, corrections, revisions, and navigation. The location, times and dates are as follows:

Collier County Growth Management Department
2800 North Horseshoe Drive
Naples, Florida 34104
Conference Room 610

Session Dates and Times
March 2, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
March 3, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
March 7, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
March 8, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
March 9, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
March 11, 2016- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

To ensure you have a reserved seat for one of the sessions, please RSVP by Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by contacting one of the Training Coordinators by email or phone:

Dianna Perryman: diannadperryman@colliergov.net, phone: 239-252-2965 or
Danny Condomina: dannycondomina@colliergov.net, phone: 239-252-6866.

We are excited to offer this service and look forward to seeing you at the training sessions.

02/17/2016:Board of County Commissioners Affordable Workforce Housing Workshop-Date: 03/01/2016 9:00 AM
Location: Board of County Commissioners chambers, third floor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E.
Click Here for “Incentive Review Table Summary.” CBIA will speak against a proposed “Affordable Housing” Impact Fee. Please contact Kathy Curatolo with any questions, concerns, suggestions.

2016 Proposed Building Code Bill: HB 535 by Rep. Eagle and SB 704 by Sen. Hutson.

There are several changes in the bill, but key provisions that make this bill critical to pass are:

– Keeping Blower Door Testing and Mechanical Ventilation Testing as an Optional Process
– Returning the zero-lot line fire separation to the prior code standard
– Returning the fire wall standards to the prior code
– Providing an alternative performance-path methodology for home energy calculations;
– Beginning the planning for a 6- year code cycle
– Providing funding for non-binding interpretation of the fire code
– Creation of a construction industry workforce task group.

02/09/2016:  Collier County Submission of Plans Electronically

Building Review Home Page Link: http://www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=31

E-Permitting Information Page Link: http://www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=3238

E-Permitting User Guide Link: http://www.colliergov.net/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=63168

Training dates/times are in the process of being scheduled for early March. As soon as they are confirmed, CBIA will send a follow-up email.

01/27/2016: Electronic Permitting

The CCGM implementation preparation for electronic permitting will begin at 5PM on January 29, 2016 and conclude at 11PM on January 31, 2016. The CityView system, which also includes the IVR phone system and the Cityview Portal, will remain disabled from 5PM, Friday, January 29 until 11PM on Sunday, January 31, 2016. During this period, neither external nor internal users of the system will be able to access it for any purposes. To view notes from our January CBIA-County Builder Round Table Click Here

CBIA has convened a Development Services Task Force. At the first meeting, members of the group identified 17 areas for improvement. Any CBIA member interested in attending these meetings, please contact Kathy at 436-6100 or email: kathy@cbia.net. Click here to learn more.


01/20/2016

The Growth Management Division of Collier County is getting ready to roll out a new system called Electronic Plan Review (EPR) that will streamline the electronic plans submittal, electronic plans tracking, and electronic plans review processes.

The CCGM system will be unavailable for requesting inspections after 4:30 pm Fri. 1/29 thru 12 midnight Sun. 1/31. This really should not interrupt any job schedules or the ability to schedule inspections for Monday and Tuesday. Thank you for all of your support. What this means for inspections scheduling is all inspections needed for Mon. 2/1 will be requested thru CV Portal or IVR before 4:30 pm Fri. 1/29. This is the normal time frame, no change. Inspections needed for Tues. 2/2 will need to be requested on Mon. 2/1 before 4:30 pm.

The purpose of this notification is to inform all that the implementation of the new system will begin at 5PM on January 29, 2016 and conclude at 11PM on January 31, 2016.

Why is this notification important? The Cityview system, which also includes the IVR phone system and the Cityview Portal, will remain disabled from 5PM, Friday, January 29 until 11PM on Sunday, January 31, 2016. During this period, neither external nor internal users of the system will be able to access it for any purposes. If any changes in this plan are made, CCGM will inform CBIA.

Our President, Terry Kelly, spoke at the January 12, 2016 BCC meeting following a meeting scheduled with Nick Cassalanguida (Assistant County Manager), commercial contractors, Joanne Markiewicz (Director, County Procurement Services Division) and Crystal Kinzel (Director of Finance and Accounting, County Clerk’s Office). He spoke on behalf of commercial contractors supporting the recommendation for a vote by county commissioners to reaffirm the continued use of utilizing “lump sum,” “time and materials,” and “unit price.” Terry had been given a tentative time for this item on the agenda for late morning. He arrived at 10:30 a.m. and spoke at 6:00 p.m. Other aspects of this issue are to be addressed in the future; hopefully, to include the 5% above cost payment which is ludicrous.

Fire Sprinkler Pipe Inspection – The GNFD Fire and Life Safety Division requires welded sprinkler pipe inspections on the ground before the pipe is installed. Several fire sprinkler contractors have asked why we do this. One reason is, it is required by NFPA 24. Here is a picture of another reason. The slag inside the pipe on one project is large enough to obstruct the orifice opening of most sprinkler drops. This is from one system.

 01/06/2016

For the past two years, CBIA representatives have been working with the County, to update the Architectural and Site Design Standards. Dominic Amico (Agnoli, Barber & Brundage) and Kathy Curatolo (CBIA) have served on this BCC appointed committee.

The final draft amendment vetted and updated by the Architectural and Site Design Standards Ad Hoc committee can be obtained by calling CBIA, 436-6100.

The next step in the vetting process is a review by DSAC. At the October DSAC meeting, county staff will request that DSAC create a subcommittee to review the amendment to begin the public vetting process. Over the next few months, CBIA and the County will continue to keep you apprised on the proposed amendment.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments on the final draft, please contact Kathy Curatolo at CBIA (436-6100 or kathy@cbia.net).


2015

11/10/15 School Impact Fees: On behalf of our President, Terry Kelly, please see the message below:

The ordinance amending the School Impact Fee Schedule as recommended by CBIA, DSAC and numerous builders passed 4-1 at today’s Board of County Commission Meeting. The increase of $8517. will provide for a phase in over three years. The ordinance amendment passed with the initial phase-in scheduled to begin on February 8, 2016. The Tindale – Oliver study had recommended an increase of 11, 164.

Special thanks to our CBIA leadership, DSAC members and production builders for working collaboratively on this important issue!


 

10/27/15: Board of County Commissioners votes 3-2 to accept recommendation on lower increase in School Impact Fees.  Victory of 3-2 Vote by County Commissioners!! 

While CBIA has serious concerns about the chilling effect of any impact fee increase in the current economic environment, our leadership supported DSAC recommendations for an increase in school impact fees to $8,517, phased in equally over three years. The Tindale – Oliver Study on school impact fees recommended an increase of $11,164. Commisssioners Fiala, Hiller and Henning voted in favor; Commissioners Nance and Taylor voted against the recommendation.

President Terry Kelly, President – Elect Dave Dunnavant and CBIA Legislative Liaison, Patrick Neale spoke on behalf of CBIA. Past – President, Bill Varian, spoke on behalf of DSAC.


10/16/15 Update: The Estero Fire District voted to require fire sprinklers in all single – family homes. If you are getting ready to submit permits in Estero, if at all possible, get them in before November 15, 2015. CBIA is working with LBIA, FHBA and a group of our members in fighting this issue. We will keep members informed of our work as progress is made.

EFFECTIVE FOR NEW PERMITS ONLY: City of Naples Building Department Develops Procedure Enabling Permitting Agencies to Be Part of the Contractor Communication ProcessAt the request of one of our CBIA members, Tatiana Gust, the City of Naples Building Department has developed a procedure to add multiple recipients to an email in their system. If approved by the contractor, their permitting agency may receive all emails for an associated permit application.In order to do so, the City of Naples Building Department will need to set up a profile for your company in their system. The attached Customer Registration form will need to be completed by an authorized company representative, and the original form submitted to the the City of Naples Building Department. The department will then create (1) Customer Profile per company with one (1) contact email per company. The contractor must submit an original, signed, notarized letter, on his/her letterhead, for each permit he would like to copy the Private Provider. This letter will be submitted with the permit application and remain attached to that permit.This procedure will be effective for new permits only.

As requested by Naples City Council, the building department ask that contractors provide owner email addresses at time of permit application. This will allow the building department to provide enhanced communications with residents throughout the permitting process. 


Click here
 for Customer registration form.


10/7/15 Update:

 The Estero Fire District is proposing fire sprinklers in single-family homes.   LBIA and CBIA are working together to defeat this proposal.

We have speakers lined up but also need to fill the audience.   PLEASE CALL KATHY AT CBIA (436-6100) IF YOU ARE ABLE TO BE AT THE MEETING AND/OR BRING PEOPLE!

The hearing is scheduled on Tuesday, October 13th at 5:00 PM at the Estero Fire District 21500 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero.

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For the past two years, CBIA representatives have been working with the County, to update the Architectural and Site Design Standards.  Dominic Amico (Agnoli, Barber & Brundage) and Kathy Curatolo (CBIA) have served on this BCC appointed committee. 

The final draft amendment vetted and updated by the Architectural and Site Design Standards Ad Hoc committee and the proposed cross-references can be found by clicking here.

The next step in the vetting process is a review by DSAC.  At the October DSAC meeting, county staff will request that DSAC create a subcommittee to review the amendment to begin the public vetting process.  Over the next few months, CBIA and the County will continue to keep you apprised  on the proposed  amendment.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments on the final draft, please contact Kathy Curatolo at CBIA (436-6100 or kathy@cbia.net).


 

Architectural and Site Design Standards: 
(Commercial Builders)

This committee is nearing the final updated draft. If you are affected by architectural standards (commercial builders), please review the attached document and send any feedback you have to Kathy Curatolo (kathy@cbia.net) by September 9th.
Click here to see document

CBIA Builder Round Tables with County Building Inspector
(Commercial/Residential Builders, Sub-Contractors and Remodelers)
Chair: Tom Wegwert, GreenLeaf Homes

These monthly meetings are open to all CBIA members with a goal of providing a forum for ongoing, constructive dialogue with the Collier County Building Official and Collier County Growth Management Administration. Our next regularly scheduled meeting is Thursday, October 21 from 3:30-4:30. To register, contact nancy@cbia.net. These meetings provide an opportunity to ask individual questions and receive updated information from our County Building Official and/or feedback on proposed changes in the permit/inspections process.

The following information was presented by CC Building Official, Jonathan Walsh at our last meeting:
-Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014) – Energy Conservation Code Formal Interpretation – Click here
-Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014) Implementation – Click here
-Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014) New review requirements – Click here
-Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014) – Certificate of Occupancy/ Completion – Click here
Formal Interpretation
-Building Blocks “Draft” for input: To establish compliance with the construction of buildings and structures governed by the Florida Building Code (FBC) 5th Edition – Building and ASCE 24-14 – Flood Resistant Design and Construction. Click here

CBIA Builder Round Table with City of Naples Building Official:
(Commercial/Residential Builders, Sub-Contractors and Remodelers)
Chair: Greg Ulrich, KGT Remodeling

Our initial meeting was held on August 12th with an agreement to schedule quarterly meetings each year moving forward. The date for our next meeting is Wednesday, November 11 from 3:30-4:30. To register contact nancy@cbia.net. An announcement will be sent once date is finalized.

The following information of importance was shared at our 8/12 meeting:

City of Naples Building Department Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. , Monday – Thursday
8:00 – Noon, Fridays (closed Friday afternoons for processing)

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EFFECTIVE AS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

PERMITTING HOURS FOR FRIDAYS WILL RETURN TO NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:

PERMITTING HOURS
MONDAY-FRIDAY 8AM-4PM

OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY-FRIDAY 8AM-5PM

Craig Mole, Building Official
Ph: 239-213-5008
Cm@naplesgov.net

Thomas Tucker, Deputy Building Official
239-213-5047
Ttucker@naplesgov.com

City of Naples Projects Eligible for Expedited Review and Dedicated Inspection Team: Residential PUD, new commercial and new multi-family.
Commercial Building Permit Applications: must include a plan from the fire sprinkler contractor. NOA’s should also be included in the application for permit. Currently, City of Naples inspectors are calling contractors to let them know what they need in terms of NOA’s so there is no rejection. If products installed are different than approved plans new NOAs will be accepted on job site by inspectors if they meet code requirements. Provide 1 copy for inspector to take back to the department and City Building Department will scan into our system for that permit.

Architects applying for permits. The form will remain the same whether the architect or contractor is applying for a permit in the City of Naples. However, they need to be picked up by the contractor. Please call Craig Mole and let him know if an architect will be filing permit.

Online permitting: Slated to begin in June 2016 with smaller permits. Craig Mole will keep CBIA members posted as to this timeline and implementation. He will also work with CBIA to provide training to our members.

Early Permit Waiver for Remodeling: The City can issue an early permit waiver at no cost to contractor. This waiver enables contractor to work up to the 1st inspection. To apply for an early permit waiver, please call or email Craig Mole or Thomas Tucker.

Certified Notice of Commencement at Job Site: For any City of Naples construction work, certified copies of the notice must be posted at the job site. The City began enforcing this in June 2015.

Revisions: Call Craig Mole or Tom Tucker if you have revisions and they will try to expedite these. If there are revisions required before inspections, work on the project does not need to stop.

CBIA – CCGM Residential Task Force: (Residential Builders)
The team was made up of representatives from FrontDoor Communities, Minto Communities, PulteGroup, GreenLeaf Homes and numerous members from CCGM who met from May – August. Together we identified 27 areas for discussion and improvement. Please find a summary of accomplishments (residential builders) below:

-Separate electrical inspection for grounds @ slabs & footings: Beginning June 1, 2015, the requirements inspected under the 515 inspection are to be inspected under the 100 and 133 inspections. The 515 inspection code will no longer be used and the description of the 100 and 133 inspections has changed to:100 – Footings – to include the utility footing rebar (UFR), 133 – Monolithic Slab – to include the utility footing rebar (UFR)

-Re-inspections – Policy for Inspections Not Ready: This was discussed and determined by consensus among committee members that the fines will be administered as has been defined by the ordinance. Previously these fines were not charged. To review Structure and Fees see link below: (go to p.15,DD. Re-inspection) http://www.colliergov.net/modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=30053

-Upcoming features in CityView for anticipated implementation mid-September (CBIA will send a notice to members once we receive the date for implementation) will include:
1. Contractor ability to pull inspector daily list in the portal roll-out
2. Ability to receive text message(s) and/or email when inspector is on his/her way to a particular site.
3. Ability for contractors to opt- in or opt- out of receiving message
4. In viewing inspector schedules, the contractor will also see permit #, inspector phone # and status of inspections.
5. At the time of registration, contractors can list multiple contacts to receive inspection notification.

-CCGM is working on implementing electronic permitting and plans review for potential roll-out for summer 2016. Representatives from FrontDoor and Minto will work with Dr. Simon Cleveland (Senior Management Analyst, CCGM) and his team to beta test beginning this fall to assist in working out any glitches. Once testing is complete and a date has been set to go live training sessions will be provided for CBIA members. The system will also include the ability to pay by credit card.

-A clarification of what appears by some contractors as glass inspection duplication was provided by Jonathan Walsh. These are not actually duplicate inspections but required under the new 5th Edition Building Code. These inspections remain under 135-136 and a contractor can get a partial to continue working.

-If there are revisions to the plans when inspections are needed, contractor needs to call Chief Inspector to intervene and make the decision as to whether work can continue on the site. With any deviation from the plans, a “Letter of Clarification ” will need to be provided. CCGM folks requested that contractors get revisions in to them asap.

-One of the concerns shared was new team member training on the land development side as this is slowing down the plans review timeline. CBIA will work Matt McClain’s group to implement with the support/input from CBIA affected members.

-Engineering has staffed-up to cover lag-time in inspections of the 800’s. As of our last meeting, one more inspector has joined the engineering staff and things have been going smoothly.

-Staffing: With support of CBIA, CCGM has/will increase staff by 15. The goal is to bring turn-around time from average of 5 to 3 days. CCGM will also request an increase in Nova budget with the goal of turning over time-certain inspections to NOVA down the road. There are no increase in fees as a result of recommended staff/NOVA changes which were blessed via vote by the BCC.

-Inspection consolidation: CCGM has requested and BCC ok’d two multi-license professionals as was requested by RTF members. CCGM is currently advertising these positions. This should also assist in cutting inspections time when these folks are hired.

-Duplicate inspections building/fire: CBIA has reached out to NNFD and GNPD and they are willing to participate along with CCGM. Participation and meetings will begin in October.


All CBIA Contractor Members Encouraged to Attend! CityView Demonstration, 3:30-4:00 p.m., 8/27, CCGM, Rooms 609-6100, Presented by: CBIA-CCGM Residential Task Force
*Programming will go live in mid-September
Features include:
· Contractor ability to pull inspector daily list in the portal
· Contractor ability to opt- in or opt- out of receiving real-time messages from inspectors.
· Contractor will also see permit #, inspector phone # and status of inspections.
· At the time of registration, contractors can list multiple contacts to receive inspection
notifications.
*If you are unable to attend, please send someone from your company who works with daily inspector schedules.


LATEST LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – 07/23/15
(Additional details below under – CBIA ADVOCACY UPDATE – Collier County Government Affairs )

Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014) – Energy Conservation Code Formal Interpretation – Click here to read more.

For more information, go to: www.energycodes.gov/


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Collier County Growth Management Reports & information

Building Blocks
Building Blocks Click to view (Collier County is proud to offer Building Blocks developed by the director, Chief Building Official, and managers, in an effort to address questions regarding building review requirements)
Click here for latest Building Blocks

  • Recommended Procedures for the Electronic Submittal of Surveys for Building Permits – 08/15/15 – Click here
  • Collier County Building Blocks: Changes/clarifications to Permits and Inspections
  • Concrete Encased Electrode – (515) Electrical Inspection Code: Provides clarification of  installation requirements for concrete encased electrodes as part of the grounding electrode system for all buildings or structures when reinforcing steel is installed in the foundation or footing. – http://www.colliergov.net/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=53014
  • New Building Inspection Codes (4/1/14): Developed to streamline and simplify the plan review and inspection process, several new electrical & plumbing / mechanical inspection codes have been created http://www.colliergov.net/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=52944.
  • Private Provider Plans Review and Inspections (4/1/14): To establish guidelines when owners of proposed buildings or contractors elect plan review and/or inspections by private providers http://www.colliergov.net/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=13782

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CBIA ADVOCACY UPDATE – Collier County Government Affairs 

NOTICE 06/25/15

Click here to see listing all vacancies for the City of Naples’ Boards and Committees.

The 5th Edition of the Florida Building Codes which goes into effect June 30, 2015 .
Collier County Building Official provides memo to CBIA members to assist industry with a list of changes beginning June 30, 2015. Click here to read memo

  • Builders had requested Building Code Delay for Blower Door Testing, Mechanical Ventilation and High-rise Secondary Fire Elevators: The implementing bill (SB1232/HB915) ultimately  contained language delaying all three provisions until June 30, 2016.  The delay was tied to a budget item allocating up-to $35,000 to study the economic consequences of these three issues.  The provisions were passed by House and Senate and sent to Governor Scott for his signature.

 On June 23, the Governor signed the budget with a long list of vetoed items totaling over 460 million. 

 Unfortunately the study of the economic considerations of the three code provisions was vetoed. This action means the blower door testing, mechanical ventilation and secondary elevators for high rises will not be delayed for one year.

 However, thanks to the most recent action of the Building Commission in adopting the emergency rule, a 90 day delay will be in place.  The anticipated 90 day window is June 29  – September 28, 2015. 

Our members had also expressed concerns about a couple of other provisions of the code.

  • Stucco: One of the many provisions in the 2015 code, effective June 30, references ASTM 926, Standard Specifications for Application of Portland Cement-Based Plaster and contains new requirements specifying minimum curing times between stucco applications. These requirements appear to be in conflict.  FHBA will be seeking a declaratory statement resolving this issue and clarifying that the ASTM 926 standard can be used at the earliest possible opportunity at the August meeting of the Florida Building Commission.  Click here for memo for clarification.
  • Zero-Lot-Lines: The code requires certain fire resistant materials or sprinklers. These provisions dramatically impact those zero-lot-line communities which have already been platted.  CBIA has been working with our County Building Official to clarify exactly what is required.  The Florida Home Builders Association members will  meet during Southeast Building Conference (July 16-18 in Orlando)  to discuss a potential fix.  Click here for memo for clarification.  

NOTICE:  06/09/15
CBIA supports 15 new positions at Collier County Growth Management.  BCC supports unanimously at their 6/9/15 meeting.  These positions will be covered by current fees with no impact on the general public.  We anticipate improvement of permit/inspections time as a result. Click here for complete list of positions

NOTICE: 05/29/15
CBIA has developed a Joint Residential Permit/Inspections Task Force with CCGM. Specific Purpose: to look for means, methods or systems to create efficiency in the inspection process in order to better utilize the people and equipment assets the Department currently has in place. CBIA members include participants from FrontDoor Communities, GreenLeaf Homes, Minto Communities, PulteGroup.
Click here for RTF meeting notes
Click here for Addendum notes

NOTICE:  May 15, 2015:
Impact Fees: School Board Majority on 051215 voted unanimously to recommend School Impact Fees go back to 100%. School Impact Fee recommended increases and Study
Click here
for increase
Click here
for Tindale/Oliver Study

NOTICE: April 7, 2015:

Saturday Hours: CCGM is considering opening on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 11:a.m.  They would begin processing intake and over-the-counter permits.  They would like feedback from CBIA.  What are your thoughts?  Email Kathy@cbia.net with your thoughts and we’ll share them at our next Builder Round Table meeting with CCGM.

Interior Slab Work: For all existing permits with interior slab work only, a simple e-mail can be sent and CCGM will change the 103 to a 141 in the system and avoid the spot survey auto load.
When the change is made the contractor should make note of that on their permit job card so when they go to schedule the inspection they will need to use the 141 code and not the 103 that is on the card.
Change Request 85: Added new inspection type for Structural – 141 – Interior Slab Infill. This is used for interior slab infill and repairs that do not require a spot survey, which are currently under the 103 inspection code.

FEMA Affidavit Forms: SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT OR SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE
Remodeling licensed contractors were required to submit their contracts as with these forms. This language is being removed. Documents may be required if the improvements/renovations are close to the 50% mark only.

Also, CCGM is in the process of hiring 9 new inspectors and one administrative support positions  to meet current demands. Please note, on February 24, 2015, in order to be compliant with state statutes, the Board of County Commissioners renamed the divisions to departments. Please note two of the new names: Growth Management Department and Building Plan Review and Inspection Division. The website will be updated over the next month to reflect the new names.

NOTICE: March 6, 2015: Builder Round Table Sessions AFFECT Changes in CCGM Regulations.

Interior Slab Work
For all existing permits with interior slab work only, a simple e-mail can be sent and CCGM will change the 103 to a 141 in the system and avoid the spot survey auto load.
When the change is made the contractor should make note of that on their permit job card so when they go to schedule the inspection they will need to use the 141 code and not the 103 that is on the card.
Change Request 85: Added new inspection type for Structural – 141 – Interior Slab Infill. This is used for interior slab infill and repairs that do not require a spot survey, which are currently under the 103 inspection code.

FEMA Affidavit Forms: SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT OR SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE
Remodeling licensed contractors were required to submit their contracts as with these forms. This language is being removed. Documents may be required if the improvements/renovations are close to the 50% mark only.

NOTICE: February 25, 2015: CBIA supports increase of 10 new positions at Collier County Growth Management. The increased staffing will improve the levels of service by offering enhanced inspections support. These positions will be funded by the increase in construction and development here in Collier County, with no fee increases. CBIA will continue to work with our Collier County Growth Management division in collectively determining ways to improve the permit/inspections process on behalf of our members.

NOTICE: Meeting of 012715: BCC Agenda item 11.A. (see full text below) – passed unanimously a few minutes ago.
CBIA will be sending letter to Commissioners and County Manager based on our G.A. Liaison analysis/suggested comments as agreed upon by our Executive Committee in January. These comments will also be shared by our, E.O., Kathy Curatolo for public record at the BCC meeting in which the ordinance is presented for vote.

CBIA POSITION: The CBIA position is that the reduction in impact fees is welcome. However, the fees still put us at a relative competitive disadvantage compared to Lee County. While residential construction is robust, there is still a need to attract good, high paying jobs to the area. The high commercial construction fees impede attracting those jobs. CBIA would request that the commercial impact fee waiver program be reviewed, extended and expanded.

COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT
11.A. Recommendation to authorize the County Manager, or his designee, and the County Attorney to advertise for future consideration an ordinance amending Chapter 74 of the Collier County Code of Laws and Ordinances, which is the Collier County Consolidated Impact Fee Ordinance, providing for the incorporation by reference of three impact fee studies; amending the Road Impact Fee rate schedule, which is Schedule One of Appendix A, the Water and Wastewater Impact Fee rate schedule, which is Schedule Two of Appendix A, and the Correctional Facilities Impact Fee rate schedule, which is Schedule Four of Appendix A; providing for updates to definitions for compliance with the update studies and methodology; providing that impact fees are assessed using the rates in effect (1) when the building permit application is submitted, or (2) at the time of the issuance of a certificate of occupancy or certificate of completion for the development, whichever is less; correcting a date used for terms of deferrals; amending provisions related to the imposition of Water and Wastewater Impact Fees to comply with the study and methodology updates; and providing for an effective date of February 17, 2015 for all rate categories that are decreasing and a delayed effective date of May 11, 2015 for all rate categories that are increasing, in accordance with the 90-day notice requirements set forth in Section 163.31801(3)(d), Florida Statutes. (Amy Patterson, Impact Fee and EDC Manager)

Government Affairs issues CBIA is monitoring closely.

1. Floodplain Management:
Click links to County Floodplain Management Committee information: FMPC 9-30-14 Mintues FinalFMPC 10/23/14 Minutes, FMC 11/19/14 minutes, FMC 12/16/14 Minutes and Progress Report for 2015 Action Items 01/15/15
Click link to G.A. Liaison, Patrick Neale memo: Click here
Click here for NAHB G.A. Correspondence
Click here for NAHB – EO 13690 – A New Federal Flood Risk Management Standard
*Updated information is ongoing

2. Impact Fees:
Click links for recently updated studies: Water-Wastewater Study Draft (091514), Collier County Correctional Facilities Draft Report 11-24-14 v2Collier County TIF Update DRAFT 12-16-14, and Road-Jail-WS 2014 Comparison.
Click link to our CBIA G.A. Liaison, Patrick Neal memo – Click here
*Updated information is ongoing

February Builder Round Table
1. Click hereBuilder Round Table notes
2. Click here for clarification- Single Family Dwelling Design – Signed / Sealed Drawings-  

Cick Here for next March 18th Builder Round Table meeting registration form.

January Builder Round Table Notes which include changes at CCGM (highlighted in red):
1. Clarification of fire walls relative to kitchen and bath remodels from Fire officials
2. A request from CC Building Official for CBIA input on “Building Affidavits.”
3. Beginning Feb. 1st, 2015 Time Specific Inspections will be available only for those inspections associated with concrete pours. See specifics in notes.
4. CCGM request for CBIA input on change in ordinance for pool lights to mirror Miami Dade ordinance

Click here for see January notes
Click here to see December notes
Click here to see the underground swimming pool amendment information
Click here to see the pool light permit information
Click here to see Inspection Affidavit Information
Click here to see Architect and Engineering requirements for design 

 

December 2014
Click here for Builder Round Table November Meeting Notes
Click here for Exemption Ordinance
Click here for FBC 105

November 2014
Possible New Flood Plain Management Ordinance
Patrick H. Neale, CBIA Governmental Affairs Consultant

As part of a required review of the Collier County Flood Plain Management Ordinance (Ordinance), the Flood Plain Management Committee is meeting to discuss a new draft of the ordinance. The initial phase is an analysis of the flooding risk in a Flood Risk Assessment. This portion in nearing completion and CBIA has submitted comments to the staff.

The risk to the building industry from the Ordinance is how it can impact where flood zones are located and the building standards required in each zone. There is some discussion going on to require the highest level of flood resistant construction in zones which have only minimal risk of flooding. CBIA is monitoring the development of the Ordnance carefully as to this issue.

CBIA has also taken steps to obtain representation from the building industry on the Flood Plain Management Committee. It appears that this will happen so that our industry can have a seat at the table as the Ordinance is developed. The County staff goal is to have this Ordinance submitted to the County Commission by January, 2015. As it develops, CBIA will keep you informed.

Growth Management Division
The Growth Management Division’s Building Plans Review and Inspections Department has noticed a significant increase in inspections month-over-month (7.6%) and month-to-month annually (37.7%).
County staff is working to augment their inspections staff by advertising additional job bank associate positions to meet the rising demand for the coming season. We appreciate your patience as we search for these additional associates and perform interviews.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – 11/07/14
At Wednesdays City of Naples Council Meeting (11/7/14), the proposed changes to the City of Naples Construction Site Ordinance was to be voted upon as anticipated; however, the vote was tabled to be placed on the agenda for November 19 meeting.

CBIA had reached out to all council members opposing the change requiring fencing on all sides of a residential lot.  As a result of our efforts, it appears the proposed requirement for front fences WILL NOT be required for all residential lots.  CBIA will continue to monitor this issue and report the final Construction Site Ordinance changes.

A giant step forward…
Message for our CBIA President, Greg Ulrich (KGT Remodeling)

This week after the successful lobbying of CBIA, our Board of County Commissioners voted to change collection of impact fees from time of permit to time of C.O. (Certificate of Occupancy) or C.C. (Certificate of Completion).

*Note: However, 33% of estimated Road Impact Fees will continue to be collected as a prerequisite to the issuance of a Site Development Plan (SDP).

CBIA and its membership appreciate the BCC support for this change which benefits our industry as well as the “Residents and Businesses” of Collier County.

In conjunction with this change, billing for portable or IQ water services will begin upon completion of the meters. Billing for sewer services will begin upon issuance of the C.O. or C.C.

Special thanks to CBIA Board Member, Mike McLeod (GreenLeaf Homes) for preparing an initial savings analysis for builders; CBIA Past Presidents, Bob Imig (Stock Development) and Tom Wegwert (GreenLeaf Homes) for their leadership in lobbying our commissioners and to our E.O., Kathy Curatolo, for facilitating our efforts.

CBIA “Leadership” at work for “Members” – 04/22/14
Kathy Curatolo, Executive Vice-President CBIA
Click here for complete press release

CBIA continues to have regular communications with fire commissioners, NNFD-Chief Stolts, ENFD-GGFD Chief- Kingman Schuldt and the County through the fire plans review transition.  Please see press release below concerning fee reductions and fire plans review as voted on at this morning’s BCC meeting.  We anticipate fire review to transition to the  CCGM Division in June.  CBIA will provide further communication as the new process is finalized to help ease our members into the changes.

The Board of County Commissioners also voted unanimously to authorize the creation of 18 additional positions within CCGM.  These positions will improve timing and have no financial impact in contractor fees.

 The Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy releases Competitive Assessment.
Most recently, The Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy (of which CBIA is a member) and the Collier County Board of County Commissioners joined forces to create a three-year economic development strategy.

The Steering Committee of nearly 50 stakeholders (including representatives from CBIA) from across the county is chaired by Dudley Goodlette. A Strategic Plan showcasing key findings is expected sometime in August 2014.

A Competitive Assessment which is a compilation of community member input,is now available at http://www.opportunitynaples.com/docs/Opportunity-Naples-Competitive-Assessment__3%2011%2014.pdf.

Important to note, among the negatives for businesses to locate in Collier County pointed out in the analysis: High impact fees on new construction and overly restrictive regulations on development.

September Builder Round Table Update:
-There is a change in the low voltage security alarms permit process based on the Florida Building Codes.  There will be no review which should make the process much easier.
-A noted increase in private provider jobs are coming in to CCGM.  It was noted that the County is required to review electric service and FEMA only.
For questions on review issues, please contact Jonathan Walsh (jonathanwalsh@colliergov.net) Chief Building Inspector or Richard Long (richardlong@colliergov.net) Plans Review and Inspections Manager.

The following legislative priorities were identified for 2013 by CBIA board members during their recent retreat in December 2012.
Focus our efforts in building relationships and sharing our agendas for change with county commissioners, county/city building officials, economic development partners and the public
LDC Amendments/Administrative Code
CCGM: cultural change, focus on efficacy, desire for department to work with us proactively
Continue to focus on fire issues
Impact Fee reductions
We will use this template of issues as a basis for the work of your 2013 Government Affairs Committee. However, there may be matters which will require using a task force to focus on specific issue driven solutions. If/when required, President Allain will request participation from CBIA members/BOD members and make appointments accordingly.
Relative to development issues, CCGM is currently reviewing the Administrative Code? The first DSAC LDR subcommittee, met on Thursday, January 24th at 3:00 p.m. DSAC LDR meetings will be scheduled on Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m., with meetings once or twice a month. To access the progress of the committee go to the county website.
Our Government Affairs Committee will meet the third Wednesday of each month, noon – 1:00 p.m. for a BYO lunch and meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16th at CBIA. Any member interested in serving on the committee, please let Kathy know at kathy@cbia.net.


 CITY OF NAPLES UPDATES

April 2014
Vacancies – City of Naples Advisory Board – Click here

November 2013
Paul Bollenback, City of Naples Building Official
To: All General Contractors & Plumbing Contractors
IT HAS RECENTLY BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION THAT THERE ARE CONTRACTORS NOT REPLACING THE ENTIRE EXISTING SEWER LINES WHEN CONSTRUCTING NEW HOMES. THIS HAS RESULTED IN SOME HOMES EXPERINCING SEROUS PLUMBING PROBLEMS. THE BUILDING CODE DOES NOT REQUIRE NEW SEWER LINES BUT MOST HOMEOWNERS CERTAINLY WOULD EXPECT THAT THEIR NEW HOME WAS PROVIDED WITH NEW SEWER LINES – AT LEAST THE SEWER LINE LOCATED ON THEIR PRIVATE PROPERTY.

At this time we are asking all contractors to be aware of this situation and put in place measures to avoid this from occurring in the future.  If this problem persists, the City Utilities and Building Department will be forced to take other actions.

May 2013
MEMORANDUM NO.: 13-011
DATE: May 1, 2013
TO: A. William Moss, City Manager
VIA: Paul Bollenback, Building Director/Official
FROM: Stephen R. McInerny II, Fire Chief
SUBJECT: Changes to the Florida Fire Prevention Code (FFPC) for One & Two-Family Dwellings Effective on May 1, 2013

The Florida Fire Prevention Code (FFPC) and specifically NFPA 1, 2009 edition adopted on December 31, 2011 has been modified as of today May 1, 2013 to reflect a change in Chapter 18.4 – Fire Flow Requirements for Buildings. The new language incorporated into the Florida Fire Prevention Code reads as follows:
18.4.1.3 – Section 18.4 shall be considered a recommendation for construction of one and two-family dwellings located on in-fill lots in existing neighborhoods and subdivisions.
The NFPA 1, 2009 edition inadvertently created a severe economic impact upon the City of Naples and other communities throughout the State of Florida. An independent engineering analysis was conducted by the City of Naples and determined it would cost $40 million dollars to upgrade the water supply system in an attempt to meet the required fire flow requirements spelled out in NFPA 1, Chapter 18.4 – Fire Flow Requirements for Buildings.
Section 633.0215(1), F.S., requires the Division of State Fire Marshal to adopt, by rule pursuant to Sections 120.536(1) and 120.54, F.S., the Florida Fire Prevention Code (FFPC) every third year. Section 633.0215(2), F.S., requires the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard 1 to be part of the FFPC and allows the State Fire Marshal to modify the selected codes and standards as needed to accommodate the specific needs of the State of Florida.
The City of Naples requested that the State Fire Marshal initiate a Florida specific amendment to NFPA 1 Section 18.4 – Fire Flow Requirements for Buildings. Several hearings were held throughout the State of Florida on this issue and testimony was solicited and judiciously reviewed. As a result of those hearings, a Florida specific rule amendment was filed with the Florida Department of State on April 11, 2013 and became effective today. Chapter 18.4 is now a recommendation versus requirement for one and two-family dwellings on in-fill lots in existing neighborhoods and subdivisions.
The City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department highly recommends that architects and builders carefully review NFPA 1, Chapter 18.4 in its entirety and consider the available options for increased fire protection features and/or the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems especially in fire flow deficient properties.
It is the desire of the Fire-Rescue Department to collectively work with architects and builders in a harmonious approach to facilitate the construction of new residential and commercial properties within the City. It is also our goal and intent to help ensure that these properties meet the requirements and recommendations of the Florida Fire Prevention Code (FFPC) and ultimately that we work together to reduce the risk of fire and potential associated losses.


COLLIER COUNTY GOVERNMENT UPDATES

November 2014 – Updated Notices
On behalf of GMD, we’d like to wish you a safe and prosperous December. This month we hope you find time to enjoy the beauty of Collier County amidst the tourists, seasonal residents, and uptick in building permits.
One note as we at GMD continue to manage growth in the county is that we are carefully monitoring the types of permits generating specific inspections. Safety, economic development, and FBC compliance are our priorities, along with delivering the best service to our industry partners helping to uphold Collier’s brilliance.
We appreciate your support and input as we continue to develop qualified staff to meet the demands of such growth, and we look forward to another year committed to your success.

October 2014 Notice
The Growth Management Division’s recent reorganization is the result of more closely streamlining the land development and building permitting processes. With the collaboration of the CBIA, GMD has been able to create a more unified environment to ensure client needs are met.
Jamie French now serves as the Division’s Deputy Administrator. Matthew McLean will manage the Development Review Department, and Richard Long will continue to manage the Building Plans Review and Inspections Department. Additionally, Kenneth Kovensky has been named Director of Operations and Regulatory Management and will continue to oversee the daily financials and the Business Center. Gene Shue and Allison Kearns will provide annual budget assembly and presentation.

September 2014 Notice
Effective September 1, 2014, Land Development Reviews associated with Plans and Plat (PPL) and Site Development Plans (SDP) will be reduced from 20 business days to 15 business days.
We are excited to provide this increased customer service initiative for our clients. For questions or comments regarding this change, please contact Principal Project Manager Matthew McLean via email: matthewmclean@colliergov.net.

August 2014 Notice
Please note that effective August 1, 2014 all certified site plans for new construction and substantial improvement must demonstrate compliance with flood hazard reduction standards as required by Collier County Code of Laws and Ordinances Section 62-126 in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).
Certified site plans shall demonstrate that the lowest finished floor elevation (FFE) meets the higher of the base flood elevation (BFE) or:
·         Projects without approved South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) permits: 18” above crown of adjacent paved road or 24” above crown of adjacent graded/unfinished road.
·         Projects with approved SFWMD permits: minimum required FFE on approved SFWMD permit.

Certified site plans must identify:
·         Flood zone and BFE as shown on the effective Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) (or Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM)),
·         Proposed FFE, and
·         Crown of road elevation or approved SFWMD permit number and minimum required FFE.

All existing and proposed elevations shall be in North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD).
Building plans cannot be approved if the information described above is not provided with the permit application.
For questions or comments regarding this change, please contact the Floodplain Management Section at FloodInfoRequest@colliergov.net or the Flood Information Hotline at (239) 252-2942.

Please find below the Floodplain Management Planning web page and The Fiscal Year 2014/15 Floodplain Management Plan Updating web page.  These websites will be updated as additional information is received.
http://www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=1671
http://www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=7366

July 2014 Notice
Collier County’s Growth Management Division welcomes the fire plans review staff into the building. Because of this strategic move, the Business Center is now accepting all fire permit intake and the Final Type section has absorbed all permit issuing responsibilities. This means the client no longer needs to leave the GMD building when applying for any building permit, fire included.
Additionally, this change also means the Business Center cashiers are able to process all payments for permitting activities.
The collaboration of the Department of Operations and Regulatory Management with the independent fire districts is one more step to maintaining a client-centric and business-friendly building community in Collier County.

June 2014 Notices
NOCs (
Notice of Commencement) go to fax # 239-252-6414 or gmd_bldg_inspections@colliergov.net
Sub contractor sheets, extension requests, roofing affidavits, compaction test results, all go to fax # 239-252-2334 or email permittingplanreview@colliergov.net

2014 Land Development Code Amendment Cycle Update
Summary Prepared By: Alexis Crespo, Principal Planner Waldrop Engineering and member CBIA, Government Affairs Committee.
Click here for complete summary.

Plans Review Update: In March of 2014, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners and the independent fire district commissioners agreed to restore all building and land development plans review within the Growth Management Division effective June 2, 2014. Also, as of June 2, 2014, the Growth Management Division will be the responsible agency for assessing and collecting all Fire plans review fees.

May 2014 Notice
CBIA Fire Permit-Review Process Important Update – Click here
-To those members who have plans being submitted to the Fire Code office in the next couple of weeks for projects in the North Naples jurisdiction, you may want to consider holding off submittal until the transition is made.
-After meeting with Chief Schudtz (EN/GGFD) yesterday, it appears they will not be moving their operations on June 2nd.  He also shared that he will request a vote at this evening’s board meeting to hire a third party provider to assist with current work at the Fire Code office.  We will keep you informed of updates.

April 2014 Notice
Collier County’s Growth Management Division is pleased to announce another advancement in our ongoing effort to support e-permitting and maintain our current levels of services. Currently, payments may be made online using a MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or checking/saving account. Effective April 1st, applicants will have the option to pay using a Visa card.

March 2014 Notice
This month the Growth Management is pleased to announce the planned go-live of the highly anticipated CityView mobile web-application. This new application is an abbreviated version of the complete software system currently used throughout the County. This new application will allow inspectors to enter results quickly and from other devices, not just their laptop. Building Review Manager Rich Long says, “The team is excited about this. It should really help them out.” Testing for CityView mobile has been ongoing, and by April 4th, the inspectors should be using the new web-application in the field.

February 2014 Notice
The Department of Operations and Regulatory Management is pleased to announce the updated CD-Plus website for permit tracking.  We have a dedicated URL: www.colliergov.net/buildingreview and an icon for Permit Tracking.
Now, in addition to tracking permits after October 2011, we’ve been able to reinstate the tracking for permits prior to October 2011.  We are committed to your success, and we recognize one of the best ways to help the County thrive is by providing this service to you.

January 2014 Notice
Currently the CD-Plus Permit Tracking website is offline. Security issues that originally forced the website offline have been addressed, and it is anticipated that the site will be functional again. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us.
For active projects prior to October 2011, please contact Client Services at 239-252-4229.
For research on permits and projects prior to October 2011, please contact Records at 239-252-5730 or email: GMD_RecordsRoom@colliergov.net.
We are looking forward to your feedback and remain committed to your success.

December 2013 Notice
As of December 2, 2013, the building inspections systems will be available until 4:30 p.m. to schedule an inspection for the next work day. For questions, please call 239-252-5878.
Also, effective January 2, 2014, the Collier County Fire Code Official’s office will be the responsible agency for assessing and collecting all Fire plans review and Fire inspections fees for the independent fire districts. These payments will be collected at the Fire Code Official’s office at 2700 North Horseshoe Drive.
Collier County’s Growth Management Division will continue to assess and collect inspection fees for the two dependent fire districts: Isles of Capri Fire Control and Rescue District and Ochopee Fire Control and Rescue District.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at 239-252-5878 with any questions that you might have regarding the aforementioned changes. We are looking forward to your feedback and remain committed to your success.

November 2013 Notices
Permit Tracking – The Growth Management Division’s Operations and Regulatory Management Department is dedicated to maintaining the highest standard of public service and to protecting the property rights of the citizens of Collier County.
Recently, we were informed by our IT Department that the program providing older permit information from our former Land Development software had been compromised and the link needed to be removed from our website.
For active projects prior to October 2011, please contact Client Services at 239-252-4229.
For research on permits and projects prior to October 2011, please contact Records at 239-252-5730 or email: GMD_RecordsRoom@colliergov.net.
We apologize for any inconvenience, and our senior programmer is working on reestablishing a portal to view this older permit information.

Fire Fees – As of December 2, 2013, the Collier County Fire Code Official’s office will be the responsible agency for assessing and collecting all Fire plans review and Fire inspections fees for the independent fire districts.

October 2013 Notice
Collier County Growth Management Division Announces
New Contact Person for Architectural Standards
The Growth Management Division’s Operations and Regulatory Management Department is pleased to announce the newest licensed architect, Tami Scott, AIA. Tami has assumed all land development architectural reviews, and she will be the primary point of contact for architectural standards related to building and land development review.
This change is in response to increased workloads and a need to address the growing need in the industry, Tami and Carolina have transitioned responsibilities over the past four months, and Tami now has become the lead architect reviewer. Carolina Valera will focus her efforts in comprehensive planning and will continue to provide assistance and guidance to Tami as needed.
Director James French is appreciative of Carolina’s efforts, and he is pleased with the smoothness of the transition. “Tami Scott brings additional real world experience to our organization and has a perspective that will provide additional value for our community and our clients. We are extremely grateful to our CBIA partners for supporting the addition of industry professionals like Tami within our team.”
CBIA board member Ron Waldrop, President of Waldrop Engineering, is excited to see the improvements that Collier County is making to better serve the industry. “We appreciate the work that Jamie has put in to improve the service and build depth to handle the improving economy. Having Mrs. Scott as an addition to the group will be a benefit when working through the architectural standards. It is important that we balance the needs of our projects while maintaining the high level of quality development that has made Collier County the premier location in the country.”
Any questions relating to the Collier County Land Development Code, Chapter 5 (5.05.08 Architectural and Site Design Standards), please contact Tami directly at 239-252-8523 or email her at TamiScott@colliergov.net.

Construction Site Parking Issues Continue
There is a issue that we are all working to address and that is the problem of construction vehicles on job sites being improperly parked, often causing dangerous situations to occur. Because Naples is a built out community city ordinance requires a parking plan to be approved as part of your building permit.  The Building Dept. along with the Naples Police Dept. and Code Enforcement is receiving a growing numbers of complaints from residents regarding parking violations at jobsites throughout the city. In most cases it’s because the approved parking plan is not being followed.
All construction sites within the City of Naples must comply with the Construction Site Management (CSM) Naples Code of Ordinances, Sec. 16-291, copies of which are available at the Building Department. Highlights include:
on-site parking per plan submitted by building contractor must be followed
no parking on the road  – the ROW in front of the construction site only is available for parking of construction vehicles
vacant lot parking is NOT allowed without a permit  and permission from the owner
We realize that building a home in a built-out neighborhood is a challenge. Please contact our Construction Site Inspector Bob Worrell at 213-5043 if you have any questions.

September 2014 Notice
Important Licensing Information   Article III, Chapter 22 of the Code of Laws & Ordinances for Collier County and Chapter 489 of the Florida Statutes requires that contractors be licensed. A contractor must be State of Florida or Collier County certified. The Growth Management Division’s Contractor Licensing section is in the 2013-2014 renewal cycle for local contractors. They mailed approximately 3,500 notices last week. Those notices also contained a checklist of items such as general liability, workers compensation, and updated Business Tax Receipt information. The renewal cycle will last until the end of September 2013; any licenses renewed after that date will be considered delinquent.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the office regarding testing or registration of contractors in Collier County.
The Contractor Licensing section is located at 2800 North Horseshoe Drive, Naples, Florida, 34104. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The main number is 239-252-2431.

August 2013 Notice
Inspections and iPads – 
Collier County’s GMD Public Portal allows customers to do more than track permits. The GMD Public Portal offers customers the opportunity to Request an Inspection, Request a Meeting, and check the Status and Fees of permits. Please visit the Portal (http://cvportal.colliergov.net/cityviewweb) to view all the options designed to help navigate through the County’s building permitting process.
Still a regular visitor to the Business Center? For added convenience, an iPad has been installed by the cashier’s counter in order for customers to pay using credit cards through the online payment website (https://eps.mvpbanking.com/cgi-bin/cclogin.pl?access=90993027).

July 2013 Notice
It’s hurricane season – please don’t forget!” – 
The Growth Management Division would like to take this opportunity to remind you that, as defined in Chapter 33, Section 3301.2 of the FL Building Code & Collier County Ordinance 84-37, Section 5: Construction sites must be secured from the effects of severe weather.
Building materials, equipment and other structures (portable toilets, temporary/mobile storage buildings and offices) must be secured from high winds and flooding.
This includes:
–          Materials should not be stored on roofs
–          Materials on the ground should be tied down or put inside the building
–          Supplies should not be dropped off unless a responsible party is available to secure the materials on-site
To maintain the safety of our community in the event of a looming natural disaster, Building Plans Review and Inspections and Contractor Licensing staff will be visiting active jobsites throughout the County to identify potential hazards and answer any questions that you might have regarding the securing of your jobsite.

 Website Updates – The Growth Management Division’s Financial Operations and Regulatory Management Department is pleased to present a newly designed Building Review webpage. Staff is updating information and streamlining the search process using customized icons for easier navigation.

 Two ways to get to the Building Review site:
From Collier County’s main page: http://www.colliergov.net, choose the icon at the bottom right that says, “Building Review.”
Type the following URL directly into your search bar: http://www.colliergov.net/buildingreview.
For questions or comments regarding the website, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly via email: JamesFrench@colliergov.net.
We are committed to your success!

June 2013 Notice
Florida Building Code 2010 – 
When is a Permit Required?
Florida Building Code 2010 – Building, Section 105.1 Required. Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any impact-resistant coverings, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.
The following construction-related work CAN be performed in unincorporated Collier County without holding a contractor’s license:
Wall paper and other wall coverings (Except for Assembly, Day Care, and Institutional Occupancies).
• Floor and wall tile, rugs, carpeting or wood floor installation
• Painting (Except when advertised as water proofing)
• Re-stucco
• Replacing kitchen cabinets or countertops only (Except when there is a re-configuration of space)
• Decks or patios on grade without footers
• Safety grab bars in bathrooms
• Re-screening
If you want to perform construction work that is not listed above, this does not mean that a permit or contractor license is not required. This is only an overview of the most commonly known types of construction work performed within the County. If you want to perform construction work that is not listed above, and you are not sure if a permit or a contractor’s license is required, please don’t hesitate to contact the Growth Management Division’s Business Center at 239-252-2400.
We’d like to thank you for being a part of the Collier County community and helping to keep our community a safe, beautiful place.

May 2014 Notice
Behind the Scenes… 
Making Permits EZ
We are well on our way with e-permitting. With your help the County’s online permitting portal is available to our customers. By offering personalized training – in your office or in our Business Center – our customers are benefiting from a totally electronic experience.
We are currently in the process of transitioning all single-trade contractors, and soon, we will expand that training in the full range of residential and commercial permitting online.
Contact our Operations Team at 252-2965 to schedule a meeting with your staff and one of our trained technicians to deliver a customized session for your team to set up an account to get started.
Important Reminder from Collier County’s Plans Review and Inspections
Information on your building permit application must match the plans submitted. Please verify before submitting to intake staff that the following areas are complete and consistent between the two documents:

        • Type of Construction – may be found in your 2010 Florida Building Code – Building, Chapter 6: Types of Construction, Tables 601 and 602 or online at: http://www.ecodes.biz/ecodes_support/free_resources/2010Florida/Building/PDFs/Chapter%206%20-%20Types%20of%20Construction.pdf
        • Square Footage – for size of alteration/addition or new construction
        • Use and Occupancy – may be found in your 2010 Florida Building Code – Building, Chapter 3: Classifications

These areas must be correctly completed to avoid delays, rejections, and unnecessary processing. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

April 2014 Notice
NOA SUBMITTAL PROCESS (EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2013) – 
Collier County Growth Management Division, Building Review & Permitting will no longer require multiple sets of NOA Submittal Packages when applying for a permit. The following process will be implemented May 1, 2013;

  • ONE FULL SET OF NOA DOCUMENTS; to be submitted and routed with the Building Department Copy, (not attached), for review by plans reviewer. After approval, NOA package to be used as Job Site Copy.
  • COMPLETE PRODUCT APPROVAL INDEX SHEET; an index sheet (example provided) attached to all submitted plans that lists each product to be used to include;
    • Name of the product
    • Florida Product Approval Number or NOA Number (Model Number of the product to be used)
    • Design pressures for the specific product
    • lmpact resistant – Yes/No
    • Expiration date/ Quality assurance date
    • Review procedure:
      • Comparison shall be performed to verify compliance with code and approvals provided to index sheet.
      • Plan reviewer shall sign product approval package “Jobsite” copy and index sheet

Fire Code Corner

January 2014 – By Ed Riley, CFPS, Fire Code Official
Today, January 2, 2014, the Fire Code Office begins collecting the fire plan review and new construction fees. The Fire Code Office conducted 22 workshops to educate our customers between December 10th and 20th. Those who were able to attend were taken through the new processes and received a comprehensive review of our web site. Those of you who were not able to attend a workshop, you can get all the information on the new processes from our web site www.ccfdin.com . The step by step processes for fire review of permit applications are detailed under the “Permit Apps.” tab. You will also find the fillable, printable and downloadable PDF “Fire Code Permit Application” located here as well as our fee schedule and a fee calculator for your convenience. You will also be able to make payments online using a credit or debit card only. You will be able to make cash, check, credit and debit card payments at our office as well. 

Please check our web site often as we will announce any changes or updates on our home page. As always your comments and feedback are important to us.

December 2013 – Ed Riley, CFPS, Fire Code Official
I want to update you on the progress of the transfer of collection of fire review and inspection fees from the County to the Fire Code Office. The effective date has been delayed to January 2, 2014. This will allow for testing of the new processes.
The lack of real time connectivity between the GMD and FCO computer systems has presented some challenges as to collection of fees and drop off of plans sets. The Fire Code Office have been meeting with our partners at the County to work out the necessary process changes, and with members of the industry to review and evaluate those changes. Some of the changes will impact the way plans are processed; however, these changes will lead to better accountability throughout the process and may reduce the overall review process.
The Fire Code Office will coordinate with CBIA in disseminating information on these changes. We plan to post all the process information on our web site once it is completed and to provide numerous workshops for any and all interested parties to attend. We hope to conduct these workshops between December 9th and 20th. We will post the exact dates and times when they are finalized. Please plan to attend one at your convenience.

November 2013 By Robert Salvaggio, EFO, CFPS, Asst. Fire Code Official
Over the past few months we can all see that construction is starting to have an upswing. We here at the FCO are also feeling this increasing work load and acknowledge longer review time frames. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce our new employee to you.  Please welcome Mrs. Shar Hingson to the Fire Code Office.
Shar has been in public safety for 26 years, she has been a fire inspector for 16 of those years (receiving “Fire Inspector of the Year” in 2010). She holds several degrees, including an AS in Drafting and Design and a Masters in Business Management. She is currently attending Edison State College to work on her Computer Science Degree.  Shar has been happily married to Darrel Hingson, a contractor, since 2006 and together they have 4 amazing children and 4 grandchildren. The youngest of the four, Aaron, has just recently returned from Afghanistan.
Shar went through fire school at North Naples FD later in life. She proudly will tell you that she holds the title “First Grandma to Graduate Fire School at NNFD”.
As a personal interest, Shar and Darrel run a Haunted House to benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank and Animal Refuge Center (ARC). She is excited to be joining the CCFCO and enjoying a new team with new challenges.  Please join me in welcoming Shar to our family. Next time you are in the office, please stop by and let us introduce you to Shar.

October 2013 – By Ed Riley, CFPS (Fire Code Official)
Since the inception of the Fire Code Office all fire related plan review and inspection fees were collected by the County and distributed to the “Administrative” Fire District (currently East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District). On January 9th, 2013 the County Commission voted to transfer the collection of those fees to the Fire Code Office. The Fire Districts did not oppose this move. However, the Fire Districts advised the County Commission that an audit would be prudent, an action not opposed by the County Commission. Another challenge is the transfer of information between our software program and the County’s software program. I will address that issue first. Our office has been working with County staff (CDES) to make this transition as smooth as possible. Our major objective was to transfer data between our two different software programs, in real time to reduce redundancy and to speed the overall process. Sadly, that is not possible, as we have been told that the County’s software provider will only allow a one way transfer of data (from county to FCO) once a day. This presents several obstacles that have yet to be overcome. I will be meeting with representatives of CBIA to discuss these obstacles and possible solutions. Although we did not ask for this change, rest assured that we are doing everything we can to make this a smooth transition and do not want the change to occur until we are assured that the new process is the best we can achieve.
Due to the financial nature of the change and as a sound business practice, the Fire Districts are requesting an audit of the process prior to the transition. East Naples Fire Control & Rescue District has solicited the County Clerk to provide this service.  There are several reasons for engaging the Clerk’s Office including, their knowledge of County Government, their authority to provide the service, and expert advice on how to set up our process to meet any compliance requirements. We will be working with the Clerk’s Office and County staff to be sure there is a clean, accountable transition, and that our collection and tracking processes contain all the required checks, balances, security and accountability required to insure we handle the fees you pay correctly.
As always, we value your input. You may contact us through our web-site by selecting the “Contact Us” link and either calling the number provided or better yet, scroll down the page and submit your comments directly to us. We look forward to hearing from you!

August 2013 – Documents of the web-site, www.ccfdin.com
This page is broken down into three sections – Fees, Local Amendments to the Florida Fire Prevention Code and Special instructions. The first section contains a current schedule of fire plan review and inspection fees. You may use this section to determine the fire fees related to your permit. The second section provides the local amendments to the Florida Fire Prevention Code. Here you will find the specific changes UNIQUE to Collier County. The final section contains special instructions relating to tent permits, TCO’s, Pre-construction meetings, Architectural revision process and Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler revision processes. A review of these documents could save you time in the review and inspection process of your project.

As always, we value you input. You may contact us through our web-site by selecting the “Contact Us” link and either calling the number provided or better yet, scroll down the page and submit your comments directly to us. We look forward to hearing from you!